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Teen Challenge Testimonies

What Southeast Florida Women’s Rehab Past Residents Say

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“I grew up in a very loving Christian family. I was very involved in church. Senior year of high school I started to hang out with the wrong group of people. Once I entered college it got worse. One drug consumed my life, OxyContin, and any pain pill I could get my hands on. I lived for this drug day and night. My husband and I started to use this drug together. Even when I found out I was pregnant, the drug use just got worse and worse. I was so depressed, I had no hope. Eventually, I overdosed and ended up in a psych ward. We both decided to come to Teen Challenge for women and God has just completely changed both of our lives. I am not depressed anymore. I have such a hope and future. I know that my son’s going to have godly parents now.”

–Jessica

“When I was fourteen years old my uncle kidnaped me, raped me, and a lot of other horrible things occurred during this time. At the age of fourteen, I began smoking crack and using cocaine in order to cope with life. I became addicted to Methamphetamines and a lot of other drugs. I was caught trafficking drugs and was facing 15 felonies and a lot of other charges, but instead of getting help, I turned to a legal drug — alcohol — instead. I thought I had finally gotten my life together because alcohol was legal. I started going to college, but I could not stop drinking. Then I ended up overdosing on cocaine. The last thing I remember was my friends talking about dropping me off at the emergency room and leaving me there. It was the lowest point in my life.

”Someone told my parents about Teen Challenge for women, so they brought me there. I was reluctant at first but eventually got with the program. Here, the Lord saved me from my addiction, from destruction, and crowned me with His loving-kindness and tender mercies. I now have that peace that passes all understanding and joy that ever floods my soul. I never had such a great love for God and others as I do today, even though I may be facing prison time. I have peace. I came into this program with a heart full of bitterness and hatred, but God exchanged that hatred for love.”

— Kelly

“God has delivered me from the bondage of addiction, anger, fear, depression, and self-loathing. Teen Challenge in Florida made it possible for me to lift my head with real hope for the future. I used to depend on the bottle in my hand for survival, but now I’ve thrown the bottle away and I’m holding on to Jesus.”

–Tori

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“I was not brought up as a Christian. Intelligence and education were stressed as the most important things in life, so I became a very good student and had big goals for myself. At age 13, however, I was sexually assaulted. I then became rebellious and started experimenting with drugs, which became a lifestyle for me. By age 24, I started using heroin, which led to a 20-year-addiction and a lot of psychological problems. All of my dreams faded away and I was dying in my addiction. I lost my will to live and was completely broken.

At age 44, I had hit rock bottom and decided to go to Florida Teen Challenge. After a few months there, my life was permanently changed. I finally felt God’s presence there and accepted Christ into my heart. Today, I never wake up sad or depressed. I’m happy to be alive and I have dedicated my life to serve Christ.”

–Lisa

“I was lost. I had no direction in life, no meaning. The life I knew was failing me. The things I loved to do became useless. I had begun selling myself as a prostitute to support my addiction. Accepting nothing but abuse my whole life, I knew I was worthless. I was searching and experimenting and finding nothing but hurt and self-affliction, so I covered it up with the drugs. After coming to Teen Challenge for women I am filled with the joy of the Lord. I know my stains are wiped clean. Surrendering completely to Christ has been the best choice I’ve ever made. Everything I ask Him for help with, He has taken care of… most of all, He has restored me.”

–Callie

“I grew up in a very blessed home, with parents who loved and supported me. When I left for college, I rebelled. I wanted to be accepted so badly that I did anything to fit in. My priorities went down the drain and I failed my freshman year. So, I joined the Coast Guard to escape my problems, but got arrested twice and fell harder into my addiction. I moved back home and got into a toxic relationship; two months later I found out I was pregnant, and the father fled. I was so lonely and lost and never thought I could have joy again. But I was wrong. I came to Teen Challenge Florida and now I have a relationship with God. He has shown me His faithfulness, and He is restoring my relationship with my family. I can now say that I have hope and a new outlook for the future!”

–Melinda

“I was adopted literally and figuratively. First, at the age of 3, I was adopted by a family that I felt never really accepted or approved of me. I felt different, unwanted, unloved, and unimportant. I thought of myself as a mistake and never good enough. My mother was never really happy with who I was. Everything she tried to force me to be or do, I did totally the opposite. I started making bad decisions and fell into a life of partying and drug addiction. Then one night as I was crying in my bed feeling sorry for myself I heard the Lord speak to my heart telling me that I am more than this. After coming to Teen Challenge Florida I now live and breathe for God. I have a reason to get up in the mornings. Now I am a woman with a purpose, and that purpose is to live for HIM. His approval is all I need because on Christ the solid rock I stand.”

–Natalie

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