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Many people havê died of overdose after leaving the last door because they are told to rely on religious 12 steps and encouraged to stop taking methadone and suboxone. This is a death sentence!!! These medications will save your life. As well as prescription heroin. In the canadian court case Knight v AA World Services Inc 2016 HRTO 208., AA has stated that AA members must have a belief in God. In the USA AA is religious as a matter of law (DeStefano v Emergency Housing Group Inc 247 F 3d 397 (2d Cir 2001) and state actors are prohibited from compelling people to attend 12 step programs even in the face of assertions that the programs are not religious ( Hazle v Crofoot 727 F 3d 983 at 987-90 (9th Cir 2013)
If this is an evidence based program, why does the program aim to "adress anti social and unproductive mechanisms for dealing with authority and responsibility"? What does that havê to do with treating an illness? Clearly this is a moralistic view of addiction, treating us as flawed sinners, needing to be saved by a higher power. This is an outdated religious and moralistic program and hás nothing to do with treating addiction.
Hopefully the new NDP government will start regulating treatment centres in BC. Currently there are no regulations as to the treatment provided and the credentials of the treatment providers. The last door preaches 12 step dogma and fails to provide any sort of evidence based treatment. The staff are former drug users with little training other than their knowledge of AA. The last door tapers patients off suboxone putting them at risk for fatal overdose and going against the treatment protocols for opioid users set out by the BC Center on Substance Use. The medical director, Dr Hedges, takes advantage of his patients by charging them to attend his monitoring services. He has been warned by the courts not to force his patients into AA but he continues to do so. The only inpatient treatment centres I would trust are those run by the health authorities. Pacifica, Maple Ridge, and the Burnaby Centre. Don't spend your money on the last door they could cause your death.
Responding to the human rights complaint, AA was originally religious, as it started in the 1930's. The original language with much mention of "god as we know him" does not dictate who a person chooses to be their "god". Your "god or higher power" can be nature or it can be the other men in the treatment centre. The Door is an amazing facility that has helped hundreds of people over the years. They do great work.
Last Door Treatment Center (12-step program based on AA) "Human rights complaint over religion in AA to proceed" July 19, 2016: In a ruling released today, the BC Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to consider a complaint alleging that mandating attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and 12-step treatment programs, violates an individual's religious freedom. The complainant lost his job with Vancouver Coastal Health after refusing to attend AA as part of a treatment plan. The complainant is an atheist who objected to the religious basis for AA. (The complainant attended the 12-step based Homewood Health Centre prior to withdrawing from the 12-step based, return to work program mandated by his employer) Tribunal Preliminary Decision: http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/law-library/decisions/2016/pdf/jul/91_CORRECTED_Wood_v_Vancouver_Coastal_Health_Authority_and_others_2016_BCHRT_91.pdf For more info: http://www.bchumanist.ca http://www.therebel.media/do_we_have_freedom_from_religion_in_canada_atheist_fired_for