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My daughter spent two months at House of Courage due to alcoholism and depression. I was nervous sending her as I did not get to meet Christine personally or visit the premises. Christine was amazing! Her passion for her job and the love she has in taking care of her clients is outstanding. Christine went above and beyond to make my daughter feel at home and supported. Christine was in constant contact with me and put me at ease. Once my daughter came home (just a few days ago) she told me how great the program was, how many valuable life skills she learned and how great Christine was to her. I am hoping my daughter takes all she’s learned and has a happy and successful life as now it is up to her but I would highly recommend sending a loved one to House of Courage if they are willing to try to get better and heal.
Posted By: Diane Quaresma
Parent of daughter who attended House of Courage, Hamilton, Ontario
The House Of Courage is one of the most phenomenal treatments anyone could hope/wish for. The program Christine has done up will change your life in more ways then one. The house and whole property have such a "homey" feel...even down to the home cooked meals prepped by Barry who is a amazing cook and overall individual. I can't even put into the words how the House Of Courage changed my life. I was about to lose everything important in my life such as my wife and kids and even my life was seeming to come to an end. Christine and the support workers changed that around in a short period of time. I can't thank her and all the staff enough. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Posted By: Lundy
I'm writing this testimonial eight months after I walked thru the door of the HOC for the first time. I am now clean, sober and loving my new life. I stayed at the House of Courage for the 60 day program, which I desperately needed. I was so afraid to walk thru that door for the first time, but I knew I had to make some major changes in my life and this was the place I could get the help I needed. I encourage anyone struggling with addiction to pick up the phone and give Christine a call. It was the most important phone call I've ever made and it changed my life forever. Christine set me at ease instantly when we spoke on the phone. The first time we met in person I was welcomed with a big hug. Christine genuinely cares about people and wants to help. Everyone at the HOC is non-judgemental and treats everyone with dignity and respect.
The program is unique and was created by Christine. This is not a clinical or institutional environment, in fact the house quickly becomes your home. I was very comfortable and at ease after a few days. I realized I was not alone at the house because everyone there was in the same boat as me. I found great comfort in this. The staff is fantastic and many have been thru the program themselves which gives them a unique and compassionate perspective. The program taught me how to deal with many things from my past, and more importantly how to live clean and sober in the present.
The food is fantastic thanks to Barry. Barry always gave us something to look forward to at meal times.
The House of Courage changed my life in so many ways. I have a clean conscience now. I have new found self respect and self dignity. I am now proud of the person I have become. I use the tools I was given at the HOC everyday to manage my life of sobriety.
Thank you to everyone at the HOC...can't wait to come for a visit.
Posted By: Chad Fulford
Rocky Mountain House, AB
After struggling with addiction for many years I too entered the HOC as a lost and broken individual. I always thought I could change on my own, but knew I needed help and didn’t know where to turn. Christine and the staff welcomed me with open arms and gave me a safe, nonjudgmental place to heal. Every day there was a learning experience, getting to the root of my problems and tools to understand how to deal with them and overcome my addiction. My life has changed so much for the better. I’m no longer that scared and broken person that first walked through those doors. I have happiness in my life again and I owe this all to Christine, the staff and residents at the HOC. Thank you Christine and HOC for helping me get my life back!
Posted By: Kerrie
House of Courage changed my life. When I arrived I was very broken. Alcohol had taken a toll. I was met at the door by Christine (Barry) who own and run the program. She made me feel very welcome. She allowed my husband to stay while she explained the program to me. I decided that the 60 day program would be best for me. As the weeks went by I slowly started to heal. Christine’s program taught me better ways of dealing with my problems, people and circumstances. I didn’t need my old best friend ALCOHOL. I learned to be a confident, assertive, and happy person.
Barry, Christine’s husband was a great support when I wanted to talk.
I loved the country setting. Nice place to take walk. Lots of great amenities including a pool, exercise equipment craft area.
I would truly recommend this beautiful home like facility to anyone who is struggling with addiction.
I have my life back.
Phil and Barry provided us with amazing meals.
Christine, Barry, Kiki, and Phil thanks so much.
All of the staff were amazing.
Posted By: Connie
Red Deer, Alberta 10
I have been wanting to write a testimonial for the House of Courage for some time now so I figured what better time than to do it on my 6 month sober anniversary. Going to the House of Courage was the best decision I ever made. I walked in there not knowing what to expect - although it was extremely scary and overwhelming everyone made me feel welcome and at home. I spent 2 months at the House of Courage and learned a tremendous amount of life skills that I continue to use on a daily basis. Christine, Barry and all the other staff were amazing. The House of Courage really makes you feel like you're part of a family during your stay. I can't say enough good things about the House of Courage and the program Christine has created. I have a whole new outlook on life and it feels amazing to finally have a positive energy to be the best me and live the best life I can. Thank you Christine, Barry and staff for all your time, support and knowledge you provided me!
Ps; the food here is no joke - Barry is an incredible cook!
Posted By: Natalie
Best thing I ever did for myself. Helping me to get to the core of my issues and getting rid of it. Thank you so much Christine, Barry and all the staff. "Taking my life back ;) "
Great environment, safe and organized. Wish you best for the years to come !
Posted By: Pierre Marc
Best thing I ever did for myself and my family was go to the House of Courage. Wow what a place this is, I hated myself, my life, and my behaviors when i when I walked through those doors. I had a 60 day program that changed my life, they helped me with my addictive personality, my self esteem, self confidence, my way of thinking and so much more. This program was very tailored to my needs which was very important to me i was not just a number. I loved the family atmosphere, the facilities, the staff, and of course the food. I feel i have the tools to move forward and have the fulfilling happy and productive life I deserve and want. I love myself again and am so looking forward to the future.
If you want to get help look no further than the House of Courage, these people are here to do nothing but help you SUCCEED.
Thank you so very much to Christine, Barry, Lorraine, Phil and of course Cooper and Garfield you will forever be in my thoughts and heart.
Posted By: Colleen
I went to HOC in February for 30 days, for things I've carried around with me for years, destructive behaviours and thinking patterns, and substance abuse. I didn't want to go (but deep down I knew that I would benefit from this and was not in a good place in my life) and was really pushed by my parents to go. Christine knew this, and was so gentle and understanding with facilitating my move from Vancouver. It was scary times, as it was far from home and unknown territories, but it was so worth it. Although I am not living a life of sobriety, I can say that I am truly happy where I am right now, and am in a really good place in my life. The programming that Christine offers is so insightful, and really makes you look inside and figure out why you behave the way you do, and offers an amazing way of letting go of past events and behaviours that effect you. Walking out of HOC, and to this day, my self esteem and self love is so much higher, I am more assertive, and have more impulse control. I am better at not taking things personally, and living a life for ME. Although I get myself into ruts sometimes, I always remember what she has taught me, and I couldn't be more grateful.
The love, understanding, and non judgemental approach that Christine, and staff, have for the people there is unbelievable. Everything is from the heart, which makes the world a difference.
HOC also does their best to accommodates everyone needs. Food wise, I rarely ate what everyone else was eating as I am a healthy eater and am very careful in what I eat (but majority of the time was super jealous of the meals, as everyone ate delicious looking and amazing meals!). They were very accommodating with my eating habits and always provided healthy options for me.
HOC is also extremely homey, cozy, and really easy to settle into. I was greeted with nothing but kindness, and that stayed throughout my hole time there.
I recommend HOC for anyone who has behavioural issues, substance abuse, or just needs to help themselves. HOC and the things I took away from it will always be with me.
Posted By: Alexandra
Dear Christine, Barry and the staff at House of Courage.
I thought I had lost my daughter. You gave her back to me and for that I am so grateful. I’m not sure I have the right words to tell you. All I can say is, thank you. I can never give back to you the amazing gift you haven me.
Posted By: Anna