Todd has accomplished much in his young life. Multi-talented, Todd is both an athlete and musician, and is trained in a variety of construction roles. A skilled excavator operator, Todd studied at the Vancouver Island University. To the outside world it might have appeared that Todd had it all, but in fact, his life had taken an unexpected turn, and he slid into addiction during his 20s. By the time he entered the Baldy Hughes community in January 2015, he could barely recognize himself and the state of his life any more. “I came to Baldy Hughes because I was trapped in addiction, and felt hopeless, lost and disconnected from everyone I cared about”, said Todd. “I had considered going to a treatment centre far away from the temptations of everyday life, and when I heard about Baldy Hughes I made the decision on the spot to come here.”

That was certainly a sound decision to make and from the time Todd arrived he began to participate in all aspects of the program, including being elected to our Resident Civic Committee, serving as a Resident Leader and actively participating in all of the recovery programming and recreational opportunities made available to him, particularly the chance to get back into skiing and playing music. According to Todd, his “favourite programs were counselling sessions with Marj, and also the 12 Step Group. I met some really interesting people here and this is what helped me complete the programs. The other guys were awesome, with lots of laughs  – and serious times too.”

Todd now has a very clear vision for his future. He is keen to get back into the workforce, but also understands that being of service and helping others is key to his on-going recovery. “My time at Baldy Hughes has given me structure and discipline that I can transfer to my new life,” said Todd. “I can now be of service to people that are still suffering from addiction, as well as my new community of friends.”