Kim’s Story

Kim’s Story

Kim’s Story

Hi, my name is Kimberly Brooks and I am 30 years old from Stafford, VA.  My story begins when I started using at 12 years old.  It started out with just marijuana.  When I got to high school I started experimenting with all types of drugs.  I started dating a guy older than me and he exposed me to drugs I never heard of before.  My family started to notice the changes in me and made me stop dating him.  Two weeks after I broke up with him, he did heroin for the first time and passed away.  I was heartbroken and scared at the same time.  I was scared enough to slow down but not scared enough to stop using completely.  Then when I turned 20 years old, something happened that would forever change me.  January 13th, 2006 became a day that would haunt me for the rest of my life.  On that day I received a phone call that my brother had been shot in his own apartment.  I would find out later that the same person that called me to give me the bad news was the same one who shot and killed my brother.  This was someone who laid his head in my mother’s home, someone who called my brother his brother, who called me his sister and my mom, his mom.  At that moment my heart was hardened.  I could care less about anything or anyone.  My trust was completely gone.  I was broken.

I quickly spiraled out of control.  I found myself medicating with opiates daily.  There were days I just wanted God to take me so I didn’t have to feel the pain anymore.  That became a prayer request.  But God had other plans for me.  In 2009 I found purpose.  I found joy again!  I gave birth to a precious baby boy.  I did not use at all during my pregnancy and I was clean a while after he was born.  His father had always been abusive but the abuse I endured after my son was born was unbearable.  I started using heavily again to cope with the abuse.  Even after I left him the using did not stop.  I was once again completely broken.  I felt like God hated me.  He kept allowing me to experience loss after loss.  So I did not turn to Him, instead, I turned my back on Him.  Obviously nothing good came out of that.  I was repeatedly hurting my family and everyone around me, to the point my mom told me she was already mourning my death.  Even though I wasn’t gone yet, I was on my way.  When I heard that I knew something had to change for my mom, who had already buried one child and especially for my son.  So my friends and family gathered together one evening and decided they weren’t willing to lose me to this addiction.  After looking into different facilities, my aunt found out about Teen Challenge.  About 2 weeks later I arrived here and immediately felt welcomed.

Not only did I feel welcomed but I felt the Presence of God so strong it was overwhelming.  I knew I never wanted that feeling to go away.  Since being here, God has turned my heart of stone into a heart of flesh.  He has restored relationships in my family and He is molding me to be the mother, daughter and sister I was designed to be.  Most importantly, God is molding me into a mighty woman of God.  I am so thankful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for my future and what He is about to write for the next season of my story.

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