Addicts Change Narcotics
Last Door places 8th
Committee Invite
Mayor's Lunch
Workplace Wellness Training
Alumni of the month
Founding Board Member Passes away
Alberta Alumni Day
Upcoming Conferences
Video Game Addiction
Energy Drink Problem?
Mixed Martial Arts vs Addiction



Oxycotin  Addicts Change Narcotics


The transition from the painkiller Oxycontin to a new formulation has led to some troubling trends in Ottawa, as police report a rash of pharmacy robberies and doctors say addicts are moving on to other narcotics.


The drug company Purdue Pharma stopped manufacturing Oxycontin in Canada in March, and replaced it with a new type of oxycodone called OxyNeo that is harder to abuse because it cannot be easily crushed or injected to get high.



Obama Administration Releases 21st Century Drug Policy Strategy


Today, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, released the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy, the Obama Administration's primary blueprint for drug policy in the United States.  The newStrategy outlines 113 specific actions to be undertaken throughout the Federal government to reform U.S. drug policy through innovative and evidence-based public health and safety approaches aimed at reducing drug use and its consequences. Specifically, the new Strategy is guided by three facts:  addiction is a disease that can be treated; people with substance use disorders can recover; and innovative new criminal justice reforms can stop the revolving door of drug use, crime, incarceration, and rearrest. 


To read more click here



RCMP launches Facebook page to facilitate tips on drug smuggling at Pearson


As police continue to incorporate social media into their prevention and enforcement strategies, the RCMP has launched a Facebook for people to post information on drug smuggling at Pearson International Airport.

The Toronto Sun reports the Mounties have teamed up with CrimeStoppers to take the anonymous tips online.


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Heroin treatment has itself become a problem 


IRELAND has the highest number of heroin users per capita in the EU, according to the annual report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Deaths for those on methadone programmes also appear to be on the rise.


There were 9,264 people on the HSE methadone programmes nationwide at the end of October 2011. It is estimated that there are another 10,000 heroin users who are not currently on methadone.


Methadone, once viewed as a way to wean a patient off opiates, has now become a fact of everyday life for many former heroin addicts. Each person accessing a methadone programme costs the State an average of €2,714.52 a year.


Dr Chris Luke, an emergency medicine consultant at Cork's University and Mercy Hospitals, has frontline experience of the dangers of methadone and believes the area needs further examination. "I retain a healthy scepticism about methadone as a treatment," he said.


"We continue to see a significant number of deaths from methadone consumption. While methadone may be a very valuable maintenance treatment, and it allows people to live a more or less 'ordi-

nary life', it is traded on the black market by patients and users, and it does cause a lot of deaths. 


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sun run 2012 


Last Door's Sun Run Team places 8th out of 70 teams under the Health Medical and Dental Corporate Team Category.


Alumni, Friends and residents of Last Door enjoyed a beautiful Vancouver Day amongst 48,904 registered runners.  


This annual event promotes health fitness and well being and Last Door's tradition of Fun in Recovery and Community Support. 


Last Door's team practised weekly for 3 months prior to the Sun Run, many had never participated in a 10 k Run before and now are saying "this wasn't as hard as I thought it would be" and "I'm glad Last Door is a smoke free program, cause I never would have been able to do this" 


Last Door has been in the Sun Run for over 5 years and has become a tradition.  Be sure to follow our facebook page for information on next years team.





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The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce invited Last Door to attend a Leadership Luncheon featuring His Worship, Mayor Wayne Wright as he presented the 'State of the City' Address


Guests learned about the future of New Westminster and improvement projects.


Last Door is a proud member of the Community, many who say New Westminster is the Recovery Capital of Canada with some of the Largest 12 step meetings available 3 times a week 365 days a year.


Meetings in New Westminster have grown so much, some regularly have over  200 guests attending weekly  with a median age of 25. 


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Newsletter Vol#37

April 2012

100  Bed Addiction Treatment Centre for Youth and Adult Males


LAST DOOR GOES NATIONAL - this month alone our exhibitor booth travelled from Victoria to Calgary to Toronto to Vegas exhibiting at addiction conferences promoting abstinent addiction treatment and Last Door's services; including Social Model Programming, Workplace Wellness,  Family Programs and Problem Gambling Treatment.  Now with affiliate offices in Calgary, Regina, Toronto and soon to be in Winnipeg -  Last Door is regarded as a national industry expert by many professionals.


Some highlights from this month's exhibits were educating Problem Gambling Industry Professionals about Last Door's one-of-a kind residential treatment options for gambling addictions while exhibiting  at the Ontario Discovery 2012 Problem Gambling Conference and having Last Door's Youth Program exhibiting at the 10th Las Vegas Conference on Adolescents and Young Adults Addiction Conference.


This week Last Door will be exhibiting at The Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) Conference and the annual Calgary Addiction Day Conference.




DID YOU KNOW?  Last Door's exhibitor booth travels to an average of 20 conferences per year across Canada and the USA.  Allowing us to network with over 15,000 industry professionals while distributing over 5,000 pens 7,000 brochures 1000's of business cards and 20 door prizes; covering over 40,000 kilometers. 


To learn more  about how Last Door has helped 1000's of addicts, families and employers find recovery success, call us at 1-888-525-9771.


Thanks for reading our newsletter!


Workplace Wellness Training Seminars

Interested in learning about Workplace Wellness?


Last Door is teaming up with Waking Up Workplace Wellness Trainings Inc to deliver information on Workplace Wellness.  Offering an extensive line of substance-abuse trainings and educational products nationwide. Helping organizations implement practical and hands on techniques for expanding their performance management assessment and review systems as part of the larger issues that govern the handling of related substance misuse and impairment in the workplace.
Workshop's include:
  • Supervisor Education 
  • Impairment and Safety issues
  • Owner/Employer Education
  • Employee Education
  • Substance misuse and abuse in the workplace 
You may need to book a Training Session if you're unsure about the following points:
  • Did you know that supervisors can now be held personally liable under law for accidents caused due to negligence?
  • Did you know that you are mandated to provide substance awareness training to your managers and supervisors by regulatory safety agencies?
  • Are you one of the 396,000 businesses in British Columbia that does not have a properly developed substance abuse company policy in place?
  • Whether you are classified as a micro-business (fewer than 5 employees) or a small to medium sized employer, keeping on top of changes in the law is crucial and mandatory for the protection of everyone in the workplace.

IT'S TIME TO GET EDUCATED about the cost of substance misuse and impairment in the workplace!


CALL 1-888-525-9771  for more details or visit

Alumni of the Month


 Alumni and Friends of Last Door form the
TUNA Hockey Team


Alumni from 1 year clean to 8 years clean and friends of Last Door form the Tuna's Hockey team, they made it to the finals of the Adult Safe Hockey League Tournament.  They may have lost the series but they're are eager to play next season.  The team play's approximately 30 games a season and  at least one and sometimes two games a week.  


These Alumni set an example to the new guys by living life clean while participating in social and recreational activities.  Like Tyler B who just celebrated his 4 years clean and took his cake a few weeks ago.  He is now on his way to China for 3 weeks and then off to Switzerland  for 6 months thanks to the Capilano University Exchange Program, or look at John W who is enjoying father-hood and  is finishing his schooling.  Along with the rest of the team these Door Boys prove that life in recovery is fun and recovery truly is portable.

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Dr. Jim Grant, Founding Board Member passes away

On September 1, 1989 Last Door Recovery Society was incorporated. At that time Last Door was located in a rented, very old and somewhat decrepit heritage house at 433 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. The founding Board of Directors of Last Door Recovery Society was made up of a Federal Parole Officer, an addictions counsellor from MRTC, family members of alumnus, alumnus themselves and friends of the society. Among those was Dr. Jim Grant a Chiropractor. Jim went on to serve on the Board for a total of 20 years, meeting monthly with the Board and staff to direct, guide and support our efforts to build a safe and effective treatment program for recovering addicts and their families.


Jim was seemingly tireless in his desire to support Last Door and was undeterred by its rough beginnings. Despite his air of sophistication, his silver hair and his gold rings, Jim had a heart for those who were hurting. He could detect your physical pain and supply the right chiropractic adjustment and similarly, he could detect emotional pain and supply a story, a homily or some fatherly advice and encouragement.  Jim never minded being the mix with the door boys; he had a very real belief in the intrinsic value of all people and treated everyone with respect and dignity.


On March 22nd, 2012 we received an email from Jim's widow, Maureen. It read "a short note to let you know that Jim passed away last Thursday, March 15th, shortly after 7 pm. He had been very ill for a couple of years with a nasty disease called MDS where the bone marrow ceases to produce blood and platelets.  He lived on blood and platelet transfusions for the last 2 years, and as he became weaker and weaker and more health issues ensued, he courageously chose to stop all transfusions and medications and let nature take its course. He passed very peacefully with all of his family by his side".


Jim is quoted In a 1997 article in our  newsletter "DOOR WAYS" as saying "I've been coming here forever, or so it seems."  This loving man WILL be a part of Last Door forever, his good will and loving heart is remembered by all who came in contact with him and so he lives on.  


For those who knew Jim and would like to send condolence,  messages can be sent to and they will be forward to Maureen and Jim's family. 


Alberta Alumni Day, it's not to late to RSVP


Alberta Alumni Day 

Red Deer, AB

April 28, 2012





Alumni and their families are invited to a one day UNITY event



3:00 Reception

4:00 Family Group and Alumni Group (separate groups)

5:30 Dinner

7:30 Meeting

9:00 Dessert and Fun in Recovery


CrossRoads Church Conference Centre

38105 Range Rd 275, Red Deer County, AB T4S 2N4

Southwest corner of 32nd Street and Hwy #2, Red Deer


Please RSVP by email 

or call 

Giuseppe or Don at 1-888-525-9771


Upcoming Addiction Conferences










Connecting Addiction Treatment Providers, Toronto ON

 Sept 20 to Sept 22, 2012

Last Door @ a Video Glance


Last Door-Teaser
A video about Video Game Addiction and Last Door's Social Model Program and how it helps addicts find recovery. 
QUICK FACT: Did you know Last Door's Video Game Addiction information page is our most viewed webpage every month? 
Last Door Recovery Society 25th Anniversary Tribute


ARCHIVE VIDEO -  On May 9th, 2009 Last Door Celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a formal dinner and auction for a sold out crowd of 350 guests.  Half-way through the video are some archived photos from the past.   Stay tuned to our facebook page as we prepare for our 30th year anniversary planning committee. 


To view  more videos, please visit Last Door's Media Page 

Energy Drinks - cause for concern?


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Energy drinks part of Ontario youth drug surveyMixing drinks with alcohol a cause for concern say health professionals

One of the most highly used drugs among Ontario youth could very well be sitting in your kitchen fridge.


For the first time, high-caffeine energy drinks have been included in the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey and in its debut year it placed second as the most commonly used drug, following only alcohol.


"The biggest concern is mixing these drinks with alcohol and binge drinking," said Halton's Medical Officer of Health Bob Nosal during a recent regional committee meeting.


A report presented to council last week shows 50 per cent of Ontario students reported having consumed an energy drink in the last year, and 19 per cent consumed one in the seven days before the survey.


Mixed Martial Arts teaches lessons to addicts


Phil and Dad
Alumni Phil and his Family celebrating recovery
Alumni and Adult Program Staff member Phil (Known as Floorsender) is celebrating recovery doing what he loves - Mixed Martial Arts. On March 24th Phil was the main event in the Muay Thai Challenge.  Close to 50 Alumni and Friends of Last Door were cheering him on from the crowd.  Stay tuned to Last Door's facebook page for his next fight.

Last Door promotes Mixed Martial Arts by providing training twice a week  for residents in our main group room.  Addicts are taught to harness this fighting spirit when they are downtrodden and feel defeated like when they were in the grips of addiction.  Mixed Martial Arts can teach them that defeat is only a state of mind, that if they keep pressing on they can eventually defeat an adversary that seems stronger and menacing. (taken from the  Bleacher Report)