Before coming to Adult and Teen Challenge I was completely bound by alcohol and co-dependent relationships.  My parents divorced when I was a young girl and although I grew up happy, I still felt something was lacking.  I began clinging to men and always seeking to please others.  Once I started attending college I gained a lot of freedom and began hanging around with the wrong crowd.  Drinking alcohol became a lifestyle pleasing and fun for me at first. 

Not long after college I married and had three children, one of whom was born with a medical condition that has caused chronic lung disease, and severe gastrointestinal issues, which has led her to being hospitalized most of her life.  It was at this point my drinking began to escalate.  I used alcohol as a means of coping for what my family and I were going through.  It progressed into a daily habit, and over the years I began to detach from my friends and family until eventually alcohol landed me in jail with multiple DUI charges and an endangerment charge. 

While in jail I had a chance to sober up and evaluate my life.  I no longer knew who I was, and my family no longer trusted me.  I had lost my job, my marriage, my home and my children.  But then God opened the door for me to come to Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland. 

Since being here I have experienced the glory of God in amazing ways.  Not only has He delivered me from alcohol, but miracles are taking place within my family as well.  He has restored my relationships, and my daughter’s health is getting better every day.  She is home much more than in the hospital and I now wake up each day hopeful and with a purpose. 

Upon graduating Adult and Teen Challenge, I plan to finish my college degree and go back to work wherever the Lord leads.  I will be an example to others of what Christ can do for them just as He has done for me.  The verse I stand on is James 1:2-4, Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience, but let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.