Lisa Finds Strength After Years of Addiction

Posted on 28th September 2015, by
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
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
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
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
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
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  […]

Broken — But Not Beyond Repair

Posted on 17th March 2014, by
Nikki’s grandfather was supposed to protect her from harm. Instead, he drugged and sexually assaulted her. At age 24 this was a trauma hard to overcome and lingering consequences left Nikki broken and almost beyond repair. “Facing the reality that my grandfather did this to me was devastating,” says 31-year-old Nikki. “In the heat of  […]