Addiction and PTSD/OSI

Many people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or operational stress injuries (OSI) also face the added challenge of an addiction. If you are a member of the military, a veteran, an RCMP officer, or a first responder, Bellwood’s Addiction & PTSD/OSI Treatment Program can help you recover from these dual challenges and reclaim your life.

Our 63 day program is designed specifically for the treatment of PTSD and/or operational stress injury. We recognize that the concurrent diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse requires a specialized and concurrent treatment approach to maximize the potential for a successful recovery. Bellwood’s program addresses trauma and addiction at the same time – an integrated approach designed to get results and set patients on the journey to recovery.

The program includes:

  • Grounding techniques and self-regulation in depth
  • Specialized trauma-focused groups including psycho-education, cognitive behavioural therapy and symptom management
  • Weekly PTSD/OSI group therapy
  • Comprehensive anger management workshops
  • Sleep hygiene sessions
  • Individual sessions pertaining to trauma issues
  • Relapse prevention
  • 12 step introduction: spirituality in the context of both addiction and PTSD/OSI
  • Regular massage therapy sessions
  • Acupuncture sessions
  • Family services focusing on PTSD symptoms in the home and the adjustments needed when the client returns from treatment.

Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning

In addition to our more traditional approaches, we have introduced Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL) into our Addiction & PTSD/OSI Program. FEEL uses horses to teach patients how to reach a specific goal and experience the reward of the journey of personal development. By working in partnership with the horses as teachers and facilitators of change, clients learn to:

  • Become aware of subtleties of verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Improve attention, mindfulness and focusing abilities
  • Become aware of incongruence of intention versus behaviour
  • Identify and respect boundaries with ourselves and with others
  • Confront insecurities and develop confidence
  • Adjust to the relativity of time, expanding the moment
  • Cope with stress, grief and unexpected setbacks.