September 22, 2023


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Coach Bop Buenaventura

KILLING THE SOUL: A message from Coach Bop Buenaventura

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Killing The Soul by Lito Gruet

My column is mostly dedicated to sharing inspiring REAL LIFE stories of recovery. With their consent, I will be featuring a series of amazing recovery stories. Indeed, everyone deserves a second chance and we do not deserve condemnation, judgment nor death.

Yes, there is HOPE in Recovery!

Meet Bop Buenaventura

Three years ago I volunteered myself at Safehaven, broken, lost and hurting. It was my second time submitting myself to rehab but this time one thing was different, i felt the love and acceptance of a non judgmental community.

Prior to submitting myself to treatment, due to drugs and gambling addiction I lost my life and family. I ended up being alone, I was literally alone and homeless. Drugs made me destroy my life and hurt the people I love.

But as the days turned into months I was inspired to continue and share my recovery. At Safehaven, I found hope again.

Human connection was the key. The support from Pastor Ronnie delos Santos, the staff, coaches and my fellow clients was the key. By trusting the process, taking it day by day, I slowly began to build a life for myself.

And here I am, three years later, living, really living the life I have always wanted together with my mama, papa, siblings, relatives, friends and the woman I dearly love, Bayoy.

I am so thankful to God, for without him recovery would have not been possible.

#ChristCentered #WeAreSafehaven #AmbassadorsofHOPE #TRANSFORMATIONSTORIES

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