It’s been four years since I entered Adult & Teen Challenge for my alcohol addiction. Since then I have completed the 12-month discipleship course, a seven-month refresher course and a six-month internship. When I was a new student in the program, I felt like a broken vase that couldn’t be put back together. But God showed me He was going to do better than fix me, He was going to make me into a brand new vase. And today I am that new creation! Not only am I able to live sober, but I have a whole new identity in Christ.
I am still in awe of God’s goodness and restoration daily in my life and my family. My son (who was scared to be alone with me before) now comes on weekly dates with me. Where there used to be hurt, pain, anger, deceit and broken relationships, there is now peace, love, joy, laughter, calm and fun! The circumstances in my life have not changed, and there can still be stressful days – but I no longer resort to my old coping mechanisms.
God’s using my story to give others hope now. Adult & Teen Challenge will always be my family, and I am forever grateful to this life-saving program that God uses.