Chelsea’s Testimony

Life for me growing up was not too bad at first, I spent the majority of my time at my grandma’s house. Although I was very young, I was given MANY responsibilities at a very young age. My mom was in a terrible car accident when I was young, so I ended up having to keep up the house and take care of my siblings. My mom GAVE me “medication” daily, to help me cope with the stress I was feeling.

It started out as taking drugs to cope, but it quickly turned worse. It was difficult for my family to watch me quickly diving deeper and deeper into my addiction, but there was nothing that they could do to stop me… Pretty soon I was homeless, miserable, and without my children. I was pretty broken by this point…

LUCKILY I was soon arrested and sentenced to the program by my judge. I say LUCKILY because I am not sure what would have happened if I was still homeless out on the streets. With recovery, also comes feelings. It was hard to accept the fact that I had gotten to this point in my life, facing my own self was not an easy feat. God has given me the strength to continue on this path of recovery, and I trust His judgment.

My friends and family have played a huge part in making my recovery work so far. My mom took care of my kids, drove them back and forth, and continuously brought them up here to see me. My kids just wanted me to be healthy again, they missed their mom… I have had to surrender it all to God and stop running away from myself. I needed to face my demons, in order to overcome them. 

Since coming to Grace Centers of Hope, my life has improved DRAMATICALLY! I now get to see my children more, I have a full-time job in the community, I am married, and now expecting baby #3! Continue to push for a better life, no matter what you have been through. Live life day by day, and most important of all, TRUST GOD!