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

Treating Partners of Sex Addicts is a Must! Here’s Why.

couple in sunset partners of sex addicts

Written By: Nelson Sacristan, MA, CSAT, Clinical Manager-EHN Vancouver Just as the rise of patients identifying their own compulsive sexual behaviors is increasing, partners of people with compulsive sexual behaviors are also seeking treatment in greater numbers.  What type of treatment should partners receive? Why do partners need treatment if they aren’t the ones with … Read more

Medicating Anxiety Symptoms With Alcohol or Drug Abuse

Written By: Dr. Mel Vincent, BASc, MSc, MD, FRCP(C ), ASAM Certified Director Psychiatric Services at Edgewood Treatment Centre There is clearly a very important relationship between anxiety symptoms, disorders and addiction. Research has repeatedly demonstrated an important relationship between anxiety disorders and substance use disorders in both directions. Patients who suffer from an anxiety … Read more

A Natural Approach to Support Clients in Recovery for PTSD

According to a recent scientific report by the Defence Research and Development Canada Toronto Research Centre, approximately 14% of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who had been deployed to Afghanistan had (or continue to have?) a mental health disorder linked to an Afghan mission.[1] Yoga, mindfulness, and EMDR are all therapy practices, approaches, or techniques used … Read more