Pain Killers Abuse
Risk for Psychosis
Patient Logjam
Enhancing Services
Edgewood Conference
New Building Progress
Join the Conversation
Preview of Poster Presentation
Last Door's in Toronto
Fun in Recovery from Addiction
Parents Group Alumni
Alumni of the Month
Yoga and Acupuncture affect our residents





 Among those seeking help, painkiller abuse is second only to alcoholism


Five years ago more than 200 people in the region called the province's Drug and Alcohol Helpline for help with prescription painkillers.


That number has more than doubled - to almost 550 people.


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Teens Who Smoke Pot at Risk for Psychosis



For while many adults remember (some more fondly than others) the highs of their own youth, today's marijuana is not what it used to be. Not only are we learning that what our kids are smoking may be particularly potent, but doctors are also warning that marijuana can trigger psychosis in vulnerable young people.


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B.C.'s refuge for mentally ill drug addicts saddled with patient logjam, report says



British Columbia's dedicated centre for the most troubled of mentally ill drug addicts failed in its mission to admit, treat and quickly discharge those severely afflicted patients, says a review obtained by The Globe and Mail.



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Last Door enhances services



Linda Robbins, Registered Psychologist


Last Door has partnered with Psychologist Linda Robbins & Dr. Paul Stein, MD, FRCP (Psychiatrist) to enhance mental health and addiction recovery services to residents.


To read their Bios

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Dr. Paul Stein, M.B.B.Sl, FRCP




November 29, 2011 (Tuesday)

Pre-Conference Workshops


November 30, December 1 & 2, 2011

(Wednesday - Friday)

Three-Day Conference

8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Additional Sessions:

November 29, 2011

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


November 30, 2011

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


December 1, 2011

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

(formerly the Best Western Richmond Inn Hotel)

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, B.C





POCO Building Supplies
Thank you to the many alumni, trades people and suppliers who donated goods and services for the site preparation and construction of Last Door's latest building addition. This new building will provide space for activities such as Parent's Group, Co-Parenting Group, Media Group and other group/meeting space.





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Monthly Newsletter Vol#31

October /2011

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Canadian Centre on 
Substance Abuse

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) will host its biennial Issues of Substance (IOS) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from November 6-9, 2011.


The harmful use of alcohol and other drugs and substances costs $40 billion per year. In efforts to invest funding effectively and maximize results for all Canadians, IOS 2001 will, among other things, focus on achieving efficiencies over the entire continuum of care-from research and prevention work to the delivery of treatment and recovery services.


IOS is Canada's premier national conference on alcohol, drugs and other substances. The theme of IOS 2011 is Transforming health promotion, prevention, treatment and recovery.


Keynote speakers include Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of the Global Poverty Project; Dr. Patricia Conrod, developer of the most successful drug and alcohol prevention program for young people in the UK; and Joe Roberts, Skid Row CEO. Sessions and workshops will include subjects that focus on mental health and addictions, the challenges of concurrent disorders, and best and emerging practices. Other sessions will address the unique challenges of Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2011) 

Last Door will Present a Poster on its 14 year success story with Nicotine Free Smoking Cessation at the Issues of Substance 2011.  


Poster will focus on:

  • Methods Used
  • Client Responses
  • Challenges
  • Opportunities
  • Discussions

Preview of Poster Presentation


Last Door will be presenting a Poster reflecting its successful Smoking Cessation Program in long term treatment.   The Poster will be presented at the Issues of Substance Conference in Vancouver next month.  The following is a sneak peak of some of the data collected.

NRT - Nicotine Replacement Therapy



 Read next month's issue of our Newsletter for the full poster

Watch our Video - Need help to quit smoking?
Watch  4 year Alumni Josh talk about his experience with Smoking Cessation at Last Door


Last Door now offers services in Toronto, Ontario


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Jay Pasternack, New Life Counselling



Last Door has partnered with New Life Counselling Services in Toronto to better provide Ontario residents with continuing care services for mental health issues and recovery from Addiction.


New Life Counselling Services can provide assessment services for Ontario residents and prepare them for residential treatment at Last Door.  Addiction treatment covers a spectrum from drug addiction, gambling addiction treatment, alcohol rehab, internet, video gaming and media addiction, sex/relationships and food addiction treatment.


Services provided by New Life Counselling Services include:

  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Pre-Residential Treatment Counselling
  • Treatment Planning
  • Continuing Care Group Therapy (post-residential treatment)
  • Continuing Individual Therapy
Call 1-888-525-9771 today to book your appointment in Ontario.
In Alberta? Click here if you need Calgary Addiction Services  


2012 Recreational Budget Fundraiser

Call 604-525-9771 to order your tickets today

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Last Door offers opportunities for clients to participate in a wide variety of recreational activities throughout the year believing that "Fun in recovery" is key to successful recovery.



Parents Group Alumni





2008/2009 Parents Group Alumni enjoy their bi-annual lunch social, laughter and today's issues were the topics of discussion.  Last Door's Parents Group meets every Wednesday and is open to residents of the Youth Program and Adult Program.  If you have questions regarding our Family Program please call 604-525-9771.


SAVE THIS DATE - Parents Group Annual Pot Luck, Wednesday November 16

Parent of an Addict Video
Watch our "Parent of an Addict" support Video

Alumni of the Month


Last Door Alumni Colen


I grew up in a small town with a small family where my mother raised me on her own. Growing up as a kid, I was always doing things to push the limits; getting into fights, getting kicked out of school, shoplifting and hanging out with a rough crowd of people. I started smoking at the age of 13, and not long after, started drinking alcohol. At age 17, I had already spent time in jail. After I was released, I quit school and went to work, and worked hard for years. I had a house, cars, boat, good job and so on, but i still drank heavy. At the age of 25 I was introduced to a heavier drug that made me feel like I was on top of the world, and in the beginning I thought I had it under control. I spent all my savings, started lying to my boss about not showing up for work, stole from my family and friends. Fast forward 8 years I lost my job, my family was pushed out of my life and I was doing whatever it took to support my drug use.


I had been in and out of treatment, living on the streets in the grips of addiction, then back to jail for the crimes I committed to support my drug use....March 14/2007 was the last day I used. While I was in jail I was in contact with the Last Door on a bi-weekly basis and the staff at the door were very supportive and I always had a feeling of hope when I got off the phone with them. When I arrived at the Last Door almost right away I felt that I was going to be OK and this was going to be the best decision I made in years. The guys in the house made me feel at home and part of the family. I normally feel uncomfortable around new people and places, but this was different. During my 7 month stay at the Last Door, I made friends with people that are still my close friends today. I built a relationship with my daughter, mother, and brother. I am very close with my family today.


I quit smoking at the Last Door after smoking for 20 years.


I found that I can go out and have fun in recovery without the use of drugs, and most of all, I have lost the obsession to use drugs. At the Last Door the groups are amazing because the focus is the solution in recovery, not about the pain and suffering in addiction...I stayed in aftercare at the Door for 2 months where I found a job and was guided in the right direction. Today I still go to the Last Door to hook in with the guys that are new, to show them that there is another way to live just like I was shown by the guys that came before me. It feels good to be able to go to the Door anytime and feel at home. I still have the same job that I got while was in the Door, and I show up every day on time. I am a productive member of society that doesn't take life for granted....Thank you Last Door and everyone in it for the new direction in my life. For that I am grateful :-)


Colen, B. Clean Date March 14/2007





Does acupuncture and yoga help clients?

Focus Group
Client Focus Group

Last Door provides yoga and acupuncture twice a week for clients who are interested in alternative methods that may improve their physical, mental and emotional lives.   A focus group was held last week to hear directly from the guys how, or if, these practices had benefited their recovery processes and to assess the practical aspects of the service ie time frame, instructor etc.


Their feedback is invaluable to evaluating the viability of the acupuncture and yoga. (Evidently the boys feel the acupuncture is useful because when they took Victor (Last Door's therapy dog) to see Shawn Poppi last week when he was limping. Shawn gave Victor a treatment seemed to have helped. Victor is up and about again.


Thank you to Shawn Poppi Sabhaney of Modern Acupuncture Studio