I am 31 years old and am from Millbrook, AL. I grew up in a middle class Christian household. I went to church every time the doors were open. I never got into any trouble growing up, never went to parties or drank. The summer before my senior year of high school I tore my ACL and required surgery. I believe that’s when Satan opened that door to my first taste of pain medicine. After graduating from high school I did the normal thing of working and going to college. I don’t really remember the defining moment that I started using pain medicine but I do remember that I started stealing it from my dad when I was about 20. At first I was taking it only at night and as time went by I started taking it during the day. In October 2013 my Peepaw passed away. After family members couldn’t get a hold of him for three days we finally went to check on him and found that he had passed away. He was my best friend and my biggest cheerleader. Struggling with my weight all my life I felt he was the only person that loved me no matter how heavy I got. In losing him I lost my biggest fan. That was the start of my depression and drug use on a daily basis. It started years of stealing, lying and using people to get what I wanted. I lost all sense of a moral compass. If you had it and I wanted, I felt I was entitled to have it. Because of my drug use I lost jobs, family and friends. On October 15, 2012 I was returning from seeing a doctor that would prescribe me anything I wanted. After taking 14 pain pills I had a medication induced seizure and hit a tree head on going 85 miles an hour. I woke being pushed into an ambulance and was told I had broken both my ankles and that my bones were out of my body. I was then air lifted to UAB and rushed to surgery. After waking days later I was told by my doctor that I would probably never walk again without assistance and need years of physical therapy. After my car accident I continued to live my life to get high. I was arrested in March 2013 for calling in a prescription. The charges were dropped that day so it made me feel like I could continue to do what I needed to get high. It was all I wanted and could think about. In May 2013, I started to run out of places to crash, couches to sleep on and people to steal or borrow money from. Little did I know then God was closing doors that would get me to Alabama Teen Challenge mainly because I didn’t have anywhere else to go and I thought it would make my family happy. I was very angry and just didn’t care. Because of my car accident I was in a lot of pain. I now had to become more mobile and active. I would lie in bed and beg God to make the pain go away. As I lay in bed one day, reading my Bible, I came across Proverbs 3:7-8 (NLT), “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing in your body and strength in your bones.” In coming to Alabama Teen Challenge, without even knowing it, I took my first step in becoming obedient and in becoming obedient, God continues to heal me. Not only have I walked again, without any physical therapy, but I am now running. God has truly shown me so much love, mercy and grace. God has pulled me out of a pit of desperation and despair. I no longer lie in bed begging him to let me die so my family will not worry about me and they’ll then know where I was. He is showing the talent and beauty inside of me. He has restored my family and my relationship with my sister. My sister has become my best friend again and her forgiveness is the closest thing to God’s forgiveness I will see and experience on earth. I can hear the love in my parents’ voices when I talk to them and not worry or frustration. As for what the future holds, I have no idea and where my path will take me. But I do know I will have faith and seek God in everything I do. In doing that I know I will not turn back to my own sinful nature. I’m excited for life and ready to live it.
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