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I am 33 years old.  I have been a Christian for most of my life.  I guess you could say I had religion but not a relationship.  My life growing up was not easy, my parents split up when I was very young.  I moved around a lot as a kid so I went to many different schools, met many different types of types and started doing many different types of drugs.  Skipping ahead I met my husband in 2000.  We hit it off really well.  Soon after, I moved in with him and we were really happy for the most part.  We were married in 2005 and he continued to deal with my drug usage which slowly got worse.  I had my daughter in 2010 and during my pregnancy was the longest I can say I stayed sober.  That was the best time of my life.  I felt so loved and comfortable, at peace.  When I received my epidural, I jerked and started having terrible back pain and formed endometriosis.  My doctor prescribed me pain meds and I also had bad anxiety so was prescribed benzoides as well.  So now I was taking drugs legally.  As with any other drug, the longer you take something the more you have to take to get the same effect.  Before I knew it my month supply would be gone in a week and I was very sick and detoxing about every other week.  This put a strain on my body and my marriage.  My head was in such a fog I lost track of what was most important in life.  Instead of choosing my beautiful daughter and my loving husband, I chose pills and really whatever else was in front of me.  I lied to everyone and stole things from everywhere.  I was not myself anymore and nobody could trust me.  I have four felonies on my record and was facing nine year prison sentence.  I was in and out of jail for the last two years before I came to Teen Challenge.  My lawyer likes to think it was all him but I know it was God.  I was allowed the opportunity to come to Teen Challenge for a year.  Since I was been here not only can I think straight, but I have learned to rely on God for everything.  I know he has a great plan for me in my life.  Two of my favorite verses in the bible are Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all tings God works for the good of those that love him and who have been called according to His purpose.”  And Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”  It took me a long time to accept and be thankful for the struggled that I have been through but now I know that I had to endure those trials to become the person that I am today.  Thankful for the bad as well as the good.  I am excited to follow through with the plan that God has for me and my family. 

This person received help at Alabama Teen Challenge.  To learn more about this program, please visit their page on our resource directory.

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