Teens Giving Back Stay Clean
Drug use is changing fast
Cold Turkey or BUST
Need Continuing Education Credits?
Raise the ROOF
Holiday Gift Ideas
Patches Make you Blind to the Truth
Health Canada Criminal Prosecution Threat
Last Door Alumni Perform
Health Canada Criminal Prosecution Threat
Need an Interventionists?
Parents Group Reunion a Success!ics have fun in recovery
Alumni of the Month


Teens Giving Back Stay Clean 

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Young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 report the highest rates of substance use and dependence, according to the National Survey on Drug Use & Health. A new study from the University of Missouri found that rural adolescents who engage in prosocial behaviors, such as volunteering and helping others, are less likely to use substances as young adults.


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Drug use is changing fast



The proportion of young people who have used cannabis in the past year continues to decline from a peak in 1998, according to the British Crime Survey (BCS). Use of class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin has not declined as much, but prior-year use of powder cocaine fell by a third in the two years from 2008-09.


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Cold Turkey or BUST
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Vancouver's infamous Insite facility, where intravenous drug users can shoot up under the supervision of a health-care worker, might soon be acquiring a sister site for alcoholics.


A drinker's lounge, where a limited amount of "maintenance drinks" are served to help wean people off alcohol in products such as mouthwash and cologne, is gathering momentum and support.   


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Monthly Newsletter Vol#32

November /2011

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A long term 100 bed Youth and Adult Addiction Treatmnet Centre



Nick Rigma


ICCDP Specialist

Senior Counsellor


In the Hyatt Hotel a field of 60 academic posters at the Issues of Substance Conference saw the Last Door present the research on our Smoking Cessation program. The poster was an outstanding brilliant red, in a field of neutrals. The 14 year history of our smoke free program where clients, staff and facilities are nicotine free stood apart as both an achievement and a visionary accomplishment. 14 years ago the revolutionary approach that turned a facility and ultimately an entire agency to a nicotine free environment was lauded as impossible even inappropriate.   At the time Dave Pavlus,  Last Door Executive Director, launched the initiative to support a client with emphysema and help improve his chances of recovery. The group norms were reset and non-smoking became a way of life.  


Looking back over 14 years the stats are interesting and all available on the poster below, but what really stands out is that Last Door has continued and continues to be leading edge in promoting a culture of abstinence as an environment for recovery. I spent 4 days at the conference listening to social workers, health care professionals and counsellors marvel at the accomplishment and comment that this might not be possible at their agency for any number of reasons. When it became clear that abstinence was attained without nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). No patches, no pills, no nicotine gums. The conversations turned to the impossibility.  


The simple message is that nicotine is the number one killer on the planet and over 5 million people worldwide will die. Hope for addicts in recovery is found at the Last Door. What has made us good at what we do has been a blend of vision and common sense. This year again we'll stop to celebrate recovery, share stories of family, hope and the victory over the addictive patterns in the lives of all the members of our community. Years ago alumni would bring cans of tobacco for new clients - years before that we would have penny cans at local merchants, this year as you celebrate recovery take a moment and consider your gift. Our poster was outstanding, people were impressed and this season again we'll continue to build a culture of abstinence whether in gambling, smoking, drugs or alcohol and you can help! Your cards, letters and donations are more than welcome they are essential to our mission.


Best regards,


Nick Ringma 

Patches Make you Blind to the Truth   

Client Responses to Nicotine Free Smoking Cessation    


  • 36 year old client* says: "I found the result to be amazing to see a very resistant population to smoking cessation, change instantly due to healthy choice and group dynamics and support" *Client is a Medical Doctor
  • 18 year old Client says "it wasn't until 60 days that I realized no smoking was a good idea"
  • 100% of Clients believe it works


 Click here to view the Entire Poster Presentation and other stats 

Parent's of addicts find relief in weekly meetings 



Last Door's Annual Parent's Group Potluck Dinner Reunion was another great success! Parents with son's currently in our Youth program and Adult Program enjoyed socializing with Parent's Group Alumni whose  son's have multiple years clean. Congrats to everyone having fun in recovery!

Recovery at Last Door is a way of experiencing life. This "social" model program offers clients and their families an opportunity to experience recovery in an actual community. Recovery at Last Door is neither a destination nor a goal; it is about regaining and living with a feeling of connectedness within a healthy community.  


We invite family members to participate in the weekly Parents Group - to share their experience and energy with each other, with staff and ultimately with the community as a whole. We are each other's success - please join in!





You're Invited 

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Evening Program


Lafflines Comedians

Live Performances by Last Door Alumni

Myles Murphy with Nick, Colton and Brendan

Joe Tory, Bravo Juliet Music

Dj Kemikal Ali


Gourmet and Executive Hors D'oeuvres prepared by Jason and Fritz


Door Prizes

$500 gift Men's and Women's Gift Basket from The Bay in Victoria

2 $200 Lush Canada Gift Baskets

16 Chop Shop Haircuts

2 Canuck Tickets




Health Canada Criminal Prosecution Threat  for illegal use of mysterious medicine 


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Dr. Gabor Maté

BC Doctor Gabor Maté who made national headlines in defense of the physicians working at Insite (a legal supervised safe injection site) after the federal Minister of Health, Tony Clement, attacked them as unethical, is ordered to stop anti-addiction tea use because its use, is unethical by Health Canada standards.    


Dr. Gabor Mate was featured on CBC's the Nature of things - The Jungle Prescription. The one hour documentary is the tale of two doctors treating their addicted patients with a mysterious Amazonian medicine rumored to reveal one's deepest self.


The B.C. doctor who allowed a film crew to document his use of the traditional Amazonian tea while treating addicts in British Columbia has been ordered to end the treatments. Health Canada is threatening to prosecute the physician.  In a two-page letter sent last week, Johanne Beaulieu, director of Ottawa's Office of Controlled Substances, reminded Gabor Maté that mere possession of ayahuasca is illegal under Canada's Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  Unless he immediately ceased all activities relating to the substances involved, the letter warned, the RCMP would be notified.  Dr. Maté, a family practitioner who specializes in addiction, said he will reluctantly comply with the order.  "I have no intention of breaking the law," he said in an interview. "


Dr. Gabor Maté was using ayahuasca, which induces a trance that unlocks painful memories.  


Instead of using illegal mind altering substances to treat addiction;  Last Door's many clients who come from Main and Hastings have stayed clean for decades by learning how to reveal one's deepest self through written exercises, group therapy, inspiration and guidance on how  to accept and forgive ones personal past experiences.   


Last Door has been successfully providing addiction treatment for close to 30 years.     Thank you to everyone for their support of our programs.  


To view the CBC episode please click here:


*article data comes from CBC, wikipedia and xraydelta 


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Last Door has affiliated with Can Am Addiction Intervention Services to provide addiction intervention / treatment services and consultation to individuals and their families to clear the path to recovery and facilitate freedom from the devastating and deadly disease of addiction. Across the border and across addictions we will provide a caring yet effective and individualized approach to intervention / treatment and on-going recovery services resulting in a new way of life.


Patricia M. Pike, ICADC, CADC-II, LAADC Addictions Counselor Consultant

P 415-827-3725, 604-525-9771



Canada: 18875 60A Ave. Surrey, BC, V3S 1H4 

United States: 142 Buchanan Drive, Sausalito, CA., 94965


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Alumni of the Month 

Victor, Last Door Therapy Dog

The history of "Therapy Dogs" in care facilities is relatively recent. Ten years ago, almost all care facilities forbade animals. Now almost half have pet therapy programs. What became popular in Europe spread to the United States in the 1980's.  


Once again Last Door was on the cutting edge of what seemed to us, a logical addition to a program described as homelike and that offered care. Last Door has had a series of "Door Dogs" dating back to Snowball on Carnarvon Street in the mid-80's up to Victor, our current incarnation. In between were several furry friends, Max the pug and a second Max the amazing little bulldog. There have also been a few residents' pets who, facing potential homelessness, were also temporary residents of Last Door.


In the early days of Last Door, and in fact for many years, each resident went through his written Step One orally in group. This was an amazing and sometimes arduous process for the whole group. The benefits and practicality of that process waned over time but an interesting piece emerged. Many recovering addicts who remember sadness, confusion and even despair and fear as children also recalled their childhood friends, the family dog.  This friend in troubled times was a source of compassion, comfort and the unconditional love. Guys described feeling comforted when sitting with, hugging and talking with their pets who in the end, were often on their masters' amends lists having loyally suffered neglect and abuse during their masters' addictions.  


Dogs, because of their social natures, often genuinely like people and choose to be around them. Often, they are aware of illness and sadness and WANT to provide companionship and comfort; they are both intuitive and compassionate. It is always a joy to see them detect sorrow and watch them lick tears away.


An Australian Ph.D student conducted an 18 month controlled study of a dog's impact on a nursing home in Brisbane, Australia. She investigated the perceived levels of confusion, depression, fatigue, tension, and vigor of ninety-five elderly residents at three nursing homes foll owing the introduction of a visiting dog, a resident dog and no dog. In the group visited by the dog, she found reduced levels of fatigue. In the group who had this same dog residing with them she found a decrease in anxiety, confusion, depression, fatigue, and tension. Two months after the dog was removed, the benefits remained. (Crowley-Robinson - Applied Animal Behaviour Science 47: 1996.)


Animals have long been recognized as being a positive force in the healing process. Dogs have acalming and therapeutic effect. They help people cope with the emotional issues related to their illness. They also offer physical contact with another living creature, something that is often missing. They always invoke pleasant memories of past pets. Best of all, they divert a person's attention from the pressing problems of the day.


Everyone benefits from the mere presence of these canine health care providers, residents, visitors, and staff. When Therapy Dogs walk the floors of a long term facility, it is often a challenge to separate the furry, four-legged therapists from the staff so that they can perform their special magic upon the residents; that's okay, because therapy dogs provide a much needed break from the routine and stresses of working in a long term facility environment.


While we cannot unequivocally state that Victor has loved all people at all times, we can definitely see his affect on the lives of the Door Boys. Invariably conversations with alumnus turn to is he? Is he still there? There is always a story and some laughs around something Victor did when they were at the Door. And so....the "Victor stories" are a foundational piece of recovery at the Door. Despite the messes, the barking and running away and sometimes the biting, our Door dogs have, and still do play a steadfast, pivotal role in life and recovery at the Door.  


We're not big on "therapy" so let's just say they are our Recovery dogs. Eventually, but hopefully not this year, Victor will pass as have Snowball and the "Maxes".  His spirit will live on in our stories and the love and companion ship he has given so many guys seeking recovery.


From the Door Boys - Thanks Victor for being there!