I grew up in Romulus with my mom, dad, sister, and brother. Life was not perfect, but all of my needs were provided. As I got older, more and more of my peers around me started using drugs, which made me curious. I was influenced by my surroundings, and I let the drugs take control of me. My addiction severely damaged my relationships with my family, most of which remain damaged. The only person in my family who I still speak to is my father… I finally hit the low point in my addiction when I was homeless, with no car or license, unemployed, and morally bankrupt. I NEVER thought I would get sober again.
The brutal Michigan winter is a great persuader to reach out for help, If I hadn’t, I would have frozen to death. Being at Grace Centers of Hope has been a miracle thus far, although I still struggle. Maintaining a positive attitude can be challenging at times but I have to push on through. God’s kindness has played a huge part in my recovery because I know that I don’t deserve all of His kindness, yet He has stayed by my side and never left.
My dad has played a very important role for me in my recovery, rooting me every step of the way. My dad believes that I have been called according to His purpose and that I am EXACTLY where God wants me to be. Stop punishing yourself for what has happened in your past, and let God show you what a happy future looks like, It IS possible.
My overall outlook in life is now grounded in hope. I have experienced God’s love and kindness at Grace, and it truly has opened my eyes to a future worth living. If you’re hurting, PLEASE reach out to those who have struggled but found a way out. There is always someone else out there who can feel your pain, and there is ALWAYS someone out there who has emerged from the fire of drug addiction, triumphantly. Asking for help is not a weakness, it shows your will to LIVE!