Addiction News
A mother's gift
A son's gift
New Anti-Meth Campaign
Relapse Continuum
Queen's Counsel Designation
Alumni of the Month
Alumni Myles Murphy performs
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Addiction News


Sharp rise in admissions for certain drug combinations over 10 years

Substance abuse treatment admissions for addiction involving combined use of benzodiazepine and narcotic pain relievers rose a total of 569.7 percent

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Union's fight against random drug testing in Elk Valley mines at a standstill

The coal miners' union representing Teck workers is furious that the company has been allowed to implement random drug tests on its members, while an arbitrator has blocked their attempt to bring their case before the B.C. Supreme Court.

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More Harm than good?
The neighbourhood has been pegged "Canada's poorest postal code" because of its high density of heroin addicts and homeless people. 

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Meet the new puritans: young Britons cut back on drink and drugs
Young Britons, widely portrayed as binge-drinking hedonists, are turning into the new puritans, according to official figures and reports from student bars across the country.

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Research Identifies A Way To Block Memories Associated With PTSD Or Drug Addiction

New research from Western University could lead to better treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by effectively blocking memories.

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Pharmacists cautious over generic Oxy 

"I don't think I've found anyone - who's not an addict - who's supportive of having (generic) Oxy on the market," said Donnie Edwards, a pharmacist, addictions specialist and past president of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. "Cheaper Oxy on the street is going to lead to an epidemic." 

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Executive Team Portfolio Realignment

Fraser Health announces after an extensive national search, several changes to the membership of Fraser Health's Executive team and some portfolio realignments took place.

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Mother's gift


Dear Last Door,

I have a little book of paintings about the Last Door.  I have been working on the little book off and on for the past 3 years, since my son Peter was in your program.

I remember many of the boys who went through the program with Peter and I have met many more since.  They are all such lovely young men with BIG hearts.  They inspired me to paint their stories.

I wish all of you the best of the season and for the coming New Year.

Sincerely yours,


We've scanned the images for you to enjoy the book of paintings Jan sent us.   Peter is currently 
traveling the world with his fiancee enjoying his new life in recovery.


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Last Door recently received an image from Alumni Jim who lives in Terrace, BC.  His son drew a timeline for his school project and included a note about his dad being in treatment at Last Door in 2009 and how his dad stopped drinking and doing pills as a result of his treatment.

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Newsletter Vol #44

December 2012

Addiction Treatment for males, ages 14 to 70

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year



Thank you to all our partners, affiliates and supporters who believe in long term nicotine-free residential treatment for addictions.  Last Door wishes you all the best this holiday season.


The Last Door community draws inspiration from the industriousness of nature; it's work that involves countless small events, groups, workshops, written work, friendships and connections. Some days we're frustrated to see the media focused on the problems and the latest fads.  When that happens a struggling new comer and a coffee and a conversation begin the journey of recovery.


The Last Door legacy is to help our recovery community thrive.  We invest in community by investing in families-regular addicts looking to learn to stay clean and live a life in recovery.

New Anti-Meth Campaign - does it work?

David Pavlus Interview with CKNW Radio
David Pavlus Interview with CKNW Radio
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New Anti-Meth Campaign: do shocking anti-drug advertisements work? Can vanity be used as a drug prevention tactic? One ad agency thinks so and is using "before and after" pictures of meth addicts to scare away people from using. 


Listen to Last Door's Executive Director David Pavlus Radio Interview on CKNW's - The Bill Good Show - talking about addiction and recovery.


Relapse Continuum


The Relapse Continuum: It Happens Earlier Than You Think  


By Paige Abbott, Registered Psychologist at Health Upwardly Mobile (HUM) Inc.

Calgary, AB 


When asked 'tell us about your relapse,' most individuals will start by talking about the moment, or the moments right before, they started using their substance or process of choice again. While this is certainly important to explore from a self-learning and growth perspective, this focus neglects to consider what relapse behaviours, thoughts, and feelings may have been present for hours, days, weeks, and even months prior to their use. Using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of recovery, it only makes sense to use this model with relapse prevention and education. Below we will explore the relapse continuum which is: spiritual-emotional/mental-social-physical... 


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Queen's Counsel Designation 


 Congratulations Doug!

Last Door Alumni Earns Queen's Counsel Designation

J. Douglas Eastwood both defends and prosecutes civil actions on behalf of the provincial government as a senior litigation lawyer for the B.C. Ministry of Justice. Active in the community, Eastwood is chair of the Justice Institute of British Columbia's Board of Governors, as well as being a long-time board member of the Lawyer Assistance Program and the Last Door Recovery Society. He has also served as a member designate for the B.C. Council of Human Rights and as a strategic advisor to B.C.'s Deputy Attorney General.    


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Alumni of the Month


Alumni of the Month, Lance


Before I went for treatment I was losing my sanity. My life was full of misery, isolation, and loneliness. I denied that I had a problem and I denied the fact that I needed help. I lied, I stole and I cheated. I threw away a two year marriage because I was unwilling to do anything about it. I had pushed my friends and family so far away, that I thought it was easier to just not contact them, then it was to actually tell them what I was doing. I began avoiding all non addicts; I started belittling all the people who had normal lives, families and hobbies. My life became narrowed and my only concern was confined to the daily maintenance of my disease.


On September 22, 2011 I had hit my rock bottom were my insanity had finally risen higher then my walls of denial. I felt forced to get honest about my disease I phoned an old friend of mine that I knew had gone thru treatment. He picked me up from Kelowna and brought me straight to a meeting in New Westminster called "winners" where for the first time in my life I stood up in front of two hundred plus people and said "My name is Lance and I'm an addict. I collected a hug and a white key fob and then sat in fear, listening to people share about their stories, and thinking to myself "is this it? Is this what it's going be like for the rest of my life"?


After that meeting I was taken straight to the Last door, where I was welcomed with a lot of friendly smiles and tons of energy! I was so overwhelmed from the day I already had, now all of the people, all the new names, the new faces, the fear, after laying down to go to sleep for the first time at Last Door, it felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders and that everything was going to be o.k.....  It felt like home....


It didn't take me long to make new friends, real friends, something that I didn't have when I was in my addiction. My feeling of loneliness immediately started to ease, there were people around me laughing, having fun, living and enjoying life, their new life, life in recovery. It was hard for me not to get inspired, I wanted what they had, so I surrounded myself with the people that were doing recovery and felt I had become a part of something. I built a support group and got myself a sponsor. My sponsor guided me threw a set of steps and my support group held me accountable for all my actions. I stayed in primary treatment for six months and then five months in secondary treatment. In that time I learned how to live with spiritual principles like honesty, willingness, kindness, compassion, and acceptance. I have gained self esteem, morality, integrity, and dignity. Instead of isolation I have found fellowship. Rather than constantly trying to get by on my own limited power, I have developed a conscious contact with a power greater than myself I had found a new way to live.


Thanks to the Last Door for getting me up to the starting line for my new life in recovery I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have stayed at the last door and I am proud to say "I am a door boy". The Last Door is where I got my heart back, it is where I learned how to be a better son to my parents, a better brother to my sister, a better uncle to my nephews and I am truly grateful for that.


My name is Lance P. and I am a recovering addict; my clean date is September 23, 2011


I am a door boy

Christmas Events a Success!


Last Door Alumni Myles Murphy performing live 

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baby i love you


Special thank you to everyone who attended the sold out Lafflines Holiday Fundraiser on November 30th at the Columbia Theatre - the food, the comedians, the live musical performances by alumni and clients were amazing.


As well thank you to all the families who attended the Client Christmas Family Day on December 16th.  All the treats were delicious.   


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