I Was An Addict... but God – Part Two
There were some events during my life that were extremely traumatic that led me down a darker and darker path of destruction.
To name a few... I had two abortions that haunted me for years. I was sexually assaulted by four men. I harbored two fugitives who murdered two people over a bad drug deal. I watched my friends overdose in my car a number of times. And I lost friends to overdose and suicide.
All of these things made me feel terrible inside and to cope I continued to run from my problems by going deeper into a dark hole filled with drugs and alcohol.
In 2012, I overdosed on heroin and almost died. I ended up in the ER days later from dehydration and I told my mom that day I was an IV drug user. She was able to convince me to go to rehab and I did.
I spent eleven days in treatment before I checked myself out and started using again. I was introduced to meth sometime after that and began using both heroin and meth daily.
In 2013, I was arrested for my fifth offense OWI, possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. I was bonded out of jail only to be arrested again for burglary, theft of moveable property, forgery and bail jumping.
In 2014, I was sentenced for the fifth offense OWI, possession of narcotics, theft of moveable property and bail jumping. The other charges were dismissed and I received a year in jail. After being in jail for two months, a girl planted a seed in me about surrendering my life to Jesus. After that, I began reading the Bible and doing Bible study. I accepted Christ as my Savior in November of 2015 while I was in jail.
Not long after that, I lost the third man I considered a father figure. He passed away from alcoholism. The last memory I had of him was stealing his money to support my drug habit. I never got to say goodbye.
I asked God for forgiveness and I asked Him to show me what I could do to help others. I wanted to be a voice for all the friends and family that I had lost to addiction. When I was released, I relapsed not once but a number of times. I ended up contracting sepsis, a deadly blood infection where I ended up in the hospital for two days and almost died.
I prayed to be delivered and the road was paved. God delivered me in 2018 of all drugs, alcohol and nicotine a year later. I have been clean for almost five years now, by the grace of God.
Since my release from jail, I made amends with my family, got my license back, got married, bought a house, bought a car, obtained employment, started a business and I am currently enrolled in college to obtain a degree that will allow me to be a Substance Use Disorder Counselor.
God not only changed my vision, but He changed my heart. I have decided to dedicate my life to spreading the gospel and helping the addicted, lost and the broken.
God uses everyone to fulfill His purpose. You are never too broken or damaged.
Glory to God! Hallelujah!
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