“I Didn’t Want to Die!”: Counsellor Trevor’s Story of Triumph over Addiction

Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, to two loving, hard-working, parents, Trevor describes his childhood as “carefree.” He says he was a happy-go-lucky guy who enjoyed hanging out with his friends and drinking alcohol. A twinkle appears in Trevor’s eye and he admits, “I was good at it.” Trevor says drinking increased his energy and boosted his … Read more

Finding Christopher: From Addiction To Recovery

Born in Campbell River, BC, Christopher says he was always obsessed over something. It started with baseball gloves, wheelbarrows, and cowboys. His earliest memories are good ones—family dinners, camping, and spending time with his siblings. When Christopher turned four his mom and stepdad split up, his brother went into foster care, his sister moved in … Read more

The Man in the Mirror: Counsellor Sergio’s Story

From his distinguished bearing, cherubic face, and piercing blue eyes, Sergio is the picture of good health. But don’t let his baby blues fool you—once upon a time, Edgewood’s favourite counsellor was a troubled man indeed. Born in Montreal, Sergio comes from a long line of alcoholics. Trauma touched his life at an early age … Read more

Edgewood Alumna Grace D’s Powerful Story of Surviving Addiction

March in British Columbia, Canada, is typically known for its gray skies, cold weather, and rain. Lots of rain. But on this particular day in March of 1997, a woman named Grace wasn’t focused on the storm clouds outside her window. She was fighting for her life.   Grace grew up in a strict Pentecostal … Read more

How Treatment at Bellwood Helped a Veteran Manage His PTSD

Michelle Levesque describes her husband’s crippling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that he developed after sustaining psychological injuries during his military service. She says that sending him to the treatment program at Bellwood was life changing for both her husband and for the rest of the family. The program at Bellwood gave him the tools to … Read more