Navigating Home – A Veteran’s Journey

Recovery Life News Posted: Nov 10th, 2017 4:11 PM PST

Winning The Battle Over Addiction and PTSD

With Remembrance Day coming over the weekend, it is important to recognize the service and sacrifices made by our military service members. Their commitment to protecting our nation’s freedoms and ideals can never be underestimated, nor forgotten.

Often the work that they do has them enduring traumatic situations or injuries that they end up bringing home with them from the battlefied. A true measure of our appreciation is how well we ensure that when they do return, they have the programs and services available to them for reintergrating into civilian life. Some of this trauma can be physical, while others can be not as visible. Both can have an equal affect on their lives.

Mental health issues including PTSD, and Addiction need to be part the focus of making sure our veteran’s heal. For men and women who have been trained to never be defeated, we need them to know that they do not have to deal with their mental health issues alone. We need to show them that we as a society understand, value, and support their recovery.

Together We Can has comprehensive Addiction Recovery Programs and supports for Veterans. In addition to our individually-tailored treatment plans, we have Certified Clinical Counsellors who focus on understanding and treating PTSD and addiction.

Working along side Veteran Affairs Canada, our continuum of care extends well beyond primary treatment. Our goal is to provide our Veterans with the life skills and tools for meaningful long-term sobriety. TWC also works with professional first responders who may struggle with addiction and other mental health issues.

Canadian Navy Veteran Mike Cain, and TWC Staff member Mike Cain, talks to Evolution 107.9FM Radio host Breton Scott about his battle with addiction, and his work with other veterans who struggle with addiction and PTSD. Mike recently celebrated 3 years of continuous sobriety.

As the Veteran Services Manager at Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Centre, Mike supports veterans who are looking for a new life after free of addiction after their military service.

Michael Cain

Veteran Services Coordinator

Michael has been trained in naval communications and served for three and a half years in the Canadian Navy.

Mike coordinates and schedules client groups, counselling sessions and other activities at Together We Can. He communicates regularly with Veteran Affairs and offers his experience, strength and hope to servicemen dealing with substance abuse, PTSD, and other mental health issues.

Learn More About the TWC Veteran Services & Outreach Program

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