Caitlin’s Story

Caitlin’s Story

Caitlin’s Story

We are honored to post our newest story on how God is miraculously changing Caitlin’s life here at Adult & Teen Challenge in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia!  We hope you enjoy reading about Caitlin’s transformation!

1.What’s your first name?

Caitlin

2.How long have you been in the program?

4 months

3.Tell us a little about your upbringing?

I was raised in a Christian home.  I always worked for my parents growing up.  I never went without.  I was very rebellious and never liked to be disciplined.  I have two brothers and one sister.

4.When did you start using drugs?

I started using pills and drinking alcohol at the age of fourteen.  At age seventeen I tried meth.  When I was twenty years old I started to shoot meth and heroin.

5.What led to you making the choice to use drugs?

When I was younger I started to use drugs because of the friends I choose to hang around with.  At the age of nineteen I got my daughter taken away and lost control…this was when I decided I had nothing left to live for.

6.What was your rock bottom that brought you to Teen Challenge?

I was shooting anything I could work up in a needle.  I didn’t care about myself or anyone around me getting hurt.  All I cared about was my next high. I was facing about six years in prison for previous charges (assault on an officer, 2 DUI and child neglect) and couldn’t stay clean long enough to go visit my daughter.

7.What are you plans for the future?

I plan to graduate Teen Challenge and stay on for a six month internship.  I want to continue to get closer with God and live for Him.  I believe in doing that, one day I will be the mother my daughter needs to get her back.

8.Life Verse?

Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

9.What one piece of advice would you give to an addict that might be reading this right now?

When I was in my mess I thought there was no hope and that I could never be changed, but deciding to come to Teen Challenge has changed my life completely.  God has saved me and gave me hope for my future.  I now look to God and ask Him to help me with everything I do.  I have never been happier.

 

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