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  • Hockey Helps Recovering Addicts Stay on Clean Path

    GLOBAL NEWS HOUR AT 6 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. 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...
  • TWC Alliance – Straight and LGBTQ Recovery Growing Together

    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. The 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.
  • 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...
  • Looking Back at 2017 – A Year of Growth

    As Together We Can begins it's 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.
  • Healing The Heart Of The Addict With Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees addiction as a disease of the heart and spirit. The spirit in Chinese medicine is said to be housed in the heart, which is viewed in TCM as the Emperor or the “King of the castle”, and if the king is unhappy, all of his royal subjects suffer. This put simply means that disharmony in one area of the body begins a chain reaction of imbalance that affects the whole person. All things in Chinese medicine from the foods we eat to the substances we use hold specific elemental qualities of temperature, movement, and...
  • Embracing the Trans Recovery Community at TWC’s Alliance Program

    Alliance was a safe haven for me from my addiction and being such a unique recovery program, really was the first place where I felt ‘allowed’ to embrace my inner self like no other way I had before.
  • One Year’s Worth of Gratitude

    On November 26, 2016 I had no idea my life was about to change the way it did - After more than 20 years of drug and alcohol addiction I found myself standing alone in the parking lot of a Burger King in Surrey at night, cold and soaked to the bone with nowhere to go. I was frantic, terrified, beaten down, and scared for my life because I was homeless and desperate.
  • 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...