We’re excited about the work we do and how it can transform the lives of individuals and their caring families and colleagues. 

What encourages us greatly is when we receive affirmations from our clients about how Atherton Living is making a difference in their lives and those they love. 

Here are a few of the testimonials we have gathered to share with you:

I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason. Our 17 year old daughter was about to come home from her 3 months of rehab and we were not sure how we were going to transition her back to her sober life, or how to help her maneuver her way with a more positive and motivated assurance.

Then I was told about David Atherton. This man came into our world and not only was the exact answer to our prayers but he turned out to be so much more. David has taken our daughter and helped keep her sober, and with a lot of tough love taught her that she is capable.

He has also helped us as parents set boundaries and not fall into manipulation. He has been priceless to us. He came into our lives and changed our world.



I want you to know you did a phenomenal job opening my eyes to the world around me. Working with you through the difficult unapproachable childhood trauma that I endured was a journey I will never forget.

This has been a remarkable and heartfelt experience within the trials and tribulation of overcoming some deeper emotions that have remained buried for some time.

I appreciated how you were relatable in a number of aspects and I truly felt as if you could understand, not just reading scripts from a college chapter. I feel that our encounter has changed me for the better and I look forward to a brighter future thanks to you.


Hello, my name is Patrick and I’m an “Enabler”. I am the father of David Atherton.

As parents, we just want a better life for our children. It’s taken me years to face the fact that I enabled David. I was quick to make excuses for him when things went badly. I refused to make him take responsibility for his own actions.

And just as important, I usually felt sorry for him. I always backed down and forgave him. My day of independence came when I dropped him off at a rehab.

On my way out the door I told David, “You are my son. I will love you always, but if you don’t complete this 6-month program don’t ever contact me again.

I simply can’t allow you to hurt me any longer”. It worked. My son has been drug free for 11 years. Taking back control was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Keep hope alive and take back control of your life for the sake of your loved one.

Patrick Atherton