Foundation for a Path Forward and our community partners are committed to providing leadership in reducing the harm of addiction on society. We provide culturally competent programs and resources for parents, youth, educators, health promoters and communities related to problematic substance use and addiction.
Education and Speaking Events
To help combat addiction in our community, we have multiple resources to help raise addiction awareness and recovery. Online, we utilize platforms like social media and educational articles. Offline we offer in-person education events for IBPOC and faith communities.
Raising awareness by engaging the community can help people learn about addiction and the possibility that those that are addicted can recover. Providing information at the micro and macro level in the community helps us reach potential clients and their families.
We provide evidence-based education, which means that the information has been tested over time and has been found to have positive results. There are various myths and stigmas about addiction. We spend time debunking those myths, as well as advocating for positive views on mental health. We engage in healthy, stigma-free conversations surrounding addiction, stigma, and various mental health issues.
Overcoming Opioid Addiction
Lived Experience is Overcoming Addiction
Imam Fawad Kalsi is a leading voice for compassionate addiction recovery.
Imam Fawad became addicted to opioids after being overprescribed pain medication by his doctor. He endured 5 years of addiction before a chance discovery led him down the path of recovery.
Today Imam Fawad is a recovering addict who is passionate about helping faith communities address the stigma of addiction as well as share his lived-experience for individuals, families, and communities to recover from it.
He is an internationally in-demand speaker with both cultural and personal experience in addressing addiction.
To learn more about booking Imam Fawad for your event please reach out to us for more information here:
Peer support is emotional and practical support between two or more people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience, and is trained to support others.
The work we've done includes setting up the first Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting for the Muslim Community in British Columbia.
Through our network of community care givers we have access to over 200 case managers, councillor, and certified health practitioners able to offer culturally adaptive support.
Our therapeutic counselling helps patients improve their mental, emotional and physical health while encouraging positive relationships with self, others and the larger community. The building of a trusting and comfortable relationship between client(s) and counsellor is paramount to this end we strive to match clients with culturally aware practitioners.
Culturally Adaptive Support
We are grateful to be providing support for IBPOC communities and empowering IBPOC care givers to better support their communities.
Cultural adaptive practices can be applied to any type of therapy; these practices may help the client feel more comfortable, making the treatment more effective. Research has helped document the positive effects of cultural sensitivity practices and has also outlined examples of how therapists can be more culturally competent in their interactions with clients of different backgrounds.
Culturally adaptive therapy emphasizes the therapist's understanding of a client’s background, ethnicity, and belief system. Therapists can incorporate cultural sensitivity into their work to accommodate and respect differences in opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and different types of people.
Real-world connection, facilitated by humane technology
In an increasingly popular TED Talk, Johann Hari famously concludes that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is human connection. At Foundation for a Path Forward we develop programs and engagement events with that principle in mind. Connecting IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) as well as faith communities with holistic resources (governmental, therapeutic, cultural, etc) at the local level is part of our vision for systemic change.
Along with our partners from the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and the private sector, we are developing a revolutionary technology platforms to allow for the instant and precision matching of patients with culturally and therapeutically appropriate care providers - in their geo-location.
Addiction Prevention and Recovery Podcasts
We regularly create helpful podcasts that can encourage and strengthen those on the recovery path. Each person sharing on the podcast is well-versed in addiction recovery, providing evidence-based education on addiction, recovery, and skills necessary for a good life.
Recovery does not end with sobriety or even rehab, so it’s important to take advantage of resources that can help people maintain a substance-free future. For many, one incredibly helpful resource are podcasts. Our radio-style chats are perfect for even the busiest lifestyle and can be listened to in the comfort of your own home or on the go.