Only the Lord’s grace kept me from dying. My brother found me and brought me to the hospital. Shortly after this event I entered Teen Challenge.

God has been with me all my life, I just didn’t see Him. Satan was there as well and I saw him. I grew up in Milwaukee.

At 13, I started smoking cigarettes, marijuana, and drinking.  I never noticed the hooks sinking in because I was courteous, intelligent and had a measure of good ethical morals and was well liked.

In my senior year, I missed graduating by 1/2 credit. It was the first of many failures.

I had a pretty bad habit with no idea how to shake it. It cost me numerous management positions, all my possessions and my marriage. I stumbled for a few more years after my divorce and one day my pastor gave me the number to Teen Challenge.

The moment I came through the doors, the Lord took my desire for drugs and alcohol away. Poof! No cravings.  Two days later he took a 21 year nicotine habit away. I had tried all my life to stop doing drugs. But II Corinthians 5:17 says that “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Behold! All things are made new.”

After I finished second phase in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, I moved back to Milwaukee to be near my mother and my children. My father had died suddenly between induction and my going to second phase.