A Former Addict Turns Her Life Around

Posted on 12th September 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Samantha waters plants on Belkin House rooftop garden
“I thought I was going to die a drug addict,” says Samantha. “For the better part of 25 years I liked how the drugs made me feel. Then, one day, I reached rock bottom.” In January 2014 Samantha committed a crime and went to jail. Beaten down by addiction, emptiness, hopelessness and despair, she desperately  […]

From Rock Bottom to Rebuilding

Posted on 29th March 2016, by SalvationArmy.ca
Shelley sits in her transitional housing room reading
“The Salvation Army has meant all the difference between being homeless and possibly dead because I was very suicidal,” states Shelley, a recovering alcoholic and women’s residential services client. Shelley was a successful administrative assistant but she was drinking too much. First she lost her job then she was evicted from her apartment when she  […]

Lisa Finds Strength After Years of Addiction

Posted on 28th September 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
A woman sitting down on a chair and smiling at the camera
“Less than a year ago I stood on the brink of a bridge, minutes away from jumping to my death,” says Lisa, 41. “Today, with help from The Salvation Army, I’m safe, sober and liking myself for the first time in decades.” From age seven to 14, Lisa was sexually abused by her father. Then,  […]

When Life Hit Hard

Posted on 3rd September 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army helps Bryon get through one more day
Byron was 18 years sober, managing mental illness and PTSD, was gainfully employed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and in a long-term relationship. But just when he thought things were going well, a few curveballs sent him on a downward spiral and he couldn’t see a way out.   “It was Christmastime 2013,” says  […]

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Posted on 19th August 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army addictions program at Winnipeg Booth Centrechanges lives
Less than a year ago, 52-year-old Neil arrived at The Salvation Army’s addiction treatment program in Winnipeg terrorized by flashbacks from his military days, he was addicted to alcohol and 50 pounds underweight.  “There were behaviours I couldn’t stop—even though I desperately wanted to,” says Neil. “After more than a decade of battling PTSD and  […]

A Recipe for Recovery

Posted on 9th February 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Former addict shows others there is hope after addiction
Once addicted to drugs, Susan Small now uses her passion for cooking to inspire others. “If you had met me just four years ago, you would have taken one look at me and crossed the street,” says Susan. At that time, Susan was addicted to painkillers and alcohol, and was facing time in prison. “I  […]

The Dark Reality of Addiction

Posted on 2nd February 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army addictions program helps Babe to face his problems and come up with healthy solutions
Babe grew up feeling he didn’t fit in. By age 12 he was abusing alcohol and illegal drugs to numb the pain of rejection. When, as an adult, he lost two infant children, he couldn’t get past the sadness and his abuse became more of a problem. Babe’s life of addiction was dangerous, destructive and  […]

The Power of a Secret

Posted on 22nd January 2015, by SalvationArmy.ca
Salvation Army Booth Centre in Montreal helps men in difficulty break the cycle of addiction
Réjean had an ugly secret. He concealed it to protect a family member—but had no idea the depth of personal harm that would cause. Revealing the traumatic experience was the only thing that could set him free. And the longer he waited, the more destructive was its impact. “At age 12 I was abused by  […]