News & Events

  • Navigating Home – A Veteran’s Journey

    Recovery Life News Posted: Nov 10th, 2017 4:11 PM PST Winning The Battle Over Addiction and PTSD With Remembrance Day coming over the weekend, it is important to recognize the service and sacrifices made by our military service members. Their commitment to protecting our nation's freedoms and ideals can never be underestimated, nor forgotten. Often the work that they do has them enduring traumatic situations or injuries that they end up bringing home with them from the battlefied. A true measure of our appreciation is how well we ensure that when they do return, they have the programs and services available to them...
  • TWC ‘All My Relations’ at 2017 National Aboriginal Veterans Day

    Recovery Life News Posted: Nov 10th, 2017 2:20 PM PST Together We Can staff, volunteers, and residents from the Straight Path and Straight and Narrow houses of the TWC – All My Relations Treatment Program were in attendance Wednesday at the 2017 National Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremonies at Victory Square in Vancouver to mark contributions made to the Canadian military by Indigenous men and woman. Starting with a peace pipe ceremony at Carnegie Hall in Vancouver's downtown east side, hundreds of participants then lead a procession down Hastings Street that ended at Victory Square where speeches were made and wreaths were laid down at...
  • TWC x BCHL Partnership – Nathan MacMaster Interview on 107.5 KissFM

    Last week Together We Can was proud to be represented on KISS 1075's 'Junior A Puckcast with Graham Turnbull' by TWC Intake Services member Nathan MacMaster to discuss hockey, recovery, and our new partnership with the BCHL. Nathan MacMaster was a Western Hockey League stand-out, and was one of the top ice-hockey players in Western Canada throughout his teenage years before his life was de-railed by addiction. Nathan is an alumni of Together We Can, and made a seamless transition from client to staff member within the organization just over a year ago. In addition to his inspiring story of battling...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. 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...
  • TWC ‘All My Relations’ Program – Building Communities

    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. Many of our residents have past experience with landscaping and labour work and this opportunity allowed them to strengthen and showcase their skills.
  • 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...
  • 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...