The Early Years And Beyond
My name is Carrie and I am an alcoholic. I was raised in a christian home. We lived in a moderate life style. At a early age, I realized there was a rebellious kid inside of me that cried out for attention – my life at home didn’t fuel the “wild side” that I felt was always begging to surface, so I sought out the things of the world to feed the hunger inside me- drugs and alcohol.
I Would Like Help
The Road To Recovery
I started drinking at 18 , got married and had my first child. He was abusive both physically and verbally and at the age of 23. I decided to divorce him. I was pregnant with my son, and after he was born I decided I needed to go to nursing school to be able to provide for my 2 children. I completed LPN school as a single mother and in 1997 and started my career. This is where I met the adversary that would take me down- prescription medication. From the very first time I took it, I couldn’t stop. I ended up going to multiple recovery programs/rehabs/and Christian discipleship programs, I could get clean for a while, but couldn’t STAY clean. Eventually, my addiction took me down to a dark hell and I almost died. I started smoking crack and meth, laying in the floor crying out for help. I went to jail and that is where my attorney contacted Shining Light Ministries and Ms. Teresa came to my rescue.
The Difference At Shining Light
When I had my first family visit, my daughter, with tears running down her face told me she was so very proud of my courage. I can honestly say that the last 8 months I finally understand surrender to this program and to God. I have found peace, forgiveness, and a desire to help other women like me.
Shining Light is more than just rehab. The Bible Studies, trauma/grief workshops, counseling, anger management, life skills classes, 12 steps of AA/NA have provided me a freedom from this disease, including the self-forgiveness I so desperately longed for.
I am so glad that Ms. Teresa reached out her hand to help me and that God has sat me still long enough to hear the message of recovery. My story is proof that this disease does not discriminate, it doesn’t care what your background is, or what kind of college education you have……………it wants to destroy me and almost did. Shining Light has given me the opportunity to have a broad foundation to build my new life upon, and what a beautiful life it is.