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Mike V.

Amin S.

Joni S.

Jenna P.

Jason M.

Molly W.

Mason U.

Andrew K

Adreanne U.

Chris R.

James K.

Jason T.

Harry G.

John F.

Rigo U.

Nyssa A.
   

Predictably, young people comprise the majority of people who seek treatment at Vista Bay. Fortunately, we have been able to successfully treat hundreds of students. Their stories could fill a good-sized book. Here are 16 very special stories, as well as testimonials from many other satisfied former residents of VistaBay. We helped them; we can help you, too.

Drug & Alcohol Rehab Success

Before coming to Vista Bay, my life revolved around my drug use. I began smoking marijuana around the age of 12, which eventually led to my severe addiction to painkillers. I woke up each morning thinking of only pills. All of the aspirations I had when I was young are now gone. After several years, my drug addiction became unbearable and I knew that something had to be done. I found VistaBay on the internet and its recovery methods appealed to me. About one week later I decided to come to Vista Bay and it has truly changed my life. I matured more in the few months that I was at VistaBay than I did in the previous 5 years. I now have dreams and goals again. I wake up exited about living each day and knowing that drugs won’t be there. I am confident that after doing the Vista Bay program I can live a happy fulfilling life without the use of drugs.     -A.S.



My name is Kevin and I am 19 years old. Ever since I was 11, I have been drinking and using drugs. When I was 12, I did cocaine for the first time, at age 13 I was snorting heroin, and at 15, sticking needles in my arm. In the two years prior to coming to VistaBay I had been through 6 rehab and treatment centers. After all that time, money and effort trying to get clean and sober, I couldn’t stay that way. I always wound up where I was before, or even worse off. All I have ever wanted to do is get clean and lead a normal and productive life. In late March 2003, I went to yet another rehab facility, but was faced to leave due to insurance complications. By 6:30 p.m. that evening, I was high again and gave up hope. I lost all control, did things I won’t mention, segregated myself from the world, and wanted nothing more for myself than death. When I didn’t think that things could get worse…they did. I was arrested 3 times in one week, the last arrest for Grand Theft Auto. I will never forget the pain that followed. While detoxing in county jail, my parents came to see me, and they told me that they had found a “different” type of rehab program. I was released from jail and came to Vista Bay on April 27, 2003. My parents were right, it was a different type of program. It wasn’t a 12 step program, like the many12 steps I had failed in the past. In the first phase of the program, I learned how to confront, control and communicate, which were things I never knew how to do until then. After that I started the New Life Detoxification Program where I sweated out drug residuals. It was an amazing process filled with ups and downs, but when I finished, I felt like a new person. For the first time in 8 years, I felt drug free which I thought could only be a thought, and never a reality. The latter part of the program allowed me to write up things that I was afraid to tell people; to admit all the bad and deceitful things I had ever done, and show them to another person. As of now, I have no skeletons in the closet anymore. I have nothing to hide anymore! I also learned how to spot harmful people that I don’t want to be around, and how to handle them so they can’t bring me down. When I did the final part of my program, it was amazing. I never thought that I would be able to repair the things that I have done, but with the help of everyone here, I was able to start fixing my past and look into my future. The three months that I spent here were worth more than I could ever put into words. The VistaBay Program isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. Without having gone through this program, I probably wouldn’t be alive today.     -K.K.



Freedom is a precious gift. All the technology we are learning here will help us live a free life. The program doesn’t work unless it is applied and followed in life. I value myself, my freedom, and my group. I already know that the program works and it has saved my life as I know it has for others.     -J.A.



When I began the sauna, I dreaded every minute of it. . . My realization as I went along was that this terrible feeling was going away and I was starting to feel physically much better. My eyes were brighter, clearer, and whiter than I had seen them in 20 years. Mentally, I felt more capable of listening and understanding . . . it felt totally different. Sadness, happiness and it all came and went with me feeling much better about the experience. I would recommend the sauna to all who are in need. I feel clean, fresh and ready to start learning and experiencing life with a clean mind and body.     -K.A.



After four and a half months I am now a Vista Bay graduate. When I got here I was in total apathy about life and everything else. After completing the sauna I got my reasoning back and decided to stay for the entire program. This was the single most important decision in my life. Going through the program was trying at times, but it was truly amazing. I feel better than I remember feeling as a child. The program gave me back a lot of abilities and traits I had let slip or be lost completely. The program repaired my life and made me truly happy again. For the first time in many years I am looking forward to life and accomplishing things. I am now ready to actually start my life, and I owe it to VistaBay.     -P.L.



My name is Brandan. I’m 22 years old and I used to use cocaine, smoke weed, and was very much an alcoholic. I was drinking everyday for over 2 1/2 years. A doctor told me I did permanent nerve damage from drinking, and I still have the shakes. I have been clean now for five months, and I will continue on this track for the rest of my life. I feel blessed that the Vista Bay program saved my life and I have learned to live life, instead of letting my environment have a negative effect on me.     -B.G.



Before I arrived at VistaBay I was addicted to heroin and speed, among other drugs. Doing drugs was my daily routine. I not only jeopardized, but sacrificed everything I had going for myself. I went from being an A student to a dropout. I went from a dedicated, spirited person to a beat-up, discouraged and unhappy heroin addict. I isolated myself from the people who loved me and surrounded myself with people who used me. I went from being proud to being ashamed. It was obvious drugs had weakened and defeated me. I realized since being here that I made the decision to let that happen and in the same way I could decide to become drug-free and rebuild a life for myself I could respect and enjoy. Since making this decision I have re-established a life for myself. I have self-respect and pride. Most importantly, I look forward to every day without the burdens of addiction and with clear eyes and a clear head. I have an amazing life because I have freed myself from my drug use. And this is only the beginning.     -G.R.



This program gave me more than I ever expected. I learned to be honest with myself in order to like myself. This program gives anyone the tools they need to survive as long as you use the technology. This has truly changed my life and I will never forget my experiences here. Use this technology and respect it, it works.     -R.M.



My name is Tony , I was an All-State athlete and a good student. Then I started to do drugs and alcohol. I began using heavily in my junior year and that is when things started going downhill. I quit going to school, my life was going nowhere. I started going house to house just to have a place to sleep. I started using and stealing from my friends. I was depending on other people for food and money. I lost friends by the minute. I graduated in ‘98 from Metrotech Vocational Institute in Central Phoenix. Still using drugs, I was working dead end jobs just to get by. Then I moved in with my mother. I used her for all she was worth. I didn’t care, I just wanted to get high and get drunk. Finally, I got kicked out and I was on my own again, using my family and what friends I had left. For much of the time I was sleeping on the streets. Then I met a girl, and moved in with her. Still doing drugs and drinking a lot of alcohol, she left me after a 2 year relationship. I had hit rock bottom. Living with people I didn’t even know, anything it took just to get that high, or have that one beer. On October 23, 2001, I was living at my cousin’s house in Scottsdale. It had been a day full of smoking pot and drinking vodka. I decided to take over 100 analgesic pills to try to kill myself. I felt I could do nothing with my life. I felt there was nothing I could do to change. I was in the intensive care unit for three days, and then was transferred to a psychiatric facility to be kept under observation for five days. While staying there, my Father came and visited me, and begged me to get help for my addiction. I gave in and flew to Vista Bay. I have been here since then, changing life completely. I have become a person who loves his life and actually wants to be alive. I have learned to confront my issues in life, and ways to live a happier life. Going through the sauna I sweated out all the drugs in my body, from Tylenol to methamphetamine. It’s all out of my body and now I have a clear body and a clear mind. The VistaBay Program has changed my life in so many ways, I love this place so much that I have chosen to work here after I am done with the program. I went from being a good student and the captain of the track and cross-country team, to a drug and alcohol abuser, and back to the happiest person I have ever been. Coming here is the best decision I’ve ever made. I hope others will make the same choice.     -T.B.



It will be exactly a month tomorrow that I graduated from Vista Bay and it has been a very good month. I entered the program at VistaBay on May 14, 2004 for alcohol addiction and it has been undoubtedly the best thing I have ever done for myself. I could say I wish I’d done it sooner but I’m just glad I went through the program when I did. Since graduating, I started working on the first Friday after arriving back in Colorado. My wife and I work together so we get spend every day together. My whole family has seen a big difference in me since I completed the program. I’m more confident in myself, more patient with day to day functions and I’m more relaxed and no longer uptight. I do what I need to do for that certain day and I find I don’t have time to daydream about the future. I don’t even think about the past. The program at Vista Bay was definitely what I needed to get on with my life…without alcohol. Unlike some of the program, I’ve been through, this program works! I haven’t felt better about myself in years. If you are contemplating getting help, you will find that upon completion of the program, you got everything you wanted and more.     -Dean K.



As of today, I have been living and working in the real world for exactly one month since leaving VistaBay. In that time I have not used a single drug or drop of alcohol. That is huge for me, because I have not been able to put a full month together clean, out in real life, literally since I was a teenager. (I’m now 36 years old)     -D. J. A.


I am a student at Vista Bay and would like to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences. Before I came to VistaBay, I had been to other treatment facilities and failed. After multiple attempts, I was feeling pretty helpless. As time went on, I couldn’t even get through the drug Detox process. While trying to quit, I was so frustrated with anxiety, sleeplessness, mood swings and depression, I would resort to using again just to feel better. After I got in trouble with the law, my mother sought out alternative options. A family friend told her about Vista Bay so she went online and checked it out. She spoke to a staff member and convinced me to do likewise. By this time I was so hopeless, and I wanted to make my mom happy. The program seemed interesting, so I thought I would give it a shot. Upon my arrival I was put into withdrawal. This was difficult, but the withdrawal specialists made me as comfortable as possible, without using drugs! Other programs always put me on anti-depressants. Not here. Next was the first course, which taught me to confront people and situations. After successful completion, I began the VistaBay Sauna Detoxification Program, otherwise known as the sauna program. Upon completion the anxiety, sleeplessness, mood swings and depression were no longer a problem, I felt like my old self for the first time in years. I had self-esteem, confidence and a better outlook on life. Before the sauna program, I actually believed I would die a drug addict, but now I have a completely different attitude. The courses following the sauna have taught me how to live my life successfully without the use of drugs. I have learned to be honest and take responsibility for my choices. I learned that part of the reason I continued using drugs was because I was hung up on past transgressions. I would use drugs to cover up that guilt. Vista Bay has taught me how to move on and stop the vicious cycle. If it were not for VistaBay, I would be using drugs to this day. I am grateful for all the help Vista Bay has provided me. I encourage anyone who needs help getting off drugs and who desires to live a better life should consider this program.     -Reid C.



I came to VistaBay in a very sorry state of body and mind. The effects of drugs and alcohol on me were many. I had very limited concentration and I was in a constant state of confusion. I had a lot of body pain, which before coming here, would only go away by using narcotics. My life had become a total mess from using drugs and I wanted out of that mess. I had tried other treatments in the past but they only seemed to be a place to stay away from drugs until I finished their program. I wanted to fully regain control of my life. After arriving at Vista Bay and going through the orientation to learn about the program, I realized I had found a treatment center that was very unique in that it addressed all of the problems that had to be worked out in order to reach my full potential. I now work here on staff and I couldn’t be happier. The VistaBay program, along with its staff has virtually saved my life. Working at Vista Bay after completing the program is giving me the chance to apply the knowledge I learned here as a student. I am learning new skills plus polishing up on work skills I acquired before in my life but lost because of my drug use. The self confidence I am achieving by helping other students and staff members is something I wouldn’t want to replace with any high I got from a drug before. Now that I have been through the VistaBay program, I can’t even imagine myself using drugs again. Why would I even want to replace a healthy, productive, responsible life with drugs? Neither drugs or the effects of them are an issue in my life anymore.     -David M.



Upon returning home from Vista Bay I have been continually surprised and delighted by the changes I have seen in myself and how I perceive the world. The first thing I noticed is how comfortable I am now. I can be just about anywhere in a variety of scenarios and I am very secure and confident. I was not that way when I first arrived at VistaBay. I recently had a job interview and during the interview I realized that I was using my Training Routines. I was also very comfortable presenting myself. I got the job and I think part of the reason was how calm and collected I was as I answered questions using the skills that Vista Bay has taught me. I’ve also noticed that my relationship with my parents is a lot more manageable now. Although they haven’t changed a whole lot, I have, and I have a much easier time communicating with them. I’m finding that I am better able to stick up for myself and not react negatively to their criticism. In regards to my goals I have made much progress in a short period of time, but I am not pushing myself too hard. I am excited about life again and I think my approach lately has been a lot healthier. I look forward to the rest of my life, as I no longer see it as a burden but as a gift with tremendous potential.     -Laura T.



Three and a half months ago, when I arrived at the VistaBay program, I was completely out of control of my life – physically, mentally, and spiritually. In my mind there was little or no hope for me. I’m not ever sure if I cared what happened to me. After going through the program I am overwhelmed by the positive changes in my life. I have never been so in charge of my life. I have never felt so positive about my life. I now have goals and I am ready to pursue them without the use of drugs. I now have the tools to confront my addiction, the knowledge to help others to confront theirs, and the desire to live my life my way, as a responsible, caring individual who has much to offer to whomever wants it. This program gave my life back to me. It wasn’t easy, it took a lot of determination and sacrifice. In the end though, it all paid off. After all, what is a person’s life worth? I will never take my life or anyone else’s life for granted again.     -M.O.

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