I grew up in a very loving home with both my parents.  They were very protective and limited the things they allowed me to do.  By the time I was a teenager I began to rebel because I felt as if my parents were too controlling.  What started out as skipping school to hang out with the older kids that my parents never allowed turned into using drugs and alcohol.  When I was twenty-one, my father passed away.  This hurt me deeply and I began to use prescription medications.  I began abusing them to cover my emotions.  I had a daughter that was only a year old and her father and I were not together.  I felt I had to work hard and take care of my daughter and that I was not allowed to get sad.  This drug abuse lead me to time in jail on several occasions. 

I had gotten so tired of the lifestyle and I was very bitter.  I had begun to live a lifestyle of manipulation and my family had given up on me.  I would always say I was done living that way, but I would always return to my same old habits.  They soon lost all trust in me.  On several occasions I was approached by people I knew to go to Adult and Teen Challenge.  I would agree to go but I would always back out at the last minute.

In May 2017, I made the decision to come to Adult and Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland, and this time I followed through with it.  It has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I have learned so many valuable life lessons.  I gave my life to God and my whole life has been changed.  I am now happy and full of life like never before.  I walk in obedience and many blessings have followed through that.  My relationships with my mother and children have been restored and I have earned their trust back. 

When I graduate from Adult and Teen Challenge I would like to help others that were in my position.  I want to let them know that no matter how broken they once were that they can overcome, if they will just give their lives to Jesus Christ and allow Him to be in charge.  The verse that I stand on is Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.