Why I.C.


Our son attended an excellent wilderness recovery center and had a very positive experience.  His counselor at this program recommended Inner Connections as a transition between the wilderness program and coming home.  Chris Cotton’s program in Keene, New Hampshire came highly recommended. After a long telephone conversation with Chris, my son chose Inner Connections. This turned out to be the best decision he ever made for himself. Chris has been pivotal in our son’s continued personal growth. We have watched a fearful, negative, and unhappy boy turn into a self-confident, positive young man who is excited about his life. Inner Connections stresses independent living and self-direction and provides the skills to achieve this. The young adults that are lucky enough to live there are working, attending college, learning to keep a budget, and making choices for themselves.  It is real life within a supportive, positive community where trust and values matter. Chris Cotton is a compassionate and skilled life coach, and my son and our family have been fortunate to learn and grow under his guidance.

Chris and Ken C., North Carolina, 2008
I sent my son Joshua to Inner Connections to help him find himself after years of watching him slide into depression and self medicating behavior.  Within just a few short weeks of working with Chris and his staff, I heard my son sounding like a different person.  Some of the confidence was back.  He sounded excited about life.  The first time Josh came home for a visit he was 30 lbs thinner and had a huge smile on his face.  I all but cried. Several months into the program Josh went through a rough patch.  Chris and his staff see this as an opportunity to do some powerful work.  A crisis at Inner Connections is an opportunity to make great strides forward.  It is truly an amazing thing to witness.
Inner Connections has also been terrific for me as a parent and man.  I have learned a lot about myself and how I can be a better father to both of my sons. I cannot say enough about how happy I am that we chose Chris and Inner Connections for our son. I feel that I have given my son the opportunity to achieve a level of happiness and success that otherwise may have been lost.

Larry G., Florida 2008

My wife and I brought our son to Chris Cotton and Inner Connections in October 2003 with some reservations.  He had just completed a five-month program at an excellent therapeutic and emotional growth school, where he received his high school diploma.  The counselors at the school as well as our educational consultant strongly recommended Inner Connections and said that there was not another program like it.  Our primary concern was that it was so far away. We had several conversations with Chris and a visit to Keene before we agreed that this was the transition that our son needed; however, we left the final decision to our son.  Chris met with our son and described Inner Connections’ purpose and mission.  We are thankful every day that our son decided that he should go to Inner Connections. Chris Cotton is an extremely compassionate person and relates well to young adults. Our son was able to take the life and coping skills that he acquired at the emotional growth school and apply them to the real world at Inner Connections.  Our son has become a confident and self-directed young adult with good values.  We plan to continue the “Inner Connections   Experience” through distance coaching.

Hugh & Karen C., Richmond, VA

With the help of the intensive coaching and supportive environment at Inner Connections   ‘ Coaching House, our son has grown from an angry, sullen teenager into a communicative, happy young man. He is now excited about his life and its possibilities.  His self-esteem has grown and he is moving forward in positive directions.  Our whole family has benefited in better communication skills from the teleclass parent coaching which was offered as part of the program.  Since our son did not feel ready to come home after attending a 3 month emotional growth program, Inner Connections    was a great follow up support for his transition to independent living.  Living at the Coaching House has allowed him to learn from his efforts, to express himself, to take leadership and to grow on his own. Thank you.

Ray C. and Peggy G., Maryland

Had I gone home after the emotional growth program I would have gone right back to using drugs and my old life of consistent pain and loneliness even when people surrounded me.  I am grateful to Chris, Lark, Jen and Betsy for the skills and support I have gained from I.C.  I am now strong and have a real support from my friends.  I have a life that has a purpose and ambitious spirit.  What a foundation for me to succeed in my life.  Thank you.

Jonathan C. (Coaching House participant from Virginia)

The fear of being alone has been prevalent most of my life.  This pattern started from family problems as a child.  By coming to Inner Connections   I’ve learned how to face these fears and work through the emotional pattern that was set by me when I was a child. Each day I’m learning to offer thoughts that will allow me to create self-confidence.  It feels really good to love myself again and to accept people for who they really are.

Zack C. (Coaching House participant from North Carolina)