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Last Door Recovery Society Newsletter Newsletter 007
September 2009
in this issue
:: Office renovations are done!
:: FINAL CALL for letters!
:: 2nd Alumni group is going strong
:: Home Depot gives back
:: Only 15 spaces left for Golf
:: Tickets on sale now
:: Last Door goes on tour
:: Alumni Gratitude Corner
:: Dr. Isles
:: Yoga twice a week keeps our residents in balance
:: Do you want to learn more about Planned Giving
Door Slam 2009 featured three days of entertainment for our residents, their families and the community.  From the delicious slow cooked Pork BBQ, sportsmanship, competition, sold out 80's dance, costumes, talent show to the KIDS ZONE - the 10th Anniversary of Door Slam was a hit and will be one to remember.
Thank you to everyone who supported us!


The NEW Main Office is done!

After 20 years of working out of a one-room office; the staff can now enjoy a fresh new work space.


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Thank you to everyone who donated their products, time and energy in building our new office.
FINAL CALL for letters


Our FIRST BOOK OF MEMOIRS will feature stories from people affected by Last Door.  If you  have a letter (or wish to write a letter) for possible publication, please mail, fax or email your letters to us.  A selection committee will determine which letters will get used in the publication- not all letters will get published be we thank you for your submission.
What kinds of letters?
  • Step 9 letters
  • "Letter to yourself"
  • "Last 90 days"
  • Mother's Day letters
  • Father's Day letters
  • Gratitude letters
  • Family letters
Face of change

I remember the day when David proposed the idea of starting a new group to help support our younger residents with transition, long term recovery and relationships. 
With the success of the original Alumni Group being filled to capacity all the time; the decision was made to start a 2nd Alumni Group that meets every Thursday evening.
This past Thursday I sat in a group of 20 young Alumnus as they talked about the importance of staying connected, feeling a part of and doing the basics.  I would not be able to describe the gratitude I feel from being part of this group.
I would like to thank the staff, the Board and the volunteers who's hard work have nurtured this aftercare program into becoming a staple for Alumni to share their experience with recovery.
Daniel Marks 
Addictions Consellor
More Renovations
Last Door has been chosen to be a recipient of "Home Depot's Month of Service"....check out November's next newsletter to see the finsihed product.


Only 16 spaces are left! CALL TODAY


Last Door's 25th Anniversary Charity Golf Tournament

Sunday September 13th
1:00 pm Shot Gun Start
6:30 pm Dinner, Prizes & Auction
 $10,000 hole in one
Golf, prizes, golf cart & dinner $150
To register please complete our registration form

please contact 604-329-7829 or email pr@lastdoor.org 
it's time for you to buy your tickets

Pimp My Hummer

 Tickets on SALE NOW!
$20 each or 6 for $100
  To view more information on the Hummer's journey and to see who all the all the sponsors are
please click here
Last Door goes on tour
From September through December Last Door will be setting up tent displays throughout the Vancouver Metro Area to promote tickets sales of the Hummer and to promote Last Door's successful 25 year legacy.
Click here to find out where the displays are:  (display schedule)
Would you like to volunteer at one of the displays?  call 604-329-7829

Hummer display 

Alumni Gratitude Corner 

I went through Last Door in 2003 with 6 days clean out of detox.  I was met with great people and felt hope instantly. I'll never forget when someone left me some clothes and a toothbrush on my bed anonymously. I had no idea the love and opportunity I was about to be given.
The Last Door taught me to grow up and take responsibility for my own life. My whole life I was searching to feel a part of and I found that here. I felt able to be honest for the first time in my life and it truly set me free. This was my first experience and will be my only experience with treatment. I have an amazing life today and I thank the Last Door for the foundation and the continuing support to live my life clean and happy.
I have just over 6 years clean today. Throughout my years clean I have built some amazing relationships and have experienced many of my dreams come true.
I thank the Last Door from the bottom of my heart. This place not only saved my life but put me in a place to actually have a life.
Peter S.


A message from Dr. Isles
Dr isles
In the August newsletter I explained some of the physiological reactions in the brain that take place with substance abuse.  Drugs which are abused resemble the natural neurotransmitter substances found in our bodies. If they caused no response in our systems, they would not be addictive.
Every psychoactive substance (such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and opiates) acts on specific sites, or receptors, in the brain and elsewhere. Simply put, the substance is like a "key" while the receptor is the "lock." This key-in-lock action is what causes the nerves to fire and results in the psychoactive, or "high," response that comes from using addictive substances.
All addictive drugs affect the production, release, or elimination of the neurotransmitters which, in turn affect the functioning of different parts of the brain. The part of the brain that is targeted determines the resulting feeling or side effects. For example, cocaine and amphetamines increase the level of dopamine which affects the pleasure area of the brain. This results in the feeling of euphoria or "high".
During intoxication, the neurotransmitter levels are strikingly elevated giving the desired sensation. But chronic use of these substances profoundly affects the processes in the brain by depleting the level of neurotransmitters. These kinds of changes inevitably result in physical and mental symptoms, and changes in behaviour. The symptoms often reflect the degree to which the neurotransmitter has been depleted.
Four key groups of neurotransmitters are related specifically to substance abuse. The healthy functioning of these particular messengers is vital to our well-being and ability to experience pleasure and satisfaction, and to function in a productive manner. The four groups include serotonin, GABA, catecholamines, and endorphins and enkephalins.
Serotonin is the "feel good" neurotransmitter that gives us good moods, helps us relax and enables us to sleep. Most drugs increase the level of serotonin inducing a sense of relaxed confidence. However once the drug is stopped, the decreased level of serotonin becomes evident with symptoms such as depression, a lack of well-being and self-confidence, negativity, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritability and, if low enough, suicidal thoughts and rage.
GABA is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps alleviate anxiety and worry and influences intellectual activity. Alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbituates and sleeping pills target GABA directly. Because of its inhibitory effects, any drug that increases the actions of GABA will decrease general brain activity and can be considered a "downer" or depressant. Without sufficient GABA, people feel stressed, pressured, impatient, on edge, nervous and irritable. At very low levels, panic attacks may occur.  
The catecholaminesare a group of excitatory neurotransmitters that govern our abilities to pay attention and to experience excitement, pleasure and the sense of reward. Dopamine is in this category and is known as the "euphoria" neurotransmitter. To cope better in life, some people turn to stimulant drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines, and thrill seeking activities to try and increase the catecholamine neurotransmitters. The chronic use of such stimulants depletes the catecholamines leading to symptoms such as depression, excessive sleeping, difficulty experiencing pleasure, and flat moods and apathy.
The endorphins and enkephalins are two groups of structurally similar neurotransmitters that are powerful natural pain killers.  Alcohol, heroin, methadone and opiates target these neurotransmitters in particular, resulting in a relaxed, numb or comforted feeling. Low levels may result in feeling emotionally raw and over-sensitive to physical pain.
While abuse leads to imbalances of the neurotransmitters in the brain, proper nourishment of these brain messengers can restore them once again to healthy levels of functioning. When added to a program including psychosocial support and good diet and exercise, a person is likely to enjoy good physical and mental health.
Dr. Cynthia Isles
Naturopathic Physician
Yoga now offered.


By popular demand Last Door is pleased to offer residents YOGA by personal instructor Tina two days per week.  This is another example of growth by demand.
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Visions Electronics and Valley Custom Rods
who have rebuilt the Hummer for the "Pimp My HUMMER Raffle"


for a full list of sponsors please

Making a donation to Last Door's "Continuing our Legacy" campaign  is simple. Donate now or donate monthly by clicking on the following "Canada Helps" link.

donate now
thank you!


Would you like to learn more about
Last Door's Planned Giving Program?

visit: http://www.lastdoor.org/main/givving.html

To make a gift please contact:

 Westminster Savings Finanical Planning Ltd.
Certified Finanical Planner, Shannon Erickson
 tel: 604-523-7918 or email: serickso@wscu.com

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Thank you for taking the time to read the 6th edition of our monthly emailed newsletter. 
Please forward it on to people you may think would be happy to hear from Last Door.
Giuseppe Ganci
Last Door Recovery Society Public Relations
T: 604-329-7829
F: 604-525-3896