TWC’s Alliance Program


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TWC Staff Dr. Courtney Nichols - Registered Clinical Counsellor Don Presland - Addictions Counsellor
TWC Staff
Dr. Courtney Nichols – Registered Clinical Counsellor
Don Presland – Addictions Counsellor

The Alliance Program at Together We Can offers a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals seeking a reprieve from addiction. Counsellors at the Alliance Program actively seek to destroy the barriers of shame, hostility and discrimination that plague gay men entering recovery.

Clients experiencing fear around acceptance and honest expression are immediately embraced by peers who have successfully overcome the same obstacles themselves. This unity and peer-support, centred around love and compassion, is what truly makes Alliance the amazing Program that it is today.

Group topics, discussions and counselling sessions at Alliance are tailored to the specific and complex issues that LGBTQ individuals experience. With a loving and nurturing approach, counsellors help clients explore the following topics: trauma, sex, discrimination, self-esteem, acceptance, negative core-beliefs and forgiveness. Practical, solution-based feedback and insight helps clients to empower themselves with knowledge and self-awareness. Programming at Alliance also encompasses a broad range of recovery principles and philosophies garnered from SMART recovery, NA, AA, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and REBT (rational emotive behavioural therapy).

Led by professionals with experience in the addictions field, clients also participate in additional programs including Reiki healing sessions, Yoga with an emphasis on breathing and relaxation, guided meditations and video presentations. Alliance strives to promote unity and create lasting, meaningful relationships between clients. Counsellors at the Alliance Program ensure that a safe atmosphere, based on acceptance and inclusiveness, is maintained at all times. Clients are encouraged to express their feelings openly and honestly during daily process groups and one-on-one counselling sessions.

Any given night of the week, alumni stop by to help newcomers with step work or just lend an ear and listen. Men who successfully complete the Alliance Program are invited on weekly hikes, trips to the movies and other activities that promote fun in recovery. In 2016, the Alliance Program made TWC’s beach fantasy themed float come to life at the Vancouver Pride Parade. Clients were also invited onstage to sing and dance at the Untoxicated event, an inclusive sober party which took place after Pride 2016.

Newcomers entering the Alliance Program are greeted by helpful, proactive and welcoming individuals who aim to pass on knowledge uncovered through deep forms of self-discovery. Investing in the well-being of others through sponsorship and camaraderie fosters the quality sobriety we strive to produce through our Programs at Together We Can. The true spirit of Alliance reverberates when a client is immediately welcomed and accepted as he walks through the door to begin a new life among brothers in recovery.

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