E-News Issue #74
Alumni of the Month
My names Dylan R and I am an addict. I had started using substances at a young age and thought it was all a party. I eventually was someone who was involved in crime and knew how to survive. One thing however that I couldn’t seem to survive was my feelings. I had become very good at pretending everything was okay by never talking about the desolation I felt. Instead I focused on avoiding myself with substances. I used every day no matter what kind of day it was or how I felt. I was lonely surrounded by people who were friends or people I loved. My lack of self-worth constantly pushed me to put myself at risk. After a few times in prison and other institutions I found myself on the run from bail with very little options. One of these few options was The Last Door Recovery society.
NEW 4 day Family Retreat Program for families dealing with addiction
Last Door launches NEW FAMILY PROGRAM at its new Keystone Facility. Book your family retreat October 21st to October 24. RESERVE NOW by calling 1-888-525-9771.
The Keystone Family Enhancement Program is a four day, focused therapy and education retreat that takes place at our 40 acre rural retreat property in Mission, BC. 80 plus years of recovery experience will facilitate group sessions. The amenities include a heated pool, sauna, billiards, media room, gardens and exceptional accommodations and meals in a peaceful rural setting. The program has space for up to ten participants. Recovery Planning: You will be guided through a process of developing a Recovery Enhancement Action Plan. “REAP”.
Record Numbers – 4,000 people attended the Recovery Day Festival in New Westminster
The crowds showed up as Recovery Day went from a rally to a full street festival. 4,000 people attended to participate in the Wellness Centre that included 11 expert speakers, a Kids Zone, Sharing Circle, Memorial Candle where people left messages fortheor loved ones, over 50 Service Providers with information booths, and a Main Stage with the bands: Warless, R&B All Stars, and Biff Naked.
- Here is a photo album We Do Recover!
New West Recovery Outreach Booth launches a recover message of hope in an effort to curve the overdose crisis
Over 30 years of believing addicts do recover, New Westminster has become the Recovery Capital of Canada, unique, unlike any other recovery community in the world, hosting the largest clean and sober dance during pride day, the largest Recovery Day in Canada, and some of the largest weekly 12 step meetings with the youngest median age. there is something special happening in New Westminster, worth looking at during the overdose crisis.
Keystone Harvest and Horses added to our Eco-Therapy Program
Last Door clients are broken into smaller groups of 5 to 10 from the main facility in New Westminster and transferred to the Keystone facility from Monday to Friday for Eco-therapy. Clients enjoy some down time, working with horses, lamas, deer, tending to the organic farming project for Last Door’s sustainable menu, and creating new friendships. Every Thursday in the summer the tradition of Speaker Meeting nights around the fire created memories forever.
From Nick’s desk — The morning light breaks through the early fall mist and the gardens, a spectrum of verdant colours outlined by rows of vegetables. Between the branches a field of much more than dreams. There a sunflower and there another one, each planted in whatever space the early crops created. Heads bending to the ground burdened with seed seeking soil. A morning vista framed with time and history. Keats called this a “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” There a pumpkin bursting through the vines with bright orange camouflage.
- To read more about the progress at Last Door’s Keystone facility click here
Ride out for Recovery
$4,000 raised for Youth and Family Addiction treatment during Last Door’s first inaugural Ride out for Recovery. Thank you to everyone who participated in the ride, thank you City Hall for allowing us to ride from your location, and next year’s plans are already being considered.
Alberta Alumni Day
This past math Last Door hosted its an annual Alumni Day in Alberta for our clients who cross the provincial border for treatment at Last Door. The annual event included group and dinner. Gratitude was the theme, as many of the guests showed their emotions feeling lucky they found the New West Recovery Community. They have been able to bring that recovery home with them to some rural parts of Alberta and maintain their recovery. Thank you everyone for attending and see you next year.
Talk Recovery Radio
Have you heard our Last Door’s weekly radio show?
Most recent shows
- Sex Addiction with author Author Staci Sprout
- Memoirs of an Addicted Brain with Dr. Marc Lewis
- Girl Walks Out of a Bar, with author Lisa Smith
- Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic, Author Sarah Allen Benton
- Gun Needle Spoon with punk rocker and author Patrick O’Neil
Every Thursday on 100.5 fm, Last Door along with Westminster House power Vancouver’s Addiction Recovery Radio Show.
- To listen to past shows visit www.talkrecoveryradio.com
Have your seen Unity APP’s latest version?
- 15,000 speaker tapes
- 170,000 online home groups
- geo-locate people in recovery to help
- social media features
- in app step work
- Free to download, $1.25 for 15,000 speaker tapes
- search for “unity app 12 step” in your app store on iphone or android
Need something to do on Halloween? Night of the Recovering Dead 2
Where’s the research?
Everyone is always talking about research, and claiming there are no studies that conclude that long term residential treatment is evidence based.. here are some studies that show, 12 Step Facilitation in Treatment that is 90 plus days, works best.
- Results of a 16 year study conducted by Stanford University and the Department of Veterans Affairs1 indicated: Veterans who participated in treatment with twelve-step facilitation were most successful Rudolf H. Moos and Bernice S. Moos Participation in treatment and Alcoholics Anonymous: A 16-year follow-up of initially untreated individuals
- Relapse rates are double those of long-term treatment. Connecticut Department of Corrections, Recidivism, 2010
- The US National Institute on Drug Abuse indicated rehabilitation programs of 90 days or longer, provide the best treatment outcomes. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, a research based guide NIDA Third Edition
- The problem with OutPatient Treatment – Veterans often reported an inability to maintain an alcohol abstinence requirement before and during their trauma focused work. S.B. Norman, S.R. Tate, K.G. Anderson, and S.A. Brown, “Do Trauma History and PTSD Symptoms Influence Addiction Relapse Context?,” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 90 207): 89-96
- Findings from the present study suggest that trauma interventions likely need to be conducted within a developmental perspective. Program formats include the 90 day, multi model residential program for developmental trauma and military PTSD as outlined in the Busittil and an integrated PTSD-SUD program developed by the Ford and Russo. W. Busuttil, “the Development of a 90 Day Residential Program for the treatment of Complex PTSD” journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma 12 92006):29-55 JD Ford Russo “Trauma Focused, Present- Centered, Emotional Self-Regulation Approach to integrated Treatment for PTSD and Addictions.: Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education and Therapy (TARGET)
These are just some of the highlighted studies that indicate long term (90 day or more) multi treatment model program such as Last Doors, work best for those with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues such as PTSD. To continue to be a world leader in addiction treatment, Last Door is partnering with University of British Columbia to complete a 5 year study on the effects of the New Westminster Recovery Programs.
More will be revealed.
Clinical Benefits of Last Door’s Program
Last Door’s Program allows clients to complete a full set of written exercises that encourages the changes necessary to integrate the principles of recovery into their lives. A minimum of 90 days affords the time needed to repair damaged family relationships, assess medication needs, assess psychological issues, improve upon limited coping skills and break deeply ingrained habits.
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