This Burnaby adventure program showed her a life beyond her addiction

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When Chris found himself deep in his crack addiction, he said he was isolating himself. He would close all the doors. Turn off all lights. And then he would sink into himself. These days, however, it has come out of the dark.

When Chris found himself deep in his crack addiction, he said he was isolating himself.

He would close all the doors. Turn off all lights. And then he would sink into himself.

These days, however, it has come out of the dark. In fact, he’s basking in the summer sun in the desert.

Chris (we keep his last name private) has been kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and more.

And it feels good.

“To be so free in nature and so close to God is surreal,” says Chris.

All of this is possible thanks to the Burnaby Center for Mental Health and Addiction, which, as part of its nine-month inpatient treatment, offers an “adventure program” that takes guests kayaking, rafting, hiking and more. . as a form of therapy for their mental health and addiction issues. The program is run in partnership with a non-profit organization called Power to Be.

Customers sometimes describe it as discovering a new ‘natural high’.

Chris has tried to clean himself before. He completed 12-step programs and visited Christian recovery centers.

“But even with God’s support, I still succumbed to my crack addiction because it was so extreme,” he says. “I can tell others that in my experience, even after three payday loans, everything I could pledge has been pledged and the next step you are considering is armed robbery or prostitution so to fill your impulse towards this white demon. I encourage those of you who are in pain to start screaming that you need help – and not stop screaming. I guarantee that someone will listen to you and end up giving you the help and love you deserve. At first you see no way out, you think nothing will stop your madness, and that there is no hope or happy life at the end of the day. Come to BMHA to get knowledge, medicine, friends and love.

Chris, who graduated in property management while in downtown Burnaby, says the outdoor adventure program is one of the reasons he was able to see a life beyond addiction. . He shows her all the possibilities of life.

And that’s why he shares his story. To help others see a future.

“I hope my story can reach just one person to give that dream of freedom that you will get all of your life if you ask for it.”

Managed by the Provincial Health Services Authority, the Burnaby center can be reached by calling 604-675-3950.

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