24 Mar Charlies Story
Hello. My name is Charlie. I am currently in Teen Challenge because I was headed down the wrong path somewhere along the way. When I go here I was in a completely different state of mind. I hated life. I was depressed. I hated myself because of where my life had gone. Oh, and I hated everyone else as well. I was miserable.
I graduated high school an alcoholic and started selling drugs for a couple of years. Not only did I sell them, I also had no problem getting high on my own supply. I would mainly use cocaine and meth because that is what I was selling. But being raised in the church, I knew that it was very bad to do this so I stopped selling and got a real job working as a union carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri.
For the next 14 years, I basically was a functioning alcoholic and marijuana junkie. Between all of the DWI’s, assault charges and possession charges, I paid thousands of dollars. A string of failed relationships didn’t even stop me; I thought that since I still had my job that I had it all under control. I thought that because I had a house, new thing, boats of money in my pocket I had it all figured out; but for some reason, I was not happy or content with my life.
Then I met opioids. It started when I blew my knee out and had reconstructive surgery – I spiraled out of control fast. Soon instead of ingesting my pain pills, I started snorting them, then I began shooting them in my arm with a needle. As soon as I started using a needle, I quickly went from pills to heroin and meth came soon to follow. It got so bad I had to take a leave of absence from work. That was two years ago and I haven’t been back.
I lost my house, my truck, everything that I had. I spent a couple of years chained to that needle, disappointed in myself and depressed. My family and my real friends tried to talk some sense into me because I looked so bad.
Finally, my family got me in a car and drove me from Kansas City to Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge – far from my past. In the past month-and-a-half, I have found God again, myself again and some good brothers to help me realize I’m not the only one who has made a mistake and that God wants to help restore us all.