3435 Ramsayville Rd. Ottawa, ON

Eric’s Story

Before Eric came to Harvest House, he was desperate to get help. At the age of 25, his addiction had destroyed his life and landed him in the hospital. He tried to get into treatment, but ended up on a 4-6 month waiting list. Then he came across the Harvest House website and decided to give us a call. Two days later, he walked through our doors.

That was over two years ago.

Today, he is a Harvest House graduate with over two years of sobriety, a restored relationship with his parents, and a bright future. This September, he started attending Carleton University (online, of course) and hopes to complete a degree in environmental studies.

“Now I’m working towards a future I can be proud of,” he says. “Sobriety has totally changed my outlook on life and what I’m capable of.”

Harvest House believes not only in helping men get sober, but also in helping them achieve their full potential. As he prepared for school, Eric had a summer job at Harvest House and, as a student, he continues in a part-time role. This helps him cover tuition costs and his ongoing role at Harvest House serves as an example to new residents of what’s possible for them too.

“I want to stay part of the Harvest House community,” Eric says. “It’s where my life pivoted in a good direction. It’s something that was given to me freely and I want to give that back to someone else.”