“My stay at De Novo was good. I felt at home soon upon arrival. Friendships were made with staff, counselors and peers immediately. I was given time to adjust to my new surroundings and felt no pressure to participate right away. The counselor appointed to me was perfect. He was well trained and educated in the field of recovery and we soon become good friends. My one on one meetings were excellent. The room assigned to me was comfortable and perfectly situated as I have an ongoing health condition. When I became sick, I was taken to a doctor and later a hospital. My experience at De Novo was good and I am happily on the road to recovery.”
I was working in Esterven, Saskatchewan for a company when my life became unmanageable. I was missing a lot of work and I realized that my drinking was robbing me of my future. I was broke, I had hurt my family and I was living on the floor of a laundry room. I drove myself to the hospital. I had depression, negative thoughts and by body was shaking. I hadn’t ate food in days. While I was at the hospital, a kind Nurse reminded me that I could have help if I wanted it by calling my Union.
I called my BA from local 721 and he told me that there was a place I could call that would help me. I drove for four days, through storms, tornados, flying hay and big winds with ice from Saskatchewan to a place called De Novo Treatment Centre. I arrived at De Novo early in the morning scared, feeling angry, exhausted and hungry, not knowing what would happen or what De Novo would be like. I arrived looking for steel bars on windows and looking for anyone that I might need to fight. Instead, I was greeted with a big smile by De Novo staff and I was reassured that everything would be alright. I was welcomed into the De Novo community with open arms of staff and co-clients. De Novo provided a comfortable, friendly and caring atmosphere. De Novo helped me build confidence in myself, opened my eyes and gave me the tools I needed to help myself. The more effort I put into the program, the more I was benefiting from it. What I didn’t realize, was that the more I helped myself, the more I was helping others. I gained respect, dignity, honor and trust. I had mixed emotions and reservations about the program and the people here, but I soon realized that De Novo understood and that I was no longer alone. I am thankful that De Novo helped me regain faith in my Higher Power and in myself.
“De Novo calls us to sanity, a sanctuary from the madness of alcohol and addiction. De Novo teaches us to be real and whole, not fragmented with lies and hidden secrets of shame and unworthiness. De Novo offers us wisdom; the serenity to accept what we cannot change and the courage to change what we can. De Novo feeds us, nurturing our bodies and souls, emotions and minds. De Novo offers us freedom to express our hidden fears and hurts, and to bring to light, the love that will surface once barriers and blocks are removed. De Novo sends us out, equipped with the knowledge of a higher power, 12 steps, AA brothers and sisters and tools to get better, stay better and help others to do the same.”
Upon arriving at De Novo I couldn’t help but experience a great sense of peace and hope before I even began the program. I was broken and hopeless.
De Novo became the place and its staff became the group of people that gave me the chance to heal. The solution they provided was simple and honest. All I had to do was be willing to get better and listen to what the Counsellors and my fellow clients had to say. Today, I am experiencing life on life’s terms without having to resort to drugs and alcohol. De Novo has introduced me to new ways of living. Best of all, De Novo has helped me realize that I never have to be alone again. Thank you and God Bless!