Hi, my name is Amanda. I grew up in a very family oriented home.
When my parents divorced I felt very lost, confused, and unable to care for myself. My parents did that for me for so long. Desperate to find a new belonging I found it through drugs.
By my senior year of high school I was shooting heroin, involved in all mind-altering substances and relationships.
I survived an awful car accident on January 5th, 2013. My boyfriend was driving my car and flipped it three times. I was ejected out of the smashed windshield off a 30 foot bridge. By God's grave, only my leg was broken.
Instead of facing the reality of this incident, I let the constant craving drive me in circles and deeper into addiction. I tried different rehabs, different jobs, and different friends - all to no avail.
Not until the summer of 2014 had I finally reached the end of myself. I hit my bottom. I was yet again kicked out of my mom's house and was homeless.
I had no dignity left and was living out of motels and with random pimps that I met on the streets. I put myself on BackPage and did whatever I could to attempt to stay high. I ended up in jail for a petty larceny charge.
In this cell, so sick and withdrawing, I realized I could not go on living this way.
As I cried out, God was able to carry me to Teen Challenge where I have found my hope and the key to life.
I was saved the day after my 20th birthday and I felt God's overwhelming peace, and knew I was right where I needed to be. I now understand that I don't have to be strong enough to change myself but God will do the work in me.
"Do not copy the customs or behavior of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know God's will for your life which is good, pleasing, and perfect." (Romans 12:2)
I am confident that He who has started this good work in me will continue to completion.