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Understanding Addiction is the First Step Towards Recovery

February 11, 2010

(Toronto, ON November 10, 2009) November 15-21, 2009 is National Addiction Awareness Week in Canada. Across the country, community groups, schools and workplaces will host workshops and seminars to raise awareness about addiction and foster healthy attitudes toward this national health crisis.

The goal of National Addiction Awareness Week is to de-stigmatize addiction, promote the fact that addiction is a treatable health issue, and spread the message that recovery from substance abuse and other addictive behaviours is possible. According to Penny Lawson, Manager of Family Services and Special Programs at Bellwood Health Services, education is integral to treatment and recovery from an addiction. Stigma towards addiction is a huge barrier preventing those in need from seeking help. National Addiction Awareness Week is an opportunity for Canadians to learn and talk about addiction, recovery and support groups, states Ms. Lawson. At Bellwood, openness, education and awareness are key components in our clients recovery process.

In addition to the care, counselling, and support provided by an experienced team of doctors, nurses, and therapists, Bellwood is a leader in providing addiction education and awareness. A recently launched innovative new website includes many educational resources for individuals, families, healthcare professionals and workplaces, as well as newsletters, press releases, and event-related information. Bellwood also offers educational workshops for families, employers, and healthcare professionals to learn about addiction, intervention strategies, and how to develop healthy environments in the home and workplace.

Bellwood Health Services, an accredited Toronto-based addiction treatment facility, is celebrating 25 years of providing quality programs and services for the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions, problem gambling, compulsive sexual behaviour and eating disorders. To read some encouraging stories of recovery, visit

For more information on any of Bellwoods treatment programs, visit or contact Julie Bowles at (416) 847-0751.

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Julie Bowles
Manager, Business Development
Bellwood Health Services
Phone: 416-847-0751

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