"Please share my sentiments with Jason, Jeff, Carlos, Hollan, and all the staff, since I don't have their email addresses...
This family weekend was nothing short of amazing. Powerful, eye-opening, life-changing, full of love, compassion, and spiritual guidance and nurturing. I left feeling so much lighter and more hopeful about my son's future, but also much more knowledgeable about our family disease and what we can do to heal ourselves. We have generations of the family disease that have tragically manifested in my son's heroin addiction, but it's really nothing new.
Even after 18 months of my own dedicated learning, Al Anon, reading, therapy - you gave me new insights and more things I can do for myself, and to support my son in his recovery. This all started for me in earnest when he entered his first treatment centerin October 2015 and I began taking my head out of the sand after 14 years of his troubles.
TARC is just different. Other parents said the same this weekend. You all are truly spiritual warriors - passionate and powerful in your approach. There's an expression, "no one cares what you know until they know you care" - and your love comes shining through in this life mission you've taken on to help others heal, after having suffered so much yourselves in your personal journeys. While you all may be paid, it's clear that you go above and beyond, and that you do this out of love.
Anyway -- God Bless You all for this life-saving work you do and THANK you. Now I have many more names to add to my daily prayer list -- all the guys, but also all of you.
Hope to see you all at the next family weekend. "
"I wanted to let you all know my heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation for every one of you. The part you all invested in our lives for the last four months has grown and changed me in countless ways. From my first phone call to Chris inquiring about your program to my last phone call with him coordinating my son's transition to sober living, I have felt the love and passion for my son and for recovery poured into my family’s life.
As a mom, I am touched so deeply by your care, persistence, and endurance in my son’s life and his recovery journey. I had such a relief and peace knowing he was in such incredible care. We experienced miracles during his recovery stay and are grateful to God and to each of you. The changes in him are dramatic and beautiful. I feel he has received the care, education, life skills, practice and love he needs to have an abundantly fulfilling life in recovery.
The family weekends were such an integral part of my own recovery from the devastating disease addiction unleashed on our family. The first family weekend, you all gathered around me as I cried non-stop, grieving in a healthy way. The second family weekend, you supported me and encouraged me as I was in distress over our family dynamic that weekend. Then the last family weekend was pivotal in my life. The timeline exercise, while painful, helped me remember and be grateful for the miracles we have experienced along the way throughout this addiction/recovery journey. Then the letter to the part of me that left…life changing. This was a huge turning point for me to realize what I had lost and forced out of my life and how it had adversely affected me and others. I have experienced such in-depth understanding of addiction, relationships, communication practices and freedom throughout my journey with TARC. I am grateful for this understanding and especially the level of deep heart changes in me leading to life changes. Please know that from the behind the scenes facilities management to the group sessions to counseling sessions to meals to personal testimonies to Tom’s weekly calls; all were noticed and appreciated! I cherish your friendship, love and time we spent.
You all are truly in my heart and in my weekly prayers.
Thriving in recovery alongside you all"
"Jason, Lauren and the team of professionals at The Augustine Recovery Center provide a world class program that saves and changes live for the better. I am fortunate to call them my friends."
"I am so grateful that my son found The Augustine Recovery Center. Their staff understands addiction and the tools needed to combat this disease. They pass these tools to their clients and really care about them and the progress they make. The connections my son has made through The Augustine have been so valuable to him and his sobriety for over a year now. This is not a clinical environment but a spiritual one. I would recommend The Augustine Recovery Center to anyone who is dealing with this devastating disease."
"When I knew my son needed residential treatment I wasn't sure where to turn. I thank God that He led me to The Augustine! After talking with Jason on the phone and visiting there a few days later, I knew I had found the right place. Now that my son has finished his treatment and has moved into their sober living house, I am looking back still knowing it was the right decision. What my son and our whole family experienced during these past 4 months has been profound and life changing. I thank every staff member from the bottom of my heart!!"
"I had the pleasure of meeting with Jason and Lauren and their staff, as well as touring the facility. It is absolutely stunning! And I have no doubt, life transformations will occur from there!"
"Jason Chane is one of the most enthusiastic and articulate addiction professionals I've ever met. I've experienced the kind of program he runs for his clients first hand and it's top notch. Most importantly, I'm still sober and life is good. I highly recommend Jason and his team!"
"Jason Chane is a leader and a pioneer to the Recovery Centers. He has very strong valves with a heart for Recovery. I know without a doubt this is going to be a very successful rehab." Rock n Roll....
"This is an amazing place. The staff is top notch. This program is well thought out and geared towards long term recovery."
"I am so excited y'all are going to have the opportunity to touch many more lives. Jason has been an incredible mentor and I am proud to have been able to share my journey of recovery with him!"
"St Augustine needs more facilities like this."
"The Augustine’s unique approach to addiction recovery is a blessing. After experiencing a wide variety of recovery centers, my family and I finally have hope for a lasting recovery. The wonderful staff and their caring support is what truly makes this facility amazing. Thank you!"
"Work is love made visible."
Poet Kahlil Gibran suggested this, perhaps in an aspirational aspect. To the extent that you are intrigued or dubious, visit The Augustine to see what it looks and feels like when an entire cast is animated by this principle.
The Augustine is a magical place where backbone and heart lead the parade. The staff are incredible in their passion and skill, and they have been masterful in creating and nurturing an environment of love, support, accountability, and honesty. Miracles happen in the midst of emotional safety, and to the best of my ability to identify it, that's the secret sauce at The Augustine.
Any and all of us would benefit greatly from the chance to immerse ourselves in a community and environment like The Augustine. Those of us whose loved ones have had the opportunity to experience the genius of this place are forever grateful, and our families have grown stronger as a result.
So 5 stars for The Augustine - I can't imagine a healthier, more effective place to begin the process of enduring recovery. And 5 stars to all of us building more communities like this out in the world; we could solve every social and civil ill if each of us approached ourselves, our communities, and our world through the lens and the methodologies of The Augustine."
"I have my son back! I can't begin to thank you all for everything you have done for my son and my family. While I know he has a long way to go and nothing is promised for his future - the here and now is pretty amazing. Thank you for your guidance and open communication. The program has been invaluable to all of us. I wish you all continued success and I know we will see you in the community."
"I feel compelled in my heart to let you all know what this past weekend has meant to me. It was an amazing experience. I left with an understanding of what addiction is and how it changes an addict's mind. I was given tools to use to help my son and myself. I have been given hope. I have seen a shift in my son that I never thought possible. The therapy session with Hollan as a family was remarkable. I can not believe the doors she has opened with my son and that he feels such trust that he can be completely honest. My heart was broken and my worst nightmare as a mother came to pass during that session but, with Hollan's help during our one on one, it is going to make it manageable.
I felt nothing but love and understanding from each and everyone of your staff members . Jason and Lauren you are blessed with such an amazing team and you are all doing God's work and changing men's and their families lives. I know why God brought your facility to my attention. Saying thank you does not seem enough. To Jason, Lauren, Hollan, Kristi, Ty, Jeff, Cindy, Josh, Chris, Tom, Joel, John, Jesse, CJ, and Austin I want to say how grateful and blessed I am that you love my precious son just the way he is and excited to see him emerge into a healthy new version of himself. And to all the clients who are my son's "brothers" that shared their love and experiences with complete strangers.
I am excited to tell you I am going to my first Family Anonymous meeting tonight and waiting to hear back from a therapist that will help me. I will be working diligently and putting the tools that were given to me to work in the next 5 weeks before the next family weekend. I am proud to call you all "my family" also.
Blessings to each and everyone of you and please forgive me if I forgot to thank anyone. I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks and seeing the progress my son has made with each of you playing such a vital roll in his recovery."
If Lauren, Jason, or any member of their staff have touched your life or the life of someone you love, and you wish to share their impact, please do so here. We will gladly keep your identity anonymous. We are always thrilled to hear about how our former residents and patients are doing!