The Problems Drugs Caused Me Were Numerous!
Problems drugs caused me were the following:
- I got kicked out of my home when I was 19 years old.
- Arrested and put into jail for drug and alcohol-related offenses.
- I got my daughter’s mother pregnant at age 22.
- Caused problems and kayos in my family.
- I lost a chance to play college basketball and sat on the bench in my junior year in high school.
- Lost many friends, or those who I thought were my friends.
- I considered taking my own life back in high school.
- I was involved in a motorcycle accident popping wheelies and wrecked my left knee badly.
- Lied to cover my tracks as a habit.
- I cheated to get what I wanted.
- Stole to be able to smoke pot and also for the thrill of it.
- Dishonored my mother and father.
- Life was adrift for many challenging, painful, and testing years.
- Often wished I were dead to escape all my troubles. But God had a different plan for me.
- These were some of the problems drugs caused me, and unfortunately, there were more.
- There were more, but I am sure you got the point!
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Seemed Endless!
For Me, There Seemed Like There Was No Way Out!
But God still had a plan for my life, an intention not to harm me, but to give me hope and a future. And that is precisely what He did. Problems drugs caused me.
Yet, I also believe that God was with me even during my darkest times. God does not sit back and wait for us to do wrong so that he can punish us. No, not at all, God is patient and just, He loves each one of us even if do wrong things that are harmful and we sin. He waited like a gentleman for me to decide to come to Him in repentance and ask for forgiveness. There were many people along my path who tried to help me, I was so stubborn to stay wild and so-called free, that I kept passing them by.
Like I listed above, my bad choices let me to being expelled three different times, arrested, kicked out of the house, lost a lot of friendships, lost a lot of respect of others and loss of self-respect too, to name a few things.
Jeremiah 44:10 To this day, they have not humbled themselves or shown reverence, nor have they followed my law and the decrees I set before you and your fathers.
Is going into treatment the only way to quit using drugs and alcohol? My drinking problem and drug problem was destroying my life! That was when the Lord took me away from Milwaukee and all the places where I hung out and smoked and drank and acted a fool.
It was apparent that God allowed all the negative results of my rebellion and waywardness to happen to me. Although I understood that it was just the natural consequences of the wildlife that I chose to live, unfortunately, at that time in my life. We all have free will, but we do not have the freedom to choose our consequences when we sin.
I was placed in long-term treatment in the Gemini program up north. By the time I got out two years later, I was a new man. This treatment center worked; the other treatment centers like Depaul, and the Dewey center, lasted 30 days or so and were like a revolving door for me. As soon as I was let out, I went right back to it in the past, but not, this time, thank God!
How To Stop Using Marijuana? Recovery Is Possible!
The Problems Drugs Caused Me To Realise I Was Not Alone!
A.A. Was Where I Started My Recovery, Then N.A.
I went to AA for only a few years because most of the people were older than me, and I could not relate to them as well as those from N.A. I give God credit for orchestrating my life by putting people like Pastor Mel Ulich as a tool to get me on the right path. My drinking problem and drug problem took over my life. So I turned to both AA and NA, and they started me on the way of sobriety and being drug-free.
I loved to drink and smoke marijuana and experiment with other drugs, but as much as I thought I liked the effects, I hated being a prisoner to them. They made me lie, and they made me steal. They made me a person I did not like when all was said and done at the end of the day if I was to be honest with myself. I thank God that He delivered me from my drinking problem and my drug problem and my sin problem. Problems drugs caused me is something I do not want ever to forget. I never want to go down that road again. I also hope that others learn from my mistakes to avoid the problems that I went through.
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Time Out Of My Life!
Short-Term Treatment Was Not The Answer For Me
Treatment was helpful, but short-term treatment and getting right back into the same patterns of life and people I used to party with was very anti-productive! It was not until I went into long-term treatment that lasted two years a couple of hundred miles from home. This is another example of what problems drugs caused me, yet I was thankful I got the help I needed!
It was not until then did the treatment center have a significant impact on me. Again short-term treatment was like a bandage, but long-term treatment was what I needed. I am not saying a person needs two years away in therapy, but I would say at least six months, depending on the severity of the addiction and the person.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Is hitting bottom the only way to recover from the results of an addiction? I knew I needed a change of heart, and hitting my bottom was a way to do it. I not only hit bottom, but I was living on the lower part for a long time, with nowhere to go.
Over time, I became more humble and was ready to do it the way God wanted me to. I was so exhausted from wallowing in the mud. I was prepared to grow up and get the help that I needed. The phrase “A dog returns to its vomit,” reminds me of the first months of my recovery.
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Made Me Appreciate Life!
Thank God, My Recovery Started On June 25, 1986!
I could make it 30 days in a row clean and sober. At 60 days and got my medallion from N.A. but then return to my old friends and hangouts. It seemed always to lead me down the wrong road.
Things did not start to change until I went into long-term drug and alcohol treatment. I was up north for two years that I finally could stay away from my addictions for good. The road to my recovery started on June 25, 1986, and by God’s grace, I still am sober for over 30 years now.
In my case, that hitting bottom was the only way I seem to understand the severity of what I was doing. Yes, some people do not have to hit bottom, but I would question how deep they were into their addiction to be able to walk away without hitting bottom? With God, all things are possible!
2 Peter 2:22 “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.“
This scripture above describes my problems drugs caused me. I could barely stay sober of drug-free for more than a day or two, usually because I ran out and did not temporarily have any. It doesn’t matter where you get help for your addictions? I attended both Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and I was in Narcotics Anonymous for a total of ten-year. But I believe it helped me a lot. I felt I needed more since my drinking problem and drug problem was pretty much in remission.
I choose Elmbrook church to be my source of help to point me to Jesus. N.A. helped with support and fellowship, but they did not deal with the issue of God and the sin that had me entangled and the spiritual battles I was being tied up with.
God sobered me up and cleaned out my heart, not necessarily because of therapy and psychiatry but through his power.
Marijuana Is Against The Principles Of God’s Will!
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Made Me Realise God Loved Me!
Yes, I Have A Guardian Angel!
He was like a guardian angel because of his persistence in visiting me and feeding the word of God to me. He always encouraged me that God had a plan for me and that God loved me and wanted me to have a personal spiritual relationship with me; my ears were open. I was finally hearing and understanding what I needed.
God was always with me, yet I was not always with God. It was me and the sin living in me that caused me to rebel, yet God took me back as the father did with the prodigal son.
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Opened My Eyes!
Praise God; I Finally Saw The Light!
It was like an aha moment or like a light bulb went off in my head and heart and soul. There is no right or wrong answer. But the thing to keep in mind that those who have been down the road before having some insights that others might not have. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, so I did what I felt was natural and call out to God to help me!
I finally realized and understood that if I wanted victory over drugs and alcohol, I would have to surrender.
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Made Me Realise God Is Faithful!
Thank God That I Got The Help I Need!
If you get help from N.A. or A.A. or a counselor or Bible study, it does not matter that much, just as long as you get help. Marijuana sure did a great deal of harm to me, not to mention problems with the law and school. Alone we are usually not strong enough to overcome such a stronghold, but with help from God and others, there is hope!
N.A. and A.A. got me started, but it took Elmbrook church to help keep me not only away from drugs and alcohol, but to point me to Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 35:5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
How does having a child change the way a person looks at life? I was very blessed with a daughter named Sherry. Unfortunately, her mother broke off our relationship while she was a few months early during her pregnancy. The problems drugs caused me were too many to list.
It was very hard for me knowing I had a daughter. I did get to see her when she was born once, but that was it until Sherry was in 8th grade. Her mother, Debbie, called me one Saturday afternoon. I was married, and when Debbie told me that my daughter wanted to see me because she had occurring dreams about me, and she felt it would be good to be in my life.
Problems Drugs Caused Me, And Thousands Of Other Too!
The Problems Drugs Caused Me Time Away From My Daughter!
I Met My Daughter Sherry For The First Time Since Her Birth
We met for the first time at Mayfair mall. I could not believe she wanted to be a part of my life. I knew I had a child, but her mother left and raised her herself until my daughter was in 8th grade in 1998. When Sherry became a part of my life. It was a prayer come true that I thought would never be answered. God has answered many prayers for me over the years. But she was probably the biggest, and the one I waited for the longest.
Having Sherry and I together was and still is a beautiful thing! My little girl is now 33 years old and is married and has a 10-year-old son named Justice. I am so glad that we are together and that in time, God answered my prayers!
Psalm 127:3-5 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
How important is it to trust and obey God in how we live life? When I got out of treatment at Gemini and went back to Milwaukee, I was a little scared. I got a job in maintenance and custodial at a church in Brookfield called Elmbrook Church, I held that job for four years and got involved with the church through men’s group and singles groups.
Drinking and smoking were far from my mind—one of the many miracles of my life. It’s like the force of good (God) fought the power of evil (Satan).
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