News & Events

  • The Student Becomes the Master – A Practicum Experience at Together We Can

    I am very thankful for the opportunity to complete my graduate counselling practicum at Together We Can. I worked with a dedicated team of professionals and an outstanding supervisor. It has been an enriching and unforgettable learning experience.
  • Can Acupuncture Help Turn the Tide on the Opioid Crisis?

    Acupuncture has been used to treat PTSD, chronic pain, and other battlefield traumas within the military system for years, but only recently has it really been getting the attention it deserves.
  • Together We Can Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    In 1993, a single recovery house in Vancouver on Moss Street opened its doors and took in its first few clients under the direction of its founder, Calvin Lee. Fast forward to 2018, and that single house has grown into 26 houses, over 300 beds, and over 110 staff and volunteers, under the direction of recovery pioneer Stacy Wilson.
  • Together We Can and TWC All My Relations Host Powerful Winter Mini Pow Wow

    According to All My Relations Clinical Coordinator Mike Merrick, the impact on not just the community, but also the All My Relations clients was tangible and impacting.
  • Highlights from the 24 Hour Camp My Way Tire Flip Event

    On February 10th, 2018 the Together We Can Addiction Recovery and Education Society in partnership with the Camp My Way program and Terrance Kosikar proudly took part in the 24 Hour Tire Flip event in support of PTSD awareness. The event, which saw supporters and volunteers flip a four hundred pound tire end over end through downtown Vancouver was a fundraiser to honour the memory of a young Olympic athlete, increase awareness about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and raise funds for Camp My Way; a residential wilderness program for people with PTSD. Eight years ago, on...
  • Hockey Helps Recovering Addicts Stay on Clean Path

    GLOBAL NEWS HOUR AT 6 January 18, 2018 Former WHL hockey player Steve Bull, who has struggled with addiction all of his life, is now helping those in need by sharing his story with recovering addicts and also players in the BCHL, Global TV’s Barry Deley has the story. TWC Staff member, Steve Bull is spear-heading an amazing initiative that has him travelling across BC to visit with junior hockey teams. Telling his story of addiction and athletics has a great impact on the young men he confides in. “There is a lot of pressure to perform. Much of...
  • TWC Alliance – Straight and LGBTQ Recovery Growing Together

    The TWC Alliance Program addresses addiction recovery, but it also digs deeper into layers that some men experience with their sexuality before and after treatment. The focus of the program is to foster stronger communication, acceptance and understanding, and to develop positive relationships with "straight" allies, and the recovery community at large - to better connect and bond.
  • 2018 Alumni Retreat – Mountain View

    TWC Alumni Retreat – Mountain View Rodrigo Pulgar from the TWC Alliance Program and the TWC Alumni Group are excited to bring another TWC Alumni Recovery Retreat. On February 2nd to February 4th,2018, Twenty TWC alumni will take part in a weekend of fun, fellowship and connections at the Mountain View Country House in Chilliwack. TWC alumni and staff will be treated to an amazing experience – many thanks to the gracious donations of those in the TWC community. The majestic view, fresh air and warm fellowship provided a great platform for reflection and appreciation of how vastly their lives...
  • Looking Back at 2017 – A Year of Growth

    As Together We Can begins it's 25th year of educating and supporting men and families who struggle with the challenges of drug and alcohol addiction, we felt it important to take a look back at 2017 to celebrate one of our biggest years of growth as an organization.
  • Healing The Heart Of The Addict With Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees addiction as a disease of the heart and spirit. The spirit in Chinese medicine is said to be housed in the heart, which is viewed in TCM as the Emperor or the “King of the castle”, and if the king is unhappy, all of his royal subjects suffer. This put simply means that disharmony in one area of the body begins a chain reaction of imbalance that affects the whole person. All things in Chinese medicine from the foods we eat to the substances we use hold specific elemental qualities of temperature, movement, and...
  • Embracing the Trans Recovery Community at TWC’s Alliance Program

    Alliance was a safe haven for me from my addiction and being such a unique recovery program, really was the first place where I felt ‘allowed’ to embrace my inner self like no other way I had before.
  • One Year’s Worth of Gratitude

    On November 26, 2016 I had no idea my life was about to change the way it did - After more than 20 years of drug and alcohol addiction I found myself standing alone in the parking lot of a Burger King in Surrey at night, cold and soaked to the bone with nowhere to go. I was frantic, terrified, beaten down, and scared for my life because I was homeless and desperate.
  • 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...
  • TWC ‘All My Relations’ at 2017 National Aboriginal Veterans Day

    Recovery Life News Posted: Nov 10th, 2017 2:20 PM PST Together We Can staff, volunteers, and residents from the Straight Path and Straight and Narrow houses of the TWC – All My Relations Treatment Program were in attendance Wednesday at the 2017 National Aboriginal Veterans Day ceremonies at Victory Square in Vancouver to mark contributions made to the Canadian military by Indigenous men and woman. Starting with a peace pipe ceremony at Carnegie Hall in Vancouver's downtown east side, hundreds of participants then lead a procession down Hastings Street that ended at Victory Square where speeches were made and wreaths were laid down at...
  • TWC x BCHL Partnership – Nathan MacMaster Interview on 107.5 KissFM

    Last week Together We Can was proud to be represented on KISS 1075's 'Junior A Puckcast with Graham Turnbull' by TWC Intake Services member Nathan MacMaster to discuss hockey, recovery, and our new partnership with the BCHL. Nathan MacMaster was a Western Hockey League stand-out, and was one of the top ice-hockey players in Western Canada throughout his teenage years before his life was de-railed by addiction. Nathan is an alumni of Together We Can, and made a seamless transition from client to staff member within the organization just over a year ago. In addition to his inspiring story of battling...
  • Together We Can Partners With the British Columbia Hockey League

    Vancouver BC, October 24th, 2017 – Together We Can Addiction Recover and Education Society is proud to announce its new partnership with the British Columbia Hockey League.  Our combined mission is to offer players, fans, and families access to greater resources, awareness and addiction recovery services. “The pressures of Junior hockey can give some the idea they have failed and if an injury, particularly a concussion, is added to the equation it can be hard to cope with,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “The partnerships we’ve joined are for the best interests and well-being of players. But we also want everyone in...
  • Recovery Life – TWC Fall 2017 Newsletter

      After an amazing Summer of fun and fellowship, TWC is gearing up for the changing of the seasons. We have had so many inspiring stories and adventures in the past few months, and plan to have many more as we approach the holidays. Lead a Recovery Life. Elevate Life Wellness Centre Opens Its Doors We are very excited to announce the opening of Elevate Life Wellness Centre, the newest treatment offering from Together We Can, that is situated in Burnaby, British Columbia, Elevate Life combines residential comforts with privacy and the highest quality of clinical care. Our mission is to...
  • VetFit – Fitness and Recovery for Veterans

    If there is one thing that the current Toronto Invictus Games can teach us all, is that sports and fitness have an incredible capacity to give those suffering from injury, illness, and addiction a sense of belonging and an access point to healing and recovery. Together We Can believes in a multifaceted approach to treating addiction, including programming that heals not only the body, but the mind, soul, heart, and spirit of our clients.  We also understand that the recovery community is vast and diverse, and have created safe spaces and programming for some of the most vulnerable groups including...
  • TWC ‘All My Relations’ Program – Building Communities

    On Saturday September 16, seven residents and one staff member from TWC's All My Relations Program assisted with the placing of planters and filling them with soil. Many of our residents have past experience with landscaping and labour work and this opportunity allowed them to strengthen and showcase their skills.
  • Portugal’s Approach on Drugs – Medical Issue not Criminal Issue

    16 years after making a bold move to treat drug use as a "medical issue" rather than a criminal issue, Portugal is now experiencing one of the lowest rates of overdose in the EU second only to Romania.