An Amazing Transformation
Some people never change.
They stay whom they are from beginning to end.
Others, though, are capable of amazing transformation. Today’s story exemplifies someone who was empowered to feel he could make true change in his life.
For years, Chris battled with substance abuse, addicted to alcohol. His drinking led to violence, and eventually, it took its toll on his body and mind. He hurt from severe seizures and alcohol-induced psychosis.
When Turning Leaf staff finally approached him, his hygiene, his nutrition, and even his speech had all but deteriorated. His paranoia had him answering the door with any weapon he could find, terrified of gang members coming to abuse him.
Needless to say, his life had become very unpredictable. Chris could not continue down this path. In many ways, he was dying.
But this is a story of change, and through Turning Leaf’s help, Chris has now been sober for three years and counting. After many years, Chris was put back into touch with his family, and they continue to have a relationship to this day. Chris lives in his own place where staff help him with his daily needs.
Chris has completely reversed his life. His anti-seizure medication is regulated and monitored, and he rarely seizures anymore. He has changed his diet and is eating very well. He continues to budget his finances and time. He is clothed appropriately for all seasons and is keeping his medical appointments.
Chris has been able to access Turning Leaf’s day programs and the other yearly events that Turning Leaf hosts, and it’s always a joy to see how he thrives in a community setting. It never ceases to amaze us that Chris is able to speak fluidly and hold a conversation, considering from where he came.
If you were to meet Chris a few years back, it would be very hard for you to believe that this is the same person. Some people never change, but Chris certainly has.
At Turning Leaf, we don’t turn anyone away. Rather, we want those who are suffering and forgotten, people like Chris, to know where to turn. We’ve created uniquely tailored programs designed for the individual and his or her particular needs.
And we can do it – with your help. Your generous donation can make it possible for people to change their lives, with the help they need, when they need it. Visit our Canada Helps page and donate to help someone like Chris.