Together We Can recognizes that addiction is a chronic, progressive disease and that abstinence is only the beginning of the recovery process. Men participating in our program must develop an awareness of how their thoughts and beliefs block them from wellness and inner peace. It is imperative that each man take personal responsibility for making positive and healthy new choices for themselves.

A key aspect of recovery is learning how to heal interpersonal relationships. The shift from feeling alone and isolated, to being connected and feeling “a part of” is a key part of our program. We provide a safe and loving therapeutic community environment for men to begin their pursuit of a new way of life. Our addiction treatment programs, supported recovery houses, continuing care and alumni initiatives provide clients with an integrated approach to recovery. We believe that long term recovery is most successful when people are provided with health and wellness supports for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.


Stimulant addiction

Stimulants (cocaine and methamphetamine) are drugs which activate the central nervous system and produce euphoria and excitation in the user. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is implicated in the activation of the reward and reinforcement center of the brain.

Use of stimulants is characterized by the need to continuously use more to offset unpleasant feelings of “crashing” when the effects of the drug subside. With prolonged use, neurological complications can arise in the form of psychosis and extreme mood disturbances.

Due to euphoric recall, relapse with stimulants is a very real concern and people who struggle with addiction to these substances often need intensive treatment and prolonged social support to successfully remain abstinent.

As well, due to the compulsive nature of the use of stimulants, cessation of use can often be a very difficult process as the drive to use appears to override the rational decision-making processes of the mind.

Opiate addiction

Opiates (or opioids) are drugs that bind to the opiate receptors in the brain, and their primary function is for pain-killing. With continued use of opiates, the brain’s ability to naturally provide pain killing neurotransmitters to the nervous system becomes compromised and ultimately dormant.

Therefore, the ongoing use of illicit or prescription opiates are required for an addicted individual to avoid feelings of extreme discomfort and pain. Opiate addiction has rapidly evolved into the primary social crisis of our generation. With the emergence of powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanyl, rates of overdose and death have skyrocketed with British Columbia having some of the highest rates of overdose in the world. People who have developed an addiction to these substances will often report having had numerous hospital visits, overdoses, and a multitude of psycho-social consequences.

Alcohol addiction

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, for people who have developed alcoholism ( or alcohol use disorder), the disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug (alcohol), use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial. It has four main features:

  • craving – a strong need to drink
  • loss of control – not being able to stop drinking once you’ve started
  • physical dependence – withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, or shakiness when you don’t drink
  • tolerance – the need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to feel the same effect

Alcoholism is characterized by a pathological pattern of alcohol use that causes a serious impairment in social or occupational functioning. It affects physical and mental health, and can cause problems with family, friends, and work.

Detoxification from alcohol can be dangerous without proper supervision. We will supervise your detox and help make you as comfortable as possible.


We welcome everyone at TWC, regardless of individual background. Our participants are adult men aged 19 years and older who share a common goal of successfully recovering from their addiction.

Community resource referrals

  • Physicians/nurses/hospitals
  • Social workers
  • Community health and addiction programs
  • 3rd party referrals such as EAP, insurance
  • Shelters and other temporary residences
  • Other treatment providers
  • Self-referral

*A tour of the facilities can be arranged.

In order for us to provide a safe, healing environment, TWC Intake Services Coordinators gather information and review applicants in order to better understand their needs. Once a participant is admitted to TWC, there is a 72 hour probation period, where we monitor and assess progress. We then direct each client towards their individualized program. Please download and complete the assessment form below and review the “Things to Bring” checklist.


Founded in 1993, with locations in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, Together We Can Addiction Recovery & Education Society is one of Canada’s leading treatment centres for men.

Our mission is to educate and support men and families who desire a new life in recovery.

Together We Can provides over 310 men with 60-90 days of recovery-focused addiction treatment followed by supported recovery housing opportunities in a therapeutic residential setting.

Our continuum of care includes residential and outpatient addiction treatment, supported recovery living, continuing care, alumni initiatives and a support program for families which form an integrated approach to recovery.

We are a licensed healthcare service provider through Vancouver Coastal Health.

As a registered charity, we are dedicated to building positive and enduring relationships with families, donors, community partners, and government.

Together, we can rebuild lives, heal families and strengthen communities.

Thank you for your generous support.