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Residents and Alumni practice three days a week as a group.  Six Door Boys competed in a Mauy Thai tournament on January 29th in Burnaby.  Three out of the Six won Bronze; Congrats Danny, Armando and Chris! About 40 residents went to support the event.  

What does this have to do with treatment from addiction?


Well ask any of the guys above if they felt like using that day? 
Upcoming 2011 Events
  • Family Program Unity Picnic
  • Kelowna Annual Retreat
  • DoorSlam Recovery Slo Pitch Tournament

Alumni and family - do have some ideas for events?  let us know.


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Monthly Newsletter Vol#21


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Don Presland

Youth Program Counsellor

Since I walked into the Last Door over three years ago; it has always been this place that has been truly inspirational to me. I am incredibly grateful that I have the opportunity to now work at the place that has helped saved my life. It is a real gift to be a part of something that continues to inspire me daily. Working with Last Door's Youth Program's young men when they come in; watching what seems impossible for them as first become possible after a short time is the fuel that I believe keeps my job fresh, exciting and rewarding. I know for me in the beginning it was other guys in the house that believed when I didn't believe, they were the ones that carried me till the impossible seemed possible.  


I think about the power of one addict helping another, and how at any given time I can walk through the door and see that in action. It's heart warming watching it "the healing power of love in action" whether it's someone listening, a family being reunited, a conversation, a hug or giving encouragement to someone - people's lives are being transformed by the loving action of genuine care and concern for one another.


There is nothing that warms my heart more than watching someone at the Youth Program smile again and laugh, find their hearts and have hope that they too can become one of the thousands that have broken the chains of addiction. To the guys that have done the work before me, the guys that are doing the work now and those yet to come it's with the deepest gratitude that I say thank you for giving me hope.




Don Presland

Youth Program Counsellor 


Did you keep your New Year's Resolution? We did!

Life Styles Group started 2011 with a Kick!


Healthy living and lifestyle health are at the core of our program philosophy. They are the main building blocks that help each person fulfill their potential for living a happier, healthier and a more satisfying life.  Last Door Lifestyle Group provides information, tips and support in adopting healthy tools and practices for residents. 


Learn how we  help Addicts learn how to engage healthy lifestyle choices into their recovery.  click here to read the article 

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Styles Group please click here 


Hot Tip for Tax Season

Support your favorite registered charity and save tax!

Do you have shares in a public company that have appreciated in value?  If you donate marketable securities to a charity, you do not have to include any realized capital gain in your income and you still get a tax credit based on the market value of the securities when you donate them. To read the Meyers Norris Penny Article and Savings Table written by Susan Payment click here


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Organic Addictions Treatment


A Green Breakthrough in Organic Addictions Treatment


New Westminster, BC -- Last week a staff team at the Last Door Recovery Centre were having  a conversation about all the changes in addictions treatment.  The topics were wild.  The co-dependency ran rampant.  The invasion of the system of care into the lives of clients.  The assumptions of co-occurring and concurrent disorders based on assessing drug impaired individuals. The idea that 21 day treatment might be the way to go.  Around the table were persons in recovery who were clean - To READ ABOUT THE CONVERSATION CLICK HERE

Alumni of the Month

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Dennis G


I always thought my life was in control when it came to my drug use; I was a good provider for my family, I owned a business, made money, had a beautiful home and I was there as a dad to my kids while being a decent husband.


Looking back now I see that I had been in trouble for a very long time.  I was a very secretive, sneaky addict doing my best to make everything on the outside look good.   When I got divorced in 2002 there was an explosion of addiction in my life.  I was completely out of control!  No one to be accountable too, my drug use became a daily thing and I couldn't stop. 


My brother found recovery in 1999 and I noticed his life getting better as mine plummeted down rapidly.  When he went to treatment it opened my eyes to a way out.  I struggled trying to get clean.  I finally found Last Door.  My thoughts were not of relief, but more like my life and fun were now going to end.  But deep down I knew this had to be better way to live.


Thinking the fun was over in my life changed within the first 30 days at Last Door.  I realized my past was far from fun and that life could be an exciting new adventure clean.  I felt I belonged, a part of something bigger than I could have ever imagined and a place where I fit in.  I'll never forget the day Dave (Last Door Executive Director) took me to get my guitar out of the Pawn Shop.  All he wanted in return was for me to do it for someone else.  He said "you never have to pawn it again".  I felt like he believed so much in me and in recovery; that I would do this.  Other momentous times were when I would see Alumni come in and talk about their personal adventures clean.  Motorcycle trips to California, what meetings were like in other cities and talk about this guy Bob B who helped write the Basic Text for Narcotics Anonymous.  Listening to Ron John sit in group saying he loved Last Door and would come up to visit a few times a year from California after 15 years clean.


I was in my first 30 days and something clicked in my heart. I saw people living and enjoying life in recovery.  Just the way I read it in the Basic Text.  I began to believe I could like this way and maybe my life was just starting not finishing.  I poured my heart into this program and Last Door; 30 days became 60 days, then 90 days.  For me Step 9 was a huge Step. I feel it allowed me to wipe the slate clean and move on to my new life in recovery.


I got so much out of the Steps and the Programs at Last Door; I believe they got me to the starting line in my new life in recovery and Narcotics Anonymous.  My life today is like a dream, I'm the guy sharing about trips to California, motorcycle rides, loving Last Door.  I now have a story of going to meet Bob B at his home group in Culver City, California.  I get to be a Dad again.  I get to play music with my daughters.  My guitar has NEVER been back to the Pawn Shop since.  My Daughters share about how grateful they are for Last Door giving them their Dad back and how much they love my life in recovery.  They believe me when I say Last Door saved my life.  Just mentioning Last Door, my mom and dad tear up and feel grateful.  I no longer feel like a secretive fraud.  I'm able to live my life proud and out in the open.  I have nothing to hide today and that is the freedom I have been searching for my whole life.


The way I see my life today is to continue on this journey.  I still pour my heart into NA, the steps and giving back to the new guy at Last Door.  I am committed to living and enjoying my life without the use of drugs.


Thank you forever.


Dennis G

Clean Date November 18, 2004

Our connection with CBC's Village on a Diet

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Over 218,000 lbs lost and counting!


Force Four Entertainment are the people behind Village on a Diet.  The same people behind many of the videos about Last Door.  Last Door is pleased to announce the production of a new video being produced to market Last Door's programs.  


We'll keep you posted to the release date of our new video.


 Thanks Force Four Entertainment!

Dodgeball & Social Model Programs 

The clients asked for it and now they're  learning how to dodge their addiction!


In a Social Model Program, residents are able to create their own recreational activities.  Our setting offers residents a practical opportunity for taking ownership of their recovery process. To read more about our Social Model Program Philosophy please click here 


Dodgeball at Last Door

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How does 28 years of "Friday Steak Night" get better?

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Jason and Executive Chef Fritz

A Father and Son story 


Jason came to Last Door on April 17, 2010 - he was attracted to the way recovery get's down in New Westminster. 


Jason and his father,  Executive Chef Fritz cook up a storm and create gourmet dishes for our residents.  


Click here to read a story on food, cooking and the healing of a father and son's relationship.



Did you know Last Door serves over 200 meals a day? 


Sun Run Kick Off, join our team!

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Every year our team finishes in the top 10!


The team has started and so far we have 27 runners committed to running this Year's Sun Run.  Residents, staff, alumni and families are encouraged this to participate.  Twice a week there is a UNITY RUN with the team, call Phil at 604-525-9771 to inquire about times and places. 
Last day to join our team online is March 18.

Treatment for Addicted Pets?

 birdsBetty Ford for Birds

Vancouver Island facility treats addicted pets 

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Last Door Public Relations