Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society
Substance Use and Trauma Treatment Centre
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Tsow-Tun Le Lum means “Helping House”

 

Unfortunately, displays of intolerance and anti-LGBTQ protests have increased in our communities. Tsow-Tun Le Lum supports all of our LGBTQ2S+ relatives; and offer our toll-free support line 1-888-403-3123.

Tsow-Tun Le Lum values the richness of people’s backgrounds and identities. We provide a safe and inclusive environment for people from all cultures, genders, identities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, and ages. We recognise the contributions and resilience of our diverse communities, and we are dedicated to providing inclusive and culturally safe programs and services to all who seek our help.

Tsow-Tun Le Lum recognises that discrimination and structural inequalities contribute to poor health, mental health and social outcomes. We offer safe and confidential support through our toll-free support line:

 

1-888-403-3123
Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 8:00pm
Weekends & holidays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Thuy Na Mut

Substance Use Program


 

Kwunatsustul

Trauma Program


 

Resolution Health Support Workers

Phone Numbers:

  • If you have further questions regarding our PROGRAMS, call main office – 250-390-3123
  • To schedule Cultural Support services see the RHSW tab, or call main office – 250-390-3123
  • If you are in urgent need of immediate support, call our toll-free support line – 1-888-403-3123

“Transformation”

Clients in treatment have realised that they have negative and positive personality traits. Often times we allow animal instincts to dominate our lives. We fail to control our appetites.

Treatment helps us turn away from all that is negative and seek out all that is good in our humanity. The "Split Wolf" may be interpreted as the emergence of the humane (the good, the positive side of the personality, as well, the hands may be seen along a vertical axis, one pushing away from all negativity, the other drawing toward everything positive.)

The use of an earth-tone red, should be a rather obvious symbol; the choice of the wolf design may not be quite so obvious. On the West Coast, wolves represent authority, law and order, and control. Clients certainly will be seeking self-control. Also, wolves are known for their intelligent co-operation during their hunts. Clients, too, will want to help each other as they search for their stronger self and healthier lives.

The white star created by the junction of the heads and hands, symbolizes the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Everyone seeking treatment is also seeking enlightenment. Treatment should improve the health of the body and mind, enlightenment is treatment of the spirit.

Ron Hamilton: Artist and designer of our logo

“Medicine”

In order for someone to become a client in treatment, they must have sought out help; they have to have said, “I have a problem, I must look for help.” The treatment centre provides a nutritious diet and regulates waking and sleeping hours. This regularity begins to heal the body. It is the client’s responsibility to maintain their regularity after treatment. The centre provides counselling to identify mental health problems, and the group sessions along with counselling are aimed at healing the mind. Ultimately each client will realize that practicing alcoholics are spiritually sick. They will then begin a spirit quest; to identify a higher power capable and providing them with strength, determination, and inspiration; to struggle with whatever problems life provides daily.

The arm and hand have no face attached, because each individual decides for themselves, where their help is coming from; still it is meant to be interpreted as a helping hand. The star represents enlightenment, realization, and awakening. The three leaves on the sprig of medicine are meant to indicate that alcoholics are never through with the process of healing themselves; that each day must be taken as it comes.

Originally the plan was for a face to be included in the design, representing the staff at the centre and also the “complete number” of four leaves were planned. I feel the alcoholic never ceases to require “medicine” and so the three leaves.

Ron Hamilton
October 18, 1987