My name is Kenzie. I'm 20 years old and I'm from Gadsden, Al. I grew up in a good home. My parents work in the school system and my younger sister and I were very close. My parents worked hard to make sure we never went without. I was always a straight A student. I took ballet and I was really good. From the outside looking in I "had it all." I had lots of friends at school but they all played sports and I took dance so I was left out of a lot of things. I just never felt like I "fit in." When I was 15 I became friends with an older girl in my math class. Once I could drive we started hanging out every weekend. I loved hanging out with the older crowd. I liked that they accepted me. A couple months later I met a guy through some mutual friends. He had just graduated high school but we immediately hit it off. We started dating not long after we met. He smoked weed but I didn't mind, because I did too on the weekends. Shortly after we started dating I found out that he used pills. I started using pills with him, because I wanted to make sure he still liked me and I was afraid if I said no, he wouldn't like me anymore. Using pills on the weekends led me down a long dark. It eventually turned into an everyday thing. I started needing more and more pills and that got expensive. I would do anything to get those pills though. By the time I was a senior in high school, my addiction had gotten out of control. I was stealing and forging checks to get money to buy more pills. In Novemever 2012, I got arrested for forging checks and spent part of my senior year in the Substance Abuse Prevention Program in our county jail. I did my school work in jail so I could keep up with my class. I got out and went back to school in time to graduate. When I got out of jail my boyfriend was still serving time and I started seeing a guy I met at work. I started using meth shortly after that. Once I graduated, I started failing drug tests for probation and they sent me to rehab at Alabama Teen Challenge in June 2013. I was very angry about it, until I decided to let it go and allow God to do His work in me. I am grateful for Teen Challenge, because they saw something in me that I didn't see in myself and they pushed me to develop that relationship with God that I needed. That place saved my life. I have now been sober for 2 years. I got my youthful offender so my felonies disappeared from my record. I also recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I am blessed that God gave me a second chance when I didn't deserve one and completely transformed my life.
Thanks for taking time to hear my story, Kenzie.
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