Recovering addicts are warriors who have found the courage to fight. They aren’t just fighting for themselves, but also for the people who love them. Giving up the drugs and or alcohol will be one of the most difficult things they ever do. The agony of withdrawals, the tears, guilt and then maintaining sobriety will be a battle. It is a constant fight every day, but they don’t have to do it alone. They will either work on recovery or find themselves in a relapse. Jesus will help every step of the way. The Bible says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

 Testimonies from a recovering alcoholic and recovering meth user follow my comments. I am thankful they agreed to share their story, in hopes others will be helped. I have not edited any of their story, but published it as it was given to me with the exception of their last names.

 The Lord put this on my heart, from Him to you. Come to me, and I will heal you, on the inside. Come to me, and I will give you strength, comfort, love and peace through the Holy Spirit. Come to Me and accept me as your Lord and Savior and I will give you forgiveness of sins, and eternal life.

 Most of us have known an addict up close and personal. Some addicted to drugs, others alcohol etc. Addiction is the only disease that convinces you that you need it while it is killing you. The addict battles the desire daily, because the addiction takes over their brain. Drugs and alcohol will change your life and make you someone you don’t even recognize, someone you never thought you would be. You don’t see the life you are missing.

 You have got what it takes, with God’s help, to defeat this and it will take everything you’ve got. You can’t do it alone and you don’t have to. Let God be your Healer He is the Great Physician. Get up every day, fight, cry, and especially pray, and get on with life without drugs or alcohol. Take a stand, make a choice. God has given you one life, it is a gift. Quit wasting it. God has a purpose for you being here in this particular time. He has given you gifts and talents for you to use while you are in this earth. This life is only temporary and your days are numbered. There is so much more ahead after this life.

Sometimes God brings rebellious people to the end of themselves, by allowing them to experience their own brokenness, and their own inability to make their lives work. He humbles them. This is what allows them to cry out to God for mercy. And consider Jesus’ love and forgiveness.

If you will ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, He will help you with this fight. Build a new life with Jesus at the center. You will be able to claw your way out of hell straight into the arms of Jesus. He’s holding out His hands to you right now. He will forgive you and then you must forgive yourself. You will spend eternity either in heaven or hell. Choose Jesus choose heaven. You will emerge with wisdom and strength to encourage and to help others out of their addiction. God uses broken people like you and me to rescue broken people like you and me.

 God Bless. Heal the broken-hearted, bind up all their wounds.

 1st Testimony: My name is Hillary am 23 and I am alcoholic. I took my first drink at 14 years old, at first I was any typical teenager just trying to have fun with my friends. As I grew older I drank more and more until I was buying a bottle of liquor every day. It got to the point where I was becoming an angry person when I was drunk. I hated myself and what I had become. I didn’t see anything wrong with what I was doing, because I figured it was my life. I was hurting everyone around me, my parents, my family, everyone who cared about me but I was so focused on not changing my ways I didn’t see anything wrong. I didn’t see nor care about who I had become.  Alcohol changed me, I was the person who had to go somewhere every time I drank. I always chose to get in the car because I figured I was fine, I could drive. I was selfish. I’ve had a few wrecks all due to drinking but I had never gotten caught by the police so everything was okay right? Until the one day I drank too much, flipped my car in a Ditch and went to jail. By the grace of God I only had a few scratches because I was so drunk. After that I remember my dad telling me “how could you want to drink again? God has given you chance after chance saving your life and you drinking would be like spitting in his face.” I still didn’t stop, I drank for the last time and never remembering where I went or how I got home. I agreed to my family that I would go to rehab and get help. I had a problem. I guess me being insecure, not loving myself I realized alcohol made me jump from relationship to relationship never wanting to be alone because I was scared, I didn’t know how to be alone. So here I am 23 years old and finally starting to learn how to love myself. Because one thing my parents always told me was “you have to learn how to love you before you can love anyone else.” That makes since to me now. Being in rehab I remember my sponsor telling me that I would know when I hit rock bottom. My bottom was I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! I had enough of being that person. I had to let go of things I had no control over and hand it over to god. I also vividly remember my sponsor asking me. “Hillary do you want to live, or do you want to die?” My answer? I want to live! I want to let go of this hurt the guilt that made me want to drink until I didn’t remember anything. God has forgiven me. I am stronger now because of what I’ve went through, because God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldier’s.  I am still learning to live life being sober. I’m sober now for 1 year and 4months. It’s been tough and so hard mentally, but so worth it. All of the blessings that God has allowed me since I’ve changed my life is amazing. I’ve never felt better that I do now. Do I still have hard days? Yes. But I know God had brought me this far because he has plans for me. I’m still trying to understand what my purpose is but trust me when I say hang in there! God is with you, and if God is for you who could be against you? The devil will try a lot of days but my god is stronger than anything. I’m telling you, you can fight this battle your in. Your loved ones will be here for you. The first step is wanting to help yourself but you can do this. I never thought I could be sober… I never thought I could find anything else that made me feel the way alcohol did. God does, praying is the only high I have for me now. Never give up, you have a great future ahead of you.

 2nd Testimony: My name is Kamron and I’m 23 years old. I started struggling with addiction at 14. It started with pills for years and finally led up to the heavy stuff. I started smoking meth at 20. At first I thought it was nothing. I never really was one to have a high that kept me going. But it grabbed ahold of me stronger than anything I’ve ever done! Before I knew it, I was head deep into the meth world! I stayed up for weeks at a time and kept myself away from the people I loved. My addiction finally led to the needle! I was devastated!! I never wanted it to get this far. But by the grace of God I ended up in jail! From there I was sentenced to do 9 months in rehab. Of course like everyone else, I didn’t want to go. But I finally agreed to it. Rehab, God and my family changed my life!! I’ve now been clean going on 2 years and life is so much different!