From Addiction to Recovery

Jan 26, 2017 | by By Indianapolis Harbor Light C

I took my first drink when I was a teenager because I wanted to fit in.  In high school, I was introduced to other drugs like cocaine, meth, ecstasy, and heroin.  Eventually, my grades began to drop. I quit all the activities and programs I was involved in and started missing school.  I was able to graduate and start college classes, but my drug use became more important, so I stopped going to class and failed out of school.

In the fall of 2007, I was court ordered to enter treatment at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center.  I was in denial and was in and out of Harbor Light several times.  Relapse is a huge part of my story.  It took me places I never thought it would.  I saw people overdose, and I’ve seen people die.  I didn’t care about anything but getting high.

The last time I used a drug was on June 10, 2011.  I came back to Harbor Light and really took time to look at what it was that I had been missing every time I tried to stay clean. I needed the structure and accountability that Harbor Light could provide. I wound up getting a sponsor, working the steps, and going to meetings.  I spent most of my time in the Chaplain’s office volunteering, and I began regularly attending Bible studies.  I opened my mind and heart to see what this “God thing” was about.  The Bible studies helped me learn about God’s word and putting positive things into my system.  It is something I still continue to learn and live by today.  Galatians 5:13 says, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters.  But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature.  Instead use your freedom to serve one another in love.”

Working on a recovery program and having a relationship with the Lord has made me aware of my actions and the reasons I have done some things. It has helped me accept who I really am, forgive myself, and forgive others.

I have been blessed since I entered treatment, allowed God to work in my life, and got grounded in a recovery program.  I currently have been clean for five and a half years.  I am married to an amazing man who loves God.  I have my own home.  I have such a great relationship with my family today.  They are so proud of me and grateful for the Harbor Light Center.  I completed an Associate’s degree in Human Services, and I’m currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, maintaining a 4.0 average.  Today, I work at the Harbor Light Center as the Women’s Transitional Housing Case Manager. I counsel and mentor women as they move forward in their own program of recovery. Never did I think my life would be where it is today.  I know it is only by God’s grace and mercy that I am here living this beautiful life.

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