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Minnesota House's Success stories

Minnesota House Transformed My Life And Empowered Me To Claim My Clean Life

The tools that Minnesota House have given me, have been indispensable in me becoming a responsible and productive member of society.

Minnesota Was An Integral Part Of My Journey

In the process of a group of addicts working together keeping a eye out for each other something happened, I started to recover.

The Journey Was And Still Is Rewarding

If you realise what you put in is what you get out, you soon realise that you are on the right track. 

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Minnesota House’s Success stories

MINNESOTA HOUSE TRANSFORMED MY LIFE AND EMPOWERED ME TO CLAIM MY CLEAN LIFE

In 2014 I was admitted for long term treatment at Minnesota House after a serious failed suicide and a sever chemical dependency. I arrived broken and spiritually and emotionally bankrupt. I was not an easy patient, but in time Marcel became my mentor and a source of great strength, healing and learning. I found peace and serenity at Minnesota House as well as the courage to work through years of pain, neglect, abandonment and abuse. I will never forget the hours and hours I spent at the chicken coop, just learning to feel again, and letting sadness wash over and through me in a seemingly endless stream of tears. One of the greatest gifts I received in my recovery at Minnesota House was regaining my ability to feel emotions, something I had denied all my life, before I ever picked up drugs, and which I tried very hard to numb with drugs. Feeling emotions was a scary process but did not have to do it alone. This was one of another gifts I received at Minnesota House, I learned that I need never stand-alone again unless I chose to.

The tools that Minnesota House have given me, have been indispensable in me becoming a responsible and productive member of society again. I now embrace each day and have found the courage to face the consequences of my using and my suicide attempts. Life on life’s terms is not always the easiest journey, but what I know for sure is that I have survived 100% of the worst days of my life. Thank you Minnesota House and Marcel and the entire therapeutic team for beginning the healing when I thought all hope was lost and for equipping me for a beautiful life filled with vision and possibility. I have just celebrated 18 months clean, which I regard as a true miracle because there was a time in my active addiction that 18 hours clean seemed like an impossible concept.

T, Johannesburg, South Africa

THE JOURNEY WAS AND STILL IS REWARDING.

Coming to Minnesota at first was hard. But I was welcomed to the family of Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics with open arms. Willing to support me and guide me as I travelled the road to recovery. There were ups and downs, as in life, there always will be. But if you realise what you put in is what you get out, you soon realise that you are on the right track

I decided to use the tools that Minnesota House gave me and started to apply them to my daily living. The most important step personally, is to hand over my life to my Higher Power, which is God as I have come to understand him. I have made use of my time at Minnesota House and the journey was and still is rewarding

My Just 4 today: Let Life be your Drug, and God be your dealer. A Sober life is a Blessing. If I can do it, so can you.

Johan, Pretoria, South Africa

MINNESOTA WAS A INTEGRAL PART OF MY JOURNEY

My clean date is 11/11/2008, I have not drunk or used any drugs since. That was also my first day at Minnesota. Under guidance we were given responsibilities in running a household. In this process of a group of addicts working together keeping a eye out for each other and the wellbeing of the house, something happened, I started to recover. How it all fits together I don’t know but that 3 months at Minnesota was a integral part this journey.

Christiaan

MINNESOTA HOUSE IS A PLACE OF SAFETY, HUMILITY AND UNDERSTANDING.

6 weeks ago I drove by myself up to the gates of Minnesota House.  I was so scared.  Not scared to leave my family behind or the outside world, but scared because I was finally going to admit to some-one that I had a problem.  After years of struggling with the addiction of alcohol and nearly losing my child, my partner, family and my sanity, I knew I was doing the right thing.

Time has passed and my time at Minnesota House has come to an end.  The journey has had it bumps, its highs and its lows, but really working the program and not against it, I have come out on top.  Minnesota House is a place of safety, humility and understanding.  I have been so fortunate to have gone through my first steps to sobriety and recovery at Minnesota House.  With the help of the staff and professionals here, I have gained not only on knowledge on addiction but my self-worth.  This program works, if you work it and with allowing your Higher Power back into your life, you can only be a success.

Elvina, Garden Route, South Africa

MINNESOTA HOUSE IS A PLACE OF SAFETY, HUMILITY AND UNDERSTANDING.

I saw people smiling, waving happily 
I saw children skipping joyfully. 
I saw a future bright and free, 
a life of serenity for you and me. 
It’s about give and take 
and taking it easy ‘cos we make mistakes. 
Our heart and souls we try to break, 
but now it’s time to clean the slate. 
Day by day must we try 
but it’s OK, cowboys cry. 
Rule no.1 we cannot Lie. 
This time let’s give Life a try. 
I see this future for you & me 
And like the seed of the mustard tree 
small and fragile, upwards you see. 
Don’t be scared and face it alone 
This place is safe, a home form home. 
They say it works if you work it, so give it a try 
We all are angels, spread your wings 
Give time time, you’ll learn to fly 

James

IT IS TRULY A PLACE OF CALMNESS, SERENITY, LOVE AND SUPPORT.

I admitted that I was powerless over my addiction, and that my life had become unmanageable. I have to be mindful of my disease- I can never drink again. I acted insane as I for years did the same wrongs, but expected different results. I will have to remind myself every day I wake up that I am an Alcoholic in Recovery and that God will be my strength when I feel weak. The past will not play a part in my future. I am reborn and are looking forward to my new life. I am extremely positive, excited, happy and energised. I will take with me the whole experience and how my life has been touched by everybody at Minnesota House. It is truly a place of calmness, serenity, love and support. I look back at this chapter in my life- it reads easy, positive, full of lessons, reflection, sometimes you shed a tear and other times it is filled with humour.

Thank You Minnesota House.

Ryno, USA

APPLAUSE FOR MINNESOTA HOUSE

I do applaud you Marcel for your holistic program and sincerely thank you for your care.  

Liezel

THE STAFF AT MINNESOTA HOUSE GAVE ME A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE

I can honestly and open heartedly advice anyone who suffer from addiction to come to Minnesota House. From my shocking deadly experiences, I had no confidence left, I was hopeless, useless and drained in self-pity. The staff at Minnesota House gave me a whole new perspective and a bright outlook to a beautiful life, and I could just be myself. It worked for me, so, I believe it will work for anybody.

Mercy, Eastern Cape, South Africa

THE IDEAL PROGRAM!

Minnesota House wasn’t my first attempt at rehab by any means. I had struggled with addiction from the age of 12 and had been through the doors of several other clinics before finding the long term program at Minnesota House. Despite having resigned myself to the idea that I was going to die of addiction I slowly began to get hope back as I participated in the program and met great friends – who I am still in touch with 8 years later.

The program for me was ideal because it wasn’t as “intense” and “in your face” as the shorter term programs. I found that I was constantly being encouraged to grow, but at a pace that I felt was realistic and allowed me to actually ground myself. I didn’t enjoy absolutely everything to be honest, but in hindsight I believe that the principal of Occam’s razor is met – you can’t take away anything from the solution without reducing its effectiveness.

In any case, I enjoyed the outings, the time I spent with the cats, the walks down to the horses, the sunshine, the varied groups, and the sense of finally belonging.

Today I lead a fulfilled life. I have a wonderful girlfriend and enjoy spending family time with the kids. I work a full-time job, play games, go out to restaurants, take the kids to movies, and all of the other things that I used to envy “normal” people for having access to. Instead of sitting alone in a dark room with no hope of the future I am now optimistic that things can only get better.

Andy, UK

THANK YOU!

Thank you for helping me find myself and take responsibility for whom I am.

John M

TELL YOU ABOUT MY SON

I would like to tell you about my son, Darryn, who was admitted to Minnesota House in 2010 at the age of 20 years.He was admitted for cannabis abuse.  He was in a really bad way, he had very low self-esteem, wouldn’t speak to anyone, was angry with life, very bad brain function etc.

While he was in treatment he was diagnosed with a type of autism, which was later discovered that he had all these years since childhood and not one of his Specialists or Doctors ever mentioned it.
My son spent a year and a half at Minnesota House. The Treatment Team and its Staff gave their all to help my son and us as a family. Their care, love, support and their drive never to give up on him was amazing.

My son learned life skills, that he had lost under the influence, he learned to speak to people and even to a group, he learned to show feelings again, he learned to take care of himself, he learned to gain his confidence in himself.

He has been working now for the past 6 months and is enjoying his new life.

We as a family would like to thank everyone at Minnesota House for helping our son and brining him back to us.

God bless you

Cindy

MINNESOTA HOUSE SAVED MY LIFE!

My friend, Marienne, went for treatment in 2003 to MH and stayed sober until her death from cancer. Finally, when I was on my knees, I turned to MH to save my life. It’s been the best choice of my life.

Chrisna, Mossel Bay

GOD BLESS

May God bless you richly as you bless us and others in your care.

Pam

DIFFICULT TO DESCRIBE

Can’t describe the life MH helped me begin. Haven’t looked back, though I often return for a Sunday meeting or just to hang out.

Mark

MINNESOTA HOUSE CHANGED MY LIFE

Life changing!!!

Tarryn

THE BEST THING

Best thing that could have happened in my life.

Jurco

THE ONLY PLACE TO RECOVER

Only place that helped me!

Phillip

I LEFT MINNESOTA HOUSE WITH HOPE!

I am currently in my 50th day of a life changing experience here at Minnesota House. The amazing people that have touched my life are now part of the fabric of my recovery. Recovery permeates the beautiful surroundings and emanates from the sober staff. But it is the life-long sober friendships that I really treasure. My therapist is in recovery and offers a unique perspective to my recovery issues. I came here hoping and I leave here with hope.

J

I WAS IMPRESSED

I have been very impressed with the care that I have received at Minnesota House. The facilities, staff, and food are wonderful. I encourage anyone interested in treatment to explore Minnesota House as an option.

Brendan

ALL MY RECOVERY NEEDS WERE ADDRESSED

Minnesota House Treatment Centre has proven to be an effective drug and alcohol program that addressed ALL of my recovery needs. The staff was not only highly skilled and knowledgeable about drug and alcohol rehabilitation, but empathetic towards my needs as a very newly sober patient as well. When I first arrive at Minnesota House, I was put “on detox”. The doctors nursing staff, and clinical technicians saw to it that I was made comfortable in my environment and with appropriate medications. I was not made to feel like a ‘bad patient ‘when addressing my myriad of needs throughout my stay at Minnesota House. I strongly feel that my experience was beneficial due to the excellent quality of care and therapy that I was given. Every hour at Minnesota House was accounted for. Groups included but were not limited to: twelve step recovery step work, life skills groups, line dancing, drumming, art and voice movement therapy. One-on-one therapy included meeting often with my counsellor. Patients were also take to the gym daily to emphasise healthy habits. The food and cleanliness were also excellent. The administration also accommodated my special needs by allowing me to extend my in-patient stay for one extra day due to my long period of detoxification. All in all, I could not have asked for a better rehabilitation centre to embark on my new, sober way of living!

Tina

MINNESOTA HOUSE IS A WELL-BALANCED TREATMENT CENTRE

Minnesota House Treatment Centre is well prepared and designed for those seeking drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation. The facility includes staff members who are themselves in recovery, which can be a vitally important aspect to a client’s treatment. Having people around who have been through early recovery is a great plus for a client, because they have access to that person’s personal experience as an addict. The treatment centre also has an intuitively structured program that is conducive to patient’s needs, which supplies a variety of treatment methods, while giving patients time to breathe as well. The day to day groups include groups designed for more intensive recovery focused goals, like anger-management or relapse-prevention. Overall I would say that Minnesota House is a well-balanced treatment centre. I would certainly recommend Minnesota House to someone with drug/alcohol issues.

K

THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

I was at Minnesota House for 33 days this year. It was a great experience in all aspects of my care. I had a great therapist who helped me in too many ways to enumerate. The staff was friendly, informative, and helpful to my recovery. During my stay I developed wonderful relationships which will live with me forever. I cannot thank the staff enough for helping me to start on my road to recovery.

Merle

I AM GRATEFUL

I stayed at Minnesota House for 61 days. During my stay, I was immersed in recovery. There was a plethora of staff that were always available to assist and guide me through my stay. The alumni are heavily involved with assisting the clients. I made incredible friendships. Minnesota House treated me as an individual and provided me with treatment that addressed my specific needs. Additionally, the gym and pizza nights, which provided a break from the individual and group therapy. Minnesota House introduced me to a method of recovery which will help keep me sober on a day to day basis for the rest of my life.

Anonymous

MINNESOTA HOUSE HAS BEEN GREAT

My experience of Minnesota House has been great. The staff is very receptive to people’s needs and the groups offer great insight into the issues surrounding addiction and subsequent sobriety. Minnesota House does a great job at emphasising the importance of a mind and body connection by taking us to the gym 3 days a week and combining that with groups which teach healthy coping mechanisms for areas ranging from anxiety and depression to anger management and relapse prevention.

Seth

I WOULD CHOOSE NO OTHER PLACE FOR MY RECOVERY

I would choose no other place to go to treat my drug addiction. Minnesota House provides the knowledge, coping skills, and foundation necessary in order to live a life free of addiction. Every single member of the staff is so caring, and is seriously invested in each of the clients well-being; they truly care about the success of the clients after leaving treatment. I feel like a member of a big Minnesota House family. I would recommend this facility to anyone looking into getting help for addiction or alcoholism. Although the recovery process is taken seriously, Minnesota House has the ability to show how fun sobriety is… I can’t stress enough how much it has helped me and how much it means to me. Minnesota House has truly given me hope for a better future, and provided with me with a better tomorrow.

Alex