“Finally, a place that felt like a home. Thank you for the care and support you provided! The staff helped challenge and encourage both our child and our family to move forward, focus on what our strengths were and make some important and and difficult changes. Our family is in a better place than we knew was possible.”
“Our family was definitely respected and involved in our child’s care. The staff were overwhelmingly friendly and approachable. It felt like we were all doing this together”
My name is Jessirae. I am a former resident of Peak House and i would like to thank you guys for all you have done for me. I attended peak house twice, once when i was 14, and once when i was 15. Before coming to peak house my life was completely hopeless, completely depressed, I hated myself, i was on and off the streets, was jumping from unhealthy relationship to unhealthy relationship, had no interactions with my family (hadn’t spoken to my parents in almost 2 years) and didn’t see myself living past my 20th birthday with all the risks I took in my life. Peak House completely changed that. I was so scared coming into the house that I almost backed out, but I am so grateful that I didn’t. The PH program completely changed my life for the better.
I am 22 years old now and just graduated college. I have over 6 years clean from my drug of choice and i couldn’t be happier. I have a wonderful relationship with a man that I love and more importantly I love myself. I now have a wonderful relationship with my parents. They are truly my best friend and my biggest fans and I look forward to living a long and wonderful life. None of this would have been possible without the life skills and coping mechanisms I learnt at PH. I am so grateful for all I was taught in my stay and the life your program has given me. Barely a day goes by when I don’t think of Peak House and how much it changed me. I am forever grateful for this program, i truly beleive PH saved my life. Thank you for giving me my life back, what i have now is more then I could ever have hoped for back then.
A Testimonial from Jaime B.
My name is Jaime, and I am a recovering addict. Thanks to Peak House, I am now 77 days clean and happy!
When I was first told I was coming here I thought it would be an institution where adults judged me and kids would be fighting all the time. I was completely wrong.
I came here for my family, and planned on getting kicked out in my first week so I could continue using and tell my family that I had tried it but it didn’t work. I quickly changed my mind though. On my first day I was welcomed by my fellow crewmates and was included in everything they did. I thought I wouldn’t fit in at all, I didn’t want new friends, I just wanted to keep my old using friends. Even though I fit in, I still wanted to leave and use at first, but my crewmates supported me in sticking it out day by day. After about 2 weeks I realized that I was actually having fun while clean and sober! Not to mention that I was no longer sick and my energy had returned. From there on things got easier and easier.
The staff here are amazing, they listen and treat you with respect, unlike other professionals I was used to dealing with. The therapists too are awesome. I thought they’d be uptight and psychoanalyze me like all the other therapists I have met in my life. Again, I was completely wrong. The youth counsellors are actually fun to hang out with, believe it or not. We get to learn how to have fun sober and clean as well. We get to do things such as swimming, bowling, karaoke, skating, going to the planetarium, etc. We even got to go to a Vancouver Giants game once!
I can honestly say I’m the happiest I’ve been in 6 years, and all because I came here for 10 weeks. It seems like forever at the beginning, but time flies by faster and faster. I haven’t seen one person graduate from the program and want to leave, everyone ALWAYS wants to stay longer, myself included.
I suggest anyone who wants to no longer be controlled by drugs and alcohol should come here. It’s pretty relaxed yet you learn tons. Everyone deserves recovery, so at least try it out, you have nothing to lose.
It’s only 10 weeks to change your entire life, you’ll always have the opportunity to use, but you might not always have another chance at recovery.
– Jaime B.
Whenever I think about change I think about a brighter future…. a future I can look forward to… I hope that whoever reads this gets the message I’m trying to say… ‘once you put your mind to something the possibilities, I just hope you put it to the right use’
Hey everyone from Peakhouse.
Just wanted to send an email to let you know how I’m doing.
Since I got clean I have always wanted to travel. I had been sent to Australia before to get me away from drugs. It didn’t work. I came back to Canada and I was still drinking and using drugs. I’ve had along journey (drugs drinking, police, gangs, etc) I knew the life I wanted to live but drugs kept me from happiness and achieving my goals.
I hit rock bottom. I knew I was heading in the wrong direction. I stopped drinking and using drugs. It was hard, I stopped hanging around old friends, peoplewho used or drank. I started working and spending time with my family. I could now achieve my goals.
I started saving my money to go to Australia. It took quite awhile to save but august 26/10 I was on my way. Since than I have been to Tonga, New Zealand and now in a town called Port Douglas , Australia.
It’s been the most amazing thing I’ve done! I got engaged in Tonga. I
still have times that I think I want a drink but I tell myself “I wouldnt have a family, I wouldn’t have a fiancé, I wouldn’t be traveling the world if I was drinking. ”
I just wanted to tell the staff Thank you, and the youth that it can
be done and life gets better.
Letter from former resident:
If your reading this, your in the right place. And I’m not an idiot!……….
When i first got here i fucking hated the program, Who wouldn’t right? I wasn’t used to being told what to do! But thats the work. I had to change almost everything i did in my addiction….
To be where i am today…I was angry and full of resentment and blame towards people. I believed that when i forst got clean no one was going to help me or make things better, but peak house did…That probably sounds like a crock of shit, thats what i thought at my first meeting, but clean people aren’t crazy i promise. I know I wouldn’t have gotten the things i have today if I was still using.
And theses things aren’t material, I have love in my life from people i didn’t even know, I have real friends that care for me, and my family is back in my life. People here and in my life have seen the change in me durning my stay at peak house. In my addiction i would never write this fucken letter. I could care less about you reading it and what was going to happen to you.
But today i think everyone deserves a second chance in life, and this is yours. So hold on tight and don’t let go. My name is Danielle and I am 6 months clean today. I am leaving peak house in 3 weeks. 6 months ago i wouldn’t think for a second i would be here. I believed i was a drug addict and thats all I would ever be.
To new peak house residents,
When I first came here I was not sure if I would stay. I was full of anger I didn’t trust people. I fucking hated everyone. I thought the staff were just trying to confuse me. Everything the staff said I thought it was all bullshit. I thought I was normal but really over time I realized I had a problem. (Drug problem) I started reaching out and understanding that I didn’t want to be mad all my life who does right. It’s a great place to be its like your own little palace. When you need help they will be there for you. Honestly I wish the stay was longer. So my word of advice to all the new people that come through theses doors, reach out ask for help, don’t isolate yourself, its going to be hard. I am not saying that it will be easy, there will be ups and downs, but I got through them and I am pretty sure you can to.
– Joshua .S
Letter from former resident:
Before I came to Peak House I was really scared, I was going to change my mind about coming but I thought that I should just give it a chance. The day I came to Peak House I wanted to go home, because it was uncomfortable. I didn’t know anybody here and I felt like I didn’t fit in, but if you give it at least 2 weeks then you will feel so much better about being here. The youth counsellors that are here are really respectful, they are here 24 hours a day if you have a problem, the residents are respectful too. Peak House is really helpful, you can learn a lot from here. I personally learned a lot from Peak House during the short time I’ve been here. We have lots of fun on the weekends, we go hiking or go play pool, karaoke, etc… it’s a lot of fun. Everybody here can be a lot of fun to be around. If you put your mind to being here time really flies by, before you know it eight weeks will be gone. It’s an awesome feeling to be clean, I’ve never felt any better than this.?LizLetter from Andy:?To the people who are willing to make a change in their life: Before I came to Peak House I thought it was going to be a hospital where if I made the staff mad I would get beat on. When I did get to Peak House it was a house – the residents and staff were really welcoming, you go out for physical fitness, you eat really good and on the weekends you go out and do fun things. But it’s not all fun and games, the program is hard, and it’s not easy to live with a bunch of strangers for eight weeks. It is also very difficult to get along and learn to trust them, but you will progress in a fast period of time. In most cases you will meet a couple of people who will be lifetime supportive friends. The first week or two will go slow but after that, before you know it you will be commenced and on your way home. So make sure you get as much as you can out of the program before it’s too late.
Good Luck, Andy
Letter from former resident:
This is where I am , this is where I’ll be, being the author of my new life that I’m looking 4 doin’ it 4 me myself and nobody else. I learn new things about myself and others that I never knew before. Creating a new beginning, learning from my mistakes and being able 2 look at them as growing up, changing my attitude and as a learning process. Being born again, taking baby steps and also being a part of the Wolf Pack. Knowing what’s right and wrong, havin’ clear thoughts, lovin’ myself for you I was, who I am and who I’ll be. Havin’ relationships 4 the love and trust, not 4 the drugs and sex. Taking responsibilities 4 my own actions other than pointing them at other people. Letting my emotions out by cryin’ and talkin’ not keepin’ them inside goin’ out and usin’ or hurtin’ others and myself. Knowing that it really is okay 2 have different ways of lookin’ at things from my own perspective and knowin’ that it’s okay 2 have our own opinions and believes. Makin’ my dream come true. Being respectful and honest 2 others as well as myself.
THANKS PEAK HOUSE