I was raised in church. As a teen, I quit going other than special occasions or holidays. This is when I began to drift from God. After high school I began to drink. It started out just socially then became more frequent. I began
hanging out with the “cool” crowd and dating the wrong type of men. The men I dated were all addicts and this highly influenced me, but the decision to use
was mine alone. This is how I began a 12 year downward spiral.
I became a mother in 2010 and 2013 but my little angels weren’t even enough to make me quit. Drugs numbed all my emotions. In 2015, I became acquainted with DCS. They sent me to do 90 and 90 meetings at Manna House. This is where I got to truly see the change that God can do in an addict, but I quit attending, relapsed, lost custody of my girls and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.my meetings and relapsed. I wanted to quit but didn’t know how. I lost custody of my girls. After serving 90 days in jail, I came back to Manna House. They welcomed me home like a long-lost sister.
They never judged me. They were just glad to see me back and alive.
I’ve started working my 12 steps and pouring my heart into my recovery. Manna House has been a huge factor in my recovery. I now am the mother my daughters deserve. I am living a life free of addiction. I still have bad days, but now I pray about it. I have turned my life over to God and his will and am happier than I have ever been.
I have been clean and sober since October 2008 the longest amount of time I have ever gone without drinking. I know it is only by the grace of God that I am alive. Before going to the Manna House, the thought of me not drinking was simply impossible. I went to church and would tell you that I was a Christian but I was just not going to stop drinking. I could not stop. I would not stop. But the more meetings I attended, the more I realized that there was hope for me.
God was working through so many people in these meetings. The people of Manna House were the shining the light of Jesus. I was able to see what God had brought them through, so I decided He could do the same for me.
Going to Manna House and working the 12 step program has changed me from the inside out. Now I try to share and help others in the same ways I was helped. It is an awesome feeling when you see someone’s life changing right before your very eyes. My hope is renewed when I see people start smiling again.
I don’t want to dwell on my past but I would like to share with you my experiences at Manna House. Like so many others I knew nothing about Manna House until God placed a certain unnamed young man in my life. He invited me to come by some time and check it out. As I started to attend more and more open meetings, I soon learned that the people there were people just like me, trying to live life on life’s terms. Some were working on the same problems and troubles that were going on in my life or I had previously dealt with. When you take the coping means out of the picture, then you have to cope with life and address the real problem…… which for me, was me. Today I owe my sobriety to God and the people He placed in my life, like the people you find at Manna House. Today is a new day for me and can be for you as well.