As my disease of addiction progressed through the years, I became increasingly destructive. My 28 years of active drug addiction is the story of tragic self-destruction. I was self-centered and full of fear – I used drugs to escape life and to drown my feelings. I hurt other people and I hurt myself.
More powerfully, Jesus has cleansed my soul and my mind and helped me to forgive myself and others and to let go of long standing resentments. I am gaining in spiritual strength each year and I am active in service work. I am better able to listen for God’s direction and to do what He wants me to do. In fact, it is God who inspired me to finish my book, so that my pain and experience can bring strength and hope to the addict who still suffers.
I thank God for saving me time after time. I believe that He has work for me to do. Perhaps my past was meant to be just the way it was, in order to prepare me for a future of helping others. The other good news is that I never have to live that way again. Today, I have a choice, to live in isolation or to reach out to others and God for fellowship and peace of mind. An active addict who is completely dominated by the physical craving and the mental obsession to use chemicals, does not have a choice because he or she is being totally controlled by the disease. Now that I have my freedom from the bondage of addiction and the freedom of choice, I can now work toward becoming who God created me to be. God is showing me how my experience can help others.
Jesus has given me the strength, courage and faith to move out of this dark place and back into the light of sobriety.
Check out my published book, “Saved By the Prince of Peace–Dungeon To Sky.“ My website is: http://www.dungeontosky.com You will find over 100 blogs on addiction and recovery, a media button that has a video of my telling my story and seven podcast recordings of radio interviews from stations across the country. The purpose of the book is to give Hope, Encouragement, Faith and Love to the addict who might think that he or she cannot recover. If I can recover after 13 treatment centers and an addictive journey that lasted 28 years and one year of homelessness, then any one can recover!
I wish you Peace, Love, Encouragement and Hope as you experience the freedom of sobriety.