Testimonies

My name is Beverly. I am 46 years old. I was in addiction for 26 years before coming to 24/7 House. I did not know how to live life on life’s terms. I believed I was made to be a drug addict. Since coming here 5 months ago I learned how to truly surrender my life over to God. I have tried that before but failed and I believe honestly working the 12 steps of Recovery has given me the courage and ability to have this disease head on with the help of others here. God is restoring broken relationships with my children and my family members. He helps me be a productive member of society. I can pay for my own recovery and love on others. I am extremely grateful for the dark road that led me to the path of everlasting light. Today I have true friends that want me to succeed. They help me by holding me accountable and calling me out on my addictive thinking and behaviors that is a true blessing from my Jesus. Losing myself in addiction gave me the courage to find myself through recovery at the 24/7 House.–Beverly

 

Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside. Surrender was the first step towards freedom I had to surrender my old life and self will to God and my recovery program. Then I had to accept what I did and who I had become. I had to accept that I suffer from a substance use disorder. This is the Big one. I had to forgive myself for the hurt I have caused. This forgiveness didn’t come easy. I’ve realized that wisdom comes with experience and experience comes with mistakes. I will always remember what my addiction did to me and where it left me. But today I will rejoice in what recovery is.–Amber

 

My name is Kristen, I am 33 years old, and I was in addictive addiction for 22 years. My disease of addiction has caused me so much guilt, shame, and depression. I have been at the 24/7 House for a little over 12 months and it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I have gained a relationship with God and others who strive for something better just like me. I have just started this journey of recovery; I learn something new everyday and become so open minded. Because of this program my disease is in remission and I know how to surrender, be humble, loving, and how to do the next right thing one day at a time. Today I am grateful.–Kristen

 

 I grew up in a family that drugs and alcohol played a big role in. at the age of 15 I was sexually abused by a man that I babysat for. I had so much shame and guilt from that situation that I had bottled up. At the age of 17 I started using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. I used and lived in chaos for many years and that just added to more pain, guilt, and shame. I ended up going to jail allot and went to three treatment programs and picked and chose what I wanted to let them know. I ended up relapsing every time because I was not honest with myself or others. I knew I wanted something different I just did not know how to go about doing it. So, this last time I went to jail I got the offer to come to the 24/7 House. I made a promise to God and myself that I was going to be brutally honest and willing to do whatever was asked of me. Being at the 24/7 House has changed me drastically. I am learning how to live a productive life without someone or something to make me feel happy or feel valid. I have found true happiness within myself today. I am and will be forever grateful for God and the 24/7 House for the opportunity to change my life and everything about myself and within myself. I have so many things to be grateful for. I am sober and most of all I have a relationship with my higher power whom I call God. My relationship with my family is being restored and I have a job, I get to work. I have gained a whole new family and a program of Recovery I get to work to the best of my ability daily. What more could I asked for? For me, I have the best life possible today.–Jessica

 

I started using meth at the age of 14. My mother always said she would rather me do my drugs and party at home with her than let her daughter be away from her supervision. So, school became less and less of the norm and her approval and acceptance to what I could bring to the table became top priority. I do not blame my mother for the choices I have made or the direction I was heading. My life has been filled with sexual, mental, and physical abuse, denial, lack of self esteem and the list goes on. I still thought drugs were the way to my salvation burying the guilt and shame. Losing my children put gas on the fire that was my addiction. Still, it was my way of life. I have been arrested a couple times which sent me to RSAT but the day I graduated I didn’t even make it to probation before I relapsed. 6 months later, I was arrested again which was Godsent. Now I am a resident at the 24/7 House, and I can honestly say today I hold no resentments to my mother, I am alive today and happy to be. This place has truly saved my life and my soul. Now I know my value and I have self-worth. I am 28 years old, and I can honestly say with such gratitude that I am sober today and I am exactly where I want to be.–Desirae