22 Sep Lindsey’s Story
My name is Lindsey Gorsuch. I’m 22 years old from Waynesboro, VA. I’ve been struggling with substance abuse since I was around 15 years old. It started out small, like drinking occasionally and smoking weed, but then I started experimenting with pills when I was around 16. Even then it was occasional and nobody knew or even suspected that I had a drug problem. I started going to a lot of parties and drinking almost every weekend as time went on. Then, at the beginning of my senior year in high school, I entered into a relationship that quickly turned from bad to worse. A few months into our relationship I was introduced to IV drug use and that’s when things got really bad. I was missing school so much that it’s a miracle I even graduated. It was getting to the point where I was using every single day and stealing from my own family in order to maintain my habit.
Finally, in November of 2013 I was caught by the police and charged with felony possession. Luckily I was placed in the first offender program and would have the charge dismissed once I completed probation. This was somewhat of a wake up call to me. So I stayed sober and managed to complete a two year associates degree through a local community college. However, once I was done I met a guy who reintroduced me to pills and soon relapsed. I stopped showing up for my probation appointments, so my PO violated me. I was arrested and sent to jail for almost 5 months, until I agreed to go to a 12 month program, Teen Challenge.
I was very apprehensive, since I was never really into religion and the whole Jesus thing. Still, I figured anything was better than jail. So I decided to go through the program just so I could be off probation when I completed it. This continued to be my mindset throughout the entire year here, so it’s no surprise that after I graduated the program in December of 2016 I quickly fell back into a strong dependency on alcohol and other drugs. I thought I could handle it on my own and refused anyone’s help until I was faced with the very real possibility of being homeless because of the reckless decisions I had been making. I realized that this utter chaos of a life couldn’t go on any longer, so I decided to finally reach out to Peggy and asked for help.
That day I found myself walking back through the doors of Teen Challenge, this time on restoration. Things are so much different this time around because my mindset has changed entirely. God has welcomed me back and I couldn’t be more thankful of His Grace. God is changing my desires and pretty much everything about me and molding me into the person He created me to be. Coming back here is the best decision I’ve ever made. I recommend SVTC to anyone looking for a complete life-changing experience. Anything is possible with Christ.