Relapse and Fear For families with loved ones in recovery from addiction, the R-word is a very scary word. Family members typically fear relapse because they make sense of it as a disaster or failure
Names used in the following reviews of Sunshine Coast Health Center have been fictionalized for confidentiality purposes.
The other place I went was co-ed and it's very hard for people to open up to someone of the opposite sex because there's really touchy things and you have to maintain "being a man" in front of the ladies right? So you can't really figure out what's bothering you and what's not.
We are so happy that we chose your program when Shane needed help. We’ve spoken with others who’ve completed your program, and heard nothing but positive feedback! Not since his teens has Shane been able to communicate and express himself like he is now.
If people ask ‘what is the #1 drug rehab facility, on the west coast?’ – without hesitation I will recommend Sunshine Coast Health Center.
I wanted to thank you for the hospitality afforded me during my stay on campus. It was a treat to get to see and hang out with everyone. You folks are doing good and powerful work there. You’re changing people’s lives and creating hope where despair and desperation had ruled. I will never forget you for giving me my life back and facilitating the relationship with my God that saved my life. I love you all– each and every one of you for giving so much of yourselves to save me and the many other fortunate clients who have been blessed by spending time with you all.
I arrived at SCHC a broken frightened man. I was met by some of the kindest people I have ever had the fortune of meeting. Souls that could understand how mine was broken. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to spend seven weeks here. I have never cried so much in all my life, and on the other hand, I have never laughed so much. I have seen disappointment and I have seen tremendous growth and success. I have discovered close relationships that I never knew existed. There are experiences that you carry for life and I know that my stay here will be one. You have all helped me to discover who I am. Most importantly, you have all helped me to stay sober and clean, one day at a time.
I did have worries that there were going to be some major changes for me. I’d been using for so long, I wasn’t sure once I was sober how I was going to have fun on a daily basis. It was difficult to start when I got in, but I also knew that and I needed it. The best part about this place is that it gave me a chance, some hope, and it ultimately saved my life.
Surprisingly enough, I’ve been having an absolute blast. I’ve been having a lot of fun and it’s nice to wake up in the morning with a clear mind and energy and just wanting to get out there and try new things. I’m enjoying getting out of bed. SCHC was very accommodating when it came to my passion (golf) and felt that it would be a huge part in my recovery. That was huge for me. It allowed me to want to try and now I’m excited for group and doing the hard work that I need to do in order to sober up.
I had preconceived notions of me hopping a fence in the middle of the rain with kleenex box shoes, but I was pleasantly surprised. Every preconceived notion I had was blown out of the water. The food is amazing, the staff is amazing, the weather’s been amazing, so that’s been a big factor in my recovery. This place has exceeded expectation of mine. This would definitely be a place that I would refer others to.
I have benefitted greatly from my time at SCHC and met wonderful people whose help and advice has stayed with me since I was there (about six years ago now). The staff and my peers helped me gain a very important perspective on my alcohol use issues. The program made it all the more vital to me, and the environment was exactly what I needed – not just the physical environment, but the staff that were there to help me.
I couldn’t beat my alcohol addiction on my own and received some of the best help in the world at Sunshine Coast Health Center. After 90 days, I came home a changed man. With hard work, consistency, fearless honesty, and humility, my problem is manageable today. Thank you all for your love and support.
The whole meaning and purpose approach really clicked with me and I could really identify with something missing in my life, so I felt, even before I got here, that it was a program that would definitely have something to offer and help me with the things I was dealing with.
I like how you are encouraged to take charge of your life and receive unstructured time to do it. For example, on the weekends you’re kinda left to your own devices and I do like that. It kind of goes with the whole philosophy of you the author of your life.
The most important thing I’ve learned is I’m not weak. That drugs and alcohol don’t control my life. That I’m able to make up decisions and that everyone and everything I’ve done here is about me, not other people.
Meaning and purpose go hand-in-hand right. To have meaning or purpose means I wake up every morning knowing I kiss my wife good morning and I'm a husband to her and a father to my son. I'm just trying to be as good as myself and take action in the roles that I've put myself into because I asked my wife to marry me and we had a son, my little man. I want to be the best father account for him. Waking up with meaning and purpose and knowing that those are my jobs and that those will always come first matter no what happens at work and no matter what happens with anything else, I can't lose.
Having past experience with 12 step programs, I found that one of the first things I notice about SCHC was that it’s not a 12 step. I did a bit reading and talked to some staff before I came here and I felt it was very much a better approach.
In a whole lot of ways SCHC is different. Normal 12 step programs don’t really rely on the individual to make changes to themselves, whereas here I’ve been allowed to kind of poke and prod and see who I am, develop a person for myself, and try things. Like with the different outings, we do different activities and I started to learn who I am here instead of “I’m just an addict”.
Thank you very much for sending me these emails. I really appreciate them. They help me in my everyday life by keeping me on track with what I need to do to live a fulfilling life.
One year ago today I made the willing decision to stop using drugs. It was the biggest and best decision of my life. For 365 days since then I have made the same decision every morning and I have to say “Damn I feel good.”
When I left SCHC this past fall, I felt as though I could tackle the world, let go of the demons, love myself, and was ready to begin a new life. Well, life throws many curve balls and after 6 months of sobriety, even though I was close to the best spiritual and physical shape in my life, I gave into boredom and loneliness because I forgot about my support system and aftercare. I returned back to SCHC for an alumni stay to get my head back in the game. Thank you, SCHC for an amazing alumni program for returnees.
I haven't seen sober living at other treatment centers. This was a new option, which I thought was great. It gave me the opportunity to test the waters, but still be accountable at the same time. Everyone in Sober Living is trying to do the same thing, which helps me.
Yes, it's a great place. I enjoy it. While you're sober living, you have the opportunity to attend some of the big groups and, if you wanted, go out on the outing with the other guys. You still have a nice support group around here, which is great. The staff is amazing: always wanting to help. It's a good way to start your sobriety. Those first six months are the most important so having that extra time whether it be a month or two months is very beneficial.
I wanted to thank you for the hospitality afforded me during my stay on campus. It was a treat to get to see and hang out with everyone. You folks are doing good and powerful work there. You're changing people's lives and creating hope where despair and desperation had ruled. I will never forget you for giving me my life back and facilitating the relationship with my God that saved my life. I love you all– each and every one of you for giving so much of yourselves to save me and the many other fortunate clients who have been blessed by spending time with you all.
Hello! I have moved into my own place. Josh lives on his own now, but I’m only 45 minutes away! I think he has done really well and coming up to 2 year on July 18th. I’m so grateful to all of the people at SCHC who helped me get Josh to where he is now, especially all of the aftercare support.
My dad and my uncle attended the family program and both of them are very supportive. The family program was nice because it put us on an even level of knowledge so that my dad better understands addiction compared to heavy drinking.
My mom and dad came up for the family program and they had a blast. Learned quite a bit. Alcohol runs in the family on my dad’s side so there’s knowledge in the family, but, of course, there was a different outlook provided here. They learned a lot and it was definitely beneficial to them as well as for me.
My wife just did the family program last weekend and it was very good for her. Being in a group of people that are in the same position as her is just as vital as me coming to a group with people in the same position as myself.
I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for our family. We are truly blessed and thankful to have our son back. He was “gone” for such a long time.
Thank you so much! The alumni emails are one of the pieces of the puzzle that I am using to keep our family moving forward. I know that we don’t talk often, but the support is very much appreciated.
Thank you for everything you’ve done. You’ve truly gone above and beyond your job description for me while Brad entered treatment. I took in the Family weekend, and Couples day, and I would definitely do it all over again.
In the beginning, I was truly ignorant to the way treatment was designed there. And in being that way, it hindered my healing process. After the weekend, I have a whole new perception on everything, my role in everything, as well as what I need to change for the future. I truly think it should be mandatory for family to take in that weekend. I know it’s not possible to enforce everyone to be present for a family weekend, but I don’t see how recovery can be successful if they don’t.
Hi, I didn’t get a chance to thank you for the weekend. I learned a lot about myself and ways to handle things when I get home. I was mentally exhausted before I came and after but at least now I have a peace of mind. Thank you for that.
I have done many kinds of personal development over the years and I would say that the weekend that I spent at the Sunshine Coast Health Center was the best (I could have saved myself a lot of money). It was just the boost I needed for this transitional period of my life. I have already started on my goals and I am so excited about the future. No matter what happens with myself and John I know life will be good. Keep doing what you do. There is nothing like helping people to learn to love themselves again!
The family component fits beautifully with a holistic approach to addiction treatment and it would be incomplete without it. I found it very useful to me personally, and I know that it will help me to support Glen in his recovery in a productive way. I found the information enlightening, the skills practical, and the warm camaraderie with people who had been through the same sort of thing a great source of comfort. I find myself with a new sense of calm, and confidence in our future, that I haven’t felt in a long time. I would recommend this program to anyone with addiction in their life. In fact, Glen and I have talked about how useful it would be for most anyone, regardless of the addiction component.
I would have never said that a year and a half could make such a difference. We went from crisis, near suicide, denial, stress, anxiety, pain, and suffering to joy, hope, pride, happiness, and health in such a short period of time. It’s still a long road ahead for my husband’s recovery, but we are prepared for it now. People are commenting on how lovely it is to see my children smile again. Doesn’t that just say it all. My children are smiling.
I learned a lot this weekend. I am going to keep it and carry it with me.
It was great to realize that I do not have to fear the unknown. I feel I have permission to get on with our lives and not be stuck in the role of rescuer.
I am now much more optimistic about my loved one’s recovery. I found the Family Program facilitator to be so honest and open. There wasn’t any arrogance in his approach and he really wasn’t judgmental. That is so important when dealing with people with addictions who already feel bad about themselves and think everyone is judging them.
The fitness program is great because you have a fully functioning gym that you can access. I find myself being active with sports and weightlifting and such. It’s very important for me to maintain that the component of myself. The activities and outings vary in intensity, but there are lots of hikes and team sports. To be able to go out and, you know, not be confined to a facility. Those two elements are great.
The best part I would say is the fitness program for me. While I’ve been here, I’m making a lot of progress. Kye built me an exercise program and takes us on hikes and outings. It’s something I used to do and have just come back into touch with. Probably the biggest change in me has come from that.
Kye, the kinesiologist, has been a beauty. He’s really engaged with everyone and doesn’t just set up our outings towards the people that are more athletic, he likes to mix it up like with a half hour hike where not too intense and then follow it up with a sporting activities or something. He’s been great with that.
The doctors are amazing. I spent a lot of time with psychiatrists in the past and it took virtually no time to get things diagnosed properly here. That was such a huge turning point for me.
It is the staff who make SCHC what it is. There are too many names and roles too mention, but everyone I dealt with from intake to discharge and aftercare are professional, caring, and knowledgeable. I am still in touch with the staff and my counsellor. Hats off to you all at SCHC for helping me realize my full potential!
Please compliment Craig for his cheerfulness. It makes the day so much easier to face. He is steady and pleasant all the time. I also would like the rest of the staff to know that it is so nice to see people happy doing their jobs. This makes it easier to face sobriety. Something else that should be said is that the ownership needs to be complimented for their vision and foresight around what treatment should be. They need to be congratulated on developing SCHC into what it is now and for their vision for what it can become.
The entire center, the staff, the owners, you know I couldn’t possibly pick the best part. They were all instrumental in helping me turn things around.
I can’t say enough good things about not just the counsellors, but the staff too. Everyone here is so willing to help and go that extra mile. Even though there may be 20 or 30 people here at a time, it feels it’s just you sometimes. I can really appreciate that, because I need it right now. I’m broken and I don’t need to be fixed, but I need to know how to have the tools to fix myself and that’s the biggest thing that they did here and I really appreciated that.
Art Expression gave me a place where I could practice my first steps of sobriety while still being within the safety of the program.
I didn’t think I had an artistic side but I never want to miss art expressions and look forward to carrying my joy of painting into my recovery. 1-10 my rating 11.
When I met Susan and came to “play” I had a blast! I rediscovered a lost love, one that will be a part of my life from now on. I had painted in the past, but got busy in the “business” of life. Thanks Susan for helping me find that boy that used to love to paint!
Are you kidding? The only thing I’ve ever drawn is a fish boat! Awesome class this Art Expression is, very relaxing, totally takes my mind off all the hard work that we do all day long. Thanx, Susan.
One of my favorite memories was going to Lang Creek Falls just after it had rained. It turned out to be nice and warm with the raging waterfall that we could swim into. It was that exciting sort of feeling where you’re not quite sure what’s going to happen, but you pop out at the end feeling refreshed and invigorated. It’s probably the memory I’ll hold onto the longest.
A favorite memory so far would have to be my first or second day in. It was the first outing I went on and we went cliff-jumping right next to this waterfall and it was amazing. That first jump in there was definitely an experience. I really enjoyed it!
During my stay here, I found BrainPaint to be interesting as it can pin point my thoughts correctly every session. I notice many improvement in this treatment. It could also be a multitude of reasons as I am receiving treatment in other area’s as well. I do find nevertheless that my sleeping has been resolved. This has been a issue for many years, I was on medication and treatment as well for that issue. Today, I no longer take medication for sleeping and I sleep very well. My concentration went up and my isolation and energy has been resolved as well.
In conclusion, I do feel BrainPaint beneficial in healing the mind as well as the body.
I notice many improvements while in the trauma program. My sleeping issues have been resolved. This has been an issue for many years. I was on medication and treatment for that too. Today, I no longer take medication for sleeping and I sleep very well. My concentration went up and my isolation and energy problems have been resolved. BrainPaint was beneficial in healing the mind as well as the body.
We are very pleased with Julian's progress and credit your program as well as to his own commitment. His greater self-awareness, deepening tolerance, and patience has come from a better understanding of himself and is really helping him to move forward constructively.
I recently attended the Family Weekend at Sunshine Coast Health Centre and was so impressed with not only the tranquil beauty of the facility but, more importantly, the commitment of the staff in supporting the residents in all aspects of their journey to recovery. Myself and other Family Weekend participants were directly exposed to the tenets of the program thus facilitating our own acceptance of our loved ones' hardships or failings through to confidence that they will leave well armed with the tools to effectively manage their sobriety. It was truly a worthwhile experience and I left for home fully convinced that our selection of SCHC as the facility to bring our loved one through this very difficult journey was absolutely the right choice. We are so grateful for their professional skills and unwavering support for the whole family.