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Hope, healing and wholeness

16 December 2014

Hope, healing and wholeness

After 22 years trapped in drug and alcohol addiction, this young woman shares her journey to freedom with the hope of inspiring others to reach out for help.

I arrived at TRS completely broken carrying a cloud of depression, fear, rage and betrayal that I described in my first week as deep, dark, suffocating, debilitating and smothering. I was having increasingly psychotic episodes; I was planning a murder/suicide. I had no future. I hated myself; I hated God and everyone around me.

God, the 12 steps program, my sponsor and TRS all gave me hope. I had nothing to lose. I was desperate, so I surrendered. I put what was left of my heart and soul into the program. For the first time in my life I found forgiveness, understanding, inner-peace and chance of a life without drugs and alcohol.

Miracle after miracle happened. I made friends, I discovered the real me. I became happy. I am celebrating 90 days clean and sober. Through God's grace I have my kids back, I still have my home, my pets were cared for, I have a job waiting for me... my family forgave me.

I am not strong; I have been shown a way to tap into a Higher Power, an inner strength called my understanding of God. Anyone can do it; you just have to want it bad enough. Thankyou TRS for not only saving my life but showing me a new way to live.

If this story has impacted you and you would like to find out about help available in the Northern Hub. Please contact Townsville Recovery Services for our residential rehabilitation program or Grace Cottage our women's out-client service. For all other Salvos Drug and Alcohol services in Eastern Australia please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).


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