Bellwood is pleased to share with you the exciting news that we recently completed our accreditation process and have received the highest level of certification from Accreditation Canada: Accreditation with Exemplary Standing. This award level is a repeat of our 2012 achievement and reflects our continuing commitment to quality and services to our clients.
As part of the accreditation process, Bellwood was evaluated on 417 safety and quality standards, and met each one of these standards. Quality dimensions included:
Continuity of services
Bellwood is committed to providing excellent care and service to our clients, their families, and our community partners. Our commitment to quality is long-standing, and is reflected through our membership in the Edgewood Health Network, Canada’s first truly national organization for addiction treatment services.
We will strive to continue to deliver high quality care and services to individuals and families dealing with addictions, substance abuse, eating disorders, concurrent trauma issues, and other related problems, and are excited to announcement that we will be re-locating to a newly renovated, state of the art facility in the Fall of this year. Read more
Written By: Julie Bowles
(Originally published in Winter Issue of Moods Magazine, 2016, www.moodsmag.com)
Addiction in the workplace is nothing new. Employers have had to deal with the issues relating to addicted employees ever since alcohol became integrated into our society, over 200 years ago. Early on, employers identified that certain employees were more affected by alcohol, and prone to accidents and low productivity. However, until the birth of the early-model treatment programs for alcohol in the 1940s, there were few options for employers who wanted to help their employees. This need led to the development of Occupational Alcoholism Programs, the forerunner of today’s Employee Assistant Programs, or EAPs.
Awareness and understanding of workplace addiction issues continue to grow, with policies and legislation designed to protect both the employer and employee, and a willingness on the part of organizations to support an employee with counselling and treatment. Read more
Written By: Lana Robson CCAC, Addiction & Family Counsellor
I always refer to the question, “Who or What do you have control over?” The answer is you. At the end of the day you can only control yourself. It can be very difficult for loved ones and family members to watch their addicted loved one destroy their lives and ultimately themselves. Love and fear motivate family members to try to improve the situation, take control and assume responsibilities. As many of you may have discovered the hard way – this doesn’t work.
Loved ones are drawn into the chaos that comes with addiction. They feel powerless. Although there is a feeling of powerlessness, it’s quite the opposite – family members have more power than they realize.
CRAFT for Family Members
The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) was developed in the 70’s. Read more
“This is WHO I AM! Why are you trying to change me? I stopped drinking!” Sound familiar? Statements like these are examples of what people might say who’ve stopped drinking but continue to behave as if they were still drinking or using. You see, becoming sober is just one part of addiction recovery. This behaviour is commonly referred to as untreated sobriety.
It’s important to recognize this behaviour because it usually presents itself as anger and resentment. These emotions are triggering for your recovery. The anger and resentment are usually a result of not being able to accept that you can no longer use substances to feel better. In essence, what you may be experiencing is grief over the loss of your drug of choice.
We spoke to Kim Holmgren, Addiction Counsellor at Bellwood Health Services to discuss what “dry drunk syndrome” looks like. Read more
When you complete an addiction treatment program at Bellwood Health Services, our clinical team will tell you what to expect in early recovery and will often advise you to not make any major decisions once you leave treatment. But life has a way of throwing you a curve ball when you least expect it, such as the loss of someone beloved. Recognizing your feelings and using the skills you learned while in treatment can help you manage and get through difficult times.
We spoke to Wendy Cope, MA, CPsych Assoc., Team Leader of Outpatient and Continuing Care at Bellwood Health Services to discuss this important and difficult experience. Wendy Cope states that loss can happen in many ways, “I had a recent case with a client who had a number of losses in a short period of time. This client was going through the loss of a parent, loss of a job and needing to move out of a home. Read more