As a part of our 40th year, we’re taking the time to celebrate “Turning Points” that both staff and clients have experienced over the years at our programs.
This is Stephen’s account of his recent time at our Shunda Creek program for young men.
Hello. My name is Stephen. I want to express my deep gratitude to Enviros and more specifically to the amazing team at Shunda. Today is May 23 and I passaged from the 90 day program there this morning. I entered that program 91 days ago lost, scared, and devastated. I lived a life of self hatred and turmoil. I had no idea who I was, where I was going, or what I was doing with my life. On January 14th I overdosed and was pronounced dead twice at the Red Deer hospital. Went through detox and put in my application to go to Shunda not knowing what to expect.
What I found there was more than I could have ever imagined!!! I didn’t get away from a drug habit there, I learned who I was, learned to love myself, and learned how to live!! I owe my life to Shunda and plan on giving back to the community there through the alumni program in as many ways as possible. Shunda inspired me to take control of my life and I now have goals of completing the Addictions Counselling course in Lethbridge and my dream is to one day become a staff member at this life changing facility! I absolutely love every one of the staff members there and the way they have assisted me on gaining my life back!