I had a wonderful childhood with a loving, caring, and supportive family. I first decided to try alcohol at 14 years old, and that was the beginning of my demise… I quickly began to rely on alcohol because it eased all of my worries.
My complete obsession with alcohol cost me ALL of the relationships that I held dear. I pray every day that I am able to slowly mend those relationships back together. I don’t really deserve forgiveness from my loved ones, but I now have hope that it will one day be possible. I had reached such a low point in my addiction that I would steal from ANY of my family or friends, just to get myself another bottle of liquor… Nothing mattered to me anymore, the alcohol had become my God.
I wasn’t quite ready to get treatment yet, but apparently, God intervened in my life. I woke up after a week in the hospital with NO recollection of the previous month. No memories, whatsoever… That is when I decided it was time to get my life on track, or I wouldn’t be alive much longer.
I came to Grace Centers of Hope completely broken, almost ready to just give up. The first task that I needed to tackle was dealing with the strong hatred I had of myself. I have learned that if God loves me, why shouldn’t I love myself? God’s love has continued to give me the strength I need to overcome my addiction. I never thought this would be possible, but I’m actually happy again. I am productive, and extremely hopeful for the future for the first time in 20+ years. Just believe in yourself and let God into your life, because with Him ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!