Brittney’s Story

Brittney’s Story

My name is Brittany Cottuli. I am 21 years old and I’m from Camden, Delaware. I am a recent graduate from Shenandoah Valley Adult Teen Challenge. As a young child I was raised up in a Christian-military home with my dad and my step mom. Despite how I was raised I was a young child who had to grow up at an early age due to my biological mother not being the mother my little brother and I needed. As I got older the resentment I had towards my mom and the feeling of being unloved and alone I the world just grew deeper and deeper as I got older. I first started cutting myself when I was about 13 years old. My parents started sending me to counselors and it seemed to be okay for a while until I got to high school. When I got to high school I was used by a guy I thought I “Loved”.
From that point my first real addiction became men and which slowly turned into a pill addiction that got caught up in for nearly 3 years of my life. I barley graduated from high school, dropped out of college, keep quitting jobs left and right, and almost married a guy that I was okay with settling for. August of 2014 my parents found out about my drug issue and they got me into SVTC. When I first arrived here I was so stuck on the fact that I was “clean” and didn’t need a program. But as I walked through my first month here in the program and with the help of my leaders and my mentor I was able to see that my issues where so much deeper than the drugs. I found out through this program how to live and be me. For the first time in my life I knew what it felt like to be genuinely happy and how to truly love myself but most importantly I found Jesus the savior of my life.

Without Jesus in my life I wouldn’t be the woman of God that I am today. Now I have not only the privilege but the honor to be able to work with this ministry to give back what was so graciously given to me when I didn’t deserve it. I will forever praise God for the amazing things I have accomplished in this last year and I can’t wait to see where God brings me in the future through this amazing ministry.

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