Addiction Treatment Recovery E-News November 2015


E-News Issue 67 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to all out Alumni and their families who call the USA their home

Addiction and Mental Health Conference Overview

Each year Last Door exhibits at approximately 20 addiction and mental health conferences to educate professionals about abstinence treatment and the importance of longer term evidence based residential treatment. The consensus from delegates at these conferences is that longer term addiction treatment is better practice then shorter term.  To read more about Last Door’s conference experience follow the link in the title.

At the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forum 2015 in Quebec City, Last Door gets a moment with Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay Surgeon General, Commander Canadian Forces Health Services Group and the Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service.  We took the opportunity to talk about long term residential addiction and mental health treatment for our Veterans and Active Soldiers.

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November Alumni of the Month

My name is Joe M and I am a grateful recovering addict / alcoholic. Four years ago my life was a complete disaster. In order for me to continue to drink, I had to lead a double life.

On one hand telling my friends and family that I was sober and on the other I was isolating and associating with people who were there to help me self-destruct. I was caught in the endless cycle of addiction. Thinking that I had my life under control and I was the master of my own domain. That it was not me who was the master, but my addiction and it was spinning my life out of control.

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Roly Gatin Award

Long time Last Door staff member  Nick Ringma is shown being congratulated by  CACCF (Canadian Addictions Counsellors Certification Federation) Director, Susan Raphael as recipient of The Roly Gatin Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of professional certification for addictions specialists.  The award took place at the 2015 Issues of Substance Conference by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

The conference under the banner, Addiction Matters, was held in the Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal and attended by addictions specialists from across Canada and around the world.

Susan Raphael was exhibiting the CACCF new certification, CACC which can be reviewed and applied for during the grandfathering period before end December 2015 at the  CACCF web site. (

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VOTE and Support Women in Recovery

Charlford House Society for Women needs your help to win $50,000! Please click the link and vote for Charlford House, and share this with your friends and family. It is a small act but with amazingly huge impact!  Charlford House is one of five BC organizations short-listed by Pacific Blue Cross (a faithful
Charlford grantor), in competition with each other. The objective is to receive the most votes and social media activity within  the allotted time.

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Say Yes to Dancing, Say No to Drugs

Over 1,000 guests are expected to support a healthier choice in life, dancing instead of drugging…a fundraiser where partial proceeds will be donated to Last Door Recovery Society.  Last Door is pleased to be selected as a recipient of funds from this important and cultural arts event

The event will take place on Saturday November 28th at the Bell Centre for anyone who is interested in attending.  Bollywood Stars and an incredible dance show will be the evening’s entertainment.

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Last Door Annual General Meeting

Families of clients, alumni, referral agents and supporters of Last Door all attended this year’s Annual General Meeting on Friday November 13th.

Thanks to all who attended Last Door Recovery Society’s 2015 Annual General Meeting!. It was a full house of volunteers, staff, stakeholders, alumni and families who spent time reviewing annual reports and welcoming new and returning Board Members. Stakeholders involvement contributes to our 31 years of addiction treatment excellence.

Welcome to our newest (and returning) Board Member Scott Lang. Our heartfelt thanks of  service from retiring Board Member Rob Proudfoot.

A full report in our next Newsletter.

Talk Recovery Radio Show

Every week Last Door powers up the air ways with Talk Recovery, a radio show about addiction and recovery issues. Expert Guests from across North America discuss the many paths to recovery with us on 100.5 fm in Vancouver.

Recent shows:

  • All Bets are Off
  • if you leave me, can i come with you, codependency & Addiction
  • Addiction and Recovery in Canada, issues
  • Emotional Healing and Distance Therapy
  • Social Drinking for Alcoholics
  • Break Your Family’s Cycle of Addictive Behaviors
  • Addicted to Pain Killers

Replay all past shows  –

Recovery New Year’s Eve 

  • You are invited to the legendary Recovery New Year’s Eve Event hosted by the West Coast Area of Narcotics Anonymous
  • One of Canada’s Largest Recovery Events on New Years
  • Located at the Roundhouse Centre in Yaletown
  • West Coast Area is known for its amazing events, if you want a safe place to enjoy a holiday, attend these events, you will never say recovery is boring again.
  • click the link to read more

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