"I’ve mostly had a good life, but I was an opiate addict for many years. Sometimes I managed it, and sometimes I didn’t. My family supported me through it all, but in 2014, I was caught manufacturing meth. After that, I stayed sober for several years, then I relapsed. About three months later, everything fell apart when I ran from the police instead of taking a drug test.
Before Program Living, I always expected people to bail me out when I messed up, and I never had to spend much time in jail when I was arrested. I never thought something was wrong with me. I thought other people were the problem, and I wasted two or three months of the program fighting that mindset. Program Living has taught me that there are consequences for my actions, and I’ve learned to take responsibility for myself. I had to learn that no one owes me anything, especially God.
God has given me the wisdom to realize what caused me to relapse last time, and I see now that it’s on me. Now, I’m dealing with this hole I have inside me. I’m learning more about my salvation, and I pray on my own. My family has slowly come back into my life, and I work full time at a factory. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with other people in my hometown that have the same struggles as me. I’m glad that I have a group of people at Hope House to reach out to. I know they care, they’ll be there and tell me straight. After I graduate, I’m excited to get back to my life, and hopefully this time I’ll do it right."