Month: November 2016

RECOVERY LIFE – Fall & Winter 2016


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

After an amazing Summer of fun and fellowship, TWC is gearing up for the change of seasons, and the holidays; the time of year when friends and families need each other most. We have had so many inspiring adventures in 2016, and plan to have many, many more in 2017.  LEAD a Recovery Life.


TWC Alumni Retreat – Mountain View

Don Presland and Rodrigo Rementeria from the TWC Alliance Program had a vision that began earlier this year – A recovery retreat for TWC Alumni. 

On November 25th to November 27th of this year, this vision was realized and 20 TWC alumni took part in a weekend of fun, fellowship and connections at the Mountain View Country House in Chilliwack. READ MORE


TWC Supporting our Community – BWSS

In support of BWSS Battered Women’s Support Services Together We Can organized a RIDE preceding The Recovery Day Street Festival on September 10th at 6th and 6th in New Westminster.

Battered Women’s Support Services have been helping girls and women in distress find peace and stability for over 35 years. The wonderful people at BWSS provide a safe and supportive forum for women to heal and remove themselves from violent situations. READ MORE


Alumni Outreach – TWC Street Team

 A group of TWC Alumni, led by Rodrigo Rementeria, have started an initiative to visit Greater Vancouver’s most impoverished areas with the goal of helping the less fortunate survive the winter months.

 This compassionate group of men have handed out sandwiches, socks and other necessities in an effort to provide some comfort and care during hard times. Motivated by a need to “pay it forward” and “be of service”, volunteers are driven by their own personal experiences and the impact of the current fentanyl crisis in Greater Vancouver.

 These fine young gentleman are definitely role models, selflessly devoting their time and energy to help alienated and marginalized segments of the population. READ MORE


Addiction Matters – National Addiction Awareness Week

The theme presented during National Addiction Awareness Week this year was “Addiction Matters.” This is especially appropriate and timely considering the wave of recent fentanyl relapses among drug users. 

Addiction is a disease that burns away in the light of understanding, acceptance and action. With misguided views and social stigmas continuing to prevail, the importance of educating society on the true nature of addiction is a monumental challenge. In order to provide the most effective level of care to those suffering at the hands of this illness, people in the recovery community are embracing National Addictions Awareness Week as medium to spread a message of hope. READ MORE


The Voter’s Have Spoken – Pride 2016 Awards  

The viewers have spoken and the results are official! With over 250 entries submitted, Together We Can and the Last Door Recovery Society have been awarded the Viewer’s Choice Award for their float entries in the 2016 Vancouver Pride Parade!

Our float’s truly were crowd-pleasers this year as onlookers jumped to the music, cheered and clapped for the great energy displayed. A special brand of passion and unity was presented by members of the recovery community who came out to support such this amazing event. READ MORE


Make a Difference In Someone Else’s Recovery

Volunteering and staying connected to Together We Can is a vital aspect of recovery for men completing our Residential Treatment Program. Once clients have successfully concluded their stay, they will have the opportunity to assist with Together We Can’s mission in a number of different ways. There is always someone who needs a hand up. 

Networking opportunities in the recovery community are limitless as a volunteer, and for many this position leads to employment and educational opportunities. READ MORE


Athletes In Recovery – The Nathan MacMaster Story

I never thought I would be an alcoholic and a drug addict. I grew up in a loving & caring home. I excelled in school. Like most young Canadian kids, I had aspirations of being an NHL hockey player

I had everything a young kid with his whole life ahead of him could ever imagine. But for some obscure reason, I never felt whole. I felt like I never fit in, I felt alone and different. I behaved certain ways to try and fill this void but nothing would suffice. At 14 years old I had my first drink, and all of a sudden I was whole. READ MORE


Men’s Trauma Centre Welcomes Olympian

The link between trauma and addiction is a very real and well documented phenomenon. Dr. Gabor Mate, addiction specialist, has worked extensively with abused addicts on Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.

He cites childhood trauma as one of the determining factors in the likelihood a person will become addicted to substances later in life. We as a society are becoming increasingly more aware of how addiction originates and manifests itself.

We as a society are becoming increasingly more aware of how addiction originates and manifests itself. READ MORE


Safe Injection Sites on the Rise: CBC News

The latest figures from the B.C. Coroners Service show 622 fatalities between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 this year, in that province alone.

Health authorities are on edge with the recent surge in overdose deaths and have recently confirmed the presence of carfentanyl on Vancouver streets. It’s far more powerful than the already feared fentanyl. The latest figures from the B.C. Coroners Service show 622 fatalities between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 this year, in that province alone. READ MORE


  REPRESENT – 15% Off TWC Apparel – On Sale Now!  


TWC apparel is on sale now – we have toques, shorts, hoodies, t-shirts and golf shirts available at a discounted price. Both functional and stylish, our apparel is made with high quality materials at an affordable price. 

Please visit our online shop , send us a cheque, come by in person or call us today to place your order! TWC merchandise is great for Christmas presents and will keep you or your loved ones this season. READ MORE


Upcoming Sobriety Milestones

  • James Murphy – 4 years – Resident Services – November 21st, 2016
  • Justin Jackson – 2 years – Addictions Counsellor – November 13, 2016th
  • Michael Cain – 2 years – Resident Services – October 31st, 2016
  • Lou Grant – 2 years – Addictions Counsellor – October 28th, 2016
  • Jonny Neufeld – 1 year – Intake Services – November 29th, 2016
  • Kamal Singh – 1 year – Support Services – November 28th, 2016
  • Jonathon Nolie – 1 year – Kitchen Staff – December 24th, 2016
  • Andrea Gallant – 17 years – Accounting Department – Dec 26, 2016 
  • Jeffery Norell – 12 years – Addictions Counsellor – January 7th, 2017
  • Mark Oliviera – 6 years – Intake Services – January 6th, 2017
  • Carol Anne Turbitt – 25 years – Addictions Counsellor – January 6th, 2017 


NA New Year’s Eve Dance 

The West Coast Area of NA Activities Commitee has been working hard to organize the 2016 NA New Year’s Eve Dance at the Yaletown Roundhouse in Downtown Vancouver.

Come on down and enjoy an amazing light show, DJ’s, dancing and other performers. The energy is always great at these events – join us and take in the New Year in style! READ MORE


Join Us at The Last Originals Show of 2016!

Please join us for an evening of live performances, celebrating the arts in recovery! 8:30pm-10:30pm Friday, Dec 16th at the Vancouver Alano Club – 1525 W 7th Ave, Vancouver.

In celebration of the holidays, there will some tasty treats laid out during the intermission for everyone to enjoy. This will be the last show of 2016. We have some bigger and better ideas coming in 2017 for The Originals. Stay tuned!!!!

If you are interested in performing, call Matt at 604-358-7843 to get on the performer list.

Click here to visit the Facebook events page. 

Addiction Matters – National Addiction Awareness Week


Let’s Show The World That Addiction Matters

National Addiction Awareness Week is underway as of Monday, November 13th and will continue until Saturday, November 19th of 2016. The theme this year is “Addiction Matters” which is especially appropriate and timely considering the wave of recent fentanyl relapses among drug users. 

Addiction is a disease that burns away in the light of understanding, acceptance and action. With misguided views and social stigmas continuing to prevail, the importance of educating society on the true nature of addiction is a monumental challenge. In order to provide the most effective level of care to those suffering at the hands of this illness, people in the recovery community are embracing National Addictions Awareness Week as medium to spread a message of hope. 

Some Key Facts To Raise Awareness:

  • By the year 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
  • In the province of British Columbia alone, the prediction is that about 750 people will die from an overdose by the end of this year. In fact, the number of overdose deaths has surpassed the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.
  • Canada is the second largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world, and there has been a notable increase in recent years of overdose deaths, emergency room visits and admissions to treatment programs because of opioids (International Narcotics Control Board 2013).

Phil Western, addiction counsellor at TWC, shared his thoughts on the fentanyl crisis earlier this year. Citing a lack of bed availability and funding for struggling addicts as major issues, Phil shares the same views as many professionals in the province working at treatment centres.

Canadians can no longer bury our heads in the sand and idely stand by as those who struggle with mental health and addiction fall prey to this terrible illness. Watch CTV Interview Here

Canada’s Opioid Conference and Summit is being held in Ottawa on November 18 and 19 which will further examine social and health impacts associated with opiate abuse in our nation. The goal of these discussion is to create dialogue around practical solutions for health care providers and professionals in the addiction treatment industry. 

Please join us in following the conversation at #NAAWCanada and #SMTPCanada on Twitter. Click here to visit our facebook page. 

TWC Supporting our Community – BWSS


In support of BWSS Battered Women’s Support Services Together We Can organized a RIDE preceding The Recovery Day Street Festival on September 10th at 6th and 6th in New Westminster. A great day of fellowship, food and unity! All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Beauty Night Society and Battered Women’s Support Services. Today the TWC Street Team went down to My Sister’s Closet to present the BWSS with the funds raised for their great cause.

Battered Women’s Support Servicesbeauty-nnight-3 have been helping girls and women in distress find peace and stability for over 35 years. The wonderful people at BWSS provide a safe and supportive forum for women to heal and remove themselves from violent situations.

Over the past year, over 13,000 women have benefited from the services provided by BWSS. With a progressive social agenda in mind, BWSS strives to liberate women and girls who have fallen victim to neglect and abuse. http://www.bwss.org/


 Giving Back Those in Need

 img_5755The TWC Street Reach Project, led by Rodrigo Rementeria, have been visiting Greater Vancouver’s most impoverished areas with the goal of helping the less fortunate survive the winter months. This compassionate group of men have handed out sandwiches, socks and other necessities in an effort to provide some comfort and care during hard times. 

Motivated by a need to “pay it forward” and “be of service”, volunteers are driven by their own personal experiences and the impact of the current fentanyl crisis in Greater Vancouver. Read More about TWC Street Reach Project


RIDE – Supporting BWSS and Beauty Night Society  

TWC And The Last Door Win Viewer’s Choice Award – Pride 2016


The Voters Have Spoken – It's Official!

The viewers have spoken and the results are official! With over 250 entries submitted, Together We Can and the Last Door Recovery Society have been awarded the Viewer’s Choice Award for their float entries in the 2016 Vancouver Pride Parade!

Our float's truly were crowd-pleasers this year as onlookers jumped to the music, cheered and clapped for the great energy displayed. A special brand of passion and unity was presented by members of the recovery community who came out to support such this amazing event. 

 Thank you to all of the volunteers and contributors who built, planned and danced up a storm on our beach fantasy themed float this year. It is truly amazing that Together We Can and The Last Door were able to spread the message of “fun in recovery” on such a grand scale that dazzled and deeply impacted spectators.

The TWC Addiction Recovery and Education Society empowers our residents with the principles of inclusiveness, diversity and acceptance to make a lasting, positive impact in the community.

A special thank you is extended to Don Presland and Rodrigo Pulgar at TWC’s Alliance Program for the countless hours of planning and preparing that went into making TWC’s Pride Float one to be remembered for years to come.

We would also like to thank Giuseppe and his team at the Last Door for bringing great energy and an outstanding entry to this year’s parade. We are thrilled when opportunities are available to broadcast our beliefs and can’t wait to do it again next year!

Click here to visit the Pride Society Facebook Page for updates and offical results on the voting!

https://www.facebook.com/TWCRecoveryLife 

 

TWC Supports Testicular Cancer Research


TWC Helps Nathan Fight Testicular Cancer

TWC Alumni Nathan MacMaster has begun “Movember” in full force to raise funds for research to support testicular cancer and men’s health. With many friends directly affected with this illness, Nate has committed to grow a moustache for the entire month of November to raise money and awareness for a cause that hits close to home. 

Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men, and rates have doubled in the last 50 years. The Movember Foundation is working to halve the number of deaths from testicular cancer by 2030, and Nathan is passionate about helping them attain this goal. Let’s rally together to fight a disease that is killing young men at an alarming rate. 

Together We Can will be matching any donations that Nathan generates for his campaign. Any amount contributed, no matter how small, will make a difference in preventing testicular cancer from destroying families and ruining lives.

Click here to donate now!