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Amber

Success Story

Amber

The Early Years And Beyond

My name is Amber Ellison and I am 26 years old.  I have struggled with drug addiction since I was 15 years old.  I have always had a great and supportive family but I was always trying to run away from something.  It turns out that “something” I was running from was actually someone and that someone was me.  I grew up going to church but I never felt a relationship with God.  I tried to do everything on my own and was never able to stay clean or deal with life on life’s terms.

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The Early Years And Beyond

I tore my loved ones and every home I have ever had apart looking to fill up the emptiness that constantly haunted me.  Every time I relapsed my life got worse and I felt hopeless.  I felt like the world was against me and I was screaming for help but no one could hear me.  My life was chaos, the drugs stopped working, and my children were taken away.  I was using against my own will.

I don’t believe it was a coincidence that I was screaming out to the God I had stopped praying to just moments before several police cars surrounded my car and told me to get out with my hands up.  God did for me what I could not do for myself.  I finally surrendered.  I felt hope for the first time.

The Road To Recovery

Shining Light brought me back to God.  I have been through the very things I never thought I could go through clean with the love, support and safety of Shining Light.  I cannot put in words what it felt like when Ms. Teresa, someone I barely knew at the time, believe in me so much that she was willing to do whatever it took in court for me to have a chance in recovery and still have my children.

I have had life changing classes at Shining Light and it’s only by the grace of God that I am here today.  I am so grateful to shining Light and Ms. Teresa, who believed in me and fought for me and my children.  Today I am full of hope and excitement for my life with my two boys, Mason and Noah.