By the age of 14, I was smoking cigarettes and marijuana, sniffing pills, and drinking at every occasion.  After  turning 16, I started a relationship that would last almost 9 years.  We started sniffing cocaine, which eventually led to smoking crack. 

This drug was very addictive and seemed to demand my every thought.  My life was a rapidly out-of-control downward spiral.  By 17, I took a plunge into heroin addiction

My home life had gotten so bad that I got kicked out, my school expelled me, and I got arrested for marijuana.  I was living with my boyfriend’s parents and thought life couldn’t get any worse. 

By 21, I was hooked on everything from heroine to ecstasy to methamphetamines to oxycontin.

I felt desperately hopeless.  In trying to find the exit from this cage, I cried out to God.  I told Him about how hopeless I felt and about needing a purpose, and wanting to give up.  Asking Him what His plan for my life was seemed like my final attempt in finding hope.

I should not be alive today.  By the grace of God, I have survived several overdoses and many accidents.  I’ve had 3 seizures and stopped breathing a few times due to drug use.  Those last few years of drug addiction and alcohol dependency proved to be the hardest years of my life.  I decided to get help. Praise God!

When I came to Teen Challenge, I was broken beyond repair, or so I thought. Nick, my boyfriend didn’t make it.  He passed away 5 days after I came into the Teen Challenge program from a heroin overdose.

By the grace of God, I’m more alive than ever, and He wants me on the mission field caring for His flock.  He has fully equipped me to do so.  I had been in Teen Challenge for 7 months when God finally and completely delivered me from drugs and alcohol. 

I truly am a new creation in Christ and I no longer desire drunkenness or the high that I got from drugs.  The only one I need is God.  The scripture I stand on is Jeremiah 29:11  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.  “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future.”