Archive for October 2011

Drew Cook

Drew Cook

Hello.  My name is Drew.  Before coming to Teen Challenge I struggled to control of my life.  For years I had fought against what I knew God wanted for my life.  Coming to Teen Challenge has given me the opportunity to give up control to God, and further develop my relationship with Jesus.  The decision to come to Teen Challenge has restored and strengthened the relationship with my family.  Teen Challenge has also helped me gain the self-respect that was lacking in my former life.  I’m a new creation in Christ!

Jonathan McIntosh

Jonathan McIntosh

Jonathan McIntosh, Student

I grew up in a loving Christian home, but never had a personal relationship with God. I made good grades, did my chores, and obeyed my parents. Everything shifted during the summer before 9th grade. I gravitated toward the wrong group of friends, tasted my first sip of alcohol and smoked my first cigarette. Unhealthy habits slowly progressed. I got kicked out of school, rebelled against authority, and started spiraling violently out of control. I began abusing alcohol and prescription pills. To ease the expensive habit, I began taking a cheaper, but much more potent drug called black tar heroin. In November 2011 God changed my life forever. I was arrested and put in jail for two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. I began reading the Bible and had a desire to do good and not evil. I wanted to change. By the grace of God, I was sent to Teen Challenge. I now have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. God has filled the void that I had previously filled with drugs, alcohol, and women. The Lord is restoring relationships with my parents and brothers. I am slowly earning their trust back. I now have the peace of God in my heart, and I hunger and thirst to know Him more each day.

Kendall Putnam

Kendall Putnam

Kendall Putnam, Student

I was sexually abused as a child and my parents were unaware. I grew up feeling shameful, disgusting, alone, and unworthy of love. I hated myself. I blamed my dad and felt he should have been there for me to protect me. I went to church but never had a relationship with Jesus. Suffering with severe anxiety, I lived in fear and it held me back from everything. I felt extremely disconnected from the world. I began using drugs to reduce the feelings of fear and anxiety that overwhelmed my daily thoughts. It held me prisoner for years. I have a three year old daughter who is the love of my life and deserves a mommy who serves the Lord. Praise God she has that now. My family is being restored and my mind is renewed. Jesus has set me free from drug addiction. Since giving my life to the Lord I am now able to share my testimony. Before coming to Teen Challenge my anxiety was unbearable, but God has given me strength and calmed my spirit. He has also given me a boldness that allows me to spread his good news.

Judith

Judith

Judith, Student

Most of my life has been spent living as a victim and a slave to sin. Just like so many others, I came from a dysfunctional family. My lineage consists of addicts and alcoholics. I was sexually abused throughout my childhood years. I grew into a very angry and depressed young woman. Needless to say, after two failed marriages and four children, I still felt empty inside. My depression became so severe that I became suicidal. It didn’t take long for my life to fall apart. The turning point was when I rode in the back of a police car locked in handcuffs on my way to the state hospital. As I sat in the cop car pale and lifeless, I wondered, “Why me God?” When they placed me in my room, I hit my knees and cried out to God to take my life or do something with me because I could not live this way anymore. From that moment on my life has not been the same. God is using Teen Challenge to transform me into a new creation. The desires of my heart are to bring my Father glory in all I do and to invite others to join in on this awesome journey.

Chris Blier

Chris Blier

Chris Blier, Student

Because I watched my grandfather die, I felt justified not getting close enough to be hurt again.  Because my dad left I was justified to hate him.  Always being the poor kid, picked on in school, justified my feelings of worthlessness…which justified filling that deep dark hole with drugs, women, and fast living.  My marriage failed, CPS nearly took my daughter, my mother couldn’t look at me, and my sister despised me.  After six months at Teen Challenge of Texas, I know who my justifier is…Christ Jesus justified me with His precious blood and the Holy Spirit is moving mightily in my life today.  I am no longer defined by my past, but by the blood of the Lamb.  My family is being restored beyond my wildest imagination.  Only Jesus Christ Himself could have taken my darkness and made it flee.

Changed Life

Changed Life

I used to have a front desk job answering phones.  I started to have an ache in my head.  Doctors told me that I had a brain tumor, so I had surgery the next day.  When they tried to wake me up, I was incoherent.  Then they found an aneurysm in the back of my brain and I remained in ICU for a month.  My daughter was only 8 years old at the time.  Afterwards, I started using drugs and became addicted.  I lost my apartment, borrowed money from family and friends, and stayed at different places.  Finally someone helped me come to Teen Challenge of Texas.  Now I look forward to a new change in my life!

Brandon Tull

Brandon Tull

Brandon Tull, Alumni

Since I graduated from Teen Challenge of Texas – Azle Men’s campus, my life is very different from the way it was before. I am no longer chained to alcohol, drugs or even nicotine. Perhaps the biggest difference is my reliance on God in my life. All the things that happen or don’t, the circumstances and events that I encounter, I know they have come about by divine permission or intervention. I was worried about what job I would have, where I would live, what I would drive, silly things now that were real worries when I was leaving TC. God has provided them all. He has blessed me with my own small business and all the material things that I need. My life was over, but God… I was ready to die, but God… I was without hope, but God… I have a real place in my heart for Teen Challenge and the guys that work and live there. God used them to change my heart, and as a result my life changed as well.

Christopher Shanks

Christopher Shanks

Christopher Shanks, Student

I grew up in an ordinary Christian home. I was always in church and Sunday School and I never had any trouble when it came to school. When I turned 18, I went on Myspace and a girl said that I was her half-brother. I showed my mom and that is when my downfall began. She broke down and told me that she was raped at 15 and I was the product of that attack. After learning the gruesome details my world fell apart. I started using drugs from marijuana to cocaine. I lost everything and got arrested twice in one year for theft. My parents kicked me out and I was living on my own. My mom told me about Teen Challenge of Texas and at first I was reluctant to come, but then the courts gave me no choice. My first day here I broke down and got on my knees and asked God to save me from this pain. Now I’m six months into the program and I have never been as joyful as I am today. It is by the grace of God that I know I have a future and I finally have my loving family back, too.

 

Callie

Callie

Callie, Alumni

A year ago I was lost. I had no direction in life, no meaning. The life I knew was failing me. The things I loved to do became useless. I had begun selling myself to support my addiction. Accepting nothing but abuse my whole life, I knew I was worthless. I was searching and experimenting and finding nothing but hurt and self-affliction. I went home and shortly after started the process of coming to Teen Challenge of Texas. Now I am filled with the joy of the Lord. I know my stains are wiped clean. Surrendering completely to Christ has been the best choice I’ve ever made. Everything I ask Him for help with and give over to Him is taken care of…He has restored me.

Melinda

Melinda

Melinda, Student
I grew up in a very blessed home, with parents who loved and supported me. When I left for college I rebelled. I wanted to be accepted so badly that I did anything to fit in. My priorities went down the drain and I failed my freshman year. I joined the Coast Guard to escape my problems. I got arrested twice and fell harder into my addiction. I moved back to Delaware and got into a toxic relationship; two months later I found out I was pregnant with my son Carson, and his father fled. I was so lonely and lost and never thought I could have joy again. But I was wrong. I came to Teen Challenge of Texas and now I have a relationship with God. He has shown me His faithfulness, and is restoring my relationship with my family. I can now say that I have hope for the future!

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