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Success Story


The Early Years And Beyond

Like most kids I wanted to fit in. Alcohol gave me that much needed confidence which every socially awkward kid craved. At the age of 13 it was love at first drink. I felt comfortable in my skin for the first time. At the age of 15 I was willing to try anything. I fell into the life of partying, sex and drugs. I was doing all I could to fill the emptiness I felt inside and the only thing that seemed to work was more of everything. I ended up in an abusive relationship for 10 years. The drugs and my husband were my world. I didn’t know a life apart from them. I soon started to sell heroin and anything else I could get my hands on to support my habit I was sick without it and didn’t know how to stop My life was out of control.

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The Road To Recovery

I heard a loud knock on my apartment door, ‘DEA, search warrant! I can still hear them busting down the door and the voices of shouting men telling me “get on the floor”. Next thing I knew there were 10 guns in my face and I was thrown to the ground and handcuffed. My life as I knew it was over My 15 years of drug use had finally reached the end. After spending some time in jail I was ready for a chance. I was mentally, physically and spiritually bankrupt. I had nothing left and I was tired. I was done with that life and I wanted something different. For the first time in years I decided I deserved better. If I was going to change it had to be right then, I needed help.

The Difference At Shining Light

I faced my biggest fear, which was change, and packed all I could in five minutes. I left my husband, friends, and my entire life behind. I made a decision to start completely over from scratch. I had a lot more courage than I thought ever possible. God gave me the help I so desperately needed and it came in the form of Shining Light. I checked myself into Shining Light on September 9, 2014 as an empty shell. It’s the best decision I have ever made. First and foremost, Shining Light helped me to develop a loving relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ and for that I am extremely grateful. I have learned to love and respect myself and to have a voice through the many classes they provide such as Trauma Therapy, Anger Management, MRT, Domestic Violence Therapy, and Personal Counseling. Shining Light, the staff, the many volunteers and the NA Program have all taught and guided me on how to deal with life, have healthy relationships and set and enforce personal boundaries. I am now gainfully employed and am becoming a respectable and productive member of society. For the first time in my life I am excited about what God has in store for my future I have a new positive outlook on life and I couldn’t have done it alone. I am truly grateful to my life today. I thank God for Shining Light and for second chances.