Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP)

Bellwood’s Core Program Is Now the Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP)

At Bellwood Health Services, we recognize that the treatment of drug addiction and mental health disorders is becoming increasingly complex. As a result, we’ve updated our clinical programming in an effort to best serve our patients. We’re excited to announce that Bellwood’s Core Drug and Alcohol Addiction Program has been upgraded and renamed the Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP).

We have added the following enhancements to our well-established programming to meet the diverse needs of our patients.

Stabilization and Commitment Phase

The first week of the Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) is a stabilization and commitment phase designed to help patients integrate into their treatment program. Patients go through seven days of programming dedicated to stabilizing medically, emotionally, and psychologically. This includes the following elements:

  • Each patient focuses on their reasons for seeking treatment and strengthens their commitment to the treatment process.
  • Therapeutic modalities include the following: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
  • Patients interact and engage in group therapy with other patients of their cohort only, which helps provide safety and build group cohesion.
  • A small and dedicated clinical team provides treatment.

Evidence-Based Relapse-Prevention Skills

The Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) includes evidence-based sessions specifically focused on helping patients acquire the practical skills necessary to prevent relapse and successfully sustain long-term recovery. This includes the following elements:

  • Learning, developing, and practicing emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills that support relapse prevention.
  • Three skills sessions per week ensure that patients learn skills, understand them, and practice their application.
  • Reinforcing patients’ mastery of practical skills through intensive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) sessions.

Specialized Therapy Groups

We aim to increase patients’ feelings of comfort in the therapeutic setting by including specialized thematic and affinity-based therapy groups such as LGBTQ and interpersonal trauma. We also have addiction therapy groups specific to gender, gambling, female sex and love addiction (SLA), and for healthcare professionals (HCP). These are counsellor-guided open process groups.

New Therapeutic Modalities and Psychoeducation

The Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) offers new therapeutic modalities, including art therapy which provides the opportunity for non-talk-based therapy and giving some balance to the otherwise very cognitively intense program.

The Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) also offers patients new psychoeducation content specifically designed to help them better understand the connection between addiction and trauma.

Post-Treatment Planning Sessions

Starting in their second week of the Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) patients participate in weekly sessions dedicated to post-treatment planning. One of the main goals of these sessions is to ensure that patients participate in aftercare, since aftercare is critical for successfully sustaining long-term recovery.

Each patient receives an aftercare planning workbook and creates a practical and realistic aftercare plan that draws on their individual strengths and resources. Each patient’s aftercare plan includes the following elements:

  • Identifying the aftercare groups that they will attend after completing treatment.
  • A list of recovery contacts that will form their personal support network.
  • A list of their most effective relapse-prevention strategies for use in the real world.
  • Upcoming physical and mental health appointments, and a regular schedule going forward.

At Bellwood, we realize that aftercare is critical for successful long-term addiction recovery. That’s why one year free aftercare is included in the price of our residential addiction treatment programs. We also provide the option of online aftercare through the Wagon mobile app.

Call Us Now

If you would like to learn more about Bellwood’s Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) or if you would like to enrol, please call us at 1-800-387-6198. Our phone lines are open 24/7—so you can call us anytime.

Program Overview

Bellwood’s Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) is a six-week residential treatment program for substance use disorders, including alcohol, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs such as opioids and benzodiazepines. AMP provides individualized care, medically supervised treatment, and is flexible enough to address a wide range of concurrent mental health disorders. AMP also provides support and resources for patients’ families. AMP is an inpatient program that is ideal for patients whose goals are detoxification (“detox”), stabilization, and long-term recovery. The program is appropriate for individuals aged 18 years and older.

Our Facility

Located in a nine-acre oasis of green space in the Leaside neighbourhood, in Toronto, we provide a safe and private environment that is conducive to helping patients focus on their addiction treatment and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team of highly trained clinicians and support staff specializes in treating addiction and related mental health disorders, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Our 24-hour nursing care also includes emergency medical personnel.

Bellwood uses evidence-based treatment models and is accredited by Accreditation Canada with Exemplary Standing. Bellwood has an endowed fellowship in Addiction Medicine through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Bellwood maintains several clinical partnerships across Toronto, including with CAMH for the treatment of trauma, and with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the residential treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Evidence-Based Treatment

Bellwood’s Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) uses an evidence-based approach for treating alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as for treating concurrent mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We use therapeutic modalities that help individuals develop more constructive thoughts and behaviours, including Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness. For patients who require detox, we use medication assisted treatment (MAT) to minimize their withdrawal symptoms and help them detox as safely, comfortably, and quickly as possible. Each patient’s treatment begins with an intensive onsite diagnostic assessment that includes medication evaluation and management.

Biopsychosocial Approach

Biological, psychological, and social factors all play a role in substance use disorders and must all be addressed to achieve successful long-term recovery. Bellwood’s Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) is provided by a multidisciplinary team that is highly qualified and experienced in addiction medicine, addiction psychology, and social psychology. The AMP team assesses each patient upon arrival at Bellwood, develops an individualized treatment plan, and ensures that all their needs are addressed throughout their treatment program. Treatment programs integrate individual, group, and family therapy including detox, medical stabilization, symptom management, psychoeducation, psychotherapy, teaching relapse-prevention skills, ongoing support, and additional relapse-prevention resources.

Medical Care

Each patient is assigned a personal physician who is available to them throughout their treatment program to address their physical health and medication needs. For patients who require detox, we use medication assisted treatment (MAT) to minimize their withdrawal symptoms and help them detox as safely, comfortably, and quickly as possible. Our nursing staff provide care 24 hours a day. Our psychiatrist is also available for consultation with patients, as needed.

Psychoeducation

Understanding how addiction works is crucial to understanding and managing one’s own addiction behaviours. Drawing upon the latest research, our counsellors and medical doctors provide daily education sessions. These sessions cover numerous topics including the following:

  • How addictive substances affect the body and the brain.
  • The various factors that can cause addiction.
  • Addiction’s interrelationship with trauma and other mental health disorders.
  • Risk factors for relapse and prevention strategies.

Psychotherapy

Increasing self-awareness and understanding of oneself is necessary for effective addiction treatment. Through psychotherapy, patients gain insight into the causes of their addiction, a better awareness of their habits and patterns that sustain it, and begin the practical process of planning their recovery. They do this through regular meetings with a primary counsellor, as well as in group therapy where they can connect with other patients who have similar struggles, histories, goals, and hopes.

Relapse-Prevention Skills

We draw upon evidence-based therapeutic modalities to teach patients the skills that they need for successful long-term recovery. We use elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to teach patients how to identify and challenge problematic thought patterns and beliefs, change unhealthy behaviours, and manage intense emotions.

Self Care and Wellness

Establishing self-care and wellness habits is an essential part of recovery. Addiction often seriously disrupts basic hygiene, sleeping patterns, regular exercise, and healthy eating. Patients work with our team of nutritionists, recreational therapists, occupational therapists, fitness instructors, yoga instructors, and acupuncturists to achieve mental and physical balance. Patients also have access to on-site massage therapy and chiropractic care.

Family Program

The support and understanding of patients’ families is essential for patients’ successful long-term recovery. Bellwood’s Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) includes a family program to help patients’ families better support and understand their loved ones.

The three-day family program includes psychoeducation regarding addiction and substance use disorders. It also includes sessions that help families understand how their loved ones’ addiction has affected their whole family and how to support and reconnect with their loved ones in recovery. For more information, please visit our family program page.

Continuum of Care

While primary treatment is a critical first step to a better life, Bellwood works in close collaboration with referrers and community partners to provide tailored recovery management and aftercare planning to support patients’ successful long-term recovery.

Bellwood also provides a comprehensive continuum of care, from intensive outpatient services (IOP) to individual and group outpatient therapy offered by our Bellwood Outpatient Services.

At Bellwood, we realize that aftercare is critical for successful long-term addiction recovery. That’s why one year free aftercare is included in the price of our residential addiction treatment programs. We also provide the option of online aftercare through the Wagon mobile app.

Call Us Now

If you would like to learn more about Bellwood’s Addiction and Mental Health Program (AMP) or if you would like to enrol, please call us at 1-800-387-6198. Our phone lines are open 24/7—so you can call us anytime.

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