Gord Garner reflects on how Serenity Renewal for Families helped change his life – from being in and out of 10 treatment centres to being the face and voice of the recovery community, in Ottawa. The driving force behind Recovery Day, Mr. Garner estimates that over a half a million people in the Ottawa region are adversely impacted by the behaviours and disturbances of addicted loved ones.
The addiction of one individual has an adverse impact on all family members including children. Far too many kids grow up only to repeat the addictive patterns of their parents. BABES is a unique program designed for children living in families where addiction is present. It has been hugely successful in breaking the cycle of future substance abuse through early intervention and proven program strategies that resonate with vulnerable children.
Sister Louise Dunn embodies the spirit of Serenity Renewal. 33 years ago she was called to serve families in distress. Today, she continues to offer hope and support for those affected by addiction in Ottawa. This is the story of Sister Louise and Serenity Renewal for Families.