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House of courage has been a real relief for my family. After years looking at my husband going down, asking myself if I should leave with our son and break up our family. When he finally decided to admit his alcohol addiction, I talked to a friend, who knew a recovery house, and ask for his advice/help. I truly believed a that time that there was no one better to understand me. My husband agreed to meet him. When my friend came home to talk with my husband, he introduced him HOUSE OF COURAGE. It was maybe the beginning, but the first big step.
My husband went to HOC for his alcohol addiction to get help and to find his true self again. It wasn’t easy, but we realized that is journey at HOC was so reliving. I love him, and I didn’t wanted to loose him. All I wanted, it’s having back the man I fallen for.
He did his Recovery Program at HOC, and something absolutely amazing happened with him. When he came back, I couldn’t believe how he worked on himself to come back with our son and me has a better person. Finally my lovely husband was back. Our relationship could not be better, he could not be a better father. We had for sure to get together and leave that part of the past behind and never use it against us.
He did learn so many life skills that make our life so easier and loveable again. Our family, our relationship is in a such better place. I never been so happy and proud to never give up. But if we never had HOC crossed our way, I don’t know what would’ve happened. I’ll never be that thankful enough to HOC to be there when we did really need it.
Of course, I’m not gonna take the credit of anything. My husband deserve 100% of all the work he did for him, but without HOC, he wouldn’t get all the tools he needed to accomplish the toughest battle of his life.
Christine Coupe, the owner/director of the program is a total gem. She was able to guide him, to give him all the tools and life skills to succeed on his recovery and life. Like I said, I’ll never be thankful enough of Christine, her husband Barry and all the staff for what they accomplished with my husband. For a while, I felt hopeless about him getting better, but with the great program she created, he was able to get back on his feet. Even if my husband did the hardest part, a lot of credit of his success belongs to Christine and HOC.
Three years later, from what’s I’m seeing of my husband recovery, I strongly recommend HOC to anyone who really, truly, wants to change their behaviours once for all.
I feel so lucky and thankful to life to having Christine cross my husband and I way. I wish to anyone to have the same.
Posted By: Mimie
In May of 2019, I was in the darkest place I have ever been. I'd been drinking daily for 10 years, and woke up every day in withdrawal. I'd been battling depression and anxiety for over 20 years, and my drinking was making it worse. I didn't think anyone could help me anymore, I was too broken. My relationship was in shambles, I disappeared from my family for years at a time, I couldn't keep a job or any sense of stability in my life. I wasn't living anymore, I merely existed. I somehow found the strength to have that conversation with myself: either I reach out for help or end up dying that way. I'm glad I chose the former.
I made a call and was referred to Christine at House of Courage. I had spoken to other rehabs, who gave me their spiel that sounded like they were reading mechanically off an information sheet. I didn't feel like they cared about me or recognized I was at the most vulnerable point of my life. I was so deflated that I almost didn't pick up Christine's call, but I thank the universe every day that I did, over 20 months later now.
Christine was so understanding and wanted to hear my thoughts and feelings. She didn't judge me and knew exactly how I felt. You can't shock her, believe me. She asked me what was my pain, a question no one had asked me before. I felt like she had jumped into the boat I was rowing poorly all by myself, and started rowing with me.
She was very open to answer every question I had about the program, and invited me for a tour which was very helpful. I was met with nothing but kindness and warmth from Christine and Barry, who both had a true understanding of where I was coming from. House of Courage is a beautiful home in the woods with plenty of wildlife in such a peaceful setting. It feels like a home, not a facility, and as a resident you become part of the HOC family.
I decided to stay for a 60 day program, which was scary, but it was more terrifying to keep "living" the way I had been. The program is immensely effective and had me dig down to the roots of my addiction. Christine tailors the program to each resident's needs, so you will not be getting a cookie cutter program like you're a robot. She is intuitive to everyone's unique personalities and knows we all need different types of support. She knows when to have a gentle hand, and when to hold you accountable for your bullshit.
Every day I draw upon the skills and lessons I learned at HOC. The skills I learned not only help me in my recovery, but with my mental health also.
Christine and Barry are an amazing couple who have created a very unique recovery experience. They provide a safe and non-judgmental environment, where you can thoroughly recover and work on yourself.
The support workers while I was a resident were inspiring and very relatable. They had all been through the program themselves, so they knew exactly what I was going through.
Working with Diane (an incredible therapist who is part of the HOC family) instilled in me new ways of thinking. She helped me heal from past trauma and leave it in the past. Her guidance and collaboration with Christine helped tackle my issues from many angles.
There are many things to do in your spare time at HOC, including making use of the indoor pool, hot tub or sauna, and many games, crafts, and books to read. The massage chair was a personal favourite. There are outdoor activities, gym equipment and basketball, and the property is beautiful to explore. Also, Cooper, Tom and Jerry, who are Christine and Barry's dog and cats are so comforting. Cuddles from them really cheered me up on a tough day.
Many other programs plan every single minute of your day, but this program gives the appropriate amount of leeway so you don't feel herded from thing to thing all day. You are given the appropriate time to reflect, relax, and have fun, while still having the structure of workshops and activities during the day. I really enjoyed that you are expected to take 90 minutes a day for self care, and it's a habit I keep to this day.
If you or a loved one are seeking help, I could not recommend a better place to start than calling House of Courage.
To those of you questioning getting help, I know what it feels like. Maybe you think you're too far gone. Maybe you think you don't deserve help. Maybe you think it will get better on its own. I have thought every single one of those things, but I will say the best thing I've done in my 36 years of life was going to HOC. It is possible to take your lowest moment and plant a seed with it - one of hope, growth and healing. I know this because I did it, and I know you can too.
The wise words of Martin Luther King Jr. say it best: "You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step."
I am forever grateful to Christine and Barry for believing in me, and all of the HOC team - you are all very important to me, and I will never forget the compassion you gave me and the lessons I learned from each and every one of you.
Posted By: Laura
Former Resident, Calgary
House of courage truly changed my life.
Like many others here, before House of Courage, I wasn't sure what to do with where my addiction and life was at in general.
A friend recommended me to HOC and although it was intimidating to think of committing to a recovery program, I can honestly say it saved my life.
HOC is not like a normal rehab facility, it is a home. Christine and Barry are so kind, so caring and so understanding. Although they challenged me, it was all done in the best way and with the best goal; my recovery.
Not only was the time during recovery at HOC one of the best experiences of my life, but the support that comes after is also so helpful.
I cannot say enough how much HOC helped me and continues to always!
Thank you to Christine and Barry for all they offer!
Posted By: Sal
I have been fortunate enough to know Christine, Barry and their staff for 3 years. The program Christine and Barry offer is extremely well executed. The behaviour change strategies and the experiential approach to the material allows for powerful transformation to take place. Of course like any other program the resident has to be willing to put the work in. That being said I can guarantee no one will work any harder than Christine to facilitate your success as long as you decide you want to change.
The facility operates with a very comfortable, family style approach. Much love and support is shown to the residents while they create new routines and as they learn to regain respect and dignity for themselves and others. I have no hesitation in recommending the House of Courage if you are looking for yourself or your loved one. DM
Posted By: Diane
Counselling Therapist, Calgary
Due to some issues, anxiety and losses in my young adult son's life he was not in the best shape. After trying several programs and medications from a doctor we searched for something else that would help him. House of Courage offered a program where you live-in for 60 days without the regular distractions. The help, compassion, routines, group sessions and individual counselling if needed were exceptional. Having access to a swimming pool, basketball net and lovely grounds to walk in were an extra perk. Christine and Barry have an amazing, positive way of life that includes looking into yourself to solve your personal problems. They are truly invested in helping others. The home is secluded, warm and loving with a smaller number of clients at at time. Our son came home as the precious gift of a healthy, active, productive, happy person. He had the necessary skills and attitude to maintain his sobriety and have a positive lifestyle. His entire demeanor is calm and focused but still fun and creative. He learned how to function in a way that was worthwhile and successful. No words can totally convey the extreme respect and appreciation I have for Barry, Christine and House of Courage. Mother of Son Calgary
Posted By: JM
I attended House of Courage in the fall of 2019, after many years of struggling with alcohol and drug abuse this was the final straw for me. I knew if I didn't get the help I wouldn't be around for much longer or I would have done something that would have changed my life forever.
I had struggled with alcohol for many years following a traumatic incident where I was stabbed 4 times and almost died from my injuries. I had started drinking more and more alone to try and cope with my pain, but it only made it worse. Getting into more trouble and getting into other substances such as cocaine and GHB.
I had tried many treatments from hypnosis, counseling, weekly meetings, and countless others but nothing seemed to stick. After an episode of binge drinking back in October 2019 I made the decision that I need to get some serious help. With the amazing support of my fiance and my family, I made the choice to attend House of Courage for 60 days.
This has been by far one of the best decisions I had made, I have totally changed my life around. My business, my personal life, and my relationships have all flourished since then and I haven't looked back.
Not only is the program effective but the lessons and tools I have learned stick with me every day, from learning how to cope with stress and to deal with people. To learn about myself, letting go of my past, and making room for a new future. I am now over 14 months sober and I feel amazing, not only physically but mentally and emotionally.
Christine and Barry and all of the support staff are amazing people and they are the real reason for my success. The program and the house are designed for you to work through all of "your shit" so you can move on and become who you are meant to be.
If I can say anything to help anyone looking for help all I will say is do it! Allow the program to help you and be open, it will be the best decision you will ever make!
Thank you Christine and Barry for allowing me to regain control of my life! Forever grateful!
Posted By: Brady
Former Resident, Calgary
Well where do I begin?... I struggled with addiction and totally lost myself before I got inrolled at HOC. The house of courage is the best place to be to find your True self and become the best version of yourself!. The program is unbelievable me and my older brother went to HOC and we are living our best lifes healthy. All I can say is do it for yourself not anyone else! Christine and Barry are wonderful people and they put the time into every person there! And treat you like family. I was a broken person with so much guilt when I first got to HOC and it feels amazing not having the guiltiness and unhonesty. House of courage isn't just for people who struggle with addiction but those who dont have any addiction problems at all just for the tools. Bad behavior ect. Not a day goes by I dont think about this place. Never give up! :) and one more thing... the food is outstanding! And the chef is a great person. Someone I really got along with and I hope he sees the message ! Thank you for everything, christine and Barry
Posted By: Bryce Pellett
I'm Bryce. I'm 20 years old and I went to house of courage at 19 years old. I love who I have become!, Vancouver BC
I have worked closely with Ms. Christine and the House of Courage staff for the last two years as an independent contractor supplying Drug and Alcohol Testing for all new guests at intake, and should the need arise, for follow up testing. I have watched residents come and go through the program and have seen nothing but positivity and encouragement.
Ms. Christine genuinely cares about her charges and has always shown herself to be knowledgeable and sympathetic no matter the circumstances. She has no problem calling people out when they are not putting in their whole effort or if they try to deceive, which is absolutely needed in an addiction recovery situation.
Ms. Christine is also not one to recommend their program if she truly believes that it will not be a good fit, and offers support that goes well beyond the residents time at the facility.
I am proud to work with, and count the House of Courage Team as friends. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone needing help with an addiction, and will confidently say that any individual moving ahead with House of Courage will benefit not only form the program, but the friendships and support they will gain.
Posted By: Patrick Inkster
Drug and Alcohol Intake Technician, CalgaryWSOH.ca
I am writing this testimonial for House of Courage because this place has completely changed my life. We decided to make the step of sending my husband which was terrifying as I'd be alone with our infant and toddler. So if you are reading this and in a similar position please make the jump and send your loved one. It may seem scary for the period of time at treatment but the reward of a sober life partner is so worth it. Since he has been back, things have been more than great. He has come back so happy, positive and appreciative to the simple things in life. Though the most important thing Christine taught him is self love. He is now a role model to our family and friends and his new outlook on life is catching. Christine has continued to help us as we can check in and ask her question whenever we need. I am forever so grateful for everyone who was apart of his journey. I cannot say it enough. Thank you House of Courage!
Posted By: Fallon Martin
Wife of Addict, Regina, SK
I wanted to write a note of appreciation and gratitude to the House of Courage. You saved my son's life during a time when he was lost and on a very self destructive path. The way I found you that day was by way of several small miracles that led me to talking to Christine on the phone. She listened to my plight with full understanding and thankfully, she came to the rescue. From that day on, Christine and Barry guided him (and us) through the process and did everything they could to help us all manage the ups and downs and different phases of recovery. He was received at the House of Courage with open arms by a team of people who were equipped with years of knowledge and experience. Your professionalism and kindness through his time there, helped him have a new lease on life and provided with him with coping skills and new tools to manage his anxiety and depression. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being our light through the fog and for being an Angel on this earth Mama bear. Je t'aime beaucoup beaucoup .. xoxo
Posted By: Joy
Mom of an Addict, Edmonton