Japanese Ministry of Justice visits

PRESS RELEASE 12/02/2010
LAST DOOR RECOVERY SOCIETY
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TREATMENT WORKS AT LAST DOOR AND JAPANESE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SENDS PROBATION OFFICER TO SEE WHY

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC February 11, 2010 – Ayumi Ishikawa, a Probation Officer with the Ministry of Justice in Chiba, Japan spent this Thursday observing addictions treatment Last Door style. She took time to observe the daily group process for men and emerging adults, participated in extended staff discussions on addictions treatment in Canada and opened the door for continuing dialogue between our various services to effect improved outcomes for clients. Her visit marked the second review by a foreign delegation. The “social model programming” at the Last Door has gained international attention and respect and her visit marked the second review by a foreign delegation. The previous delegation from Thailand in 2008 confirmed the international awareness of our program.

Ms Ishikawa said that, “It is new to my experience that longer term residents guide the newer ones and I am surprised by the open disclosure of feelings in an atmosphere of family where clients respect each other.” Her observation of Last Door abstinence based treatment was that it was “more family like and felt like home.”

Following the interactive day, David Pavlus, Executive Director at Last Door said, ” We simply do what we do, help clients learn to live in recovery and enjoy their lives.”

Last Door is pleased that the visit was able to expose an official from another country to the excellence of New West recovery and the specialized programming developed by the Last Door team. The essential elements of recovery include awareness that unproductive character traits tend to be the result of addictive behaviors rather than the cause. She was very interested in a core value at Last Door that sees addiction taint behavior, perception and thinking which then require a reset in recovery. Ms Ishikawa stated that she wants to integrate, “the open atmosphere of recovery into my practice in Japan.”

Last Door today announced that they will continue to invest significant efforts over the next five years to document, research and develop programs that support the promotion of abstinence based “social model programming” for recovery. Sharing this information and advice with facilities in emerging and developed countries has been a hallmark of Last Door. To date Last Door staff has supported treatment in Nepal, Thailand, USA, Indonesia and Japan as well as acted as resources for centers across Canada.

Last Door Recovery Society operates treatment and transitional living beds in New Westminster, BC with programs for youth, emerging adults and men. Last Door offers supportive programs for families, parents, spouses and alumni. With low recidivism rates and a growing alumni base, this is treatment that works.

(LtoR) Vince Chua, Ayumi Ishikawa (Japanese Probation Service) and Nick Ringma sit down to debrief following morning group session at Last Door

(LtoR) Vince Chua, Ayumi Ishikawa (Japanese Probation Service) and Nick Ringma sit down to debrief following morning group session at Last Door