My father was my hero, but he introduced me to smoking pot. Drinking and drug use soon became my focus in life. By the age of 23, I had married and had two children. I soon began using cocaine, and spent less time with my family, eventually leading to divorce. Then, I started using OxyContin along with my dad who had suffered from an injury and was taking it for pain management. When I suffered a serious injury myself, the pain medication I was prescribed only sent me deeper into addiction. A year later, I walked into my dad’s house where he had a 12-gauge shotgun and wanted to end his life. I pleaded with him to stop, but he took his life while I was helpless to stop him. Addiction had stolen everything from me. I was quickly engulfed in depression and total despair. After being incarcerated in a mental institution, I had hit rock bottom. Two weeks later I was arrested for a crime I did not commit and sent to prison. I reached out to my uncle to see if he could get me help. He was able to get me out of jail and into an Adult & Teen Challenge program. Since then, God has blessed me beyond belief. I am completely free from the bondage of addiction. I have joy in my heart and God is restoring the lost years with my family.