I struggled with a Crystal Meth and Heroin addiction for a little over seven years. This program helped me gain the tools to not only love myself and have faith in myself, but also on how to love other people who were always there for me.  I grew up in a very good home with two very loving parents and a younger brother who had to see all this bad stuff happen to me. He was always by my side no matter what.

At the age of 13, my innocence was stolen from me by a man that my parents trusted and who I trusted. That’s when I started dabbling with pot.  At the age of 19, I started dating a man who was both emotionally and physically abusive but I didn’t think anything was wrong with that because he had me believing that I wasn’t worth anything.  This man introduced me to pain pills which eventually lead to Heroin and then to Crystal Meth. When I first came to Teen Challenge I didn’t understand how all these drug addicts were so happy.

On June 15, 2013, I was sitting at a table in the back yard with two other students and a staff member.  They told me about this man named Jesus who could take all of my pain away, so I accepted Him into my life and ever since that day I’ve never been so happy.  While at Teen Challenge I was also Water Baptized twice, and restored a lot of broken relationships.

The scripture that I stand on is 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore  if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.”  I believe this scripture to stand true especially in my life, because I’m a new creation in Christ and everyday I wake up is a new adventure with Him.

Since graduating Teen Challenge I’ve been enjoying my life at home in Pewaukee with my amazing family, my fiancée and his amazing family as well. I’m currently helping out at my   father’s company, Investment Specialists, rehabbing houses until my next career opportunity presents itself. I am also looking into getting my Broker’s License this fall.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with any kind of drug addiction check into Teen Challenge. It’s the best program out there due to the Jesus factor and it proves that Jesus is still in the business of Saving Souls.