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After battling with alcoholism and drug addiction (and losing) for many, many years, I finally lost everything and hit the lowest point in my life. My world unravelled completely and I was only going to get worse if I didn't seek the help I needed. I found the House of Courage online, and after some investigation and speaking with Christine, I made the choice to commit to a 30 day program. When I arrived I was somewhat skeptical, but as I began to open my heart and my mind, the growth and healing was able to begin. Christine, the support staff, and the residents of the House changed my life forever. The healthy balance of compassion, realism, choice, structure, peace, and honesty was exactly the atmosphere I needed for my recovery. Life wasn't "easy" to rebuild once I got back out - my journey has only just begun - but with the tools, self-awareness, and sobriety I now have, it is certainly much "easier". I can finally be present in the moment, not guilty for the past, or anxious for the future. All I have to do is take care of myself, keep up my sobriety, and things will work out. Thanks House of Courage Family.
Posted By: Ken
I was lost and had pretty much given up on life. I had shut down and lost all hope.
I did the 30 day program at the House of Courage and what a difference it has made in my life! I have all the necessary tools to battle my addiction and keep moving forward everyday. When I first arrived for my program I was lifeless and numb to any kind of emotion. When I left after 30 days I was able to live life and feel things. I was no longer dead inside but full of life and hope. I highly recommend this program to anybody struggling with addictions. It has made me deal with my problems instead of running away from them like I have always done.
I can't thank Christine and Barry enough for giving me a new lease on life. They really care about their residents that come to the program. You instantly feel like family once you arrive, it is such a warm and loving atmosphere. All staff members are excellent and helpful with alot of knowledge with addictions. This is the best thing I have ever done for myself.
Thank you House of Courage!
Posted By: Daniel
I was a broken, bitter and negative human. Couldn't look in the mirror. I had no self love and I couldn't define love.
After three weeks at the HOC I knew I needed more. I stayed for 60 days.
The house gave me time, time I needed to learn. Time I needed to breathe. Time for my spinning mind to catch up. Time to live in the moment.
After my stay I feel everything. I hid behind 30+ years of pain. I was attention seeking, aggressive, manipulator, and on and on.
I had no respect for myself. I hated everything about me and started to hate the world.
After I finished the program, my husband/partner of 12 years wants a divorce but....,after seeing my strength and my limits, he himself has enrolled into the program. Even though my marriage may not be save, I can do anything. Him and I may move forward together or not.
What I do know is, we will both be okay not matter the result.
I'm okay, so everything around me will be okay! It starts with me! Once again, if I'm okay, it's all okay!
I love the HOC!! Miss Christine and Barry everyday.
Thank you for helping me save my life.
Posted By: Amanda
Making the decision to go to the house of courage has been the best and most important step in my life this far. Before going to the house of courage I battled addiction with drugs and alcohol for over 10 years always thinking I would be able to quit one day. After hitting rock bottom many many times I finally decided to get help and started looking for a place to go. After 2 days of being on the phone with people in recovery homes I knew that the House of Courage was the one for me because Christine really cares for the well being of her residents and wants nothing but the best for everyone who steps through her front door. She is the nicest lady I have ever met in my life and when It comes to teaching you how to deal with your addictions and your Behaviours she is absolutely amazing at her Job. Over the course of a 30 day program that I completed with success there are a lot of emotional highs and lows but the House of Courage and all the people here get along like one big happy family and it's a very comforting place to be. I can't thank Christine and her staff enough for helping me get my life back for myself and my family I love them all and will continue to see them the rest of my life.
Thank you so much Joe 2.
Posted By: Joe
I had a great experience at The House of Courage. This is a very unique program that truly works. Christine is a great person who truly cares for everyone that walks through the door. She has a great way about her to get you to open up about things and get you to start loving yourself. I'm very grateful of what I learned while there, I'm much more confident and have many more tools to help me succeed out in the world. The food is amazing they spare no expenses. The house has a great positive attitude and is very homey. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Posted By: Alan
Thank You House Of Courage
I felt like I was at the end of my rope. I had been using drugs and alcohol for 25 yrs.
My addiction had caused the break up of my family. A year had went by and I was getting worse.
My ex was not letting me see my two little angels, I was on the verge of losing my career and my bills were piling up I and almost lost my home.
I needed help! I could not do it alone. I found the H.O.C on line and I instantly knew that it was the place for me.
I called the following morning and that was my first step to recovery.
It had taken me a couple of weeks to get the funds together but in that time The H.O.C kept in touch with me, which meant a lot and showed me that they really cared.
Once I finally arrived, the house welcomed me with open arms!
It had great feel and vibe about it which made me feel at ease. It seemed like a big family which I soon realized was true.
Christine gave me the tools and knowledge to move forward with my life. She helped me find my true authentic self and I can finally feel again!
Christine's program and her huge heart have given me the strength to remain sober and abstinent since I left on Jan. 7 2017.
I feel great, I am honest with my self and others and I now feel, that I can truly enjoy life!
Thank You again SOOO much Christine, Barry, Garfield and the entire House Of Courage
Posted By: Jayone
I am so blessed and so thankful to the house of courage. My son Dominic, was the youngest to be a resident and my goodness I am so glad I listened to my gut when after calling 6 treatment centres the last call I made was with Christine , the most wholesome , sweet soul I have ever spoke with and eventrually physically met. She gave my son tools. She gave Dominic the ingredients to help him deal with real life situations that may have him steered the wrong way ! I am so proud of my son for I know. He always reminds me. Mom. It's easy to be tuff , it' takes true effort to remain strong. My son likes and also loves Christine , he speaks of his life coach often and knows that the two have an understanding which remains sacred within them
Posted By: Jeanette
Dominic pellett, Langley British Columbia
My son just spent 2 months at the House of Courage. From the moment I took him there, I knew, without a doubt, it was were he needed to be. I knew that everyone there would become another family for him. And that this would become a second home for him. I knew he would find the help he needed. As a parent, this is very hard to admit, but I just wasn't able to help him with his issues and with his addiction. I also had SUCH a sense of peace, knowing that he would be safe and loved there. And I also knew it would be life changing for him and in turn, for me. We, as parents, cannot be everything that our children need and to know that there is such a place out there, where he will be just as loved, supported and encouraged, is the best feeling a mother can have. I want to thank the House of Courage, Christine, Barry and everyone else there, a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I believe in you, I believe in your program, and I truly believe it has helped my son and will continue to do so throughout his life. He has learned things I wasn't able to help him with. And I will continue having peace of mind, knowing that he will also always have you as a family, even though his program is over. You've become so very special to him and I love that he will always continue to have your support. There are not enough words to express my gratitude to you all. Much, much love.
Posted By: Shannon S
The House of Courage truly is a life saver. I was on the last legs of my life and had a lot of issues I needed to deal with. When I arrived they gave me an excellent tour of the house and introduced me to all the residents and staff members. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I instantly felt accepted and appreciated for who I was for the first time in a long time. I felt right at home within easily the first day. I did a 2 month program and can honestly say it changed my life for the better and has helped me become an all around better person. You will never get bored at The House of Courage because there is an endless amount of activities to do. The house has an amazing feel to it and it feels like your walking into somebody's home not just some large facility. This was my first recovery center and I believe it will be my only recovery center because the things I have learned through the program will for sure help me to stay clean and sober. If your worried about the food don't be because I honestly felt I was eating at a 5 star restaurant every single day. If your ready to change your life for the better and live a sober, clean and successful life then I definitely recommend The House of Courage. Thank you too Christine and Barry and all the staff for making my stay as amazing as possible.
Posted By: Parker S
I was homeless, on my last chance with all those that had ever extended love to me, and was just floating day to day with no purpose, barely surviving. My parents suggested I try to look for some help, and it was clear this was their last ditch effort: they had recently discovered how much power my addictions had over me and were forced to ask me to leave their place due to my abominable behaviours and my lackluster state of being. I began by scouring the internet for recovery centers, only to stumble upon places that were far too expensive, too clinical seeming ( I would not have been open minded in a hospital setting) or simply were half way across the country. One morning I came across this website, and my fate changed forever. Christine answered my call and immediately, we connected ( perhaps on account of our French heritage). When complete, she spoke to my Father and we exchanged a few more words, prior to her asking me to come to HOC the following Monday ( it was Friday afternoon!). I was definitely surprised on how quickly she took action and helped my start my healing. I signed up for a 30 day program and was very engaged and open minded, but at the 26 day mark I decided, based on some points that had come up in group therapy, that I wasn't ready and hadn't dealt with some big underlying issues. Christine offered a tailored 30 day follow-up program to help me reintegrate with the world. At this point, I had rediscovered my passion for cooking and was helping around as much as I could, it made me feel whole and human again, she recognized this as well. The second 30 days flew by and I had never felt so good. House of Courage gave me back my life : Christine has this way of getting into your head and helping you break your walls down so you truly can be honest with yourself and others. I cannot thank HOC enough, and I would recommend it to anyone struggling in their life with addiciton or any other emotional or behavioural issue.
Posted By: Andrew