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Summer got involved with the wrong crowd very early in life. By sixteen, she had quit all of the sports and was addicted to drugs. She was kicked out of high school and had nothing to hope for. Learn what led Summer to get help and how her life has changed in recovery.

I grew up in a good family with three older sisters. I was very athletic and played every sport there was. I got involved with the wrong crowd very early in my life. By sixteen, I had quit all of the sports and was addicted to drugs. I was kicked out of high school and had nothing to hope for. I thought the answer was that I needed to move. I didn’t know how I was going to do that, so I joined the army. I never graduated basic training because I contracted encephalitis of the cerebellum from the smallpox vaccination. I spent the next few years learning to walk, talk, and do other things all over again. I was really mad because I didn’t know what I was going to do. The next few years of my life consisted of multiple medical problems and an overdose. God kept His hand on me through all of this. I tried to get off drugs, but I couldn’t. I hit my knees and told God, “I have no hope if this is all my life is going to be, just let me die!” Less than two hours later, I was arrested. I came to Teen Challenge just to get sober, but I got so much more! I met God in a way I didn’t know existed. There is no amount of alcohol or drugs that could touch how “My God” feels!

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