Changes makes a difference that affect lives for the better and forever. Read stories of real clients and the impact that Changes has had on their lives.
When I first got to Changes, I just wanted to do my time and that was it. I was very resistant to being in treatment and really thought I didn't have a problem with drugs or anything drug related. A client at Changes talked me into staying just the weekend and I agreed. That one weekend taught me a lot about myself and I realized I could not do it on my own. As the days passed, I started to learn to love myself, trust myself and believe in myself – all thanks to Changes.
Changes played a big part in my life and especially in my recovery. If it wasn't for Changes I would probably be dead or in jail for the rest of my life. I thank Rob and the Changes staff for believing in me and showing me how to live a life the way it should be lived.
From my before photo, you can see where my life was going and from my after photo you can see who I am today, thanks to Changes Treatment and Recovery Center. Changes Treatment & Recovery has impacted my life for the better in more ways than I could have ever imagined. The family atmosphere, in conjunction with the expertise and genuine care given to me by the clinical team made me feel comfortable and safe beginning my very first day there.
If it was not for Robert Buto & Arthur Schnur I don’t know if I would be here today to express the profound impact Changes has had on my life. Robert, Arthur and the Changes staff stuck by my side through the good and the bad, always being there for me no matter what. Changes and the people involved there truly saved me; they gave me a second chance at life. For this I am very grateful.
Before I entered Changes, I was broken and hopeless. I was dying inside and couldn’t fathom another day not knowing where I was going to sleep, eat, get arrested. I would pray to God to take me out of my misery. I was only happy when I would see the blood rush back from the needle and always took a mental picture In case I would die and never be happy again. I have to live with the guilt of all the terrible things I did getting high and that’s where the needle took me. In a way, I am glad because my addiction led me to Changes.
Rob, you never judged me and only showed me love and compassion. Your program got me places I only dreamed of. Without your guidance I would not be in a music video, or signed by a modeling agency. You helped me and guided me and my dreams are coming true, I feel free for the first time in my life.
I have learned to love myself and today, I’m comfortable in my own skin, I don’t look down when I walk, I look people in the eye and hold my head high. I am not ashamed of who I am, you gave me my confidence and self-esteem back.
When I feel like I am going to give up, I think of you and how you believed in me and that gets me through one more day clean and sober.
I can’t thank you and your staff enough, but I know that all I learned at Changes I will apply to my life forever. That is a gift from you that I will always cherish.
When I arrived at changes treatment and recovery I was truly lost and broken. I was homeless with not a penny to my name and little to no support, all I had told them I had was willingness. From that point on the changes team helped guide me on to a new way of living, they gave me the faith and hope I needed to get through it. They immediately got to work on setting me up with a structured day in which I attended a set schedule with my fellow peers in recovery and was also able to get the one on one attention I needed to get me through some obstacles I never thought possible to overcome. I believe that people saw something in me that I could not see in myself at the time. They helped me get on my feet, and slowly move towards obtaining goals that gave a renewed sense of confidence. I am now able to happily call myself a changes alumni member and am always willing to help the newcomers feel as welcome as I was. It’s been an incredible journey of growth and am now looking forward to what tomorrow has in store.
Before I came to Changes I was lost in all aspects of my life. I had nowhere to turn, no direction, no guidance and no hope. Believing that all was hopeless, I had given up on myself of getting better. Then God stepped in and he blessed me with you and your program. You gave me unconditional love and acceptance, knowing how bad I was. You never gave up on me even when others did. You treated me like family and never judged me. You gave me hope and the inspiration and the drive to rebuild my life. I have never met a person like you, so full of compassion for others.
You taught me to be a man as well as allowed me to make my mistakes so I can learn to accept help. Your heart is soft as water and yet can be hard as a stone. I pray that I can be just as loving and giving to others as you were with me. You truly have the patience of a saint and the determination of a warrior. You have been born with a gift that only God Himself can give. You saved my life and taught me so much about myself. I can never thank you enough for all that you’ve done for me. I have been in other treatment centers, but none like yours. With you it’s not about the money it’s about your commitment to save lives. I will forever be indebted to you and your staff, I love you all, Matt.
Dear Rob, I wanted to take this time to write you my letter of appreciation for all that you do… When I first came here I thought to myself it’s going to be the same as all the others, I will probably not get anything positive out of the program. You showed me that it’s never about the money or trying to make yourself a publicity figure. Your true compassion for helping the sick and suffering where no one else would… touches my heart. I think people should really recognize all the good you are doing not just for you and your family but also for those who feel they have no family, no hope, no where to turn, and feel no love. Rob you took me under your wing and supported me until I was well enough to start the treatment process. Your integrity and love is as strong as a lion. You taught me that everyone deserves to have a chance at living a life that fills them with happiness and value. You said before that treatments you’ve been in have been chaos and uncomfortable. You felt that pain and sorrow us addicts have felt… You decided to make a treatment center designed to make an addict feel like he has a home, and love from a family. That’s all we ever wanted, you have so much empathy and that’s why people gravitate towards you… The unconditional love that you give is beyond words. You didn’t have to take me back a second time, you didn’t have to give me clothes… but you did anyway because you truly care about your clients and want to show them “I’m not here to make money, I’m here to love you until you can love yourself, I’m here to save your life from the pain and suffering I went through…” Your staff have been very welcoming and professional. I can’t thank you enough for all that you do. I realize how I can repay you, by following in your foot steps and being a true friend to the newcomers and showing them the same love and care you gave me. Thank you for this chance and thank you for being a friend.
I felt lost for a long time once I got out of the army. As a former combat soldier in Iraq, there were many things I was trying to cope with. For years I struggled with the disease of addiction. After countless visits to shrinks, days of isolation, and the torment to use and stay sick I could not take it any longer. My disease had a death grip on my life and I did not have one ounce of hope left inside me.
That was until a friend referred me to Changes Treatment and Recovery.
I flew roughly over 1,000 miles away from my home to start a new path in South Florida. When I arrived the staff welcomed me with open arms, as if I was family. Their individualized approach to addiction made me feel as though I mattered and that my life was worth living and that I was not just a statistic like I have previously felt at other facilities. The community held me accountable and taught me how to live and grow with this disease. Their one on one counseling sessions with experienced psychologists plus group sessions with others just like me made me feel that I was not alone in this long journey ahead of me. I am so happy with my most recent results at Changes Treatment Center that I am now able to give back and become a productive member of society once again.
Rob: You are such an amazing person words can’t even describe. Thank you for being so warm towards me and giving me another chance at recovery and a better life. You are an inspiration and seeing you brightens my day. You will always have a special place in my heart. I feel like you are the only one who can break through the walls I put up. Thank you for everything!!!
Rob – I’ve been given another chance at life and you are a part of it. (My wife and kids) have their dad and husband back starting tomorrow. I know I haven’t been the most pleasant but I appreciate everything Changes has done for me. I know I have the 12 steps, and meetings but Changes really is a step up for me. I do love and care about my new Florida family. No one but family has treated me so well. I just want you to know that you’re changing lives man. You never gave up on me and you stuck through it with me through the bull, and I’ll always love ya man. Thanks again!
Rob, I thought I would write you this to express my gratitude for you and what you’ve done for me. I want you to know that you are truly one of the most amazing, giving, and selfless human beings I have ever met. You have taught me what it is to have someone unconditionally love me no matter what stupid mistakes I choose to make. You’ve shown me that I am worth something in life, regardless of my past. You’ve shown me that second chances are SO worth taking full advantage of. You’ve let me know point-blank that MY thinking most likely isn’t worth giving second thought to. You have made me feel like the beautiful young woman that I AM. I want to be able to make something out of myself and give back to you, because you give so much for everybody else. You are like my 2nd father, and I want you to know I am so grateful for you & love you so much
Rob, I just wanted to thank you once again for being there for me since the day I got here. The love that you give to me and everyone else here is something that I’ve never seen before. I know that it sounds cliché, but you’ve loved me even when I haven’t been able to love myself. People like you are few and far between. Your heart is SO big and you wear it on your sleeve, and I love that about you. I honestly don’t want to think about where I’d be right now, if I didn’t have you in my life. Thank you for saving me and giving me hope that I can do this. You inspire me each and every day, and I look forward to getting a big hug from you every morning!! LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & BACK!!!
Dear Rob, I just wanted to tell you how much I love you and thank you so much for showing me a better way to live and never giving up on me when I would run. I never had anyone care so much about me. You are one of a kind. You always make me smile. And I want to say I’m no longer running. You took me in and never gave up on me. And you helped me to care about myself again. For once in my life I wake up smiling everyday and so happy to be at Changes. I see myself changing everyday. You gave that gift to me. And I want to make you proud and tell you to keep doing what you’re doing ‘cause you have helped me and changed my life. And one day I would love to work for you and help change other peoples lives, like you have changed mine. You are greatly loved, and you’ll always have a spot in my heart. I love you Rob. Never change. ‘Cause you are truly a blessing to everyone.
Dear Rob & Arthur, I just want to thank you for the kindness, patience, and generosity extended to (my daughter) throughout her stay with Changes. You truly care about each of your clients, which is far different than other treatment centers, and I am so thankful that we finally found you.
Dear Arthur… I can’t tell you how much I love and appreciate you. I feel like you are my second father and your opinion, view and advice means just as much to me as my own father. I want to make you proud and hope you know I do want to get better and have a good life partly due to my work here… Knowing you’ll always be there for me gives me solace and strength. I’m going to show you I can do this Arthur. You are my inspiration. Thanks for everything you’ve done for me and for believing in me. I love you.
Rob, you’ve been really good to me and I am very grateful for everything you did. You made me believe I really can be a good person and help people, and I have been trying. I love you like my blood family… You made the biggest impact on my life more than anyone ever has. I won’t use and I will pick up the phone if I need to. Even though it’s hard right now you still have faith that I will do the right thing. Love you man and thank you for everything…
Rob, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me. You and your staff have helped me more than you know. I want to stay in touch with you and your techs. I felt the most at home with you all… I love you and everyone there.
…You just want me to get it this time. And you did help me out, I never had more than 45 days clean and now I’m coming up on 5 months clean. I just want to let you know that I’m not going to leave and I am going to stick it out and stay… for as long as you want me to because I know you just want the best for me… For right now I’m going to just focus on myself and get through this, I’m going to listen to what you and Arthur have to say. Thank you for helping me get this far. I love you Rob.
Robert, the little bit I’ve known you, you are definitely an inspiration and a great father figure to me. I know I’ve thanked you numerous times but I just can’t express how grateful I am to you for this. God definitely sent me to the right place for my first rehab so it can be my last as long as I follow God and put my work in that follows faith. I thought I had a lot of compassion for people but you and Arthur definitely surpass me. You guys are amazing and I definitely look to gain the qualities you two possess, I’ll be forever indebted to the two of you and pray I can repay you guys by helping others who suffer from the same disease.
Hello Robert! Just a small note to let you know that my husband and I really ejoyed meeting you and your team! The pleasure was truly ours! WOW! What a wonderful group of fabulous people. I’m sure there is a place in heaven with your name on it. It was a breath of fresh air to meet folks that are helping kids solely out of love. It’s amazing to me that it has nothing to do with money, just kindness of heart. May you be rewarded dearly for helping those kids and their parents. Like us! The minute I met you I know why these kids love and respect you so much. You are a wonderful man with a hueg heart and we want to thank you for giving (our daughter) another chance at life. May God keep you safe so you can continue to help those that can’t help themselves!
I entered Changes on January 23, 2015, a broken, hopeless, and horribly addicted addict. Through the last month and a half and just the beginning of my long road of recovery, I’ve realized that there will never be another time that I use words like that to describe who I am. The amount of love and care that I’ve received since the moment that I walked into this facility is more than I’ve ever even given myself in my life. The therapy and treatment I’ve received is so amazing and sincere, two words that I never had used, that I’ve learned how to LOVE MYSELF AGAIN. I’m constantly surrounded by the most incredible individuals I could’ve ever dreamed of. I would not take back my decision to come to Changes for absolutely anything in the world because it has given me my life back. I love and cherish my Changes family as if they were my blood. I’ve buckled my seatbelt and I’m strapped in tight because this is only the beginning. Changes gave me a scholarship to begin my recovery.
Rob… I’ve been to so many programs and I can honestly say this is the best one I’ve ever been to. I’ve always been just another number and just a client, but here I get called by name, everyone knows my name, and I feel comfortable and loved by the staff. It means so much when you come into work and say hi, hug me and talk to me. I know I’ve only known you for a few weeks but you are such an amazing person… You are everything I’ve always wanted in a father, my dad never showed me love or even gave me the time of day. You are such a loving, fun, nice, good guy. I love you Rob... Thank you so much for giving me a second chance. You are saving my life.
Robert, I want to thank you for your love, support, and generosity. I am so blessed to work for a company that has this sort of loyalty and support… You don’t find many employers anymore who actually care. You are such an amazing boss. I am so grateful to have you in my life. I am forever indebted to you! You have become family and I hope you know how much I love you, Rob. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart.