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Words can't describe what this place has done with my life. I now have the emotions which I am blessed with, and will continue to love n show

Thanks prairie Sky

Gary P.

This was a great experience I would like to thank all the staff for making this recovery a success

Murry

I've found myself again! THANK YOU!!!

Joe

THANK-YOU! I cant stress enough how appreciative I am for the Family Recovery program, And for PSR program as a whole.

five star rating

Chrisine

PSR has helped me get my life back! I was able to develop: a structured routine., setting healthy boundaries and personal coping mechanisms to live a over all sober balanced life that I deserve! On a personal note , I have to say that Equine Therapy was a fabulous experience ! I was skeptical at first as I had a bad experience with horses in the past, however, my willingness and by being open I realized how therapeutic and important this was to my recovery. The serenest and peace I felt is indescribable and will always be a memorable experience. Above all I learned to love myself again and accept my imperfections. Thankyou PSR!

Callie

Thank-you for having me and to all of you who shared your experience, strength and hope so I can live well. I AM VERY GRATE FULL!!!

Jorgina

To the next resident of Room #10

Welcome, The fact you're here tells me that we have a lot in common. You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life. So if I have any advice its to be open, honest and willing. Every person you meet here has a valuable lesson just for you. I wish I could tell you its an easy journey but unfortunately I cannot. Nothing this good comes easy, but you are here and that's an incredible place to start, kudos to you. You are in good hands surrounded by support and truly compassionate and loving people. You're not broken, just badly bent. Take care of yourself and submit to this. You will not regret this amazing choice you have made. Here is a gift of hope that you can carry with you on your journey.

Much love and all the best.

The last resident of Room #10

Very good and knowlegable staff. Very good program for alcoholics and addicts. Gets down to the core of the problem to help you live your best sober life. Great tool to help people live life sober on lifes terms, rather than their own terms. I would like to thank all the staff at Prairie Sky Recovery for this part of my journey.

Trevor P. 2019

How privileged are we to have center like Prairie Sky Recovery in rural Saskatchewan? Upon my willingness to understand my illness and the desire to heal my life, I attended PSR for a 5 week program in April/18 and my life has never been the same. It was here at PSR along with the supportive staff, counsellors and amazing friends going down the same path, that I was able to understand the disease of addiction and gain insight on mental wellness to start my road to recovery. I am grateful every day for the program that Prairie Sky Recovery offers. My life is full of hope, joy and love as I continue the journey of recovery with honesty, open-mindedness and willingness. I urge all those in need, to not waste one more day to find freedom and serenity in your life.

Rehab.ca, 12/10/2018

It changed my life! I am forever thankful for the Family Recovery program! Thank you Prairie Sky and thank you Johann! You answered any questions we had and were easy to connect with. I have never been happier.. my family is whole again.

Cristina D

The FAMILY RECOVERY PROGRAM is a powerful program for family members to get educated on the addicts experience as well as deal with your own emotions and reactions. It should be a must for anyone that wants to support their loved one with their recovery journey and provide them with the validation that they are not alone. You are beside them on this road 100% and trying to understand what to expect. The program gives you tools to become positively empowered handling situations that make healthy relationships. You learn this is a forever change that can lead to wonderful results. Thank you Prairie Sky Recovery and Johann. Good Job

Nancy M

Prairie Sky Recovery

Staff all of you (LOL)!

Well here I go! My first day I arrived here I was scared and ashamed I was broken and I was walking in my death. I had no more life in me at all...I was a doomed individual since I can remember! I felt like a failure, to my kids to my grandchildren! I could not breathe any more I felt like I was running out of time! I thought who was going to accept me! A drunken beat up Native just like statistics I was living proof! I felt stupid dumb and unworthy no more life was left in me I could not bare anything anymore... So I walked in here and I looked up and saw Welcome Home I thought they don't know me! (LOL!) I was angry frustrated and lost broken So I waited 13 days to start and I was included wow I was included! I was accepted! So as the days went on I opened up more I saw and felt the compassion and love... I thought who are these people!! I would sit and listen and be respectful, there was days I felt frustrated through the tools and learning with K2 I was able to actually put it to work! For once in my life I have the ability to be me! Night staff you were so compassionate loving, understanding. I'm going to miss you all so much!! Day staff! Your hearts and methods of listening as so heart felt! Everything I learned and saw I will carry on and pass on!! My life I lived was crazy and wild only because I could not see myself at times I've had many hardships but I have learned through it all!! For me this is not the end it's a fresh new start! On my very own life!! My journey I'm alive again I can breathe again I can see again I can walk again I have found my higher power and spiritual principals I've search for years and there right here right now!! Love I love you all and I thank and appreciate everything you all have done.

Respect and Love Faith E.

To Prairie Sky Recovery Centre

My name is BC and I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this program. I feel like I now know the direction my life is going. I was never given an opportunity nor did I want one as bad as I did before I came here. Everyone here has helped me in a special way that I will forever be grateful for

Sincerely BC

My boyfriend is the one who came to prairie sky's. Dropping him off as me and the kids left was one of the hardest things ever. Coming to visit every Sunday and leaving him behind week after week was so sad. But I started to notice something. Each week i came to visit there was more and more life to him. More smiles, a sense of calmness. What I seen happening to him was absolutely amazing. I never thought it to be possible. He's the same person but different. He's happy, calm, secure,proud, the guilt is gone. I've been with him 8 years and I've never seen him like this before. Prairie sky's not only saved a great person, it saved a whole family. It's only been a short time since he's been out but I can be thankful already for the changes that are taking place now. This place and the people in it are a miracle. Such great people here. Such a calming effect to the house. My boyfriend, me and the kids love this place and thank you From the bottom of our hearts. It feels like a home away from home.

Nikki V. Saskatchewan 2017

My stay here in Prairie Sky was the best choice I have ever made. I've learned so much that I've never known about myself. Thanks to all the staff and counsellors for making this possible for me.

Nikita March, 2019

This program helped me so much. I'm so thankful for everyone's help along the way. It took me to places in my past that hurt to go. But it was good I found out where my anger, hate, selfishness, ego, self pity, etc came from. I was also able to let go of things that dragged me down all my life. Life looks so so much brighter. Thank you all so very much.

Trevor, Feb, 2019

thought this was an amazing program, it has changed my life immensely. I now have the tools to succeed and start my new journey to recovery. Thank you Prairie Sky for this amazing opportunity and a second chance at life! I now know that I am worth it!

Callie, Nov 2018

Prairie Sky helped me grow into the person I wanted to be, it helped understand my addiction. The staff there truly do care about you and are there to walk the road of recovery with you.Thank you for helping me get my life back

Denelle N. 2017

For all the staff at Prairie Sky Recovery.. an awesome team of support . A great place for people of addiction to really find themselves again and learn how to love themselves again and the friendships they gain are the truest they've known. I can only be thankful and grateful that this place was a place of "hope and a peaceful start to healing .. you've shown nothing but kindness and love for all the people who have graced your place of recovery...

Prairie Sky Recovery... you are the best of the best !

Shelley M. 2017

I will never forget the day I walked through the doors of place, no hope of ever getting better; this place gave me a better look at life an what life can be ; I recommend this place to anyone struggling with there demons of addiction, it sure is a place full of serenity and peace. My second home always will be. Love and miss all you

Taylor B. Saskatchewan

Just celebrated my one year, this place gave me me my life back and I can't say enough good things about this place

Cody G. 2016

My experience at Prairie Sky was nothing short of amazing! The building itself, the staff, the programming, the accomadations, and the food was next to perfect. I will break out everything piece by piece through-out this review. So where do we start, just so much to talk about! Why not stat with...

The Building:
When I first came here, as most adults entering treatment would be, I was extreamly nervous. But upon arrival I felt welcomed by the beautiful brickwork, the stellar glass art, buit most of all the re-purposing od a nuns convent/high-school. Walking through the welcoming stairway with its beautiful marble steps and oak handrails, I knew I was in the right place and that I have made a good choice in treatment facility. The original Ontario maple hardwwod floors refinished to there natural beauty, but still showing the well used potiena and characters of the manyfoot steps this building has handled was extreamly comforting to me.

The Staff:
The welcome I recieved when I got here was amazing, I knew I was at the right place. Upon learning that all the counselling staff here have all had addiction issuesin the past and holding at least 25 plus years of sobriety gave me the feeling of: One, thast soberiety is achieveable if your commited, and two that they actually know how your feeling when they say "I know how you feel". The atmosphere here is impossible to truly describe the best thing I cam think of is True and Absolute care and compassion. They will listen when you need an ear, and shoulder when you need on to cry on, a voice of reason when its necessary, and friend to joke around with when times are good. But most of allthey truely want to see you chance your life for the better, and to succed in your path to sobriety.

The Programming:
Where do I start? No where will you find a facility that offers the course work that they do here. Firstly the morning class that goes over the entire Twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous. Having someone to guide you through and breakdown every single step into the most understandable way possible. Also creating that spiritual bond amd feedback that is required to complete a thorough Step 5 is somethingI can guarantee you wont find anywhere else. Then when the day brings us the afternoon, it also brings us Emotional Wellness. A program created in house by the request of a previous client that wanted to better understand his anxiety and depression. I can tell you for sure that it does that and more! It makes me understand the reasons for the emotions that I am feeling and why I feel them. That Anger is not anemotion but a reaction to the emotion of being fearful of something. By far the best part and for sure the reason I will succeed in sobriety and for that I am truly thankful.

The Accomidations:
The arrangments made here to make your 5 week stay(7 weeks in my case) here are nothing short of comfortable. Some single rooms, some double rooms, and even some triple rooms are amazing and cozy. From the supportive beds, to having your own personal clothes hanging rack, and personal dresser, mirror, and writing desk makes it as friendly and welcoming as a home away from home can be. The showers and bathrooms are kept stocked as as clean as can be. Kathy the housekeeping lady tries to keep this 20,000 square foot building as clean as her own home im sure, it never feels dirty or unsanitary. She does an amazing job.

The Food:
Home cooked Food! Thats definitely one of the many aspects to being a place you can call home for your stay however long it may be. Everything from your basic soup for lunch all the way to the most gourmet shrimp and steak for supper and everything in between. Your meals are always well rounded and definately hit the spot. Kirkland cooks during the week and Darlene cooks us some of the best food and baking, I can honestly say I have ever had. I did gain almost 30 pounds while here( but I was also 105lbs and clinging to life when I got here too). Im alwasy excited for the weekend when it comes meal time because Darlene takes no chance for your taste-buds to not go on over drive haha.

Closing Remarks:
My stay here was amazing! Laughed alot of laughs and cried alot of tears, but all in all I was glad I came to PSR beacuse I don't think I would of been just as successful anywhere but here. I can honestly say that I m really going to miss this place, I'm sure I will be a frequent visitor.

Ryan B, Regina SK, Feburary 2017

I came into this place like a lost little puppy. You guys saved my life! I am forever grateful! No words could ever show my gratefulness. I wouldn't change a thing. This place is full of wonderful people that like what they do! And you can't improve, don't fix what isn't broken. This place has been home for me for 7 weeks, and has changed me from a sick drug fiend alcoholic to a loving recovering addict, a husband, a father and son. will never forget you guys, you have a place in my heart.

Thank you, Adam B, April of 2015

I got what I came here for. What surprised me is the way I got it. I expected a harsh program from people that would be hard and critical of me. What I received is an excellent program from people that cared about me.

Archie, Saskatchewan 2015

I cannot say enough good about this wonderful facility. Our family was so blessed to find the help we needed for our family member. The love and caring that they gave our brother was amazing and has made a wonderful difference in his life. Please if you or someone you know has an addiction problem please look into this facility they do nothing short of miracles.

Please help someone that needs help by sharing this with all your friends.

Norma S. 2017

We shall always stumble upon the problems in life. When this happens, we have two bridges to choose from. One is very sturdy with the downside of obstacles. The flip side is the other bridge which is very shitty with frayed ropes and cracked steps with the upside of seeming easier. As addicts and alcoholics we took the crappy bridge. Now rarely there are the very few who crossed this bridge with nothing less than scrapes and bruises. But others like us try crossing which we know is our insanity. We fell through the bridges cracks and once we hit the water we had yet another choice to sink or swim. Personally I was sinking until I realized death and pain is the only thing coming out of this decision. I tried to keep afloat, but I accepted the fact that I could not do that alone and needed help. I found a dock which did not have a ladder, all there was were two signs '12 Steps & 12 Traditions.' I learnt the steps and traditions fast and got some flippers to help swim the long swim to land. Keeping my head above water, avoiding currents that were trying to take me down. With the help of my Higher Power and support of others in this ocean of addiction.

Nolan For President - Nolan J

"I could not have asked for a better Serenity Retreat. The grounds are beautiful and huge. The staff are amazing and very helpful. My fives weeks went by so fast and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions helped me through it. The clients were overall friendly and I made some kind of connection with all of them. the meditation was another fantastic addition to my stay. My favorite was the journey!Thank you . I appreciate all of what you have done for me! "

Thank you Ardyth, Gary, Jeni and Dan. I appreciate all of what you have done for me!

Sam

"Hello all,I know that our daughter is there this weekend, and I thought it was a good time to let you know how grateful we are to you for all you have done. I cannot express how much of a difference you made in her life, and in all of our lives & we are more proud of her than we can express. She and I talk often, and she now has goals, and her drivers license as well as a genuine smile on her face. I think you will notice a difference in her.She has been attending her meetings, and that's, I think, why she really wanted her driver's license before she moved back to the city next week.It is so wonderful to see her looking as if she is really looking forward to the future, really smiling, and although we have some way to go to ensure that our relationship is strong, that will come with counselling which will be easier once she is in the city again.You all do such wonderful work there, and I thank God for leading our daughter to you, and for the blessing of our daughter which I now feel we have back again.Many, many thanks to you all! ".



Two Grateful parents

Holy, I would have to say right up there with one of the best months I've had. My life was/has not been boring by any means. The last 15 yrs were a roller coaster and the last while a poor roller coaster ride!Some awesome times, some not so good — pictures, prints and seizures dampening my view.I confess I have a new view, but its still up to me. But this place sure made a big difference as to what I'll be doing with my spare time!

Craig, Saskatchewan

I can not believe that 5 weeks have gone by already. It went by so quick and I am sad that leaving the place I have been calling home. But I am so excited to go home and use the tools I have been given to continue my road to recovery. Coming here, I really got the opportunity to find myself and learnt what true happiness is. I found a second family who showed me what true friends are, people who actually care and show it. I feel so lucky to have the group I was put with. It was definitely meant to be. We all bonded so quickly, and I could tell them anything, and know I was not going to get judged. When I would have a shitty day, they knew, and someone was always there to pick me back up, if not just one, all of them were there. The memories I made here I will never forget. All of the laughs we had, OMG, I laughed more in this 5 weeks than I did in my 7 years of using. I never thought I had it in me to come this far. But with the help of everybody in this place, I did make it. I never want to go through this again, losing 17lbs during detox, sliding down the stairs on my butt, and going up I had to sit down every couple steps because I was so weak. But within a few weeks I was running up and down the stairs. It feels amazing to not be controlled by a drug anymore.

Tara, 22 yrs old,Ontario

On my arrival a the Retreat Center, it was a dark and lonely evening. A time of fear and loneliness as I leave my vehicle {to enter} this huge and doubtful building.

Upon arrival I was greetied with so much warmth right off the bat!! It was late, so I pretty much was escorted to my quarters to reside for what was going to be my home for the next five weeks.

Being the shy person I have been all my life, I was immediately struck by so much love, guidance and co-operatiion from staff and clients.

I wasn't left in a corner to find my own ways, but always had someone to answer my questions.

There is no doubt in my mind why this place was chosen to become a place of healing. The creaking of the floors tell God that another new client is discovering the new and exciting surroundings. He/she has come to find, make or receive a brand new meaning to what life is really all about.

I will be leaving here a totally fresh and GRATEFUL person with the knowledge I've receied through the guidance and support from Dan and Artdyth. I never once have been pushed aside for my answers or concerns. I was here for a reason and they were here to fix that reason!!

The sessions I have had brought great meaning and understanding to myself. Not a day of sessions with Dan and Ardyth went by that I didn't receive a handful, or for that matter, a whole world full of the truth and understanding of ME.

It is so hard to imagine how you three started this foundation out, being users yourself. It is incredible how God knows his followers to put them in their place.

The only regret I really ever has was the room tempurature -- being a little chilly sometimes! But then again, it wasn't long before I has a warm sweat-shirt to throw on for those chilly nights when the north wind would bounce the curtains around the windows!

I think I really found my savior with the picture I had in my room. This piece of art brought me such great power and strength each morning and evening when I walked out of or into my room.

Another rewarding peice of knowledge was being involved with A.A. Without their miraculous and solid group and their rewarding inputs and the thing they share [and their willingness] to listen to our sorrows or happiess in an anonymous atmosphere. Once again, this will really give me the encouragement to become the real me that I know I can be.

Scott, SK

Dear Ardyth,

It was so nice talking with you this morning. I can hardly believe that another year is closing -- and what a year it has been. If someone had told me at the beginning of 2009 what kind of things I would be dealing with, I would have told them they were crazy. Anyway, I want to thank you again for all that you did for both my daughter and I last spring -- you gave us both an insight into how things like alcoholism and the undercurrents causing it can sneak up on people and ruin their lives unless they choose to break the chain.

I am very proud of my daughter and the year that she had and often think back to the darkest night in my life when we were out searching the bars in the city and wonder how on earth we got through the whole episode. I am always so thankful that you were there to help us and if there is anything we can do to help, let me know. Your service to people from across this country is more valuable than many realize.

Attached is a donation for you to use in any way necessary. Happy New Years to you all and may God always be with you.

S.

To the Next Occupant of this Room (This note was discovered in a desk drawer at the retreat.)

Welcome. You have come to an excellant place to begin a better life. If you are anything like I was, you may be a little nervous and not certain what to expect. You need not worry. You are among great people. If you're here it means you do want help. Take it from me, you could not ask for better people to take this journey with. Just listen to what they have to say. There is an unimaginable wealth of knowledge here. If you want to success they will help you get the tools you need to do this. Just keep an open mind. I know they helped me greatly. There were times that I felt like leavvng but I am grateful I didn't. If you ever need to talk to someone you don't have to look far for good advice or for someone to just listen to what you have to say. Soneone to tell you what you need to hear. You don't have to listen to me or believe me, time and you yourself will see you have come to the right place. Here I found a peace and serenity within myself that I forgot existed. Keep this, throw it away, pass it on. Whatever you chose, just keep in mind the things I've said because they truly helped me here. Congratulations on a new beginning.

Cory, 2010

If you are willing to trust that they know from personal and professional experience that this program works then this is the place for you. My journey throught the steps and the program here was not without hard work. I gained insight into some seemingly scary parts of myself that I had never dared go.I wasn't alone with Ardyth, Dan, Gary and Joy as my guides. My journey was emotional, fulfilling, rewarding and enlightening and absolutely changed my outlook on life. I realized I was worth the work. For me the journey continues. This was only the begining of a path to a beautiful new life of sobriety and possibility.

Susan, SK

When I came to this place, I didn't lose my house, job or all my friends, but what I did lose was myself. My rock bottom was "being sick and tired of being sick and tired". What Dan, Ardyth and Gary and other clients have done for me is more than I could ever have imagined. Coming here, I had no clue what the twelve Step Program was. As I was taken through the steps, my life started changing for the good. Now that I am done, I have learned the importance of the 12 Steps to recovery. It is not something you do just in treatment, but through life which makes you a good person -- as long as you are "Honest, Open Minded, and Willing. That is H.O.W. it works!

Cory B. Niagara Falls, Ontario

Serenity Retreat, a more apt name you will be hard pressed to find. From the first moment I stepped through the doors I felt surounded by peace, warmth and comfort. It was here that I met the people who were to be my guides, mentors and yes, my friends....Dan,Ardyth, Gary, and Joy.

It was here that I began an incredible journey that will last me the rest of my life. It has been a journey of discovery. I have found within myself a person who I am proud of sharing with my family and friends. I have learned to smile and to laugh, to share, to shed tears. I am so grateful to have people in my life who cared enough to bring me to Serenity Retreat.

There is a poem on the wall that promises that every one of us will find our own special spot here... I found mine.

Michael (Mike) M

Thank you for Everything! There is no amount of thanks I can say, for the acceptance I have felt on my visit here. You have all helped me in ways that are undescribable. As Joe would say, I came here a boy, and I'm leaving here a man. Thank you for being here for me when I needed someone to talk to. Thank you for helping me in my time of need. My time here has brought me much needed happiness in my life. I feel I have become a better man, and ready for whatever life throws my way. I am happy, and privileged to have such wonderful people like you in my life, and you all have a special place in my heart.You'll Always Be In My Thoughts!

Doug, Alberta