Alcohol And Drugs Messed Up My Youth!
Has it messed up yours yet? I hope not!
Actually, alcohol or drugs destroyed a part of my life that only by God’s grace that He restored back to me to a degree. He can do the same for you! God forgive us and puts us back on the right road, but sometimes the consequences of our behaviors sometimes can still linger. God is a God of second chances and often more chances like in my case!
You might wonder if you are an alcoholic and drug attic, but you know for sure that your drinking and drug use is hurting your life to some degree, but you can not seem to stop. On one hand when I was growing up, alcohol and drugs appeared to be my best friends, but on the other hand, they nearly killed me one pill, one joint, one huff, one beer and wine at a time!
Alcohol or drugs can easily make a person say and do things they normally would not do. I used alcohol and drugs every day for many years until God helped me first quit drinking and drugs on June 25, 1986, and two years later God gave me the strength to quit smoking cigarettes after over a decade of smoking up to 2 packs per day. ~ Bill Greguska
Alcohol And Drugs Can Take Over Your Life!
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics are wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” ― Russell Brand
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
My Alcohol And Drugs Were A Big Problem!
My name is Bill Greguska. I started using alcohol or drugs first when I was 13 years old living in Milwaukee, it was mostly out of curiosity and teenage peer pressure. By the time, I was 16 when my best friend at the time, Steve Mader had died, then started to use both alcohol or drugs that turned into more of full-blown addiction.
Experimenting With Alcohol And Drugs
My life started so spiral down pretty quickly, abusing alcohol and drugs and even huffing, and I did not know how to stop it even if I wanted to. I have, to be honest, the marijuana and the alcohol seemed to fill a temporary need that I had but turned into a monster that I had no control over. My sincere prayer for you, it that you stop where you are right now, and get some help from a trusted friend, parent, co-worker, pastor or anyone that can get you on the road to recovery. You do not have to deal with all the bad things that addiction comes with that I had to learn the hard way.
At first, if felt as though the marijuana and alcohol I was using did not affect my ability to play basketball in high school, mainly because I only used during the summer time. It was not before long that the summer when I was going to be a junior at Pius XI did my addiction catch up to me. Along with depression and a summer full of abusing alcohol and drugs while I did almost nothing regarding playing basketball that I loved and became very competitive in the many earlier years.
My Basketball Dreams Literally Went Up In Smoke…
I made the Pius XI varsity high school basketball team, basically because of my reputation in the past on the freshman and JV teams. Junior year was a long and hard year for me, but at least, I did not give up and found a renewed sense of purpose. I sensed that God was trying to put some wind back in my sails. I knew how depressed I was and that when my mom took me shopping for school clothes that I recall I did not want her to waste her money on clothes because I was not sure I would be still around much longer to even wear them.
First, it wrecked any possible hopes that I had to play college basketball and even it was a challenge to make the high school team my junior years after a great JV year. That sophomore summer I did almost nothing but drink and smoke. The only thing I did was to start getting into trouble at home, school, and even with the law.
AA and NA Program
I went to a few different treatment centers and attended both AA and NA to get this problem of mine under control, but as soon as I got free of drugs and alcohol at the treatment center, I got out and right back into my addictions. Getting on this cycle of dependency lasted for many years with different severities. I kept on wishing that this pain in my life that I was experiencing could all stop; It was almost like a bad nightmare. But it was not until I went to a long-term treatment center many miles from home, was it that I could focus on my recovery. ~ Bill Greguska
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