01 Nov Adam’s Story
It’s a blessing to update new stories of lives that are being changed at Adult & Teen Challenge in Virginia. We hope you enjoy Adam’s story and we pray his story encourages you in someway.
1.What’s your first name?
2.How long have you been in the program?
Almost 3 months
3.Tell us a little about your upbringing?
I was raised by loving parents with 2 sisters and a brother. We attended Sunday School and some church services through my elementary years, but we were not a Christian household. I learned solid morals, however, I was able to largely avoid punishment and discipline thanks to my ability to excel in school. I did not experience much trouble until I was a young adult.
4.When did you start using drugs?
I used marijuana and alcohol recreationally from the age of 13 to 19. After being placed on probation for marijuana distribution at 19, I started using harder drugs with heavier usage.
5.What led to you making the choice to use drugs?
A rebellious attitude towards authority and a desire to self-medicate symptoms of depression both led me to regular drug use. A focus on selfish pleasures attracted me to pursuing fast money, fast drugs and fast relationships.
6.What was your rock bottom that brought you to Teen Challenge?
My rock bottoms was when I repeatedly failed drug screens for methamphetamine use in the early months of 2016, despite facing a probable 3-5 year prison sentence as a likely consequence for my 6th violation of probation. I failed to be honest and reach out to my support system.
7.What are you plans for the future?
I was extremely blessed to have prayers answered and doors opened to give me this opportunity at Teen Challenge. I am convinced I will overcome my addictions. I have discovered my servant’s heart and look forward to being a better steward of my time and God-given talents. I hope to relate to other struggling addicts. I can relate to their suffering, due to my decade of tribulation and failure, before finally finding forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:3-5 “…we glory in tribulations, knowing that they produce perseverance; and perseverance in turn produces character; and character ultimately produces hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.”
9.What one piece of advice would you give to an addict that might be reading this right now?
Over my 15 years of drug use I have been to jail, prison, rehab, detention, diversion, probation, and daily reporting; almost every type of correction facility possible in Virginia. This is the only program boasting a (70-80%) success rate after completion. I will be a walking testimony for the unique Christian discipleship format of rehabilitation that Teen Challenge offers.