Struggling with both schizophrenia and polysubstance abuse as a teenager, his mental health was deteriorating rapidly when he hit rock-bottom in November, 2014.
It was that moment that brought Jacob to Ontario Shores, where he received a combination of medication and therapy and learned how to manage his illness.
“They were really patient with me,” Jacob says of the staff at Ontario Shores. “I learned what my triggers are and how to stay healthy.”
During his recovery, Jacob has been busy rebuilding relationships.
He also made up for lost time in the classroom. Jacob earned credits for high school and with a goal working in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning sector.
He’s focused, healthy and learning more about himself each day.
“I want to work,” he says. “I want to live a healthy life.”
While he wishes his recovery from mental illness may have taken a slightly different route, Jacob views his low point as a necessary step in his life.
“It was a turning point,” he says. “I needed help.”Back
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