“I think I have the best job in the world! I get to see the “gifts of recovery” in action…”
This has been a big year. Starting to run addiction treatment groups at TOGETHER WE CAN has been one of the highlights. I just finished my 3rd cohort of a 4 part series called “Meaningful Recovery” where the discussion is based on the ideas of Viktor Frankl and Alfried Langle – an existential addictions treatment program where we talk about acceptance, values, self-worth and meaning all through the lens of addiction recovery. I am feeling blessed from this last one. Such a special group of men. On Sunday afternoons we sweat it out in a darkened garage talking about pain and suffering; as well as, hope and redemption.
The “gifts of recovery” is a phrase often used to talk about the perspective and mindful care that can come out of dealing with a substance use disorder. As an addictions therapist I get the privilege of seeing this in action. The openness, courage and warmth that I see these guys stepping into is such an inspiration. Healing comes from their connections. Through their willingness to be vulnerable, they become heroes to each other, and teachers to me.
When “Addiction Therapist” is your job title people comment how hard it must be (and to be clear there are hard things after-all not everyone makes it out the other side); however, I think I have the best job in the world! I get to see the “gifts of recovery” in action. I witness men working hard to become literally their best selves, and by extension this centers around being better for their loved ones, and the world at large. It is humbling and fills me full of awe that I get to play a small role in all this. There is a lot of fear going around, so maybe if we also looked into the pockets of healthy change going on around, we might see important teachings that could benefit so many.
More feelings going on than I can do justice through words…simply put I am appreciative of these “gifts of recovery” from human beings who as fellow travellers are teaching me so much about the journey.
Mike Mathers – Addictions Therapist at TWC
Recovery Day BC Festival
2 pm to 6 pm, Saturday September 10th.
6th and 6th, New Westminster, BC
All are welcome to join us for the 2016 RECOVERY DAY BC FESTIVAL located in Uptown New Westminster. UN-mute your recovery story, support your friends and family in recovery. Come and learn about the many pathways to life, and recovery from addictions.
Recovery Day BC is a street festival, a rally, a protest, a celebration of life for those lost, and for those who have found a new way to live. One day at a time, or just for today, we can overcome the stigma of addiction and the stigma of recovery.
Bif Naked and her full rock show https://www.facebook.com/Bif-Naked-52180916228/
Local Musical Talents – More details soon
TEDtalks style Wellness Centre
Massive Street Fair with vendors from all over the lower mainland
Kids Zone and other family activities
…and lots more!!
Be a #RecoveryAlly on September 10th 2016
Click HERE for Facebook Event Page
2016 Vancouver PRIDE Parade
TOGETHER WE CAN is excited to have DJ STAMINA joining us on our float for the 38th Annual PRIDE Parade. This is the first of many years that TWC will have a float as part of the PRIDE celebration, so there is an extra layer of excitement.
Come and join the fun!! 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 Desman Street, and continue onto Beach Avenue — 12pm to 3pm.