Together We Can has specific Addiction Therapy Programs that address and treat addiction issues within the indigenous community. We have created an authentic, therepeutic and safe treatment environment for men to heal—All My Relations.
The All My Relations Indigenous Treatment Program at Together We Can combines the 12 Step Recovery Model with Indigenous Culture and Traditions. Through this recovery process, one realizes that they are on the Black Road when they use drugs and alcohol, but that their Creator can give them the strength to recover.
Men learn to examine their past errors in order to recognize where they went out of balance. They learn that actions must be taken to balance harmony for their past errors. Traditions such as the Medicine Wheel, Smudging, and Sweat Lodges, are intagral parts of the healing process, and through them, our residents begin to lead a new spiritual life based upon their indiginous cultural principles, and with a new, healthy outlook for themselves and others.
Each person’s journey will be different for every person we work with depending on their past experiences. Our ultimate goal is the creation of a new code of behavior and to help others. In order to achieve this we access several services and resources and facilitate several culturally specific workshops.
With guidance from Elders in the Squamish Nation and Nisqua communities, Indigenous spirituality is integrated into all aspects of our program structure. From a perspective of respect and appreciation, counsellors incorporate activities such as smudging, sweat lodge ceremonies, pow wows, cedar brushing and talking circles. Our goal is to educate residents on the vastly therapeutic qualities associated with local indigenous cultures as they move closer to contentment, freedom and strength.
We also attend various other cultural activities as they arise and dependent upon the needs of the residents. We have been in partnership with the Traditional Grandmothers and Grandfathers group that meets regularly at the Raycam Center. We also partner and support the Warriors Against Violence Society. We have attended various workshops hosted by the Indian Residential School Survivors Society as well.