News & Events

  • 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.
  • Finding Serenity – Treating Addiction With Traditional Chinese Medicine

    TWC Health and Wellness Blog Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body holistically. This holistic view takes into account what you eat, where you live and even how the weather affects your health. The basis of one’s health in TCM can be defined by how well their qi (chee) is flowing through the meridians or channels of their body. Qi is a life force that is in all things. The air we breathe contains life-supporting oxygen (called clear qi), and the water and food we eat and drink also contain vital, life giving qi. In our bodies, the channels (meridians)...
  • “I Need a Sign Today” – Higher Power Revealed

    We are never alone. Power is with us so long as we humbly accept it on the grounds we still want it and seek it.  Id like to share a story of my time in Vancouver while a client of TWC. To share with those who know a reminder, and those who don't, some hope. I grew up vehemently atheist, that people who believe in God (Power, the Force, Universe, Spirit, Creator, etc) were fools who were weak and needed a father figure to justify their own mortality. I was just reminded of an event that happened a couple...
  • Fresh Roots – Community Garden Partnership

    Together We Can is in partnership with the volunteer organization Fresh Roots, a non-profit society that "Grows Good Food For All". They do that through cultivating engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship and community celebration. Since the Spring of 2017, five volunteers from TWC have met at Norquay Park every Friday where they have been helping with rototilling, planting, weeding and watering the Fresh Roots Garden. Some have had previous experience with gardening or caring for plants, but many have acquired new skills from this experience. When they started cleaning up the garden it was overrun by weeds and had...
  • Home Is Where the Heart Is – Cape Breton

    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...
  • Gratitude – An Addicts Offer To Give Back

    MY NAME IS WAYNE BINDER, I AM A DRUG ADDICT AND AN ALCOHOLIC. I AM 1 YEAR CLEAN AND SOBER TODAY JUNE 1 2017. If you or anyone you knows is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction I can help. Getting sober is the hardest thing I ever did. I never expected to get addicted to drugs or alcohol; I was always the guy who thought why don’t these people just stop! I thought addicts were losers and weak. Well I found the hard way what and addict looks like. See I had a great childhood, good parents and...
  • Together We Can – Family Retreat

    Come join us at the Together We Can – Family Retreat June 23rd – 25th 2017 Friday 3pm – Sunday 3pm Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre 14500 Silver Valley Road, Maple Ridge, British Columbia Loon Lake Facebook Page TWC Family Retreat program provides education and activities to nurture productive change that improves communications and self-esteem, reduces conflict, and helps navigate the addiction recovery journey. All family structures are warmly welcomed. Adolescents especially may feel a great deal of stress within a family. We offer outdoor activities, coping skills, and counselling to strengthen the parent-child relationship. Family dynamics play a central role...
  • Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, and Save More on Crime Reduction – NYT

    THE NEW HEALTH CARE  Austin Frakt – New York Times APRIL 24, 2017 The burden of substance abuse disorders can fall heavily on the families and friends of those who battle addictions. But society also pays a great deal through increased crime. Treatment programs can reduce those costs. For at least two decades, we’ve known substance use and crime go hand in hand. More than half of violent offenders and one-third of property offenders say they committed crimes while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated that prescription...
  • TWC Premiere Elevate Gala

    Thank you for supporting Together We Can! Together We Can's Premiere Elevate Fundraiser at the Imperial Theatre on March 5th was a massive success. Our plans to increase our number of treatment beds and renovate our current facilities are now coming to fruition as Together We Can remains on its trajectory of rapid growth. We cannot thank our valued community partners enough for supporting us as we create more solutions for those struggling with addiction and mental illness. Funds raised at the event will allow us to select our first beneficiary of the Fallen Sons Memorial Fund, help support TWC Athletics, and complete...
  • Talking Stick Festival 2017

    A Celebration of Indigenous Peformance and Art Long-time Together We Can staff member Bill Sinclair accompanied a group of our residents on a visit to the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Yaletown this past month. The Talking Stick Festival is an annual gathering of indigenous artists and performers which includes drumming, dancing, and a variety of indigenous on display including paintings, carvings and sculptures. Bill has been attending this showcase of indigenous creativity for many years and is passionate about helping indigenous men in our program find their roots.  Dancers twirled and ominous chanting could be heard...
  • It’s Not Weak To Speak: Whistler Tire Flip

    Spreading Awareness About PTSD, Addiction and Mental Health Together We Can Staff members Mike Wilson and Nathan Macmaster drove up to Whistler on Sunday, February 12th with fifteen primary care residents in support of Terrance Kosikar and the “It’s not weak to speak – Not all wounds are visible” campaign. The purpose of this trip was support Terrance in his quest to provide first-responsders suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder with the resources they need to find relief and stability in their lives. The mission is to garner support for Bill M203, which aims to provide resources and aid for British Columbia’s first responders affected by...
  • A Soldier’s Story: Veteran Finds Home

    By Drake, Recovery Life News Posted: Feb 14, 2017 2:23 PM PST TWC Alumni and Veteran Paul Owen Speaks His Truth Paul is a Veteran of the Canadian Forces, proudly serving our country for ten years. I could get into detail about what Paul did during his time in the military, but I believe there is far more value in sharing his extraordinary experiences getting sober at Together We Can.  Paul drank heavily for twelve years to cope with emotional stress, unwanted memories, and a debilitating sense of emptiness that seemed to steadily and insidiously envelop his life. He could always rely on alcohol to give him a...
  • Recovery Is Possible: A Paramedic’s Story

    TWC Alumni Clive Derbyshire Shares His Truth On CBC Together We Can alumni and first responder Clive Derbyshire was recently asked to conduct a video interview on CBC News Vancouver. Clive shared his thoughts pertaining to the overdose epidemic in our city as well as his own personal struggles and triumphs in recovery. Paramedics and firefighters in our province have experienced an onslaught of misery and trauma this year due to a seemingly endless successions of overdoses. There were 622 apparent illicit drug overdose deaths from Jan to Oct 2016 in BC and the death toll at the end of the...
  • TWC Gets In The Christmas Spirit!

    Volunteers Give Back at The Maritime Labour Centre Together We Can addiction counsellor Dan Bernard has been organizing volunteers to help in preparation for the Labour Community Christmas Dinner that is held as an annual event for the last eight years. Alumni, staff and residents consider this to be a fantastic opportunity to have fun and give their time to ensure the less fortunate have a hot meal and gifts during the holidays.  The BC Federation of Labour has been hosting the Labour Community Christmas Dinner for over two decades. 1500 meals will be served in Vancouver on Christmas Eve and 1500...
  • Overdose Awareness Candlelight Vigil

    Honouring the Memory of Overdose Victims On December 15th, 13 people died of drug overdoses across our province with eight confirmed deaths on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The latest government strategy of banning pill presses has done nothing to curb the steadily growing death toll in BC. Members of the recovery community gathered on Saturday at the Vancouver Art Gallery to hold a Candlelight Vigil to honour those who have lost their lives in the overdose epidemic. TWC Alumni and first responder Clive Derbyshire was asked to speak at the podium and delivered a heartfelt message about the tragedies he has...
  • Christmas at The Lighthouse

    Thank You Anawim House! TWC Vancouver Island Representative Trevor Franklin has started a tradition of purchasing a Christmas tree for TWC’s Lighthouse transitional home in Victoria every year. The past four years, Trevor has been going down to the Anawim House in Victoria during their annual Christmas Tree Sale. Trevor and Anawim’s Director, Terry Edison-Brown, have established a relationship built around helping those who struggle with addiction. The Anawim House provides day programs, residential programs and outreach services for men and women at need. Each year, Anawim House serves more than 13,500 meals, approximately 35,000 cups of coffee and provides...
  • North Shore Round Up 2017

    Tickets Available Now! There are many AA Conventions held around the world and Vancouver’s Annual North Shore Round Up is proud to participate in the tradition of coming together as a community to celebrate success in sobriety. This is a self-supporting event organized and planned by a committee of local AA members dedicated to ensuring that newcomers to AA hear a message of hope and strength. Tickets to the 46th Annual North Shore Round Up tickets are now available to purchase! Click here to visit the official North Shore Round Up website and get yours through PayPal before they sell...
  • TWC Staff Christmas Party 2016

     A Great Night of Laughter, Food and Fellowship Together We Can’s Executive Director Stacy Wilson spoke with pride and enthusiasm as he addressed TWC staff with highlights and achievements from this past year. “It has truly been a remarkable year for TWC staff members, alumni and residents as our programs and facilities continue to evolve. Helping to meet the demand for treatment beds during the current fentanyl crisis is no small task, but TWC now has more primary treatment and transitional housing beds than ever before.” The evening commenced with appetizers and refreshments in the lounge as guests arrived to...
  • Thank You For Your Generous Donations!

    Raising Awareness for Testicular Cancer Nathan MacMaster, former WHL Hockey Player and TWC staff member, took it upon himself during the month of “Movember” to raise $1000 for testicular cancer research. His efforts paid off as he was presented with a cheque for $500 by TWC Financial Controller Karen Hogge. Testicular cancer is an issue close to Nathan’s heart as it has impacted his loved ones in recent years. Nathan has also benefited greatly from his involvement in the TWC Athletics Program.  Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men, and rates have doubled in the last 50...
  • TWC Alumni Retreat 2016

     TWC Alumni Retreat – Mountain View Don Presland and Rodrigo Rementeria from the TWC Alliance Program had a vision that began earlier this year. 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.  TWC alumni and staff were treated to an amazing experience – many thanks to the gracious donations of those in the TWC community. Vans and cars were loaded up on friday afternoon as the guys began their adventure with the Mountain...