Month: October 2017

Intervention 101 – Training & Skills Course


Intervention 101 – Training & Skills Course

November 17th & 18th from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Together We Can Addiction Recovery & Education Society
2831 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC Canada, V5R 5H9

To register for the Interventionist Training
Phone 604-451-9854 or email reception@twcrecoverylife.org

Patricia Pike: (415) 827-3725
patti.pike@canaminterventions.com

Cost: $950.00 –  or Students: $500.00


Get trained as an Intervention professional and learn how to work with families as they work through their struggles with addictions.

This course is ideal for Family Workers, Admission Staff, Therapist, Addiction Doctors, Treatment Provider, and Social Worker. Participants will earn 21 CEU’s (credited education units) that are applicable towards a Certified Interventionist Professional (CIP/PCB).


Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction of Intervention Approaches – This module introduces intervention approaches that provide a clear understanding of the history and various approaches and practices of interventions work.

Module 2: Practical Techniques & Case Management Skills – This module introduces practical skills for intervention styles and approaches & Case Management skills, defining a clear action plan for the process and preparation of pre-and post-intervention work.

Module 3: Family Dynamitic & the Cycle of Addictive Behaviors – This module introduces participants to the patterns and traits of addiction & mental health within families & relationships, the importance of education for the intervention group, assessment of referral, and treatment planning & aftercare services.

Module 4: The Disease Model & Behaviors Addictions – This module is designed to give participants basic information on “The Disease Model” as well as give will give you a clear understanding on alcoholism, and chemical dependencies, information on drugs, treatments and the various traits of addictive behaviors in preparation for intervention cases.

Module 5: Ethics & Confidentiality Laws for Interventions – This module addresses the importance of ethics and confidentiality and obtaining a professional organization to practice professional guidelines for interventions work such as NAADC and PCB.

Module 6: Business Development & Mock Intervention – This module will help participants to gain a clear understanding of the professional and business side of becoming a professional and certified interventionist.


 

Patricia Pike – LAADC, ICADC, CIP CAADC

Interventionist Trainer
Nationally Board Registered Interventionist and Addiction Specialist

Patricia has conducted hundreds of Interventions with a 92% success rate both in the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Pike is a currently a professional member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals that holds an accredited Masters Certification in Addiction Studies internationally.

Ms. Pike is a highly trained expert drawing from her skills with over 24 years of professional experience. Her education background includes; Licensed Advanced Alcohol Drug Counsellor (LAADAC),Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC II), long standing member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation, Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor through the ICRC (I.C.A.D.C) and Board Certified Intervention Professional (CIP/PCB) through the Pennsylvania Certification Board.

Learn More about Patricia Pike Here: www.canaminterventions.com and www.interventionscanada.com



​To register for the Interventionist Training, please phone 604-451-9854 or email reception@twcrecoverylife.org

Together We Can Partners With the British Columbia Hockey League


Vancouver BC, October 24th, 2017 – Together We Can Addiction Recover and Education Society is proud to announce its new partnership with the British Columbia Hockey League.  Our combined mission is to offer players, fans, and families access to greater resources, awareness and addiction recovery services.

“The pressures of Junior hockey can give some the idea they have failed and if an injury, particularly a concussion, is added to the equation it can be hard to cope with,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale.

“The partnerships we’ve joined are for the best interests and well-being of players. But we also want everyone in our league, including fans and all residents of each BCHL community, to know these services are available to the public should they feel the need to ask.”

“Together We Can Addiction Recovery and Education Centre is very excited to partner with the BCHL to help bring awareness and support to men and families who may struggle with addictions,” said TWC communications manager Christopher Steffler.

“While many athletes may experience addiction in their lives, we also know that sports play an important role in the healing process. Participation brings people together to work towards a common goal and encourages physical fitness, both of which are integral to leading a healthy lifestyle and building a life in sobriety.”

Together We Can is uniquely poised to partner with the BCHL on the issues of substance reliance and the therapeutic benefits of sport by the leadership and experiences of two of their staff members. Both former Junior hockey players Steve Bull and Nathan MacMaster excelled in the Junior hockey league, and have overcome substance reliance issues to become integral members of the Together We Can Intake Servies team.

Supporting athletes with substance reliance issues, and offering them an athletic outlet as part of their recovery program is something that Together We Can’s Nathan MacMaster is passionate about.

“I know a lot of my struggles began during my time playing Junior hockey. I would have loved to have a former player to chat with at that time,” explains Nathan MacMaster.

“Having Steve Bull here, and being fortunate enough to have him take a special interest in myself, allowed me to connect with someone who travelled a very similar path as I had. Steve showed me that recovery is possible, and that it is also possible to live a normal, happy, healthy life.”

The new partnership between TWC and the BCHL is not limited to only players and fans of Junior hockey, but is being offered to anyone struggling with substance reliance issues.

“Existing BCHL initiatives with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and with HeadCheck Health fit in with Together We Can as all three groups provide tools to individuals, not just players, who may have been affected by head injuries, low mood and depression,” says the BCHL. “Each group provides specific resources and the BCHL has identified that people may need one or all of the groups’ expertise. That holds for any individual, whether they are an athlete, fan, or otherwise. The BCHL’s partnerships offer support to anyone, whether they are involved in the league or not.”

Together We Can understands that long-term recovery is most successful when people are provided health and wellness supports for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.  As a registered charity, Together We Can is dedicated to building positive community relationships with families, donors, partners, and government.

Together, the BCHL and TWC can continue to make a difference in our communities.

Recovery Life – TWC Fall 2017 Newsletter


 

After an amazing Summer of fun and fellowship, TWC is gearing up for the changing of the seasons. We have had so many inspiring stories and adventures in the past few months, and plan to have many more as we approach the holidays.
Lead a Recovery Life.


Elevate Life Wellness Centre Opens Its Doors

We are very excited to announce the opening of Elevate Life Wellness Centre, the newest treatment offering from Together We Can, that is situated in Burnaby, British Columbia, Elevate Life combines residential comforts with privacy and the highest quality of clinical care.

Our mission is to carry on with our tradition of providing the finest treatment services available anywhere, while also catering to client’s individual needs for exclusivity, privacy and comfort. READ MORE


Treating Addiction With Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Kim Graham, TCM
TWC Wellness Blog Contributor.

There is no doubting the damaging effects that stress and addiction have on the body. When our qi(chee) is flowing smoothly, we are well, emotionally, spiritually and physically. When there is a blockage caused by emotional, spiritual or physical factors, qi cannot flow smoothly resulting in disharmony and/or disease.

Engaging in activities that work to promote the free flow of qi, like acupuncture, meditation and breathing exercises, you can effectively rebalance and restore wellness at an accelerated rate. READ MORE


Portugal’s Approach on Drugs – Medical Issue not Criminal Issue

16 years after making a bold move to treat drug use as a medical issue rather than a criminal issue, Portugal is now experiencing one of the lowest rates of overdose in the EU second only to Romania.

The distance between Portugal's overdose rates, and those of British Columbia, are eye opening. In 2016, Portugal's had 6 deaths per million population for their entire country is based off of a population of 10.3 million, which is more than double the population of BC.

The province of BC with a population of 4.6 million is on track to top 1400 overdose deaths for 2017, which translates into 304 deaths per million population. 5000% more than Portugal per capita. READ MORE


'All My Relations' Program Builds a Community Garden In White Rock

Recently, a community group in White Rock contacted Together We Can to assist with the development of a new community garden. Growing by the Sea is a grassroots organization that has partnered with several other community organizations to expand the community garden at White Rock's Centennial Park.

On Saturday September 16, seven residents and one staff member from TWC's All My Relations Program assisted with the placing of planters and filling them with soil. READ MORE


Making Recovery Possible for Veterans

Together We Can believes in a multifaceted approach to treating addiction, including programming that heals not only the body, but the mind, soul, heart, and spirit of our clients.  

We also understand that the recovery community is vast and diverse, and have created safe spaces and programming for some of the most vulnerable groups including LGBTQ, First Nations, and veterans.

In the case of veterans, TWC has created something innovative that very few other treatment facilities can boast – a fitness program designed by veterans, for veterans.

READ MORE


Knowledge, Support, and Connection for Family Members

TWC offers a comprehensive, four session Family Support Program that educates and supports family members to better understand addictive behaviours.

Many people who are impacted by a loved one’s addiction feel utterly confused and helpless. They wonder where they went wrong or what they could have done differently to prevent the individual’s catastrophic decline.

We answer these questions and more. LEARN MORE.


Family Program Topics of Discussion:

Session One
Understanding Addiction
Why Treatment?
Enabling Behaviours

Session Three
Denial and Acceptance
Family Support Resources
Recovery Support Resource

Session Two
Boundaries & Building Trust
Understanding the 12 Steps
Post-Acute Withdrawal

Session Four
Guest Speaker
Relapse Signs & Symptoms
Working a Program of Recovery

The Family Support Program is FREE of charge to the family members of TWC residents, and takes place every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:30pm at TWC Centre, 2831 Kingsway, Vancouver BC. 


Summer 2017 Events

TWC Summer 'Rib-O-Rama'

We had such a great time at Lynne's "Rib-O-Rama"!!! A very special thanks goes out to our entire Food Services team for hosting over 150 TWC residents, alumni, and family members.

The weather was perfect, and the ties that bind us certainly grew stronger over this meal. Can't wait to do it again next year!!! READ MORE

TWC at Pride Parade

This August, TWC took part in the annual Vancouver Pride Parade with a float that wowed audiences and spectators! 

The World of Olympus came alive with the help of numerous TWC staff, volunteers, and residents and was an absolute crowd favourite. READ MORE

Recovery Day 2017


Together We Can was honoured to take part in the 2017 Vancouver Recovery Day festivites. 

With our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, we handed out not just popcorn, cotton candy, and swag, we also  handed out hope, love, and solidarity to the recovery community and those who are still suffering. READ MORE

The Slam Slo-Pitch


We wish to extend a very special thanks to all the players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, and family members who came out to enjoy a weekend of ball and fellowship.

It took a lot of hard work to put together another successful Recovery Slo-pitch Tournament. See you all again for The Slam 2018. READ MORE

 


42 Years of Summer Clean Time Celebrated

This Summer, TWC staff and alumni kept the cakes coming with a long list of clean time birthdays – 42 years worth of clean time to be exact!

When we celebrate a cake, we not only acknowledge the effort that those in recovery make to change their lives and heal their spirits, but we celebrate the fellowship and every person who has helped them along their way.

A cake isn't just about saying "you did it" – it's about saying "we all did it."

READ MORE


Join us for an evening of live performances, celebrating the arts in recovery!
9:00pm -11:00pm Friday Oct 27th at The North Shore Alano Club.
176 East 2nd St, N.Vancouver

An amazing showcase of talent in the Greater Vancouver Recovery Community! See Facebook Event


Summer Photo Album

 

‘The Slam’ Recovery Slo-Pitch Tourney 2017


Another Amazing Day in Recovery

On behalf of Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society & Revolution Recovery, we wish to extend a very special thanks to all the players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, and family members who came out to enjoy a weekend of ball and fellowship.

Thanks too to Jeremy Jossy and his team for all of their hard work that went in to putting together another successful Recovery Slo-pitch Tournament.

See you all again for The Slam 2018.


The Importance of Sport in Recovery

Together We Can provides a recovery environment that includes opportunities for residents and alumni to participate in TWC Athletics & Outdoor Adventures.

Along with a number of sport programs, our residents often take day trips to explore and experience the power of British Columbia’s pristine wilderness. Led by TWC Staff and Volunteers, participants venture out for some fresh air and easy to moderate hikes and climbs around the Greater Vancouver Area.

These Athletics and Adventure programs allow participants to begin the process of promoting physical fitness, building confidence, and encouraging socialization—all of which are imperative to leading a clean and sober lifestyle. LEARN MORE.

READ OUR FULL 2017 FALL NEWSLETTER HERE


Celebrating Vancouver Recovery Day 2017


Together We Can was honoured to take part in the 2017 Vancouver Recovery Day festivities. 

With our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, we handed out not just popcorn, cotton candy, and swag, we also  handed out hope, love, and solidarity to the recovery community and those who are still suffering.

The Recovery Day website explains perfectly what the event is all about:

"Recovery Day was first celebrated in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria, BC on September 30th, 2012 as a public display of the freedom from addiction. Since then, the movement has spread throughout Canada, encompassing communities large and small, from East to West. We come together in the month of September to build awareness, challenge societal stigma and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of millions of Canadians.

Now in its Sixth year, these events across the country bring communities together.  Cities will host a variety of different events such as community fairs with exhibits from local service providers and mutual support groups and musical entertainment. Others will highlight various forms of performing and creative arts found in the recovery community. Others will host breakfasts, BBQs, and luncheons. Invited guests may include local politicians, government officials, professionals and personalities who come forward to offer their stories of recovery and/or support.

Many communities reach out to their local government to have the day of their event declared an official “Recovery Day” in their city. Each community has a unique approach but  we stand united together in our message of hope."

Thank you to all our staff and volunteers who came together to make 2017 Recovery Day a huge hit.

READ OUR FULL 2017 FALL NEWSLETTER HERE


 

VetFit – Fitness and Recovery for Veterans


If there is one thing that the current Toronto Invictus Games can teach us all, is that sports and fitness have an incredible capacity to give those suffering from injury, illness, and addiction a sense of belonging and an access point to healing and recovery.

TWC VetFit Facilitator
Together We Can believes in a multifaceted approach to treating addiction, including programming that heals not only the body, but the mind, soul, heart, and spirit of our clients.  We also understand that the recovery community is vast and diverse, and have created safe spaces and programming for some of the most vulnerable groups including LGBTQ, First Nations, and veterans.

In the case of veterans, TWC has created something innovative that very few other treatment facilities can boast – a fitness program designed by veterans, for veterans.

The VetFit program offered at TWC was created by former Together We Can Resident Services staff member Duff Goodwin, and is currently run by Together We Can VetFit Facilitator Dustin Wood; two inspirational veterans dedicated to a program that brings veterans and clients together in a supportive and positive way.

Veterans often suffer through illness and addiction alone because "the shame of not being strong, and possible resentments towards the military for their situations make it the last place that some struggling veterans want to reach out to," explained Dustin Wood.

Much like the Invictus Games, which operates on the belief that "many servicemen and women suffer life-changing injuries, both visible and invisible, while serving their countries," they ask the questions of "how do they find the motivation to move on and to not be defined by their injuries? How can they be recognized for their achievements," in a similar way as TWC.

The VetFit program offered at TWC is already beginning to make a fundamental change in the lives of veterans in recovery, and with the passing of the torch from one veteran to another, VetFit's new direction and future are bright and endless with possibility.

READ OUR FULL 2017 FALL NEWSLETTER HERE