Former Glace Bay man wants to help deal with addictions in Cape Breton
Sharon Montgomery-Dupe – Cape Breton Post
Published on June 7, 2017
GLACE BAY, N.S. – A former Glace Bay man says he knows full well about the addiction problem in Cape Breton.
“I had a lot of friends pass away there, it’s a community riddled with drugs,” said Daniel MacEachern, funding and operations manager with Together We Can, a drug and alcohol recovery and education society in Vancouver, B.C.
MacEachern not only works with the program but he is a graduate.
“In Glace Bay, there was a lot of booze and cocaine, a lot of partying,” he said.
MacEachern left Glace Bay in 2006 and after finishing college he lived in Calgary for about 10 years where his opiate addiction began. He entered the treatment program in Vancouver in May 2014.
“I had addiction issues of my own, tried to clean up a few times and ended up going through the program (in B.C.),” he said.
He joined the staff in December 2015.
“I’d say 90 per cent of our staff here are in recovery themselves.”
MacEachern said he would like to touch base with the A Town That Cares group in New Waterford. The group was spearheaded by Buddy Penney and John Bisson and they want to see a mental health and addiction centre opened in Cape Breton. They are holding meetings in various Cape Breton Regional Municipality communities to gather support for a facility.
MacEachern hopes to visit Cape Breton this summer. He said he knows resources to deal with addictions are limited in Cape Breton.
“It’s going to take experience, education, funding and lots of man power,” he said. “(Cape Breton) may want to look at replicating an experienced centre that treats the disease of addiction. There are a lot of great models out there.”
MacEachern said there are currently four people from Cape Breton at his recovery facility in Vancouver, which is a non-profit and offers typically 60-90 days programs. Their 12-step program includes cognitive behavioral therapy, smart recovery, financial aid, acupuncture, physical education and yoga.
“The list runs pretty deep,” he said. “We want our clients educated in areas of their life which may have been neglected due to their illness.
“Then they go into a supportive recovery environment where they start to transition back into the community and things like that.”
He said 16 of the facility’s beds are government funded but there is a long waiting list, costs are evaluated per client.