Massage Therapy: An Effective Tool for Recovery from Addiction

For individuals trying to stop using alcohol or drugs, regular Massage Therapy can be very helpful. People struggling with stressful lives often turn to these substances in an effort to feel better. The process of learning how to live without using alcohol and/or drugs can also produce a lot of anxiety. At Bellwood, we offer massage along with several other ways to help reduce stress.  Our feedback is consistently positive that massage is helpful. Most of our clients report that they plan to continue receiving massage therapy after treatment.

Massage helps to decrease muscular pain. Often, this type of pain is caused by tension, especially in our neck, shoulders and back.. Alleviating pain makes us feel happier. Human touch itself has been found to improve anxiety and depression. We also usually sleep better when we are more relaxed. Better sleep helps us to be more motivated and more productive. Read more

Registration Open for the Healing and Treating Trauma and Addiction Conference in Oakville

Registration is now open for the 2015 Healing and Treating Trauma, Addictions and Related Disorders conference!

Historically, the Edgewood Foundation has partnered with Jack Hirose to put on a conference about healing and treating trauma, addictions and concurrent disorders. With amazing speakers like Don Meichenbaum, Stephen Grinstead and Margaret Wehrenberg, the conference has been an informative and expanding experience for over 2500 clinicians.

This year, Bellwood and the entire Edgewood Health Network is joining that partnership and taking the event national.  Instead of one city, we’ll be in three! Clinicians across the country will get a chance to attend in either Richmond (Vancouver), Winnipeg or Oakville (Toronto).  And with a full roster of knowledgeable speakers and practical workshops, it’s a chance to expand your skills as a mental health professional.  Here are a few of the presentations we’ll be featuring:

Creativity, Healing and the Recovery Process Pushing Your Clinical Skills and Effectiveness to the Next Level Rewiring The Brain After Trauma: A Brain-Based Therapy Approach Best Practices in Sexual Compulsivity Recovery for Couples Anger Management and Domestic Violence Treatment in a New Era Understanding and Treating Cannabis Use Disorder


This event is eligible for up to 21 continuing education credit hours for the full three day attendance. Read more

Am I a Sex Addict?

Are you concerned that some of your sexual behaviours may be unhealthy?  An important first step to finding out if you have a problem is to understand what sexual addiction actually is.  Sex addiction can be defined as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts.  Since this is such a mis-understood addiction, this blog will hopefully help answer some of the most asked questions about the topic.


As with any addiction, sex addiction is progressive.  At the beginning of the addiction, sex is used to prevent and medicate uncomfortable emotional states.  In time, the behaviour becomes a habit.  If you are finding that your sexual behaviour is escalating, it might be time to talk to someone who can help.

Intimacy Disorder

The sexual behaviours and acts of a sex addict are not about intimacy.  The individual is usually compelled to act out to alleviate negative feelings or sexual preoccupation.  Read more

Four Things You Need to Know About Fentanyl

Originally posted on The Path: The Edgewood Health Network Blog

Fentanyl seems to be everywhere right now. It feels like there is a new report every day about an overdose, an arrest or a large amount seized on its way to Canadian cities. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate typically used to treat severe and chronic pain. It is often prescribed to cancer patients. With so much buzz and so many news stories, it can be confusing to wade through the information, so here are some quick facts about Fentanyl and its use in Canada.

1. It’s strong and fast: Fentanyl is 50-100 times more toxic than morphine and 100 times more potent than heroin. It’s so strong that as little as two milligrams can cause an overdose. After ingestion it can reach your brain within minutes and cause respiratory failure. Many of the reported deaths have happened this way; someone takes half a pill, falls asleep and they never wake up. Read more

Spirituality – What’s the Big Deal?

The destructive nature of addiction

By Lee Hausmann, MA, ICCAC

Originally published in the Summer 2015 issue of Moods Magazine, 

As an addiction therapist and a person who has been directly impacted by addiction, I have been involved in the treatment of people struggling from this mental health disorder for over 20 years. Addiction comes in many forms: alcoholism, drug dependence, sex addiction, gambling, eating disorders, Internet-based addictions, shopping, relationships, and the list goes on. Whether it’s a chemical dependency or a behavioural addiction, the impact on an individual is devastating. It can affect all areas of life, and if not arrested, can lead to death. The havoc addiction creates, and the slow, insidious destruction that occurs, causes an individual to lose, among other things, their sense of self, their identity and their values. The purpose and meaning of life is clouded over by a lens of despair, self-loathing, fear and emptiness. Read more

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