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I just wanted to write to tell you thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I visited Zakk these past few days and I left in tears of joy realizing how much progress he has made and with the belief that we might actually get our son back.  He was polite, courteous, thoughtful, thankful, humble and amazing.  Sending him there was the hardest thing I have ever done but when I left this morning I texted Kristen that it was also the best thing. My hat is off to you and all of your staff for believing in miracles and then, actually delivering them.  I know it is a long road ahead but I couldn’t be more encouraged from what I saw from Zakk these last few days.  Again many thanks!!!

Bob L.


I wanted to thank you for the work that you have put into our son Ben and into our family.  Your work with Ben, Sarah and I has truly been a gift from God.  It has been a very long two years and the discovery of his anxiety and helping him deal with it was ground breaking. while I know the life of an addict is not an easy one and that it needs to be taken one day at a time, helping Ben to identify and want to work on it is a major step in the right direction.  It is truly amazing how Elk Mountain was made available to us at the right time.

Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and all that you do.

Maurice B.


I send you a heartfelt Christmas greeting full of love and special thanks.  You are the ones, more than anyone else, who wrapped you gracious arms of love, encouragement and belief around Cooper and gave him the courage to make life altering changes.  I will always love you and thank you for this most precious gift.

Today, as we celebrate Christmas with family in Montgomery, I can reflect on the amazing changes he has made since meeting you in September 2009.  He has been sober without relapse, he attends AA almost daily, and plans to attend College in January.  But what is more impressive is that he has reclaimed his true nature, which is kind, loving and compassionate.  To that end, he has become a ray of hope and guiding hand with friends and family.  All of this is miraculous.

So on this special day, I want to give you thanks for being Christ’s example of how the gift of love and compassion can profoundly move and change people to the positive.  You have given Cooper and many others their life.

With special love to you, your family and your extended family of friends, who have all come to mean so much to us – We wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas!!

Connie M.


God brings people into our lives to bless us beyond belief.  You are two of those people.  We will never be able to thank you enough for loving our son.  Ian is doing well.  He has gone to 7 meetings and doing well in school.

I thank God every day that he is alive and well.  I owe much of that to you both.  May God richly bless EMA and the lives you touch every day!  Some days may be hard BUT always remember God is using you and may he bless you much.

Love to you Roxane and Bill



This is what I am doing NOW, after Elk Mountain &Carl Olding taught me how to work and love life over 15 years ago.

Thank you, Nathan G.



I am truly blessed….it has been hard to constantly keep this in mind throughout graduate school but I have certainly made a concerted effort to.  As you probably know it is quite easy to lose one’s perspective in graduate school and to lose focus of what is important and (perhaps most importantly) how lucky I am to have the relatively trivial pressures of academic life be the most pressing issues in life.  Things could have easily turned out much different and, of course, I have both of you to thank for much of that.  I still wear my two-year AA chip around my neck.