|Orchard Recovery Center presents the second annual REEL Recovery Film Festival October 19 -20th. 2012. The film festival, which includes screenings of feature and short films on the hope in recovery from substance abuse, will take place at District 319 (319 Main Street, Vancouver).The film festival kicks off with an evening gala on October 19, which includes food by Culinary Capers, two film screenings, and a live Q & A with Greg Williams and Joe Calendino. Tickets to the opening night gala are $100.The following day, seven films will be screened from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s festival highlights include Bill W., Unguarded, Beauty Mark, Lost in Woonsocket, The Secret World of Recovery, Spare Change, and Lipstick & Liquor.
Individual movie tickets are $5 and a festival pass is $25. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
WE ARE CHANGING!
In the coming weeks, our website will undergo radical change. We will simplify this site and re-work it to position and reflect our central passions and goals – PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND THE LAW. In other words, those three other matchsticks of the Four Pillars myth.
One of our new and regular features will be a growing page of personal testimonials called
VOICES OF RECOVERY.
Here is our latest entry for VOICES OF RECOVERY, and it’s a beaut:
When I was 15 I moved from Winnipeg to a small town in Manitoba.
Hard to blend into high school at that age and I was ignored for a few months. One weekend one of my classmates showed up at my door and asked if I wanted to go for a ride – wow I jumped at the chance – sitting on the floor of the car was a 24 case of beer. I had an instant bad feeling looking at it but after consuming some I looked at life as being fantastic and ended up with a girlfriend that day and once again felt apart of life! My concern that I was drunk was cleared up by simply looking in a mirror and seeing I looked ok – so nothing wrong here folks!
From there I went to drinking every weekend in order to go to the Sat night dance in town. I remember thinking when we had trouble finding someone to buy us booze I would start to panic! I began to think maybe my buddy and I were alcoholics.
I don’t know what happened to my buddy but after 2 failed marriages, separated from 2 sets of kids, deported from United States, and many many painful experiences for the next 20 years I found myself totally alone and desperate.
After many failed attempts to patch up my 2nd marriage I was sent to my first 12th Step meeting and have never looked back!
My life has been transformed and although I remain a no holds barred person I married for the 3rd time and my wife of 33 years has shared a great but never a dull moment journey with me and our blended family of 6 kids. I have experienced all the things that I only talked about in the pubs – setting Canadian Records in Water ski jumping and now snowboarding with my wife, kids and grand kids at 71!
Here is our first sample, from a new DPNC member named Barb, who now, clean and sober for so many years, does invaluable work with women in one of the best local recovery programs.
Here is Barb’s story:
Stranger in a strange land was how I felt until I discovered drugs at the age of 16! The drugs completed the puzzle of who I was – I now had confidence – I now belonged!! I no longer had to face those nasty problems, no longer took responsibility for anything, could blame those around me for any problems I had – my happiness depended on everyone around me -if they did what they were supposed to do it was great if not I could run and hide in my new world of chemical chaos. I found myself on a roller coaster ride through hell – losing more and more of myself as I fought to control the ride! Overdoses, hospitalization and seizures began to interrupt my drug use. Fear caused me to build a wall that I blamed others for constructing to keep me out. In spite of the drugs destroying my life I still believed they were the only answer I had and if my workplace and family had not intervened and gotten me into treatment I would not be sober today.
“Sober today” are two small words but the actual meaning of them is huge! Through a 12 Step program I have found a Power that works in my life and that translates into an incredible journey! It is this power that took me from being completely powerless over drugs, blaming those around me to discovering that I was the problem, taking responsibility for my life and now living it to the fullest!
“Sober today” means my happiness is not a result of what others do or don’t do – it is within me and I have the choice of how I react to what goes on around me. I can respond to life out of fear as I did in addiction or out of love as I try to now!
JOIN US NOW!
Do you believe in the goals of abstinence-based Prevention and Treatment?
If so, we want you to become a full-fledged Member of the DRUG PREVENTION NETWORK OF CANADA.
Our reasons for wanting you to join are simple.
It’s a numbers game.
Governments and private funders in communities across Canada are investing enormous amounts of money in approaches to drug problems that do NOT encourage or support abstinence-based Prevention and Treatment.
The DRUG PREVENTION NETWORK OF CANADA is a small organization with an even smaller budget, and it is not our goal to become a large organization with a big bank account.
But we are rapidly becoming the strongest and clearest voice for clean and sober Prevention and Treatment programs in the media, in communities and in Parliament and local government.
Please join us and become part of that growing voice that calls for more support for solutions that really work.
Download our membership application here. and send it back to us by mail or email. If you are an organization, we ask that you contribute $200 for one year. If are an individual, please include $50 for one year.
You will have a vote at our Annual General Meeting, and you will be sent our website and blog regularly where your comments, thoughts and Prevention and Treatment stories will be published if you share them with us. You will be invited to attend conferences and participate whole-heartedly in the issues at hand.
Most importantly, you will become another crucial voice in support of abstinence-based Prevention and Treatment. Your voice will be central in helping more men, women and children avoid or escape the indignities of a life in addictions.
“NGO in SPECIAL consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations”
The Drug Prevention Network of Canada was formed in 2005 to advance abstinence based drug and alcohol treatment and recovery programs, to promote, through education and prevention, healthy lifestyles free of drugs and to oppose the legalization of drugs in Canada. We are a privately funded affiliation of organizations and people who strongly believe in the principles of not using illegal drugs and not abusing legal drugs. We support The United Nations Conventions and Treaties concerning drugs and psychotropic substances and we work actively with like-minded individuals and organizations here in Canada and around the world in the furtherance of these shared goals.
In these pages, you will find a broad range of scientific information, news, opinions and resources across the country to help you make informed decisions about your relationship with both legal and illegal drugs. You will also find the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of places all across Canada to which you can turn if you or someone important to you needs to get free of an addiction.
Controversy over addiction is wracking our communities. It’s a weather front called addictions. Some people believe that free needles, crack pipe kits, and places to shoot up, that is, dispensing the handy tools of self-destruction, is a solution. These enablers want a ready answer to a complex problem. “Give them something to keep them happy; maybe they’ll stop breaking into our homes and cars.” This approach is called Harm Reduction. Of course, it doesn’t work, since it starts from the wrong place and leads to terror, degradation and the eventual death of the addict.
Fortunately, there are others leading addicts to good health, self-respect and self-reliance. These people are in the business of Prevention, Education and Treatment. Our role at DPNC is to be a conduit and a clearing house for such individuals and to bring every possible attention, support and funding to their aid.
Please join us. We are dedicated to helping you, and we know you can help us.