Nutrition and Addiction Recovery

How Eating Healthy Can Help You With Addiction Recovery Eating a healthy diet helps you with addiction recovery by allowing your mind and body to work better and heal faster.  It helps you maintain your recovery by supporting your mind and body to function well consistently, thus maintaining your good health. Eating healthy helps you … Read more

Sex Addiction: Too Much of a Good Thing?

A valid definition and diagnostic criteria for “sex addiction” have long eluded experts because, historically, definitions and diagnostic criteria have either represented sexually oppressive cultural norms, or they have been vague and imprecise, requiring too much subjective interpretation. Cultural norms, oppressive or otherwise, are not valid bases for diagnostic criteria, because they have no scientific … Read more

Working as a Firefighter with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

I have lived with mental health disorders for most of my life. As a kid, I didn’t realize that what I was experiencing could be classified as anxiety or depression. As time went on, I found myself coping with my mental health disorders by using drugs and alcohol. As time went on, I found myself … Read more

Edgewood: Twenty-Five Years of Quality Care

Twenty-five years ago, in Nanaimo, BC, Edgewood was getting ready to open its doors and welcome individuals, families, and community members seeking help with substance use and mental health disorders. Although this massive undertaking was a team effort, it would not have been possible without the heart and soul of Jane Ferguson and her husband at … Read more

Losing an Old Friend to an Opioid Overdose

During high school, I was always looking for new crowds with whom to drink and do drugs. I first met Steve at a mutual friend’s party. We seemed to have the same compulsion for drugs and alcohol—though at the time, I didn’t recognize it as a compulsion. We hit it off immediately and began spending … Read more