GREG EASTER wrote at 2010-10-18 02:43:44
Alabama Teen Challenge changed my son. 6 yrs ago, my 24 yr old son was on all kinds of drugs from prescription med, to meth, to IV drugs and alcohol. He had 6 felonies hanging over him. The judge used Alabama Teen Challenge for the 1st year of a 20 split 3 yr sentence. After 1 yr, he allow Jason to stay 1 more yr. and then sentenced him to a 3rd yr. Now, my son is Director over the Men's center in Selma, AL. He ministers to 30 men and was interviewed this past week on the NBC affiliate and interview by local papers. As a parent first: Pray because prayer WORKS. Second by stong and help by getting him into TC. Today I witness my 4 mo old grand daughter dedicated in church. My son has been married 2 yrs and the "hollow eyed" look for crystal meth and the other signs of addiction are gone and replace with HOPE and signs where my son is now a productive person. PTL. Best wishes
Donnie wrote at 2015-03-31 05:38:08
I work in an addiction counseling facility, and the counselor that owns the business has a son who is an addict. He had been staying with her for a few months after promising to stay clean. This last weekend he relapsed and stole $1500.00 from her. When dealing with addiction it is hard to know what rock bottom is. Her son has been in and out of jail and has relapsed over and over. Addicts only care about one thing, and that is their addiction. I myself have struggled with alcoholism, and it took me losing my job, my wife and almost being homeless before I decided that enough was enough. My family tried to help, but they had it with me, which was the best thing that could have happened. At the time in my addiction, I thought they all were against me. I have now been sober for 4 years and if my family had cleaned up all my messes, I would still be drinking. My bosses son will probably end up in prison, and if that's what it takes then that's what it takes. I know it is hard on her to have her son go through this, but she has said it may have to be that way for him to get sober. If he does get sober, I guarantee he will be grateful she didn't fix his mess.
Any behavior in which you are compelled to engage in when you do not want to can lead to an addiction.
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