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 it’s 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 it’s 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

A Day in the Life of Bellwood – Part Two

Après Lunch to Lights Out

Hopefully, you have had an opportunity to read part one of our blog, A Day in the Life of Bellwood.  Rise and Shine to the Noon Day Break will have led you through a typical morning at Bellwood Health Services, concluding at the lunch hour.  As previously mentioned, lunch, and all other meals and snacks are as important as every other component of Bellwood’s holistic treatment model.

After lunch, activities shift from the intense cognitive focus of the morning’s lectures and groups to sessions that are more practical, individual, and physically-focused.  Between 1:00-2:00, your time will be less structured.  Depending on your program and timeline, you might have an acupuncture session or individual appointments with your therapist or recovery counsellor at this time.  Or, you might just have a free hour to rest, enjoy a walk around the grounds, or work on some of your session assignments. Read more

A Day in the Life of Bellwood – Part One


Rise and Shine to the Noon Day Break

One of the most frequent questions people ask us is, “What will I be doing while I am at Bellwood?”  Considering that the frame of reference for residential addiction treatment programs for many people consists of movies and reality television shows, it is no wonder the average person would not know what to expect.  Over the course of this two-part blog, we hope to paint a helpful picture of the morning and afternoon schedules, routines, and experiences that make up the two parts of a typical day in the life of Bellwood.

Before we begin, it is important to know that Bellwood’s programs are based on a holistic treatment model.  This model looks at addiction and recovery from the integrated perspective of physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.  This means that program sessions and activities all revolve around this holistic approach.  Read more

The Importance Of Aftercare In Recovery

For those suffering from addiction, the consequences can be devastating. People lose their jobs, damage their relationships with friends and family, and face financial hardship. It becomes cyclical; substance abuse creates these personal difficulties and in turn, they can cause stress and trigger the individual to use more frequently. In other words, abusing substances becomes the individuals primary means of coping with life’s difficulties. When this happens, the environment becomes so toxic that admission into a residential addiction treatment center may be necessary to give the individual a chance at recovery.   

Residential treatment offers a safe environment to begin to repair the damage caused by addiction.  At this stage, people are very vulnerable and treatment provides a safe place away from triggering situations in which they might relapse. They can focus on healing and recovery. Clients are taught more constructive coping strategies, relapse prevention and grounding techniques.  Read more

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