15 Nov Amanda’s Story
We hope you enjoy our most recent testimony of transformation at our Shenandoah Valley Adult & Teen Challenge in Virginia. Amanda is about to graduate our induction phase program and move into our 2nd phase women’s home.
1.What’s your first name?
2.How long have you been in the program?
3.Tell us a little about your upbringing?
My upbringing was not very much there. I came from a broken family. My parents are divorced. My mom was always too busy for me and when she was around she would mentally and emotionally abuse me. When I was a baby I had walking pneumonia. My mom almost let me die if it wasn’t for my dad. My mom got re-married. My dad worked a lot to pay child support. When my dad was around or when he would visit me, I didn’t have to struggle. I have an amazing dad.
4.When did you start using drugs?
I started using drugs after I had a family tragedy happen…my husband passed away, my brother also got killed by a drunk driver and my grandpa passed away as well. I started getting out of control on drugs when I met my past fiance.
5.What led to you making the choice to use drugs?
The emotional abuse and abandonment my mom had put on me. Having no friends and constantly being treated like a doormat in school, family relationships and personal relationships. I had so much sadness, hurt and regret in me that I was so broken inside. I would go to drugs to numb out the emotions and feelings I was having.
6.What was your rock bottom that brought you to Teen Challenge?
When I was at the airport visiting my dad, I was a size 4 in clothes. My dad said to me, “let me put you on a plane and get you out of here. Don’t make me have to bury you. You are fragile. I give it less than a month before you are dead.” That’s when I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I needed God.
7.What are you plans for the future?
I would like to help heal the broken and wounded by interning and by going around to places giving my testimony to people that are addicts or people that need hope and words of encouragement. I want to minister God’s Word.
Romans 12:1 “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”
9.What one piece of advice would you give to an addict that might be reading this right now?
There is hope and a way to recovery from being an addict. As long as you are ready to be truly honest with yourself and God, and desire something real, you are on the way to recovery. It took God and His Word to guide me to the light and out of darkness. It can do the same for you. You are not an addict, you are a Child of God. Among many other things, seek God and put Him first and foremost.