Durham Outlook operates the only 365-days-a-year soup kitchen, serving the most vulnerable members of Durham Region. Folks can drop by to get out of the cold, enjoy a warm meal and also connect with some friendly faces and share in some wonderful conversation. The Canadian Centre for Addiction (CCFA), as a part of it’s Community Outreach Program, visited Durham Outlooks’ St Vincent’s Kitchen in Oshawa, Ontario. CCFA was there to help serve and prepare meals but also to meet many of the thousands that utilize this vital service. While issues of addiction affect all populations, there are some specific challenges for those living in vulnerable circumstances.
CCFA Addictions Professionals Seth Fletcher and Justin Lebofsky were excited at the opportunity to connect with people, hear their stories and to provide professional guidance, education and strategies regarding accessible resources and action plans that can help improve areas of life.
Sober in the 6IX: Recovery Day Toronto 2017
For the third consecutive year the Canadian Centre For Addictions participated in Recovery Day Toronto. With the resounding impact that this event has had, organizers moved the event to David Pecaut Square, right beside Roy Thompson Hall to allow for easier walk-up access in the city’s downtown core.
It was incredible to network with addictions professionals from all over the province who turned up to raise awareness about the very real possibilities of recovery and to share stories of success in the battles against addictions. The walk-up crowd was phenomenal, ranging from those who wanted to ask questions and find out more about addiction and mental health, to those who wanted to connect with resources to find help for themselves or their loved ones.
Hearing the inspiring and moving testimony on the main stage as people shared their stories of recovery and led to celebration as Canadian band Econoline Crush entertained the masses with their distinctive industrial rock sound.
For me personally, the highlight of the day was running into many former clients of CCFA, touching base and hearing about their triumphs and their continued sobriety. To be able to witness a person’s transition from hopeless to hopeful and to then hear about how their lives and their family’s lives had changed for the better was both heartwarming and rewarding.
CCFA will continue to participate in this ever growing and important event and will continue to share the message that real recovery is possible!
Recovery Day Toronto 2016
For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Centre For Addiction (CCFA) donned the Silver Ribbon and gathered at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto to celebrate National Recovery Month. Darren, Seth and Abraham, attended the event representing the CCFA, and with over 30 Canadian cities designating a day in September to celebrate Addiction Recovery, the event continues to grow and raise awareness of the real possibilities of successful addiction recovery. The participation was outstanding as the large crowds and a great number of organizations gathered to share their experiences, and to promote an environment of acceptance and learning. CCFA was privileged to meet so many individuals and families who were looking to tell their recovery stories as well as those who were looking to gather information about how to access professional addiction help services. The warm, sunny weather coupled with the live music performed on the main stage definitely contributed to the energetic vibe of celebration and acceptance for all those who attended. Handing out T-Shirts and meeting new people was such an amazing experience. CCFA was particularly delighted to have a few old friends and their families surprise us at our information booth. Hearing CCFA Alumni Members share their Recovery successes definitely was the highlight of the afternoon for all CCFA staff at the event and it served as a very real reminder that the program delivered in our Centre is making a very positive difference in people’s lives. Seth spoke with one such former resident who wanted to stop by, touch base and let us know that she is continuing to lead a life of successful recovery and that she has never been happier. “Your place saved my life” the young woman said to Seth as her Mother nodded her head in agreement behind her. Seth made sure the young woman knew that her success was the result of her own hard work and dedication applying CCFA’s program in her life. Seth, Darren and Abraham came away from that conversation inspired, knowing that the CCFA program is working to help people put their lives back together from the ravages of addiction. A great Recovery Day in Toronto as CCFA looks forward to continuing the fight to eliminate the stigma that surrounds addiction and to provide families and their loved ones the help and guidance needed in their journeys towards the serenity of authentic recovery.