12 Step: All You Need to Participate Is the Desire to Stop Using

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Chris Morris, Clinical Lead of the Outpatient Program at Bellwood Health Services. If you have the desire, you’re in!—that is 12 Step in a nutshell. You don’t have to say or do anything else, and nobody can make you. As soon as you decide you want to belong, no … Read more

Family Matters at Edgewood

We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to. —Brené Brown Meet Erin Albanese, Family Programs Supervisor at Edgewood Erin was born and raised in Toronto, ON, by Italian and Irish immigrant parents.  She studied, worked, and trained in different parts of Ontario including Guelph and Ottawa before moving to Nanaimo, … Read more

How Our Occupational Therapists Help Trauma Patients

Most of us take for granted our ability to complete the most basic steps associated with self care and social engagement. We never really consider that brushing one’s teeth, taking a shower, or having even the briefest social interaction with a stranger may be an emotionally strenuous task for some individuals. Naturally, when a person … Read more

Integrated Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Is The Most Effective Approach

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event such as death, serious injury, or a threat of harm to themselves or to others. When exposed to such events, it is normal to feel intense fear, helplessness, and horror, but in most cases, these feelings are eventually resolved—but, … 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