Stories of Recovery


Our alumni share their personal stories of recovery from their personal stories of recovery from the chronicle disease of addiction and mental health disorders through Stories of Recovery. Their journeys prove that it is possible to overcome addiction. Experience how they have healed their minds, bodies, and spirits by reconnecting themselves to their true selves and community. Learn what they went through to overcome their addictions before and after Aurora Recovery Centre (ARC) now.

You can also watch more of their journeys on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook

Mental Health and Addictions Effect One in Five Canadians




Brenda wondered if she did something to cause her son’s addiction. But through counseling, she knows that’s not the case and is at peace that her son is now two years sober.



Tabitha struggled to get her husband treatment due to a lack of public treatment.  It wasn’t until she saw him in psychosis that she and her friend organized an intervention and consulted with ARC until she got him into treatment. He’s now more than 100 days sober and they are repairing their relationship in therapy.


Victoria Part 2 

Victoria started using drugs at about 12 years old. Over the course of the years, she struggled with her addiction to methadone, opioids, crack and cocaine. Her last day of working at one of Montreal’s top restaurants was in 2016. After that, she was in and out of treatment programs. After ARC’s program, she’s now 10 months sober.



Jonny started getting into fights on a regular basis when he was living in Norway House. As a teenager, he joined the military. He served for several years and did a tour in Afghanistan. After his service, he decided to move to Winnipeg to experience new things. He soon met a woman and had a baby boy with her, but his alcoholism was leading him down a dark path of crime. After his sentence, the Veteran Affair’s Canada helped him get treatment at ARC.



Cole suffered from depression as a child and turned to alcohol and other drugs to numb out. He spent years in and out of jail and trying to get sober. He relapsed days after his son’s birth, went back to jail where he remained sober, but came to ARC to ensure a life in recovery.



From owning his own construction company, to starting a new chapter in his life in college, Rick had issues adjusting and turned to alcohol to cope. He says that ARC saved his mental health, and gave him the coping skills to wake up every day and not drink every day, because sobriety is so much better.


Victoria: Part 1

Victoria, originally from Montreal, worked at some of Canada’s top restaurants as a cook until her addiction cost her a job. She tried six treatment programs prior to ARC. She started smoking weed as a teenager, but that soon escalated to using other drugs such as crack cocaine, opioids and methadone. Before entering Aurora, she was on 29 different medications. Since leaving Aurora, she is now more than eight months sober.


Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Our modern world-class facilities are located on the serene western shore of Lake Winnipeg, accompanied by miles of wooded trails and breathtaking sunrises, with amenities that support healing.

From initial contact with Aurora, you begin to experience our Member-First Culture. Our highly experienced Addiction Specialists help you navigate the complex, emotional decision to admit to treatment.