My son is a great kid! He is outgoing, full of
life and has a wonderful sense of humour, however not so long ago
he started changing. He didn't talk as much and became more and
more secretive. His old friends stopped calling and he didn't want
to introduce us to his "new" friends who called all the time. His
grades were dropping and he rarely attended school. We suspected
drugs, but thought it was a phase he would snap out of. When we
confronted him we got the same old song and dance. "Okay, okay,
I'll change!", but he didn't. He seemed stoned all the time and
when he wasn't, he was argumentative, moody and very defensive.
Our life at home was becoming a nightmare. Household items went
"missing" and he was suspended from school for smoking pot on the
property. Our hearts were breaking as we laid down the law; either
get help or live somewhere else. We started taking him to a counsellor
at New Life Counselling, where he was able to talk about his drug abuse and
develop a realistic plan. We realized it was a family problem; we
were getting sick watching him destroy his life. He didn't change
overnight, it was more like a process that we went through as a
family. Proudly, I can say our son is currently in his 2nd year
of University with a bright future ahead of him. We are forever
grateful to the staff at New Life Counselling for restoring the happiness in
I had been using pot since high school. Now at
forty-five, I'm married with two grown children and a great job.
I was losing it all because I started using cocaine then crack.
I needed to use. The more I used the more my addiction progressed.
My family didn't know what was wrong and kept making excuses for
me when I couldn't go to work or missed social functions due to
my all night binges. My wife thought I was fooling around because
I stayed out all night and lied about where I was to hide my addiction.
I was living a double life. My wife finally caught on and didn't
know what to do. She would find my drugs and throw them out, which
would only infuriate me. I would make promises to quit. Now I realize
that all I was doing was trying to gain more time and not face the
pain the addiction had caused. She made an appointment at New Life
for me. I didn't want to go, but knew I had to do something. From
the first session I felt relief, I found the staff to be knowledgeable
and non-judgemental. I started a coaching program and was able to
put my life back together in a few months. Its been 5 years since
I used and my life is better than I ever thought possible. I still
have my days from time to time but I can get through them without
I am writing this to let you know of the problem
I faced with prescription pills. I am married, a career woman and
have one child. I started using painkillers after a car accident
left me in great back pain. After 1 year my pain had subsided but
I was hooked on the painkillers. I asked for help but every time
I tried to quit I failed. I started hiding how much I was using
from my family and friends. My doctor threatened to cut me off,
if I wouldn't get help. I started buying pills off the street; I
was so ashamed of myself. I had a great life, what happened to me.
I'd go to sleep promising myself that I would quit the next day
but try as I might on my own I couldn't get through a day without
them. My addiction only progressed. I hated myself and everyone
around me. I got caught stealing at work to support my drug use.
My bosses confronted me and I told them I had a problem and needed
help. They called New Life Counselling and within the week I was in for an assessment
and off to treatment. I'm not going to say it was easy, just the
opposite it was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but it was the
best decision I ever made. I still keep in touch with the staff
at New Life Counselling and I highly recommend them if you or someone you know
is having a problem. They have been there too. What I liked most
was that they treated me as a person when I felt less than human;
they didn't look down on me. It's been 18 months and life is going
well, I have the respect of my family, my bosses at work and most
importantly my self respect and dignity back.
Thank you New Life Counselling,