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I endorse Serenity Vista as a top quality, leading edge, addiction treatment center….I would recommend Serenity Vista as a beautiful destination to get away to and receive the help you need. It is the most well rounded, compassionate, and reasonably priced program I have encountered over my decades of working in this field.
Dr. Philip J. Flores, World Renowned Addiction Expert and Author
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I’m very grateful for everything. I came in destroyed, now I’m restored. This has been the best experience in my life, and my gratitude will always be there for you. Thanks for saving my life.
I am celebrating my 5 yr AA birthday on Friday night. Whoo Hoo!! What a ride!! My thoughts go back to 5 yrs ago when I arrived at rehab with you. What a miserable and frightening day that was. I could not have predicted then the great life I am having now. My gratitude to you, the fabulous counselors, and the other guests who shared the beginning steps of my journey. Love and gratitude,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
My stay at Serenity Vista was a life changing experience. I was treated with respect and dignity the entire time. The staff of caring and professional therapists were dedicated and focused on getting to know me and dealing on my core issues. Their holistic approach to healing me mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually made for a well rounded treatment experience.
Serenity Vista is the place to be,
A bright light that shines through the night,
Which helps me see clearly.
So peaceful and serene,
The only place to stay happy and clean,
A temple of sanity, hidden in the mist of the mountaintop clouds,
Beautifully grown in the valley that emerges from the shrouds.
For any wanderer who does roam
Come Here! To your second home.
Miami, Florida, USA
The treatment program was good, both the setting and counsellors. The treatment centre was comfortable and the food was excellent. The mix of counsellors was effective in that all counselors had different approaches to counselling that as a whole worked for me. The counselors were empathetic and not judgmental. I have never been to treatment before my stay at Serenity Vista, and do not regret having decided upon Serenity Vista for help. The activities on recreation day were fun and exciting. The local AA group was welcoming and helpful to recovery. I recommend Serenity Vista as a treatment and recovery center.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I came into the program with the intention of gaining freedom from nicotine addiction, but left with a whole new vision and sense of purpose for my life as well as having a ‘tool set’ to maintain my freedom from nicotine. I like to say that I came in for a ‘tune up’, but left with a ‘complete overhaul’. The program was indeed life changing and I am forever grateful to John and Jane for making their program available to me and others who suffer from addiction.
Serenity Vista is an amazing facility with some of the most caring and admirable people I have ever met. I had been to another treatment facility in the past and have to say that Serenity Vista was a much more personable and positive experience for myself at a fraction of the cost. The counsellors are amazing and each one of them has left a positive, life long impression with me in many different ways. Thanks to their program, I have the tools to live the life I have always wanted and deserved. The tranquil and serene atmosphere of Boquete, Panama only added to the life-changing experience. On top of it all, some of the best meals I have ever eaten were prepared by Tammy at Serenity Vista. Im sure some people that read this may doubt my review but I can truly say, without reservation, that I am a completely different person (spiritually and mentally). I am extremely grateful for the experience and highly recommend Serenity Vista to anyone and everyone who is willing to make a positive, life transformation.
I have so much gratitude to everyone involved with my recovery and healing in Panama. I barely knew where Panama was before I came here, but I am glad my wife found Serenity Vista on the internet. I am actually looking forward to spending time with my teenage daughter – a relationship that was not the best, to say the least! I have the tools now to be a real father, who follows through with commitments and promises.The best part of the program? Well, after Ceiba (the canine therapist) and Tammy’s cooking, and the overnight sailing trip, I would say the awesome dedicated team that stretched me beyond belief.
I came here with no previous counseling or AA experience. 16 yrs as an alcoholic/addict and I am leaving after my Serenity Vista program feeling grateful that I was treated with a personalized recovery program from 6 very experienced therapist with professional degrees. I cant believe I will leave this beautiful town, and country to go back to the snow and cold of Canada…great place to recover.
Cold Lake, Albert
I have experienced the most incredible journey of my life. Along this journey I have traveled the past 45 days, I have faced fear, and found love, joy, acceptance, trust, forgiveness, and faith. As I continue down that road I will carry the knowledge I have gained.
San Antonio, Texas
In the past 6 weeks I’ve been challenged in ways I never imagined – but it was all worth it. You’ve given me the tools and support – Your belief in me has allowed me to grow into the woman I never believed I could be – I love myself now. And my journey doesn’t stop here. I now choose to be happy!
Salt Lake City, Utah
This retreat and all the amazing, loving, talented people here have provided me a safe, nurturing place to uncover and discover and empower the real me. I now feel as though I have a place in this world. I finally feel whole, I love myself! My gratitude runs so deep, it is hard to express in words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Victoria, British Columbia
I am a 69 year old recovering alcoholic. I was spiraling down in unhappiness. Today, I have regained my dignity and self respect. The light has returned to my life. I received the support I needed to look honestly at my life and rediscover myself. And the scenery was awe inspiring; on morning walks, I grew to appreciate and respect the varieties of wildlife. This is a place of fun, love, healing and discovery. It is the beginning of a better way of life for many of us and our families.
A big old thank you goes out to this place of love. It has greatly helped and opened my once cloudy sight and thought. Everything I have learned here will be greatly useful tools in my renewed journey of recovery. I will always have a place in my heart for all I have met and shared so much of life with. Once again, thank you. Love always,
Palm Desert, California
I have experienced so much growth in all the areas: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. I now love myself and have learned to let go of the shame and guilt of the past and the constant worry about the future, and to live in the present! I have so much in my life to be grateful for, which I now see. Thank you all!
Vancouver, British Columbia
Thank you for all the help, guidance and love for my new journey. I have had many “revelations” during my stay and have made some wonderful new friends.
I cannot express my gratitude and respect enough. It sure has been an eye opener and I will miss you all very much. I will be back to visit all of you wonderful people. Until then, “One Day At A Time”. Thank you so much.
Red Deer, Alberta
It has been an incredible experience! Never in my life have I been so challenged and fortunate to see what a gift you guys have given me. You are truly a devoted bunch and are one of a kind. Thank you for everything.
Fort Mac Murray, Alberta
I love life now and am ready to face the good and the “unknown” with excitement – yahoo! Thank you for the honesty, love and support.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
My journey here has literally brought me from despair to a place of self realization and strength that I could never have imagined. Your vision has already touched so many and has provided me with a plan and commitment to my recovery, but more than that a true deep discovery of who I am. I take with great gratitude the tools to manage and develop my craft – Life! Thank you for this safe healing place and for all the beautiful people who have given me strength through their stories.
I feel my shame basket is empty now. I feel balanced for the first time. I feel grounded, happy, optimistic. I feel like myself, a new enlightened self. I know that all of these feelings were made possible by the dedication, honest, love and respect that was graciously shown me by you during my stay. Thank you all.
You guided me and taught me how to face my fears. You taught me how to be real and how to truly honour myself. You taught me how to live in the present, and how to have peaceful closure with the past. You gave me a foundation to build a new life around, and you taught me how to live life on life’s terms. You helped me to help myself.
Los Angeles, California
I will be forever indebted to this place of miracles. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me to go that extra step. John, words can’t express my gratitude. Thank you.
There is so much going on in my life now. I am about to finish university at Louisiana State and am getting married to a wonderful guy who is 3 years sober. We recently started a young adults Al-Anon meeting in Baton Rouge, it is the first one in Louisiana. I am working with my first Al-Anon sponsee.
I am working on accepting people for who they are. I can try to change something and if it does not change I do my best to accept it. It’s funny because when I tell people how much my program cost, everyone is like ‘whoa, that’s a lot of money’, and I always say, ‘but it was worth every penny’. It was by far the most incredible life changing experiences I have ever had.
My life is radically different, I am a new person. Sometimes I can’t believe how confident and calm I am when I talk to people; I think, ‘did I just say that?’ Whatever yall did gave me what I needed to be a happy, healthy person. Keep up the awesome work.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana