Phase One – Stabilization

After the initial intake process and assessment are completed, clients are given a tour and an orientation package which outlines the program requirements and rules as well as a daily schedule of activities. The intake assessment helps the counselling staff identify specific issues and challenges that individuals will focus on in their early recovery.

Treatment begins in a Stabilization Group facilitated by Certified Addictions Counsellor, Jesse Kiss who has years of experience facilitating this group and helps newcomers feel safe and welcomed immediately.

The Stabilization group will last between 14-21 days before clients advance to the next stage of their treatment. During Stabilization, clients are introduced to the basic tools and strategies of recovery. They are engaged in group discussions where members often connect on an emotional level. Typical discussion topics discussed include: acceptance, positive communication, self-forgiveness, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) and relapse prevention. A basic overview of the 12 Steps as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) exercises are integrated in this initial stage of treatment.

Men in this group are encouraged to share openly and honestly about their thoughts and feelings. At this point, men will begin practicing supportive recovery and utilizing the tools at their immediate disposal, namely the men around them who are united in a common goal, based on their shared experience, strength and hope.

Clients will participate in one-on-one counselling sessions as well as a variety of alternative therapies and workshops.

Phase Two – Senior Process Groups

Our counseling staff is experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of men beginning their journeys in recovery. Client participation and progress are monitored. A clinical mid-term is conducted to assess the status of the client's recovery goals.

Upon successful completion of stabilization group, clients then advance into one of our three distinct senior process groups which each last two weeks. Led by CCAC certified addiction counselors with many years of experience, clients work through all three groups while they are in treatment.

Recovery Foundations

Lee Deem, CCAC -Addictions Counsellor

Clients in Lee’s Group are immediately engaged by a passionate individual with an uncanny ability to cut through denial and negativity bred from addiction. Lee speaks openly and honestly with clients about his experience with the 12 Steps and uses his SMART Recovery facilitation skills to encourage questions and active contribution from group participants.

12 Steps to Recovery

Mick Dosanjh, CCAC – Addictions Counsellor

Mick has over 10 years of experience working in the addictions field. He educates clients on the principles and philosophies of the Twelve Steps and how to apply them in their everyday lives and integrates the latest scientific theories addressing addiction and recovery.

Healing and Living

Joey McGeough – Addictions Counsellor

Clients in Joey’s group are taught how to find a deeper understanding of themselves with an emphasis on the motivational systems that drive people. He discusses and explores humans from an evolutionary viewpoint – the biological functions of human beings and how these functions interface with the modern world.

The counselling staff are experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of men beginning their journeys in recovery. Client participation and progress are monitored. A clinical mid-term is conducted to assess the status of the client’s recovery goals

Continuing Care

Clients who are nearing the end of their stay work with their counsellor to create a comprehensive and realistic continuing care plan. Each individual plan provides an array of tools and strategies as well as a series of specific requirements tailored to ensure ongoing success and growth in recovery.

Continuing care plans outline necessities such as meeting attendance, further one-on-one counselling and maintenance of healthy relationships. Clients develop daily maintenance checklists and weekly routines based on their abilities and living situations after leaving our residential program.

In order to help deal with stress and anxiety, healthy coping mechanisms that were identified during treatment are also included in the continuing care plans. By following the recommendations of our counselling team, the men leaving Together We Can have a dramatically greater chances of success.

Graduates of Together We Can are offered a great way to stay connected through our weekly Alumni Group. This group meets from 7pm to 8pm every Thursday night at 2831 Kingsway, Vancouver. If you have any questions regarding Alumni Group feel free to email Carol Anne Turbitt at