Auckland, New Zealand

Testimonials

"The guidance and unwavering support you all gave was what saved my life."

“There were a number of significant events that eventually lead me to the doors of The House of Hope. In the year leading up to my admission I had developed a heavy meth habit which went hand in hand with my chronic weed addiction. I had recently discovered the soul eating chemical waz and had started chasing it with at least a bottle of wine every night and whatever other substances I could get my hands on. I was only 31 years old and my body was shutting down rapidly. My mental health had crumbled and I had no idea who I was anymore. I ended up down a dark hole surrounded by violence, gangs and multiple toxic relationships. I was so far from the woman I once was. Only two years prior I was a loving and attentive mother of my two precious children, I was working fulltime as a Registered Nurse in a position I had worked so hard to achieve. I had a beautiful home and was surrounded with love from my parents and extended family. It was the life I had always dreamed of having. Addiction stripped me of it all, in only a matter of 12 months. 

I had suffered from addiction since my teenage years, however thought I had conquered that demon after I got clean to start a family. I had no clue it was always lurking, waiting patiently for an opportunity to finish what it had started 5 years prior. I was quite literally on death’s door. I wanted so desperately to live but had no idea how to get out of this mess I had created. After researching multiple different rehabs, I decided on The House of Hope. From my first conversation with Kobus, I knew if anyone could help me it would be that direct, no-nonsense yet kind and caring man at the end of the phone. From my first contact with him I knew there was no going back. He answered my cry for help and would not let me go. Kobus and Celia I cannot find the words to describe the gratitude and love I have for you both. You moved heaven and earth to help what was at that time a complete stranger. You got me into this beautiful safe environment within a week of that first contact, it was like a whirlwind. I had lost control of my life and you both came in and grounded me. In those initial few weeks, you and your incredible team never left my side. You allowed me to grieve and supported me through the wave of emotions that began to flow. The guidance and unwavering support you all gave was what saved my life.

Through the program you run here I can honestly say I have found the person I once was, actually I’ve come out even better than that. During my time here I have found a strength inside me that I never knew I had. I have learnt how to love myself and have discovered the power of acceptance, gratitude and humility. Anyone out here reading this testimonial please pick up that phone, this man and his wonderful wife will save your life! I am leaving here with a full heart.

I have made connections here with you both, your amazing team and the other clients who have shared my journey. I will never forget the love you have shown me, and I will have you all in my heart forever. I came here completely hopeless, and am leaving with so much more than I ever dreamed of having. Thank you for saving my life my darling House of Hope family.”

Laura xx

"I am now able to look at myself in the mirror and smile at the person I see slowly emerging: one of confidence, kindness and clarity"

“When I first entered House of Hope, I was a complete mess. I had all the love of the world still in my life, but the most important love for myself, was missing. My best form of defence was offence. If something didn’t go my way or according to plan, I would lash out and hurt the people I loved the most, tearing them to shreds, because I so badly wanted them to feel even an ounce of the hell I was living. 

I had an idyllic childhood, with loving, caring and supportive parents who only ever tried their best and wanted nothing else for me but happiness.

How could I possibly feel happy when every drink and drug I took, made me more of a recluse, isolating me and blocking me from any kind of happiness.

In House of Hope, they taught me the skills and coping mechanisms, using their own personal experience and knowledge of addiction, as well as DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) sessions and a psychologist. They taught me how to be kind to myself, to learn how to love the person I was becoming and to take things one step at a time. They facilitated a safe place for me to grow, consistently catching me when I fell and taking me by the hand. They explained that there is an extremely satisfying life in recovery and helped me to achieve it. HOH introduced me to a fellowship of men and women who loved me when I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror.

I learned the vital skills, which are essential to the programme: Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness. Through practice with these elements in sobriety, I learned awareness and how to have acceptance in my life. Now, almost 7 months sober, I am slowly building a life for myself – one I can be proud of. Celia and Kobus have never given up on me and have been incredibly supportive, even after I left and I owe them my life. I will forever be grateful for them and the team at HOH.

I am now able to look at myself in the mirror and smile at the person I see slowly emerging: one of confidence, kindness and clarity.

Thank you so much. I love you all.”

"Our daughter has made remarkable changes to her perception and attitude to life. She is now able to face the future without having to depend on a drug or alcohol, but rather use the tools learnt and the support available."

“The effort and dedication that Celia, Kobus, Marlize and all the other hard-working staff at House of Hope have put into (…our daughter’s) care over the last four months, has been truly, amazing! 

The care and mentoring she has received from Kobus and his staff, has enabled her to make this difficult journey of change and acceptance.

Our daughter has made remarkable changes to her perception and attitude to life. She is now able to face the future without having to depend on a drug or alcohol, but rather use the tools learnt and the support available.

Thank you, House of Hope, Kobus, Celia, and your staff!

We are so looking forward to meeting our precious and healthy daughter again, once this Covid virus has been subdued and we are able to undertake international travel again.

Our eternal thanks.”

Parents of House of Hope patient

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