TWC’s stabilization counsellor Jesse Kiss uses creative ways to welcome our new guys and make them feel like part of the family. When weather is permitting, everyone drops their pens and gathers at the Norquay Park basketball court just a short distance from the treatment facility. The walk there is spent socializing and getting revved up to let loose for a bit. Once at the basketball court everyone is separated into three or four smaller groups and given an assignment.  It’s usually an exercise to help the new guys feel welcome and get to know their teammates.  First there are some serious personal questions asked encouraging each teammate to disclose information to another and then there is a short series of fun questions to lighten the mood.

When each smaller group has completed their assignment they are asked to join into the game. With an average seven against seven  it’s almost like a scene from a movie with everyone just hanging out having fun, some of them not having played played basketball in over 20 years. The guys that don’t play basketball relax and get to know each other. Even the very first days of recovery can be made inviting with the right incentives.

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