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Success Story


The Early Years And Beyond

My name is Megan, I am 29 years old and I have 3 beautiful children. I became addicted to crystal meth at the age of 17. I was dating a man who was 17 years older than me and he talked me into trying it. All it took was trying it that one time and I was hooked.

I Would Like Help

The Road To Recovery

At the age of 18 I got married and became pregnant. I stopped using for awhile but couldn’t stay off Meth. I had my first child and I thought that my son would cause me to stay clean but drugs had such a hold on me. I ended up homeless living in a barn in the back of my husband grandfathers house because His grandfather didn’t like me and that I was the only place I had to go. I have lived in abandon apartments, I used men and went from place to place. I have been arrested 4 times for drug addiction.

The Difference At Shining Light

I was in the Henry County jail in 2007 and that is where I met Teresa from Shining Light. I heard she had just opened up a recovery home for women. After hearing her testimony in the jail I finally realized that there was some one out there besides me who has been through what I had been through. I thought for the longest time that I was the only one. After hearing her story I knew I wanted to go to her recovery center.

My Mom and Teresa worked it out and Judge McGarity found it in his heart to let me go to treatment. I stayed there the whole year where I learned many things. I learned how to live life clean and sober and I enjoy life today. I learned to love myself and even when I couldn’t love myself I knew God loved me. I also learned how big Teresa’s heart really is when it comes to addicts. She loved me like I was her own and for that I will always be grateful. I even cooked my first casserole at her house one day.

I was the first one to graduate Shining Light. I still had trials and have made mistakes, but I have picked myself up and keep moving on. I am graduating college this year and have bought a house. I am engaged to be married to the love of my life who has been there for me and supported me through everything. In my addiction I lost custody of all three of kids. Today I have a relationship with them and a working on being a mother to them. If it wasn’t for God and Shining Light I know I would not be here today!

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be. I am set free!