Why We Exist
We are proud to share the following story from a member of our alumni:
I began drinking in the seventh grade. My drinking increased through high school. When I went to work in the oil patch at the age of 18, drinking and drug taking became a way of life. I was married at age 20 and my addictions began to have consequences; trouble with my wife, parents, friends and the law. To all of this I was oblivious. By the time I was 39 I had lost two wives and two sets of children, all of my friends, my home, my job, and I was bankrupt.
Facing life on the street, I reached out for help, but no matter what I did or what others did to help me, I could not stay clean and sober. After detoxing 11 times in 14 months I was referred to Recovery Acres. I cannot say enough about this program and what it did for me. The counselors helped me understand my alcoholism and addictions; they walked me through the 12 steps of AA, they taught me to live and stay clean and sober. While at Recovery Acres I learned what needed to be changed in me in order to go out into the world and become successful in every area of my life. I was also introduced to a spiritual understanding which was instrumental in my recovery.
While in Recovery Acres Residential Treatment Program I began studies that would prepare me for a change in career. When I completed the program I began a career as a Financial Advisor and now 24 years later I own a successful business which has given me a fantastic life, a beautiful home, travel and all the perks that one associates with success. I am also a competitive triathlete and Ironman which brings me great joy and happiness. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of Recovery Acres and their counselors. My relationship with Recovery Acres is ongoing and I still drop by once a week for lunch. Had I sat down on the first day in treatment and dreamed about how good life would be I would have never have imagined how things have turned out.
Recovery Acres is a registered charity that operates a fully accredited addiction treatment center. We have helped over 13,000 people over more than 40 years through our men’s treatment center, 1835 House. For decades women have seen the positive impact 1835 House has had on the men in their lives and have asked for a program of their own. In September 2016 Recovery Acres responded by opening CARE (Co-occurring Addiction Recovery Essentials) for Women, an intensive, clinical outpatient program.
Recovery Acres provides gender-specific addiction treatment for adults. Specialized psychological treatment to address co-occurring mental health challenges is available.