Archive for September 2011

Jason Betts

Jason Betts

Jason Betts, TCOT San Antonio Men’s Campus Graduate

My testimony starts in the DFW area.  I graduated from Aledo High School in 2001.  My childhood was filled with sports, almost every sport that was offered.  As a young boy I attended church regularly.  But by the time I was 10, I only went to church on holidays and special occasions.  Church became more of a chore or punishment than anything else.  My parents were great at showing me the difference between right and wrong; they just were not avid church goers.  I was a popular athletic kid who was unsure if God was real or just another Easter Bunny.

I took my first drink when I was 15.  By the time I was 17, I was an atheist.  Alcohol had created a lot of problems in my family tree.  But it quickly became second to marijuana.  Since I was under 21, drugs were easier to get than alcohol.  I remember trying cocaine when I was 17.  Methamphetamines were also a part of my appetite.  All of my fun became congruent with my drug habits.  Then my drug habit began to drown my happiness.  Before I knew it I was incomplete spiritually, mentally, and even physically.  I had somehow skipped becoming a man.  Drugs and alcohol were responsible for four or five “charged but not convicted” DWI’s, two drug convictions, three totaled vehicles, family deterioration, and a mangled soul.  It was time to change.

My Aunt and Uncle knew that I wanted help.  They referred me to Teen Challenge in November of 2009, but I couldn’t rap my mind around staying a full year.  I made another commitment to God but only stayed sober for  two months. I had developed a bad pattern of lying to God.  He would get me out of the hole that I dug and then I would dig new one.  I made one really big mistake, then I made another and another, and it kept getting easier to do the wrong thing.  I felt like the Holy Spirit was leaving my body.  Evil spirits took hold of me and then it seemed like I was capable of doing the unimaginable.  It was a very scary scenario.

I finally came to Teen Challenge of Texas – San Antonio Men’s Campus in August 2010 and graduated in September 2011.  It feels like I was never sick.  God restored me so completely that I feel better than ever.  I have several job opportunities waiting for me.  Some are out of state.  This is because I have a friend in Jesus.  He is now my companion.  I consult with Him about every problem I have.  He is my hero.  He has taken my mess and turned it into a “message.”  (I can’t take credit for that, it came from Cowboy’s linebacker Brady James.)  But it’s true.  I will be able to reach many people that are “unreachable.”  Like Paul writes to Timothy, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift that is given to you.”  This means to use your testimony.  I plan to use mine to send warnings to other lost souls, so they can experience His grace as well.

Suzanne Neel

Suzanne Neel

My name is  Suzanne Neel, I’m 29 and from Crockett, TX.  I’m a PK (preacher’s kid).  I became bored in church, and felt I had to make everybody think I was perfect when I was really miserable on the inside.  I started running away, looking for excitement.  I fell in love with alcohol and drugs and started getting in trouble with the police.  Sometimes my parents wouldn’t hear from me for days, weeks, or even months.

I got into witchcraft and thought it was awesome.  I played on Ouija boards and had séances.  I wanted to be a witch.  I decided to have a child and sacrifice it to the devil.  I got pregnant with my first child, Zachary.  The only place I could go to get away from the torture and torment of the demons was my parents’ house.  I knew I had gone too far.

Several years later I received 5 years felony probation.  I left the state and got into even more trouble.  When I went home to turn myself in, my attorney had me sent to a secular treatment center for 18 months.  Soon after my release I began to drink and use drugs again.  I kept hearing God telling me to change before it was too late.  Finally I listened, and my family brought me to Teen Challenge of Texas – San Antonio Women’s campus.

Here God has totally changed my life!  I have learned how to have a relationship with Him, not just know of Him.  God makes me a lot happier than any drug ever could.  He has restored my relationship with my family and both of my children.  He has even restored my brain cells!  Before coming here I couldn’t remember anything.  God laid it on my heart to memorize the entire book of James, and with His help I did it!  My aunt has given me a scholarship to an online Bible college.  God is leading me to open a re-entry  center for women who graduate from Teen Challenge.  I’m really excited to do things the right way and to be the Christian woman God intended for me to be!

Shree Dupree

Shree Dupree

Shree Dupree, Graduated September 6th 2011 SA Women’s Program

I was born with a generational curse.  My dad was a full-blown alcoholic.  He didn’t make it out of his addiction: he died when I was nine years old.  Everyone told me I looked just like my dad and was going to be just like him!  I did grow up in church thanks to my maternal grandmother; but when she died, my mom stopped taking me. I do believe that, because my grandmother was such a Christian woman, God’s promises to her rescued me out of my addiction.

My mom raised me and my sisters with no direction or foundation in life.  I looked for love in men; after constantly being hurt by everyone I loved, I found that I could escape the pain through drugs and alcohol.  I became so addicted that I could not even function.  Every time a problem arose in my life I turned to drugs.  They had a stronghold on me for seven years.  Everyone told me to just quit, but I couldn’t.  I was in true bondage; every demon in hell was on me.  I tried going to church but as soon as I left I would go back in sin.  My mom told me to go to rehab but I knew 30 days wasn’t enough.  I remember telling her, “I need to go to church 24/7!”

Wow!  That’s when a friend told my sister about Teen Challenge.  I was desperate for help; death was knocking at my door.  Since I’ve been at Teen Challenge of Texas – San Antonio Women’s Campus my chains are gone.  I have a foundation and direction.  I will never have to turn to a man, drugs, or alcohol when I’m faced with a challenge.  I now have all the fruits of the Spirit, I have learned to pray with power, I have learned about spiritual warfare, and I have learned to stand!

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when He has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”  James 1:12

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Adult and Teen Challenge is the faith-based SOLUTION for the drug epidemic. The scope of Adult & Teen Challenge has grown over the years, and now serves adults as well as teenagers. There are over 200 Teen Challenge campuses in the United States, and over 1000 centers world wide in over 80 countries, which provide Christian recovery services to individuals of every age and social background. Typically, these services are long-term residential recovery centers which provide a life-encompassing environment through which the participant is able to change their lifestyle and develop a plan for a future free from addiction.