Addiction Recovery Success Stories


Dear Sweet Kimberly,
Today is the last time I will see you, as I am leaving Covenant Hills next Saturday. I just wanted to say thank you for your service to the women at Covenant Hills and specifically, for being such a sweet spirited person and friend to those of us who come here pretty broken in spirit and body. You give women (and girls) like me hope for a future of happiness, laughing, and healing. Thank you for that! I would love, love, love to keep in touch with you if you would like to. My contact info is on the back of how you can reach me. Take care and I’ll think of you each time I’m back in my own kitchen.
Love for always,

Debbie P

Dear Tana and James,
I just want to say thank you for opening the doors of Covenant Hills to women like me in recovery from addiction. I would never have agreed to an inpatient recovery center if it hadn’t been a facility like this one with a spiritually centered, women only program.

Your staff is also awesome, all the way from chefs, to the resident managers, to the therapists, case managers and program director.

Thank you also for allowing me to stay despite the problems I created with my relapses. The unconditional love and dedication the staff extended to me, and the others, was truly more than I could have ever expected. I feel truly blessed to have been a part at the Covenant Hills recovery program! Thank you once again to you and your staff.
Love and God Bless,

Debbie P

I just wanted to say thank you for always taking such good care of me. I know I’m kind of needy, and a pain in the behind. Even so, you always take the time to help me. I appreciate you!
P.S. Thanks for the crock pot – you rock! I’ve already used it.



Ms. Pat,

Thank you so much for all your help! I can honestly say I couldn’t have gotten this far without you and your guidance. You are such a blessing to me and you will forever be a special woman in my life. Thank you for helping me find myself, happiness, and peace! I truly do appreciate you! You are such a beautiful and wonderful blessing to me! I pray to keep in touch with you!



Dear Covenant Hills staff,
Please accept this extremely tardy thank you note! I am Evan A,s’ mom, and on behalf of myself, and his Dad Gary, we want to offer our profound thanks for what you’ve done for Evan!

All of you, as instruments of the Lord, truly did a miracle in Evan’s life. We are so grateful! His life was truly spiraling out of control and we felt so helpless. After much prayer, God led us to you. Evan has done a complete 180. He is working; he has becoming a regular attendee at Saddleback Church; he is volunteering in the children’s ministry, and he has given up drugs and alcohol.

We so enjoyed the family weekend we spent with all of you last fall. Thank you for giving us our family back! I’m sending a special hug for Dexter and Stew!

May the Lord richly bless you all!

Charleen & Gary

At age nineteen I found myself in an unbreakable cycle of addiction to meth. After being hospitalized to many times for malnourishment, watching them draw black blood out of my body, I knew I either had to find help quickly or die. I crawled into my father’s office and told him I was an addict and he immediately contacted Covenant Hills and took me there within a matter of a few days. At first I rejected their program and let my withdrawals get the best of me, not paying much attention to what the counselors had to say. I tried to justify that meth addiction and alcoholism were not the same. I tried to read books during meetings, or draw. Eventually I gave in. I soon realized that addiction is addiction and I didn’t expect myself to drink like a normal person ever since I left from there. I met a lot of wonderful people and attended many inspiring meetings. The church that we attended, during my time there became my church even after I finished with the program.

I am 22 years old FREE of addiction and celebrating my first year wedding anniversary with the love of my life (who is also now FREE of addiction) .We have a beautiful 10 moth old baby boy. And I would just like to thank the people here for giving me the tools to overcome the strongholds of addiction. And I’d like to thank God for being present at this place.


All my life I have carried deep feelings of betrayal and shame as a result of abuse in my family. I turned to drugs and alcohol – anything to numb the pain. Later, my addiction took me to places I never wish to see again. I ended up drinking up to a half gallon of vodka a day along with 90 mg of Valium, 4 mg of Kolonopin and several other prescription medicines. After my fourth suicide attempt my friends left me—giving up on me for the final time. I was left alone never bathing, never eating, never sleeping. I dropped out of college never expecting to live to my 21st birthday….

This past year and a half I have been in 13 different treatment centers and hospitals. Finally, I attended Covenant Hills Treatment Center and, later, lived in sober living. Through the personal care my case manager and my therapist gave me, I was able to come out of depression – a depression I have been in for years. They showed me a type of love I had never felt before. While at Covenant Hills I accepted Christ into my life.

For the first time in my life I am experiencing happiness. It almost seems surreal. I now know I have different avenues rather than drugs and alcohol. I take one day at a time and now have 123 days of continuous sobriety. I am now trying to deal with [a serious illness], but I know that not even that would turn me towards the bottle.

I pray that you and your staff continue to help bring healing to people like you did for me. I came into treatment barely alive and I left an Olympian. I know that through God and with these new tools for living, I can accomplish all things. You gave me the best gift of all – You gave knowledge, you gave me strength, and you showed me my true Higher Power – Jesus Christ

Jen, a client

The time, effort and love that you have extended to Russell and our entire family will never be forgotten…. I thank God for the knowledge, depth of insight and compassion you have for the hurting…. You have all played an important role in Russell’s life and ours as a family…. I sincerely believe that Russell’s life is changed and that he desires to live a clean and sober life.

Sherry, a mother

Thank you…. I believe your willingness to help has saved our family…. Thank you for your vision of recovery for many, that has ultimately included our family.

Dean, a husband

Through all of your efforts, love and care, I have been able to take another try at life…. I believe what makes Covenant Hills successful is that, I believe, you all truly care about me.

Nicole, clean and sober

We just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with Covenant Hills…. You were a God send…. Your staff did a marvelous job with our daughter…. It’s so good to see her looking and feeling wonderful.

Liz and Vinny, parents

Our son, feeling suicidal, checked himself into Covenant Hills Treatment Centers….My husband and I arranged this through our minister….His change was dramatic in a short time, he found God and turned his life around….He is now back with his family and in school full-time….I can’t express my gratitude enough to the staff of Covenant Hills for the help that they gave my husband, my sons and me….Without the program and God, I feel that we could have never reconciled and have the relationship that we do now.

Pam, a mother

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. The second step of Alcoholics Anonymous is often the key to many people’s recovery, to many seen as the most important of the steps.

To me walking through the doors of Covenant Hills Treatment Center was already a battle in itself. But being asked to accept God into my life for the sake of recovery was blasphemy. God never really played a crucial role in my life, actually I tried to shun even the thought of a higher power. Believing I was too good or too smart to waste my time with such nonsense as religion or faith. Very close-minded to any possibility that it would work for me.

After weeks of attending groups and meetings with this attitude, I soon found out I was hitting a wall as far as my recovery went. After talking to therapists and people with experience, in sobriety and the program, I soon found out that I would need to change my closed minded way of thinking because obviously my thought process and general way of living wasn’t working and was the reason I was where I am.

So I decided to give this whole God thing a try. To be honest I had no idea where to start. It was suggested to me that I start with a prayer, something I hadn’t done in a very long time. I was also told there was no wrong way to do it, so I thought I might as well give it a shot. So I got on my knees and continued for a couple days, just pouring out my heart asking for guidance, hoping someone was listening.

To my amazement, something in me the following weeks drastically changed. I just really had a better attitude towards recovery, my addiction, and the everyday life in treatment. Accepting that if I didn’t start to open my mind to new ways of thinking and take an invested interest methods that work, I would never really make a progress in getting where I wanted to be. To be honest I don’t know why things were happening the way they did and were working, but I wasn’t complaining.

So I feel that, why try to fix something that isn’t broken. I’m going to stick with what’s working for me even if I don’t completely understand it. And just trust that if GOD can make this much of a difference in my troubled life in short weeks what would a lifetime walk with God lead me to.


My name is David and I would like to take a moment to tell you about my experience at Covenant Hills Treatment Center in San Clemente, California. First allow me to tell you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, my mom raised five kids by herself. We were brought up in the church and by age 13 I wanted to go to Bible College and be a preacher. Events in and out of the church carved out a much different path for me and by 16 I was headed down a self-destructive path that would take me another twenty years to acknowledge. I finally hit a bottom in 1996 and reached out for help, it would be a long journey of long-term sobriety and relapse.

By the time I reached Covenant Hills in the spring of 2005 I was very angry with God. I had tried desperately to avoid the one common denominator that all twelve steps programs have in common, GOD. Covenant Hills offered a Bible tract in their program, which by this time I was willing to revisit. The combination of the Bible track, along with a well-trained and caring staff of individuals who genuinely cared about me, opened doors that had been closed long ago.

Intense one-on-one and group counseling allowed me to address issues left untreated all my life. The atmosphere of family and camaraderie encouraged by the staff among the clients made it easy to connect and form bonds with others. Not neglecting the physical aspects of recovery I have found memories of volleyball games at the beach where we were able to blow off a little steam and have some fun.

I would like to tell you that I was able to maintain sobriety ever since walking out of Covenant Hills. However, that’s not the case. I still had to struggle with my relationship with God for a time and put into practice what I learned at Covenant Hills. After a few short missteps I was finally able to process what I was missing. I had tried the twelve-step program without God and then God without the twelve-step program. Covenant Hills taught me I needed both and how to practically apply these principals in my life. Today I have a life better than my wildest expectations and a relationship with God that absolutely rocks! I thank you Covenant Hills for your love and patience but most of all for my permanent recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.


When I was young, I never really understood church religion or God but I went along with it. When I was 10, I moved in with my mom who was not religious at all. I didn’t continue my Christianity. My life started to slowly unravel. At that point I started drinking and smoking weed when I was 13 that eventually led to me not caring about anything besides partying and ultimately led me to drugs.
When I first arrived at Covenant Hills Treatment Centers, I hadn’t spoken to God in at least 5 years. But even in that time that I was not exploring my Christianity, I always knew that God had a plan for me. He was just waiting for me to willing follow it. One of the staff members suggested that I try praying for God to show me a path. What I had done in the past obviously didn’t work. So I indulged. At first I wasn’t noticing or feeling anything so I figured my suspicions were right. But I kept at the path. I started to notice something. Everything and everybody was pointing me in a direction. I was just too fearful to want to follow it. Then I had an epiphany. This must be the start of God’s plan for me, the pathway to stay in California and continue treatment in a sober living. I was still very fearful of leaving my friends and family behind but gave my will to God and started the long journey of following him.

I have seen a tremendous change in myself in the aspects of willingness and determination. I am tired of failing in keeping my sobriety. I am tired of having to go through treatment. But most of all I am tired of having to restart my recovery and losing everything that I’ve gained. I’ve realized that I cannot do this on my own and who better to guide me than our Lord and Savior. I am finally ready and willing to let Him help me.

AA and the steps do great things for alcoholics. But it is more than following a program just to keep you sober. It’s bettering you as an individual and in whole having a fulfilled life. I believe that if anybody including a norm thoroughly follows the steps that it will do the same thing.


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