Month: June 2015

With Service comes Happiness


TWC Alumni Help Clothe the Downtown East Side

As a man in Recovery, service work has always been an important tool in keeping me clean and sober.  It was one of the first things I had heard and witnessed when I came into Recovery 3 years ago.  Selflessly giving back with no expectation of anything in return brought a feeling of inner happiness for helping out a fellow man in need.  It started with stacking chairs at a meeting or spending time with a new comer.  I’ve learned that service work comes in many forms.  TWC Alumni, their friends and volunteers came together to help out the people of the downtown East side and put a smile on their faces while giving them a glimmer of hope.

As we began setting up in Oppenheimer Park early Saturday morning, putting up tables and organizing a full van of clothing, the people of the DTES started to congregate towards us.  They were inquisitive, patient and gracious throughout the event.  Everyone took what they needed and moved along so the next person in line could find some buried treasure that would keep them warm through nights of life on skid row.  Every single one of them gave thanks for our help and kindness in giving back to an area desperately in need of compassion and charity.  It only took a couple hours for the seemingly endless supply of donated clothes to be distributed throughout the community. Our team dropped off the remaining clothing to a local shelter at the end of the day.

This was the first clothing drive I had the pleasure of being a part of and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  To be part of the TWC Alumni and being able to be of service to a community I have nothing but empathy and love for, made my day and gave me a sincere sense of purpose in the world.  Thank you TWC and all the kind people who donated clothing and made this event possible.

Addiction-Fighters


Fighting the Disease of Addiction One Person at a Time

Together We Can is extremely excited to begin working with Linda Devlin and Patti Pike of Addiction-Fighters.com.  Raising awareness of the disease of addiction is only the beginning. Having the resources of a website such as Addiction-Fighters.com to be able help point people in the direction best suited for that individual is highly beneficial.

Addiction can be very complex and affect individuals in many different ways. Addiction-Fighters.com provides information, education and resources designed specifically for:

• Individuals seeking treatment

• Family members and friends

• Healthcare professionals

• Employers

A number of interactive elements on the site are designed to help users who may initially be apprehensive about speaking with someone regarding their problem. Linda Devlin & Patti Pike, founders of Addiction-Fighters.com, explain that for many people, trying to find help can be very daunting.

Addiction-fighters.com serves as a virtual bridge to the help they need. By visiting this site, individuals can enter the informational realm of recovery before physically entering the service best suited for them. Our hope is that this new site will help encourage individuals to reach out for help and take the first steps towards recovery.

Millions of people affected by the disease of addiction find their way to services through routes such as government funded and community service agencies which can be difficult to navigate. Addiction-Fighters.com assists in the navigation toward the treatment best suited for the individual. These highly skilled professionals are dedicated to providing the best care possible in the right setting for that individual in order to optimize treatment and offer the best opportunities for sustained recovery.

Patricia receives many calls from the parents and loved ones of addicts all over the country asking the question, “What can I do to help fight the addiction?” Interventions have proven that “WE DO NOT NEED TO KICK OUR LOVED ONES TO THE CURB” and that “WAITING FOR THEM TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM” are words from the past. Research has proven that, interventions work 85% of the time. The 15% who do not seek treatment at the intervention meeting are more likely to accept treatment within two weeks as long as the family members are willing to follow through on the limitations set out at the start of the intervention.

If you have a loved one suffering from the disease of addiction and you wish to conduct a  professional intervention, Patricia holds a 92% success rate and believes strongly in advocating for the addict as well as for the family. You do not have to do this alone.

Addiction-Fighters.com is available for free consultation. The Case Manager will help each individual find the best suited treatment options. We provide interventionists, case management, family systemic approaches and aftercare to those who need some help with their loved one.

Our Story: Addiction-fighters.com was founded by Linda Lane Devlin and Patricia Pike. Both addiction specialists started working in Canada’s poorest postal code 15 years ago. They were called Addiction Fighters by the clients they served and the name has stayed with them ever since. They learned through advocating for their clients that it can be extremely difficult to choose the service best suited for that person’s individual needs.

Patricia, co-founder of Addiction-Fighters.com holds certification in Addiction Studies, CAADC II (California), I.C.A.D.C (International Addiction Certification for the treatment of Addiction and Alcoholism and is a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) from the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). She practices in both the United States and Canada. Patricia is now facilitating Intervention Trainings & Seminars Internationally to enrich and inspire the behavioral health community and raise the bar on the quality of treatment offered to those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.

Linda Lane Devlin I.C.A.D.C. is the co-founder of Addiction-Fighters.com. Linda worked in the social services industry for over fifteen years and continued on to become one of the top Executive Management Leaders in the Health Care Industry. She has been involved in many provincial and national strategies in health initiatives including the council on Workplace Health and Wellness where building a psychologically safe workplace and “Practical Approaches to Success” were implemented. She also participated in the creation of the New National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the workplace. Linda is a Registered Addictions Counsellor through the Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation with an international designation in Addiction Service Provision.

For Media Inquiries please contact: Linda Lane Devlin – Co Founder www.Addiction-Fighters.com

Phone: 1-778-231-9576

Email: Linda@addiction-fighters.com

Addiction-Fighters.com is committed to  providing core services to help individuals and families deal with the everyday complexity of addictions and behavior health.