JESSE LOEWEN’S TESTIMONIAL
Before I got to TWC I was a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical disaster. I did not know how to live life and I was barely surviving. I felt like a shell of a human being. I felt like I was a bystander of my own life, watching it slip away a little more each day that passed.
My life consisted of using and working. I worked really hard every day to support my habits. I was working so I was able to get my solution, which was drugs. I didn’t realize how mal-adjusted to life I really was until I spent some time at TWC. Drugs were the solution to my problem which was ME. I didn’t fully understand that. All I knew was the fact that there was a problem. I had a void in myself and I filled it with drugs. I thought I needed drugs to be able to do anything. I am writing this today with 57 days clean and my world has taken a complete one eighty.
Today I am happy with who I am. I am becoming the kind caring, compassionate person that drugs once took away. The time I have spent at TWC has been a rough ride with lots of ups and downs, but it has been the best experience of my life. I’m finding out who I really am and getting my values and beliefs back. Most of all, I am starting to love myself again. Today I am able to deal with life and everything that it throws at me without using drugs. TWC staff & clients are amazing people who do absolutely astonishing things. TWC gave me my life back, gave my parents their son back, gave my nephew his uncle back, and gave my buddies their friend back. For that I am forever grateful.
Thank you TWC,
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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD IT CAN BE!!
No matter what our drug of choice was…the truth of the matter is we all have healing to do. Psychologically, physically and spiritually. When sourcing tools, methods, vitamins, exercise and meditation rituals to assist in the process of recovery, it’s a huge bonus to find something that addresses all three. Well I found one! Oxytocin. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone produced in the brain that also acts as a neurotransmitter and plays a big role in pair bonding. Positive social interactions like a 12 step group meeting with good friends or a family dinner can release high levels of oxytocin.
I was recently listening to an Internet lecture on “What we think we know about addiction.” Although most of the information was familiar to me, there were a few things the speaker said that really hit home. One of them was quite comical. The speaker took note of how morphine is pharmaceutical grade heroin yet Granny never came home from her hip replacement surgery and turned into a junkie. The reason Granny was able to consume it and not fall victim to a life of intravenous drug use is because she had a full life before the surgery and subsequent morphine consumption. She was bonded with her kids, grandkids, ladies social club, neighbors and her little dog, Buck.
Humans naturally bond to other things as a means of fulfillment. We bond to other humans, to our pets, our jobs and even some material things. When we don’t have a fulfilled life we tend to bond to things that mask the problem and distract us by making us feel better for a short time. For some it’s drugs and/or alcohol and for others it can be sex, gambling, video games….you name it. If it temporarily fills the void then we can form a bond and eventually cultivate an addiction to it.
Since I am an analytical thinker and have to see logic in things to be able to buy into them, I had difficulty with some of the faith-based spiritual steps some of my Christian friends jumped right into. Spiritual healing, for me, had nothing to do with religion at all. I do, however, feel strongly about scientific recovery methods. Anyone who knows me will also tell you I am a firm believer that each person must customize the program of recovery to their individual needs in order to optimize the success and quality of their life. Oxytocin happens to be something that won’t have a negative impact on anyone no matter their recovery regime because it is responsible for bonding relationships and creating a sense of closeness.
Connect with your kids, friends, support groups and families on a deeper level. Have fun, laugh with them and hug them. When you cuddle with your child, partner or pet and are gazing into each other’s eyes your brains are releasing Oxytocin. It’s that simple. This hormone increases trust, reduces fear and promotes empathy and positive social interaction. C’mon peeps….get your hug on…let’s get well!!
WE HAD WAYYY TOO MUCH FUN!!!
TWC would like to extend a great big, super grateful “Thank You” to everyone who came out and helped make Recovery Day 2015 so much fun. Did we say so much? We mean wayyy too much fun!!! The crazy pics photo booth was a smash hit and it took everything we had to keep it from looking like a teenager’s bedroom in our booth. The Last Door kept us all warm with hot Tim Hortons coffee and Heart of Hope joined in with their train and rides for all. The music was great, the GSG Productions‘ dancers were amazing and the weather even decided to give us a break. Anyone interested in having a Heart of Hope Donation Bin on their property can shoot Kyla an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Collected items go toward supporting organizations such as Covenant House, John Volken Academy, Boys and Girls Club and Rec for Kids.
Now it’s time to have a look at our crazy photos. Get ready to laugh as you see your close personal friends at their very finest!! Way wayyy too much fun!!!
RECOVERY DAY 2015 FLASH MOB!!
Here it is, the Recovery Day flash mob choreography. It’ll be fun to watch and even more fun to participate. Share it with everyone.
Just for fun, the clients at Together We Can’s Discovery Program headed to the bowling alley to get their strike on. Fun and laughs aside, bowling also offers numerous health benefits. Since all ages of men come to TWC to heal, bowling presents itself as the perfect game where everyone can compete, socialize and unwind. It is common knowledge that social relationships built around shared interests can increase longevity. When bowling, the guys are cultivating relationships and building friendships all while increasing the heart rate and promoting healthy heart muscles. Bowling also relieves stress and is easy to learn so even the most tightly wound person can benefit. A report from The Mayo Clinic states up to 275 calories can be burned with every hour spent bowling.
Other added bonuses are that bowling tones and strengthens muscles, speeds up the metabolism and exercises tendons, ligaments and joints. Bowling is also the perfect way for a recovering addict to sharpen motor skills and refine tactics that may have been dulled through active addiction. Throwing the bowling ball and hitting the pins requires hand-eye coordination, focus, concentration, tactical strategy and mental alertness. Another fine attribute of bowling is that it reduces the risk of disease. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading risk factors of heart disease. Exercise, including bowling, lowers the risk of stroke, heart attacks and diabetes while increasing bone density, improving circulation and lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It also helps the body utilize oxygen more efficiently. But enough of science….they just went for the fun!!
TWC INVITES YOU TO RECOVERY DAY 2015
Together We Can is proud to be part of the Recovery Day 2015 celebration. There will be live entertainment, speakers, draws, music, fun for the kids and much more. It’s more than just a good way to get together and have some fun, it’s also a great way for us to show those who are still suffering in active addiction that there’s a great life full of opportunity in an abstinence-based lifestyle. Together We Can is looking forward to supporting this event and hopes to see every client, friend and family member there! Be sure to come check out our booth! Those wishing to volunteer can see Mike in client services. Hope to see you all at Recovery Day 2015!