Tales from Residents

I learned a lot of new artmaking techniques that helped in my treatment and in continuing with my painting hobby.  It was good for coping and it was therapeutic.  It was fun!

J., Alumni from NY

“The challenge of the Trek gave me confidence to take on other challenges.”

 

Alumni, Massachusetts

“I went into Spruce feeling overwhelmingly depressed and at a loss for what to do next. When I left, I was in tears as well, but for much different reasons. I felt stronger, more confident and happier than I had been in years. I have since gotten married, bought a house, adopted a dog, and finished my music performance degree.”

Alumni, North Carolina

” When I came to Spruce I was at an extremely low point. Depression and Anxiety had complete control over me. I wanted a place where I could feel safe from me. What I found was an environment where I no longer felt alone. I gained a sense of pride and accomplishment…now I am teaching high school students with disabilities.”

Alumni, Connecticut

“When I arrived at Spruce, I was extremely depressed and anxious. I was also having to deal with issues around substance abuse. Spruce Mountain Inn helped save my life. It took a lot of hard work, but slowly I learned how to be a self-loving and productive person. Today I work as a preschool teacher.”

Alumni, California

“I’ve been to a lot of programs, and this is literally the best program I’ve ever been to. You guys know what you are doing and treat me with respect, like I’m an adult.”

Alumni from NJ

“Spruce is the place where I finally got the help I needed. Because the staff was so open with me it made it easier for me to begin dealing with my issues…I’m sober now.”

Alumni from CA

“I cannot thank you all enough for what you have done for me. You saved my life. I wanted to let you know that I meditate now and do yoga every day! You all have impacted me in ways I will never forget.”

Alumni from NY

“The sense of community and caring at the Spruce was what allowed me to see myself as someone with value and potential…Now that I have left the program, I have a much stronger sense of myself and an incredible sense of empowerment which allows me to take care of myself, to ask for help when I need it, and to be in a better position to care for others.”

Alumni from MA