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Testimony of an Alcoholic from Age 9

Larry’s story begins: At the age of 9, I had my first drink of alcohol. It changed me and I think that was when I started not caring much about what was happening to me.

I married at the age of 19 and had two kids with my…

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 ...first wife, a boy and a girl.

I went to Valley Hope in Norton, KS at the age of 23. I felt like I was on a “treatment high” when I left but didn’t do any follow-up program and started drinking and using drugs again.

I moved to Wakeeney and worked for an electrical power company for twelve years. When I was 31 years old, because of my addiction, my first wife left me and took my kids with her—22 years after I took that first drink of alcohol! And even then I still didn’t stop drinking.

I then remarried; and that marriage didn’t last very long. Most of the time my “higher power” was drugs and alcohol.

I continued drinking and using drugs, seeking help through countless numbers of people and treatment centers, halfway houses and churches; but didn’t give God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit a chance to completely change my life.

Now, today, I rely on knowing that it is through Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior that “all things are possible.”

It’s been over nine months since I first walked through the doors of the Union Rescue Mission and it’s given me hope for a future. I have no more cravings for alcohol or drugs anymore. Through the New Beginnings life-change program of the Union Rescue Mission, I have been given a Christ-centered foundation that’s Biblically based and is the only way I truly want to live.

I thank God for guiding me to this place. God bless the Union Rescue Mission.

- Larry C.

NOTE: Since the time Larry wrote this testimony of his “life-change” he has graduated from the New Beginnings life-change program, and is currently working part-time at the URM while pursuing a career in the area of serving others in the healthcare arena.

I Left a Trail of Destruction Everywhere I Went

The first 44 years of my life I did not know God. I was a self-driven materialistic person. I had acquired many nice things (houses, cars, boats, etc.) but was always looking for that “next” big thing, or…

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  ...toy, or vacation, or whatever.

I always liked to “party.” I guess you could say I was a “party animal.” This lifestyle was very common where I came from in California. It also caused a great many problems for me– you see, I was married with two daughters. Now, don’t get me wrong ‒ I loved my family very much; but I loved my “partying” also.

In early 2002 I met some people who were into illegal prescription painkillers, Vicodin, OxyContin, etc. At first it was a weekend thing, but soon I found myself spending all my time with these “friends.” I still remember the exact time and place I was when I first realized I was “hooked.” What I failed to realize was just how much trouble I was really in.

The next 6 years were a nightmare. I left a trail of destruction everywhere I went. I lost 3 jobs, nearly all of my real friends and eventually even lost my family. Everything came second to my addiction.

Eventually I was able to get off opiates with the help of a doctor and a “rapid detox” procedure, but the damage was done and my life was left in ruin.

I left California and came to Kansas to live with my sister and start over. But unfortunately I was so depressed about my situation that I had started to drink heavily. It wasn’t long until things unraveled again ‒ but this time with my sister.

I knew I couldn’t go on like this any longer. I ended up leaving her house and coming to the Union Rescue Mission. The staff at the Mission told me about their New Beginnings life-change program. That was April 3, 2008. My case managers led me to Christ on April 21, 2008. That was really the beginning of my “new life.”

Since that day I have experienced profound change. The fear and hopelessness that had gripped and paralyzed me has been replaced with hope. I have spent the last 9 months studying God’s Word and learning what it means to live a Christian life. The foundational truths and Biblical principles I have learned here (at the Union Rescue Mission) are priceless. I have also been baptized and am a member of New Spring Church in Wichita. I can see now that God has a plan for me, and I am grateful for that and excited about my future. All of the blessings I have received since coming to the Union Rescue Mission are too numerous to list. I give all the praise and all the glory to God.

- Scott F.

Note: Since the time Scott wrote this testimony he has graduated from the New Beginnings life-change program, (exactly one year to the day of his quitting drugs). Scott is currently working full-time to save enough money to return to California and his family, to build a career in the water-sports industry.