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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
When I went to House of Courage, I didn't know what to except. It was the first time I was going to a rehab/therapy centre. So I checked in for a 30 days program. I discovered right away a place where nobody's judging you and also an absolutely fantastic support team that are there to understand and listen to you. It's a small place and what's good about it is that I never have to wait or take an appointment to speak to somebody. Doors were always open. It didn't take long for me to feel like I was part of the family because everybody is so welcoming and caring. Even the others residents and that was really important because I was going to spend lots of time with them. About the program, well it was very intense. I really went far inside myself,my past, my emotions to discover what led me to addictions. I also realize who I really am. All of these things can be difficult to hear and realize but it did only good at the end. The program is built like this so you get all the tools you can need when you're going to be in the "real"world. What's also great about the program is that I realize addiction and using problems comes from a lot of different aspects of your past and present life so by digging into it,recovery become possible. Before going to House of Courage, I thought that I needed just to stop using and all of my problems would be fixed. I was so wrong. It was by understanding my past that I was able to recover from my addiction and be a better person for myself, my family,my coworkers etc...I did that because of what they taught me during the program. Christine, Barry and all the support members really knows what they are talking about. They never told me what to do. Instead, I got advices and suggestions because I was free at House of Courage. Free to take everything they could give me to help in my future. I'm sober now and the main reason is because I know myself and I love that person?. Of course I'm not perfect but at least I can work now on my weaknesses and defaults because I know them. It's all about my open mind, willingness and honesty that I had when I did the program(I still have those by the way) that I'm now succeeding in all parts of my life. I'm now in peace with myself.
House of Courage is a great place to go to help you about addiction or any other personal problems. I highly recommend the program to everyone that wants to change their lives for good.
Posted By: Phil
For over nine years I have battled an addiction that stemed from prescription pain killers after multiple motor vehicle accidents. I knew I was ready to make a permanent positive change in my life and my psychologist told me about The House of Courage. Not sure what to expect, I went there with a open mind and heart. The atmosphere was very welcoming as Christine welcomed me with a huge hug upon arrival. The House is located on a beautiful property full of wildlife and mother Earth's beauty. The House is open, comfortable and has many activities such as a big pool, sauna, hot tub and relaxation room with a massage chair. The food is amazing. All meat is organic , very flavorful and fresh. Every meal with delicious, and that is NOT an over exaggeration. All the staff at The House Of Courage are all great people, who have listening ears and are always a great support. The best part of The House Of Courage for myself was the personal treatment plan that Christine helped me with. My medical situation is very demanding consisting of many necessary allountmwnts and because of my medical requirements, I had no luck finding any other treatment facility willing to work with me regarding my situation. Having a treatment facility that cared about my situation and helped me to recovery not only mentally but physically as well regarding pain abstinence really helped me see that abstinence is achievable and drugs are NOT nessicary for pain relief. The program offered is amazing. Hands down, the magic is in the program. Learning about yourself, triggers, how to deal with triggers and learning to deal with conflicts and dilemmas in a healthy way. I spent 60 days here and now that I am out I miss it there. If you want a treatment facility that cared about you as an individual and about your individual needs this is THE place to go. I CAN'T imagine receiving treatment anywhere else. Christine and Barry are the heart and soul of this facility and are a kind hearted, loving couple that truly want to help each and every resident that comes to HOC ( House Of Courage) to find themselves, find happiness and move forward in a positive direction. I would and will refer anyone that is ready to take the next step in moving forward in their recovery. Thank you for giving me all the tools needed to make this lifelong battle of being an addict alot more manageable and a positive experience.
Posted By: Alisha
26 year old female, Rocky View County
After a few long years of confusion, depression, and addiction I finally gathered the strength to begin the recovery process. I knew I was in a dangerous state of mind, but I did not know how to fix it. Fortunately I chose to try the House of Courage. Any doubts I had of changing my clearly destructive behavior left me within hours of being in that incredible house. I had no idea what self discovery was until I experienced it every single day for thirty days consecutively. To be reminded of what real happiness was by feeling it for the first time since childhood is something that can only be understood through experience. The House of Courage is not a place to hide from the ruinous temptations of the world. It is a place to become a person who is able to overcome temptation everyday as long as you so choose. I was fortunate enough to take my life back at the age of 23 and now I can clearly see my many options ahead of me.
Posted By: Joe
I was a lost individual that could never seem to find my way through the many obstacles that life brought forth. From a early age alcohol was a way to divert issues and problems away from my life and later turning to drugs. The substances just lead to bottling emotions, feeling, fears, and happiness inside myself. After spending 5 awesome weeks with the healers of the house of courage, I now am a changed man that believes in myself, has more respect for myself and others and am unbelievably confident, and have more courage then ever! I am now on the path to positive living and happiness comes naturally and I now love my life! Christine, Barry and the staff of the house of courage have made me see the light and find my true inner self, for that I thank everyone! I will always remember my time at the house and will stay strong for all the greatness I received there! A House from Heaven! Take care everyone and always be yourself!
Posted By: percy
I've waited a while to write this review...close to 2 years. That's how long I've been abstinent. In the past I have been treated by many different sources including psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, hospitals and even myself but none helped until I came to the House of Courage.
The House of Courage offers a holistic and behavioural program that works. Like the name states...today I have the courage to be myself without use of any substance. I am able to look in the mirror and be happy again. The most joyful of all is that the people who love me, love me as I am. I now live life without hating myself and harming myself physically and emotionally.
I thank the House of Courage for its program and I thank the owners for all their efforts and love that they bestow me. The program has saved my life. Thank you Christine and Barry.
Posted By: Lorraine
i struggled with addiction, depression and anxiety on and off for 15 years. I was in the depth of my addiction when I walked through the doors of The House of Courage. I can honestly say tthe best choice i have ever made was the choice to walk through those doors. Christine and the staff there gave me the tools I needed to change my life. Recovery is not just the absence of a substance, it is a change of mind, body and soul. The HOC not only gave me the strength to be sober, it gave me the strength to take back all aspects of my life. I am finally the husband, friend, son, brother,father and most importantly the man I have always wanted to be. I owe so much of that to Christine and the HOC. Oh and the food there was AAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING. They spare no expense to make you feel comfortable, its not a business its a home and its a family. Anyone that is looking to take back their life needs to walk through those doors.
Posted By: Brad L
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