Pride Edition Issue #72
.. visit our outreach booth at the Davie Street Party and Sunset Beach Festival, enjoy our Clean Sober and Proud Recovery Pride Parade Float and be sure to stop by the Untoxicated Festival in Vancouver’s New Substance Free Zone.
I was in and out of jail committing crime to stay loaded, almost dying multiple times. Was on the streets at times and hardly slept most nights. Could barely recognize myself and who I became, I did not live with the morals my family instilled in me. I hurt anybody that stood in the way of my next fix. I did not like who I had became and when ever I sobered up enough to feel shame and guilt for the things that I had done, I was overcome with those feelings. I suffered in active addiction for about 13 years and things gradually got worse and worse. To read more of Lawrence’s story click the link.
Last Door was invited to a Parliamentary Committee hearing today to discuss “How can we enhance the effectiveness of addiction recovery programs” The hearing was held on July 12th by the all-party Select Standing Committee which is undertaking further consultations to identify strategies for managing the sustainability and quality of B.C.’s health care system and is looking for key information from stakeholders.
Last Door highlighted the three tiered system of health care for addiction in BC, where the poor are referred to tax payer funded low barrier harm reduction programs, the rich are referred to private-pay abstinence based treatment, and the working poor have no options because they cannot afford private treatment and do not qualify for funded beds in the province because they do not qualify for welfare. Click the title to read more.
Family Enhancement Program
Stay tuned to future newsletters, Last Door will be introducing an innovative Family Enhancement Program at Keystone, the 4 day weekend retreats will start in November 2016.
…a place for families to heal, more information soon.
A NEW substance free zone at the rainbow sidewalk on Davie Street is the new home for Last Door’s Untoxicated Event. From humble beginnings, the “Untoxicated” party turns into a street festival in the heart of the Davie Village. Sunday July 31st 6pm to 11pm. This year again the Vancouver Pride Society has partnered with the Last Door Recovery Society and Health Initiative for Men to create a substance free zone, supporting persons in recovery on Pride Day. Untoxicated provides a space for those who wish to celebrate Pride away from mood altering substances. The LGBTQ2+ community has already lead new trends, sober spaces are the new cool thing, and everyone is welcome to attend. .
he Clean Sober and Proud float in the parade helps highlight the fact that people DO recover and gives hope to those still suffering and want change.Addiction issues are crippling Vancouver, with fentanyl overdoses on the rise, crystal meth plaguing the West End and alcohol lubricating many social events. T Clean, Sober and Proud is supported over 100 volunteers and donations through sponsors, donors and partial funds from the “Go Fund Me” Connection Project. Thank you Home Depot for your contribution to this year’s float.
Last Door is pleased to announce its first Motorcycle Ride for Recovery. Meet up at 8 am at New Westminster City Hall, ride details are being worked on, Ride Out 4 Recovery raises awareness for recovery while raising money for Keystone and Last Door’s Youth Program, see you on September 25th.
The ride will include fun activities with beautiful scenery.
Every year Last Door hosts an annual Alumni Day in Alberta for our clients who cross the provincial border for treatment at Last Door. The annual event includes group and dinner.
To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org
★ Bif Naked and her full rock show ★
★ Local talent ★
★ TEDtalks style Wellness Centre ★
★ Street Fair with vendors ★
★ Kids Zone ★
★ … and more – 2 pm to 6 pm★
All welcome to join us at 6th and 6th Street in Uptown New Westminster. UN-mute your recovery story, support your friends and family in recovery, or come learn about the many pathways to addiction recovery. Recovery Day BC is a street festival, a rally, a protest, a celebration of life for those lost, a celebration of life for those who found a new way to live, or a learning tool for those who want to learn more about recovery.
Support Addiction Recovery, Support Clean Sober and Proud! Purchase your Gay for a Day kit for this week’s Pride events.
100% of proceeds from the sale of Gay 4 a Day Merchandise will be used towards LGBTQ2s addiction recovery
Are you a straight ally who supports the LGBTQ2s Community? Yes! Purchase a Gay 4 a Day kit
Groups of 10 clients each week are enjoying 5 days of Beautiful BC for some horticultural therapy.
11 Games, 22 teams, from a Tough Mudder Course, to Bubble Ball, and Ancient Warriors War, Parents, Families, Clients, Alumni and Partners of clients, Staff and Board of Last Door and Westminster House Treatment Centre for Women.
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