I spent five weeks at Whispering Pines after being over-prescribed Benzodiazepines. My doctor at the time thought it was a responsible decision to prescribe me Valium, Ativan and Xanax all at once. Not knowing the consequences of these medications I almost lost my job and became a completely different person. I tried to circumvent the withdrawal on my own with alcohol. This isnít something I would do normally. I ended up isolating and watching all the concerned looks on my friends and families faces. My parents offered me this great gift of spending five weeks with Liz, Christine, Kathleen, Ken, Janeen, Rebekah, Jerry and Kyle. They are such an amazing team. After just a couple days it felt like home. The therapy itself is absolutely outstanding. I phoned Liz many times beforehand because I was nervous, but once I got there she welcomed me with open arms and not long after I felt like I was a part of the family. I left there after completing the program completely free from all prescribed medications and keep in touch with everybody. This is such a welcoming, comfortable, fun place to be.
Thank you to Liz and staff. I canít thank you enough for giving me my life back.
When I entered Whispering Pines treatment centre, I was convinced that I could not stop returning to drugs and alcohol. I could always put them down for a period of time, but as soon as i got healthy, I would pick them up again. For those of us who know the hell that comes once we start using again, you can understand why I was also convinced that my life was no longer worth living. I felt this way almost 3 weeks into my stay, but in those three weeks, I did everything they asked me to do. I opened up about past trauma I had never talked about before. I shared honestly with the many counsellors I talked to each day. I made an effort to connect with those around. Most of all, for the first time since I was little, I was just myself. It was only because of the love and compassion of the counsellors and staff members that i was able to do this. I now believe I can stay away from drugs and alcohol, and not only that, I want to! Because today, I really like myself, and I believe I have a good life ahead of me.
Iíve been to a few treatment centres before; both private and publicly funded. Thereís a number of things that set Whispering Pines apart from the others. First, even at Canadaís most prestigious and well-known treatment centre, I didnít receive even nearly as much one-on-one counselling. Second, Whispering Pines is employing the cutting edge of neuroscience to help recovering addicts build new neural pathways through mindfulness practice. I also never had the level of nutrition I received as a client there - the facility is incredible; each client gets their own private room with their own washroom. But foremost, I have never been anywhere where it felt like I was part of a family; where I felt like the staff felt truly invested in me and my well-being. To this day I still receive messages from some of the staff and run into others in recovery fellowships. The relationships I built in Whispering Pines are truly lifelong friendships, and I know that if I were in crisis, I could call the manager or any of the counsellors and they would be there for me in an instant. Iím so grateful to this program and its staff for helping me save my life.
Dear liz, Jerry, Christine, Kathleen, Ken and staff of Whispering Pines,
I am writing to thank you for helping Amanda in her time of need! Your understanding, compassion, knowledge and love have put her on a better path. We have all seen a change in her since she has been home. She is stronger, taking things slower and once again enjoying her boys who I have to say are also enjoying her!! I am sure there will be challenges ahead but now she and the family are better equipped to recognize and address them!
You are all angels from God and I am truly thankful!!
I entered treatment at Whispering Pines, Teulon, Manitoba in July of 2018. Upon entering treament I was lost and broken, not knowing what to expect in the 5 weeks ahead of me, Enter Liz. Liz is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She is loving, kind and accepting of all those in treatment, regardless of their addiction. Liz goes above and beyond, no questions asked for all those around her.
When I entered Whispering Pines, I merely thought I was an alcoholic and needed to quit drinking. The fact of the matter is, during treatment with amazing and understanding therapists, I learnt to dig deep within myself to find and explore the root causes of my illness. While no subject was left unturned, it was satisfying to know that I was not only heard, but understood; thus not judged. Not only were our days filled with meditation and therapy, as well as gym, yoga and art, we cooked and ate dinner as a "family".
No other participant judges the other, as one way or another we were all in the same "boat". Spending 5 weeks with other participants, you become close and make fast friends. Whispering Pines is a calm and relaxing atmosphere, and is made to feel like your home away from home. Infact, it was harder to walk out the door and say good-bye, than it was to walk in scared and alone. I did not cry when I entered treatment, but I'll be the first to admit I cried more than once the day I left.
Whispering Pines truly is a home away from home. Liz has the leadership ability second to none. The Therapists truly care, and contact post treatment is welcome and appreciated. To anyone looking at staying at Whispering Pines, know this... Whispering Pines single-handedly saved my life, and I will forever be indebted to those who helped me turn my life around.
Well, it's February 2015 and I'm excited to face my new life in the real world. I have completed my 30 day program at Whispering Pines Treatment Facility.
The decision to commit to the 30 day program was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life but I'm so glad I did it. I had never taken the time to fully evaluate the important things in my life but at Whsipering Pines they encourage you to think things through.
I have 30 days of teaching, training, counseling, good food and lots of memories behind me. While at Whispering Pines the staff made me feel very comfortable and safe.
I feel I have been shown a lot of coping skills to deal with my addiction. I learned a lot about personal reflections, goals and values along with cooking, nutrition, healthy eating, exercise, meditation techniques and more.
Kathlen, Tannis, Renee, Garry and Liz made me feel special, like they were here just for me. I felt like both Tannis and Kathleen modified their programs to accomodate my abilities. I'd like to thank them for that.
Liz can whip up a fantastic meal in minutes without any apparent effort.
I would recommend Whispering Pines for anyone considering a treatment program. The folks there will make you feel comfortable and work with you to achieve your goals.
My stay at Whispering Pines became my last ďstopĒ on my sobriety journey. For years I had been trying to control my addiction, sometimes alone and sometimes with some unsolicited help.
Whispering Pines taught me many things but two stand out.
I always thought I never quite fit in. Through a series of counselling sessions with multiple counsellors I was reminded that I did fit in and could be a valuable part of society. I was also taught to talk about how I feel both internally and externally.
Whispering Pines enhanced my 12 step program and added more tools to help me on a daily basis. I am still in contact with people I met at Whispering Pines many years ago. They have become my new found friends.
I highly recommend Whispering Pines to anyone struggling with a lifestyle that is harmful. Whispering Pines helped me to enjoy a happy and free life that I have loved for many years.
There are people in this world who care and understand in ways no others can. You listen without judging and give advice without preaching. You've stood strong with poise and gentleness when I've felt defeated and hopeless. You were there when I wept in sorrow and you comforted me by saying it will be better tomorrow. You never made me feel like my problems were a burden and helped me see that there is light above the horizon. You may not see that through this journey you were a pillar of strength for me. And you've done this not because you had to, but because you wanted to. And for that I thank you. Your caring presence will never be forgotten, and know that I am grateful that during this difficult time, you've given me hope that things will be just fine!
While my stay at Whispering Pines I learnt a lot about personal values and self care techniques. The counseling was very thorough in touching with basic needs and targeting those triggers that deal with addiction. It also helped me with grief and depression for I was a broken person upon my arrival.
Thank you for putting my life in the right direction.
Thank you so much for all your patience, kindness & caring.
Thank you for leading us in the right direction so that we may realize just how rewarding a life can be. You have all changed my life. I will keep striving to be all I can be. You are an amazing bunch and I will miss you all!
Here's to the next 24!
Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your help in taking good care of our son. Thank goodness there is a facility such as yours to help people such as our family.
Wishing you all the best.
I really enjoyed my stay here. I came in a complete mess and I'm leaving as a brand new person.
The best and most rewarding decision I have ever made was to participate in the 30 day program at Whispering Pines. It was also one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but I had finally realized, after many tries I couldn't do it on my own and I needed help with my anxiety, depression and addiction. I have been home a month now since my stay at Whispering Pines and how I live my life is completely different but rewarding and wonderful. I am now able to spend time enjoying my family, balancing my responsibilities, feel happy, positive, calm and fulfilled. I live for today and am no longer chasing "something" that I think will make me happy. I have found that I actually like myself and have been able to forgive myself. The holistic approach used at Whispering Pines taught me the tools I need in my day to day life to accomplish all of this. I am thrilled to say I can now challenge my thoughts and deal with stress and anxiety!! It is a great way to wake up each and every day.
The food and accommodations were outstanding, and a big perk to the program. I feel so fortunate to have had this amazing experience and what it has provided my family and myself.
I can't thank the staff enough for everything that they did for me. It was truly unbelievable. Thanks to Liz, Kathlleen, Milli, Gerry and Gary for the constant support, patience, education and love. It truly has given me a new life.
Dear Whispering Pines,
Thank you so much for everything you've done for me. I don't know what I would have done without your help and generosity. You helped me realize the person I want to be. This place saved my life.
Thank you all so much for your kindness and support for getting me through the toughest part of my life. You have all done such a great job giving me the tools and support I need to stay sober.
You have SAVED my life!
Love you all so much!
P.S Liz thanks for the great food!
Your sober and loving friend forever!
Thank you all for helping me in my road to recovery and making my time here a pleasure.
Thank you for being patient and that you listened to me when I first called. It helped me make this big decision that will change my life forever. I wish you all the best and a happy and healthy future.
Thank you for saving my life...Whispering Pines, literally, saved my life.
A million thank yous!
Much respect and love,
Thank you for your caring and compassion for my family and for making a difference. You have restored our faith in humanity.
We can't begin to express our appreciation and wish you and the staff of Whispering Pines continued success.
We really appreciate all you have done.
Thank-you for caring.
Very insightful programming, content assists dealing with deeper issues. A very safe place for recovery and a place to "rediscover" yourself.
Thank you Liz, Kathleen, Jerry, and Gary for your positive involvement in my recovery (the beginning)!
I truly think it was one of the best decisions in my life to enroll in treatment at Whispering Pines. I have learnt so much and gained many good friends along the way. The staff is great and very caring and helpful.
The food was great and everyone had fun participating in the kitchen.
I thank the staff and counsellors for helping me out during the tough times in my life and I feel really positive leaving.
My time spent here was a life changing experience. I learned more about myself in 30 days than in my entire life. The staff put their all into each day.
This is a great program for dealing with the underlying issues related to alcoholism & addiction. If your life has gotten to the state where you are considering treatment as an option, you will not regret Whispering Pines.
After having been at a different treatment center before this I honestly had a very good experience. The facility is excellent. Good privacy, nice gym, great food.
The staff was top notch including the counselors and managerial staff. I learned a lot about my disease and myself and most importantly how to cope with it effectively.
I highly recommend Whispering Pines to anyone seeking addiction treatment.
Let's face it, going into rehab is not always a picnic. But based on other testimonials of other rehab facilities of neighboring provinces, Whispering Pines is far ahead of the others. Staff is very warm, welcoming and sensitive to each client's needs. Whispering Pines does not put a Band-Aid on your underlying issues. They teach you to look into yourself and answer that big question "Why?". Then they teach you the coping skills to move on and have a healthy life. After care counseling is also available.
The staff / management are very obliging with house meals which is a bonus. Not the same cafeteria slop you have to eat because you don't have a choice.
So to those of you who are looking for health, happiness, faith, loving yourself again, Whispering Pines would be my choice.