Alan was introduced to drugs early on; he was just 14 years old.
He was kicked out of his home and went into rehabilitation programs at the age of 15, but they didn’t have much of an effect.
“For years, I was disappointed with myself. I didn’t realize the consequences of my choices so I started slipping further and further into drug addiction,” Alan says.
The cycle continued, landing him in jail, destroying his life and leaving him hopeless. He needed someone to remind him that there was a way out.
One day, after being released from jail on parole, Alan was brought to the Mission. When he entered our doors, he was floored. “There’s something in here that’s powerful and unexplainable,” he says. “You can feel the Lord’s presence.”
Alan joined our Life Change Program, which is dedicated to helping men rebuild their lives through classes, counseling and Bible study. He finally found the help he desperately needed: the promise of new life.
When he graduated, the true test began: staying sober and dedicated to this new life. Alan is not the only person who has struggled with sobriety. “I was sent home with the right intentions, but I soon jumped back into the ways of the world.”
When that happened, Alan did the right thing: he found himself struggling and turned to the Mission once again. This time, he participated in our Relapse Program, focused on giving special attention to those who want the tools and training to prevent relapsing while living self-sufficient lives.
Renewed in body, mind and spirit, Alan returned to the world with confidence and a heart for God. And today, Alan is clean!
He visits the Mission to “give back what was so freely given.” Once a young man looking for guidance himself, he loves investing in young men in the Relapse Program by reminding them: “Even though I messed up, it’s never too late to make things right.”
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