St. Stephen's Community House participants

Jake Sebastian

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Twelve is the new ten

Jake Sebastian grew up in family with a multi-generational history of physical abuse and substance use. It left him angry and broken.

“I wasn’t expecting anything good in life. I had no life plans except for getting drunk to numb the pain. After being in and out of rehabs for years, I didn’t believe anybody or anything could help me.” Three years ago, Jake hit rock bottom. He was in hospital emergency rooms every week. Fortunately, he was referred to our Toronto Community Addictions Team (TCAT).

At TCAT, Jake received intensive support to address his substance use, physical health concerns, housing needs and trauma related issues. “The approach at St. Stephen’s is so good. My case worker taught me more about myself than I ever knew. It helped me feel good about myself and accept others as they are.”

Today, Jake is thriving. “I’m a much happier person and I don’t need alcohol to feel better. I signed up for a creative writing course, started a relationship and do deliveries for a small catering company. A year ago, none of these wonderful things were possible for me. On a scale of one to ten, I feel like a twelve!”

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