Month: May 2016

REPRESENTING – TWC Galas and Conferences


Turning Point Recovery Gala

Mick D, Jordan D, Vince P
Mick D, Jordan D, Vince P

Together We Can staff members Mick Dosanjh, Steve Bull, Jordan Davies and Vince Pirozzi attended the 9th Annual Turning Point Recovery Gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday in support of the fight against addiction in Vancouver. Over $10,000 was raised to support residents of Turning Point’s Recovery Program and Terry Lake, B.C. Minister of Health, showed government support in the form of a $500,000 cheque.

This year’s celebrity guest speaker was the famous musician David Crosby who openly shared his personal struggles with addiction and his path to freedom from substances. It was a truly heart warming and inspirational night for everyone in attendance at the Gala in this display of compassion and generosity. Together We Can recognizes the need for continual community and government support in the ongoing battle we face with the disease of addiction.

Thank you to Turning Point Recovery Society for hosting this wonderful event!


TOGETHER WE CAN – Building A Better Life in Cali

Rodrigo P, Don P, James A, Graeme T
RODRIGO P, DON P, JAMES A, GRAEME T

A group of Together We Can staff and alumni took a well-deserved vacation to California where they represented TWC in style. Don PreslandRodrigo Alejandro RementeriaJames Akey and Graham Tippett spent time visiting a number of treatment centers including Michael’s House Outpatient CenterLifes Journey Center, Inc. and Palm Springs Recovery Center. These fine young gentlemen spread the word about Together We Can at every opportunity filled with gratitude and appreciation of the drastic changes that have taken place in their lives. Aside from visiting treatment centers, Disneyland and Hollywood Boulevard, the guys attended the Sober in the Sun LGBTQ Recovery Convention in Palm Springs where the theme was “Building A Better Life.”

We are proud that Together We Can was represented by young men who are so passionate and enthusiastic about spreading the message of hope and compassion which acts as the backbone of TWC’s recovery philosophy. The guys also paid a visit to the World Services on the last leg of their journey through Palm Springs and Los Angeles. They were not disappointed after witnessing the history of Narcotics Anonymous first hand at the NA World Service Office in Chatsworth, California. This office handles the production of all approved literature, provides resources for ventures approved by the WSC (NA World Service Conference) and also supports the NA fellowship on a worldwide level. Legal responsibilities are also administered here to ensure that NA traditions are adhered to and protocols followed regarding finances and copyright laws. Don PreslandJames AkeyRodrigo Alejandro Rementeria and Graham Tippett flew back with their “spiritual reserves” at full after sharing their love and gratitude for recovery in California.

Thanks for being such great representatives of Together We Can guys!

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Sponsorship: A Guide Through the Chaos of Early Recovery


Vince P and Mick D TWC
Vince P and Mick D

One of the most sacred relationships in recovery is that of the sponsor and sponsee. Without guides, mentors and role models, people in early recovery are doomed to rely on old and unhealthy beliefs that inevitably lead to repetitive, undesirable outcomes.

Mick Dosanjh, one of our CCAC accredited addictions counsellors, has accumulated over ten years of sobriety which he credits directly to extensive work with other alcoholics and addicts. Aside from the energy Mick devotes to clients at Together We Can, he also spends his free time being of service by introducing newcomers to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. One of these individuals that Mick has led on a path of forgiveness and inspiration is Together We Can’s very own Vince Pirozzi.

Vince entered Together We Can just over a year ago in a state of utter bewilderment and complete defeat. He constantly stared at the ground as he shuffled around Together We Can a broken, lost and hopeless soul. After his initial detox, Vince began to see a small sliver of hope by witnessing other men with similar stories lead a new way of life void of alcohol and drugs. Vince began to quickly realize that people around him were getting well and reaping the benefits of spiritual growth. The emptiness and self-loathing that plagues those in the grips of addiction paints a bleak and desolate picture of what the future will bring. Vince made it his mission to instill in others the principles embodied in the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous through selfless service work and devotion to a great good.

Vinny just recently celebrated a year of continuous sobriety and is an example of where hard work and dedication can lead someone. Vinny is admired and appreciated in the recovery community for being a good friend and knowledgeable young man in recovery. He has made great strides and is definitely a role model and testament to the lasting changes that can result from working hard and being true to yourself.

Questions & Answers on Sponsorship

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Aboriginal Spirituality at Together We Can


Top of The Chief - Smudge
Top of The Chief – Smudge

Men who arrive at Together We Can have an excess of stored negative energy accumulated from lives dominated by the lash of addiction. Louis Grant, Together We Can’s Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist, regularly implements the practice of smudging in his daily therapy sessions. Smudging is an age-old ritual utilized by indigenous groups around the world as a way to harness the “spirits” found in nature to cleanse and renew weary souls.

Aside from group smudges at our main facility on Kingsway, clients are also treated spiritual adventures at the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, Buntzen Lake in Coquitlam and Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. Tapping into the spiritual realm with the help and instruction offered by a guide such as Louis allows for deep, therapeutic experiences which can have a dramatic, positive and lasting affect on individuals in recovery.

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TOGETHER WE CAN – Helping Veterans Recover


Mike C - Together We CanAddiction is a complicated disease to treat, especially when co-occurring disorders exist which can act as fuel on an already raging fire. Our Residential Treatment Program encompasses a vast array of therapeutic tools and approaches which help our clients escape the pain and suffering caused by substance misuse. Together We Can offers veterans who suffer from mental illness the opportunity to seek treatment for their PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms.

Mike Cain, former Naval Communicator with the HMCS in St. Johns, came to us seeking help for his cocaine problem after years of suffering mental, physical and emotional torture at the hands of his addiction. Mike experienced trauma starting in his childhood which quickly led him to look for ways and means to escape reality. He was anti-social by nature and felt like he didn’t quite fit in anywhere, traits which anyone with addiction issues can quickly relate to. Mike joined the Navy at thirty-four with the intention of benefiting from the structure and discipline he so desperately needed. Mike also tried the “geographic cure” by relocating from Victoria to Halifax. No matter how far he sailed or where he called home, Mike was inevitably met by his greatest problem: himself.

Mike C - Naval Communicator
Mike C – Naval Communicator

Courtney Nichols, one of our Registered Clinical Counsellors, has extensive experience working with veterans that come through our doors seeking relief from the anguish of their past. She is a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) Certified Therapist for Anxiety Disorder with additional specialty training and experience working in the areas of depression, PTSD, OCD & psychosis. Courtney helped Mike work through the trauma of his childhood that persistently influenced his thoughts and behaviours. Mike was able to work through his pre-conceived notions and exercise forgiveness, compassion and self-love. Putting his discipline and attention to detail in good use, Together We Can has gainfully employed Mike as one of our Client Care Coordinators. Mike’s outlook, attitude and thinking have change drastically for the better and he has been “clean and serene” for well over a year. The misery and chaos that plagued Mike for so long no longer controls his thoughts, behaviours and actions on a daily basis. To hear more from Mike and his story, please watch his testimonial on YouTube by clicking here.

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TOGETHER WE CAN – Helping Veterans Recover

Mike C - Naval Communicator
Mike C – Naval Communicator

Addiction is a complicated disease to treat, especially when co-occurring disorders exist which can act as fuel on an already raging fire. Our Residential Treatment Program encompasses a vast array of therapeutic tools and approaches which help our clients escape the pain and suffering caused by substance misuse. Together We Can offers veterans who suffer from mental illness the opportunity to seek treatment for their PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) symptoms.

Mike Cain, former Naval Communicator with the HMCS in St. Johns, came to us seeking help for his cocaine problem after years of suffering mental, physical and emotional torture at the hands of his addiction. Mike experienced trauma starting in his childhood which quickly led him to look for ways and means to escape reality.

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Aboriginal Spirituality at TOGETHER WE CAN

Top of The Chief - Smudge
Top of The Chief – Smudge

Men who arrive at Together We Can have an excess of stored negative energy accumulated from lives dominated by the lash of addiction. Louis Grant, Together We Can’s Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist, regularly implements the practice of smudging in his daily therapy sessions. Smudging is an age-old ritual utilized by indigenous groups around the world as a way to harness the “spirits” found in nature to cleanse and renew weary souls.

Aside from group smudges at our main facility on Kingsway, clients are also treated spiritual adventures at the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, Buntzen Lake in Coquitlam and Lynn Canyon in North Vancouver. Tapping into the spiritual realm with the help and instruction offered by a guide such as Louis allows for deep, therapeutic experiences which can have a dramatic, positive and lasting affect on individuals in recovery.

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SPONSORSHIP – A Guide Through the Chaos of Early Recovery

Vince P and Mick D TWC
Vince P and Mick D

One of the most sacred relationships in recovery is that of the sponsor and sponsee. Without guides, mentors and role models, people in early recovery are doomed to rely on old and unhealthy beliefs that inevitably lead to repetitive, undesirable outcomes.

Mick Dosanjh, one of our CCAC accredited addictions counsellors, has accumulated over ten years of sobriety which he credits directly to extensive work with other alcoholics and addicts. Aside from the energy Mick devotes to clients at Together We Can, he also spends his free time being of service by introducing newcomers to the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. One of these individuals that Mick has led on a path of forgiveness and inspiration is Together We Can’s very own Vince Pirozzi.

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Coastal Health Combats Overdoses in Vancouver

Could This Big Announcement Bring Down Deaths Due to Drug Overdose in Vancouver?

Coastal Health CombatsIn the past couple of weeks, the same class of drugs that was discussed in the State of the Union address and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sometime ago had killed more U.S. citizens than car accidents and even made hundreds of people addicted. Those drugs are called Opioids – drugs like codeine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), and morphine (Kadian, Avinza).   

Hundreds of people who started taking opioid to control body pain are now struggling to sleep without it. Instead of consulting the doc to find a quick fix to their addiction, a lot of people are heading to physicians and medical centers to get more opioids. What was just a remedy to control pain is now giving people the most painful experience in their lives. They’re addicted and some of them quit their jobs and went in search of (illegal) higher pleasure drugs like heroine.

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REPRESENTING – TWC Galas and Conferences

Turning Point Recovery Gala

Mick D, Jordan D, Vince P
Mick D, Jordan D, Vince P

Together We Can staff members Mick Dosanjh, Steve Bull, Jordan Davies and Vince Pirozzi attended the 9thAnnual Turning Point Recovery Gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday in support of the fight against addiction in Vancouver. Over $10,000 was raised to support residents of Turning Point’s Recovery Program and Terry Lake, B.C. Minister of Health, showed government support in the form of a $500,000 cheque.

This year’s celebrity guest speaker was the famous musician David Crosby who openly shared his personal struggles with addiction and his path to freedom from substances.

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TOGETHER WE CAN – Building A Better Life in Cali

Rodrigo P, Don P, James A, Graeme T
Rodrigo P, Don P, James A, Graham T

A group of Together We Can staff and alumni took a well-deserved vacation to California where they represented TWC in style. Don Presland, Rodrigo Alejandro Rementeria, James Akey and Graham Tippett spent time visiting a number of treatment centers including Michael’s House Outpatient Center, Lifes Journey Center, Inc. and Palm Springs Recovery Center.

These fine young gentlemen spread the word about Together We Can at every opportunity filled with gratitude and appreciation of the drastic changes that have taken place in their lives. Aside from visiting treatment centers, Disneyland and Hollywood Boulevard, the guys attended the Sober in the Sun LGBTQ Recovery Convention in Palm Springs where the theme was “Building A Better Life.”

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TOGETHER WE CAN – Upcoming Events Summer 2016

THmay originalsE ORIGINALS  – 2 Year Anniversary Showcase at Vancouver Recovery Club. Friday May 26th

Can you believe it’s been 2 years since our first show?! Come check out our 2 Year Anniversary Showcase! A night of live music and fellowship with and for people in recovery! If you are interested in signing up to perform, call Matt R at 604-358-7843.

Admission is $5, (half-price with proof of residence in a recovery facility)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1201285129881512/

 

 

 


Family Alumni BBQ FlyerTWC Family & Alumni BBQ – Sunday, June 26th, 2-9pm, Dinner at 5pm. John Hendry Picnic Area, Trout Lake.

Join us on for a BBQ dinner hosted by TWC – family and friends are welcome to attend!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1199990536692015/

 


Vancouver Pride Parade – July 31st – 12pm to 3pm. Vancouver West End.

Vancouver Pride Parade
Vancouver Pride Parade

Come and join the fun!! This is the first year that TWC will have a float as part of the PRIDE celebration. We will also have an information booth set up at the Sunset Beach Festival!!!

PRIDE is one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting major crowds every year, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events in the world.

Come down for the hottest day Vancouver has all year, but don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, hat, and water! Temperatures run high on Parade day, so keep out of the sun and stay hydrated!

The parade will kickoff on Thurlow at Robson street, turn left down Denman Street, and continue onto Beach Avenue.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1359992770682734/


The Slam Recovery Slo-Pitch Tournament – August 13th and 14th, Moody Park, New Westminster

Slam Recovery Slo-Pitch
Slam Recovery Slo-Pitch

TWC is looking forward to participating in this year’s Slo-pitch tournament.

More details coming soon!

TWC Originals – 2 Year Anniversary Showcase This Friday!


Join us this Friday at the Vancouver Recovery Club for a night of fun and live music!
Click on the image below to visit the Originals 2 Year Anniversary Events Page!
Feel free to bring your friends and family, hope to see you there!

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Click here to visit and like the official TWC Vancouver Facebook Page!

Thank you Beefway Meats!


Together We Can would like to thank Beefway Meats for generously donating hamburgers and hot dogs for our Family and Alumni BBQ. Beefway has been supplying Together We Can with quality meats for years and has always been community oriented and supportive of our cause. They take pride in being a “Traditional Butcher Shop” and cut all of their meats in-house to ensure the high standard of quality they are known for is maintained. These 100 hamburgers and 200 hot dogs will be enjoyed by our alumni and their family members on June 26th and Beefway has offered to donate food for our Family and Alumni BBQ’s for years to come. Thank you again from everyone at Together We Can!

Click here to visit the Beefway Meat’s website.

Family Alumni BBQ FlyerBeefway

The Originals 2 Year Anniversary Show – May 27th


Can you believe it’s been 2 years since our first show?! Come check out TWC – The Originals – 2 Year Anniversary Showcase, May 27th. A night of live music and fellowship with and for people in recovery!
If you are interested in signing up to perform, call Matt R at 604-358-7843.
Admission is $5 (half-price for residents of a treatment facility).

Watch videos from previous performances on Youtube by clicking here!

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Coastal Health Combats Overdoses In Vancouver


Could This Big Announcement Bring Down Deaths Due to Drug Overdose in Vancouver?

Coastal Health CombatsIn the past couple of weeks, the same class of drugs that was discussed in the State of the Union address and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sometime ago had killed more U.S. citizens than car accidents and even made hundreds of people addicted. Those drugs are called Opioids – drugs like codeine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), and morphine (Kadian, Avinza).   

Hundreds of people who started taking opioid to control body pain are now struggling to sleep without it. Instead of consulting the doc to find a quick fix to their addiction, a lot of people are heading to physicians and medical centers to get more opioids. What was just a remedy to control pain is now giving people the most painful experience in their lives. They’re addicted and some of them quit their jobs and went in search of (illegal) higher pleasure drugs like heroine.

The situation in Vancouver, British Columbia is no better. Fatal overdose of painkillers and an increase in the number of drugs addicts has caused frustration among people over the government for not taking adequate measures to put an end to opioid crisis in the city.  

Finally, there seems to be an answer…

Dr. Evan Wood
Dr. Evan Wood

Vancouver Coastal Health recently announced a solution to control the growing number of problems concerned with painkiller drug addiction. Dr. Evan Wood, the medical representative at Vancouver Coastal Health, told The Early Edition that methadone, which has been the first choice prescription for narcotic (opiate) addiction, will no longer be prescribed. Instead, people will be recommended to take another drug called Suboxone.

The reason he said was, Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist and very effective against opioid addiction. Heroin and Methadone are addictive in their own ways, but this one is different. When consumed by the patient, Suboxone works directly on the opioid receptor in the brain and prevents opioid from stimulating other receptors thereby saving users from fatal overdose. Dr.Wood also stated that Suboxone can be taken at home so the patient need not even go to the pharmacy for everyday use.     

The new approach also aims at reviewing the existing detox services, said Dr.Wood in response to a question on inferior continuity care. He said people who go through detox are likely to experience lesser tolerance to opioids and that can in turn cause catastrophic outcomes related to fatal overdose. Hence, the new approach opposes ‘detox only’ recommendation against opioid addiction.

Dr.Wood also stated that the local health care system should focus more on monitoring people suffering from opioid addiction in order to help them get out of their problem. He also expressed his hopes on VCH launching a new system to treat opioid drug addiction by 2017.  

Families and AddictionThe recent announcements have come as a big relief to families whose members are struggling to overcome drug addiction. One person that is particularly happy about the state’s decision is Leslie McBain. She lost her son Jordan to drug addiction earlier this year.

Jordan was prescribed oxycodone for a back injury he was experiencing at workplace. Regular use of the drug resulted in addiction and finally took his life, said McBain. Even when the youngster was struggling to overcome addiction, the doctor couldn’t do much except giving detox and counseling him against using the same drug the doctor himself had prescribed. Three months after detox, Jordan died of drug overdose, his mother said.

McBain believes the new approach by Vancouver Coastal Health will help save the lives of hundreds of people and eventually save many parents from facing the sad situation that she is facing now. People in Vancouver have expressed happiness over the new guidelines and are hoping for betterment in the lives of people struggling to overcome opioid addiction.

Here’s a withdrawal ease infographic on opioid epidemic that highlights how pain killers took a toll in the lives of New Hampshire residents.

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