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People come to Summit Estate when they need help…

I came in with a drug problem and hopeless feelings about myself and my life. By turning my life over to the Staff and program at Summit, as hard as it was and as much as I fought it, I was given the greatest gifts of all back. My relationship with my parents has never been stronger. I have a long list of healthy responsibilities again, such as school and work. I have everything ahead of me that I always dreamed about, but never thought possible. I have never been more proud to be me or more confident about where my life is going because of all the things I learned and experienced at Summit Estate. I could never thank everyone at Summit Estate enough for seeing the potential in me and for having hope for me when I saw no point in life anymore.

-Grant S.


Not only do you get the luxury of a fine hotel resort setting, in my opinion, the coursework, group & individual therapy sessions & actives are superior to larger rehabilitation centers.

-Stacie A.


Our two sons both attended Summit Estate Recovery Center. From the first day the staff at Summit ensured the journey to sobriety was one of respect, compassion and support. The facility could not be more beautiful and peaceful which had such a calming and therapeutic effect. We are forever grateful to Lexi and Summit for bringing our family back together.

-Elizabeth S.


I came to Summit Estate and was truly amazed at the kindness, caring, and knowledge of the staff. I left Summit Estate after having worked out many issues that had lead me to stop doing all the things that kept me so happy and sober previously. I departed with an awesome exit strategy and began life a new man.

-Bryan B.


I do not want to take away from the seriousness of why I was there but it certainly helped that Summit Estate provided so much. I knew why I was there. It was not easy and the Summit staff went to great lengths to help me through a very difficult time. There are rules and structure, all designed to help the patient learn necessary tools that can be applied on the outside. It works and four months down the road I have been successful in applying what I got out of Summit to my own program for recovery.

-Patrick L.


My experience at Summit Estate Recovery Center was life-changing. I was one of the first clients admitted to the program, and owe my life and sobriety to this facility.

-Dolores L.


I was at Summit in the summer of 2012 and again in April of 2013 (for a refresher experience) to get help for my addiction and depression issues. My experience was so rewarding I can’t put it into words. The place is awesome and the compassion is unreal, especially when you are desperate for help. They also offer Outpatient services after completion of the program. Today I feel free- I still have a lot of work to do, however, I’ve been given the education and tools to live again. Summit got me on my way.

-Synthia S.


I feel that Summit Estate gave me not only the skills, knowledge and ability to stay sober, but more importantly, the program taught me how to love and respect myself again. Maybe more importantly, they helped me to understand how key self-esteem and self-worth are to seeing myself as someone who deserves to be sober. Summit Estate gave me far more than just 60 days of drug and alcohol treatment- they gave me the happy, successful future I have in front of me.

-Savannah D.

Recovery Stories
Our two sons both attended Summit Estate Recovery Center. From the first day the staff at Summit ensured the journey to sobriety was one of respect, compassion and support. The facility could not be more beautiful and peaceful which had such a calming and therapeutic effect. While all the staff at Summit is highly trained and professional, Lexi was the key to guiding both boys to happiness with themselves and developing a recovery plan to give them the confidence for their future success. We are forever grateful to Lexi and Summit for bringing our family back together.

-Elizabeth S.


I found Summit Estate online and took a tour. The spoiled, entitled person inside me saw Summit Estate and thought it would be easy to bullshit my way through the program. I carried this thinking into my first week at Summit Estate. I didn’t trust anyone, I thought that “everyone thinks they are better than me,” and since I came from a great family and area, I didn’t have “problems” and this place was for messed-up people.

-Grant S.


I have never been at a lower point in my life than when I entered Summit Estate. I was an immature, self-centered kid from Los Altos who thought life was supposed to be given to me and not earned. I started out taking a few Vicodin pills with my friends and I thought life was one big party. Because I came from where I did and had parents who supported me, I thought that I didn’t have to do anything in life and I was so arrogant I thought I would be handed success. I never thought I would be stealing from anyone and lying about everything, let alone shoving needles in my arm and buying heroin in the Tenderloin in San Francisco just to get through each painful day. That couldn’t happen to me!

Wrong!

There I sat, no friends left to call, no family members to listen or put up with my shit. My right arm was swollen and I was unable to move it because of all the drugs I injected just so I could get through the next hour and make it until tomorrow. I had enough- I couldn’t believe I had become the person I swore I would never become. I didn’t want to go to rehab, but I knew I needed help.

I found Summit Estate online and took a tour. The spoiled, entitled person inside me saw Summit Estate and thought it would be easy to bullshit my way through the program. I carried this thinking into my first week at Summit Estate. I didn’t trust anyone, I thought that “everyone thinks they are better than me,” and since I came from a great family and area, I didn’t have “problems” and this place was for messed-up people.

Once I came out of my detox and reflected on why I came here in the first place, I realized that I really did have a huge problem and needed help more than ever. I then took the most important step of my journey- I gave up the control and I started to trust a little bit. I began to examine the things about myself and my life that I had always ignored and never wanted to see. I found that all the drugs and pills were just symptoms.

I was in shock, but for the first time in my life I started to see who I really was. I was now with myself 24/7. I connected all the dots in my life that previously seemed to have no relation to my drugs use. I began to understand that everything my Counselor and the rest of the Summit Staff said and did was for a purpose. One of their goals was to get me out of my comfort level. Once I began to trust everyone at Summit, I was given a glimpse of the gifts that I had been told I can get from this place all along, and I wanted more. I started to believe in myself, and for the first time I felt self-esteem, which continued to grow. My self-esteem is what I truly lost the most through my drug addiction. I used drugs to make me “happy” or confident for the time-being. However, I never felt truly happy until I let go and dealt with my problems instead of running away.

I can never thank my Counselor enough for her unconditional love and for seeing the good in me that I had lost and never thought I could get back. She pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me the gift of being able to let go of everything I had held on to. I became a person I never imagined I could be.

I came in with a drug problem and hopeless feelings about myself and my life. By turning my life over to the Staff and program at Summit, as hard as it was and as much as I fought it, I was given the greatest gifts of all back. My relationship with my parents has never been stronger. I have a long list of healthy responsibilities again, such as school and work. I have everything ahead of me that I always dreamed about, but never thought possible. I have never been more proud to be me or more confident about where my life is going because of all the things I learned and experienced at Summit Estate. I could never thank everyone at Summit Estate enough for seeing the potential in me and for having hope for me when I saw no point in life anymore.

The most important piece of advice I can impart is give yourself to the Summit Estate program and the program will give you more than you ever thought in return.

-Anon.


The first thing that got my attention was the food- it was great, and the Chefs were gracious. The entire staff, from Administrative, Medical and Counseling, all provided a comfortable environment to learn recovery, coping, and other skills necessary to succeed in recovery from addiction.

-Mark Z.


I arrived at Summit Estate the same day I checked out of a seven week hospital stay related to my addiction, I had somehow survived death in the hospital. The doctors said I would have to have a liver transplant, because my liver was no longer functioning. I had to adhere to a strict medication schedule. When I arrived at Summit Estate I had just begun walking with the assistance of a walker, I required grab bars in the restroom and a chair in shower, all provided at no cost to me. In the first week I fell and had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment, they provided transportation and assistance. They scheduled and arranged all medical appointments and provided transportation as well. They brought my medication to me and kept me on the required schedule.

The first thing that got my attention was the food- it was great, and the Chefs were gracious. The entire staff, from Administrative, Medical and Counseling, all provided a comfortable environment to learn recovery, coping, and other skills necessary to succeed in recovery from addiction. During my stay I discovered I was the most senior person on the property and was always treated with respect. I also enjoyed the physical therapy, particularly the stationary bike which helped me regain strength in my legs. I also discovered the staff really understood the challenges of recovery because many of them were in various stages of their own recovery. My counselor was great- her first day on the job at summit was my first day as a client. We formed a special friendship. I continue to nurture that relationship by staying in constant communication, and she always has a word of encouragement.

I found the group therapy to be very inspirational, once I became comfortable with the others in the group. I enjoyed sharing my experiences with the others in group. I especially enjoyed the one-on-one time with my counselor. After several months of continued blood testing my Doctors found my liver was functioning again and I would not require a liver transplant after all. My counselor helped me prepare an exit strategy to help me succeed on the outside with my early recovery.

After leaving Summit Estate, I followed through on the suggestions given as part of my exit strategy. I stayed at a Sober Living Environment for four months before returning to my home. I attended a four month Outpatient Program, attended Group Therapy, and attended the required twelve-step meetings. While many patients at Summit Estate enjoy the financial support of Insurance companies, I did not. My treatment was paid out of my own pocket. I have been sober for eleven months, and completely dedicated to succeeding in my recovery, many thanks to the medical, counseling and administrative staff at Summit Estate. It was a unforgettable experience, that I remember fondly.

-Anon.


I arrived at Summit Estate Recovery Center after my parents and family held an intervention for me. I did not want to enter treatment, and did not really believe I needed to get sober. Everyone in my life saw the problems I was having except for me- I think I knew deep down that I needed help, but was definitely not ready to ask for it, or really even to accept it. I was in college, and saw no problem with my drug use. I thought that if I kept my grades at an acceptable level, my parents and friends should just let me do what I wanted to do, even though I had overdosed and my life was at risk.

When I arrived at Summit Estate, I was not ready to accept treatment. I basically just agreed to go because I wanted to “shut” everyone up. I thought that I would stay the minimum amount of time possible, and get back to my old life as quickly as I could…

-Savannah D.


Summit Estate Recovery Center was certainly not my idea of where my holidays would be spent. Unfortunately, when addiction takes control of your life, it does not care what time of the year it is. For the first time of my life, I had become so desperate I realized that I needed help with my problem. I had no idea, no referrals, no basis in fact that Summit Estate was the right place. I was not even in the right frame of mind when I choose to enter. Nevertheless, it turned out to be the perfect start on my road to recovery…

-Patrick L.


There I sat, no friends left to call, no family members to listen or put up with my shit. My right arm was swollen and I was unable to move it because of all the drugs I injected just so I could get through the next hour and make it until tomorrow. I had enough- I couldn’t believe I had become the person I swore I would never become. I didn’t want to go to rehab, but I knew I needed help…

-Grant S.


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