Month: January 2018

Hockey Helps Recovering Addicts Stay on Clean Path

January 18, 2018

Former WHL hockey player Steve Bull, who has struggled with addiction all of his life, is now helping those in need by sharing his story with recovering addicts and also players in the BCHL, Global TV’s Barry Deley has the story.

Steve Bull speaks with Global TV

TWC Staff member, Steve Bull is spear-heading an amazing initiative that has him travelling across BC to visit with junior hockey teams. Telling his story of addiction and athletics has a great impact on the young men he confides in.

“There is a lot of pressure to perform. Much of their lives have been focused on their hockey careers, their families have made great sacrifices, and now they are far from home.” says Steve, “…this is when everything fell apart for me.”

Pressure and anxiety is what lead Steve down his path. Courage, acceptance, and hard work is what brought him back. If you would like to hear more about Steve’s Story or have him visit your school or team, he can be contacted at

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 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.” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale.

“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.”

TWC Alliance – Straight and LGBTQ Recovery Growing Together

Together We Can created the Alliance Program to address the need for a safe environment for addicts in the LGBTQ community to find recovery in a supportive and healing environment. 

The TWC Alliance Program addresses addiction recovery, but it also digs deeper into layers that some men experience with their sexuality before and after treatment. One focus of the program is to foster stronger communication, acceptance and understanding, and to develop positive relationships with “straight” allies, and the recovery community at large – to better connect and bond.

For some, the relationship transition from “stranger” to “straight ally” is a new, but mutually beneficial experience.  Some men come into recovery having little experience with the LGBTQ community, or may have preconceived notions or ideas that the Alliance Program experience dispels.

The Alliance Program offers men on both sides of that spectrum, a safe, supportive, and open space to create friendships and healthy relationships that can last a lifetime, both in and out of treatment.

Below is a passage written by a Together We Can Alliance Program resident named Stuart, who shares his experience of growth and acceptance that was made possible by this program.  In his own words, he explains the power and the importance of this recovery program, and the ability it offers to change hearts, minds, and lives.

“Life is a whole lot easier with acceptance…” Stuart M.

Before recovery I was not the most open minded individual to say the least.  I had my opinions and I was sticking to them. Period. That was it.  Looking back it’s quite sad to see the way I acted and the things I believed in, especially the way I viewed the LGBTQ community.

Before going through the Alliance Program at Together We Can, I had never really met or talked to anyone with a different sexual preference other than my own to be honest.  It took coming into recovery and being accepted into this special program for a pivotal moment to happen for me.

Simply by meeting and talking to another guy in the house who was gay, and having a conversation with him, I can say that within moments my mind and my life were changed, and that my world got bigger.  I had my mind opened, and thanks to that I’ve made a lot of amazing friends that I never would have spoken to before because of the recovery program at Alliance.

My life is far better than I would have thought possible, and I am very proud that there is a program out there that is able to bridge the gap between the straight and LGBTQ communities.  My life was changed for the better by this program, and because of my experience, I know that it can change the lives of others struggling with addiction.

Addiction doesn’t discriminate, nor should we as humans discriminate against each other just because of who we love – Life is a whole lot easier with acceptance and friends to help guide you through the tough times, so why would you let anything as trivial as someone’s sexual preference come between you and the opportunity of befriending a potentially amazing person?

About the Alliance Program:  

The Alliance Program combines and teaches a practical working knowledge of each of the of the AA and NA twelve step programs, Process Addictions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, SMART Programming, and Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy in their unique program.

Participants at Alliance are provided with a safe, stable, structured environment that serves as an ideal forum for discussion and contemplation. Meditative practices are heavily incorporated as a form of self-reflection and decompression, and residents have access to support staff, trained clinical counsellors, external professional therapy, and nightly 12 Step meetings.

In addition to all of the clinical treatment programs offered by Alliance, out residents also have access to a wide range of therapeutic and social programming that includes:

  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Reiki
  • Weekly Outings
  • Subsidized Recreational Centre Passes

Those seeking an introduction to a broad range of dynamic concepts are perfect candidates for the TWC Alliance Program. For more information please contact or call us at 604-451-9854 within the Lower Mainland or toll free at 1-888-940-9854.

2018 Alumni Retreat – Mountain View

TWC Alumni Retreat – Mountain View

Rodrigo Pulgar from the TWC Alliance Program and the TWC Alumni Group are excited to bring another TWC Alumni Recovery Retreat. On February 2nd to February 4th,2018, Twenty TWC alumni will take part in a weekend of fun, fellowship and connections at the Mountain View Country House in Chilliwack.

TWC alumni and staff will be treated to an amazing experience – many thanks to the gracious donations of those in the TWC community.

The majestic view, fresh air and warm fellowship provided a great platform for reflection and appreciation of how vastly their lives have changed. Participants will be led through an extensive Big Book Study Workshop; as well as some other great healing and fellowship excursuses.

A testament to the principles of recovery in action, twenty men with different backgrounds, personalities and experiences were able to appreciate and learn from one another over the course of the weekend.

Together We Can imparts a philosophy with a foundation based on the lasting bonds and memories created on trips and retreats such as the latest Alumni Retreat.

Email Rico at for more information


“A great group of guys! But the best part about it was Daniel. His knowledge of the book and how to apply spiritual principles in his life is an amazing thing to behold. Going into this I knew I would be richer for the experience. But nothing could have prepared me for that. Thanks everyone!”

– Joseph Mcgeough, TWC Resident Services and Alumni (2016)

Looking Back at 2017 – A Year of Growth

As Together We Can begins its 25th year of educating and supporting men and families who struggle with the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction, we felt it important to take a look back at 2017 to celebrate one of our biggest years of growth as an organization.

Not only has Together We Can expanded to include our Elevate Life Wellness and Solid Ground premiere wellness centres, we have expanded our reach of care to be able to accommodate over 300 clients at any given time between our primary treatment and transitional housing programs.

With our new All My Relations Program, we have built a culturally relevant and authentic program for Indigenous men in recovery. By the end of 2018, we plan on having 3 locations across Metro Vancouver delivering addiction solutions to the Indigenous community.

We have also created group initiatives and programs that support men in recovery spanning from our new intensive Out-Patient Program, to groups supporting the LGBTQ community, veteransfirst responders, and PTSD survivors.

Here are just a few examples of the amazing work our staff and volunteers have accomplished in 2017 on behalf of Together We Can – Simply click any photo below to view the full story behind it.