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Andrew seemed to have it all. He was smart, artistic, athletic, popular, and he came from a loving, Christian home.
Then, at the age of 15, his parents divorced, and his world came crashing down around him.
He started drinking and, by the time he graduated from high school, was out of control. “I started making my own decisions without God,” he says. “I left the church and started doing my own thing which was to try to have as much fun as possible. I went from job, to job, to job. I got married for the wrong reasons.”
Then his mother, a substance abuse counselor with more than 20 years of sobriety, relapsed. She died two years later. “I was with her the whole two years of destruction,” Andrew says.
“It was really rough to watch. She was my link to anything greater than myself. We relied on each other for everything.”
His mother’s death caused Andrew’s destructive behavior to escalate.
“I got a divorce...I continued seeing how far I could take my excess,” he says. “I went from relationship to relationship and continued bouncing from job to job. I was diligent at destroying myself. That continued for years.”
Finally, Andrew lost his apartment and found himself dependent on family and friends for shelter and alcohol. “I... spiraled downwards,” he says. “I needed to be rescued from my life.”
Andrew’s sister, who had researched different programs, recommended the Open Door Mission’s Christian Life Recovery Program.
“I took a chance and said I’d give this a shot,” Andrew says.
It was a shot that paid off! Since Andrew’s arrival, he has been able to address the underlying issues of his self-destructive behavior, including his parents’ divorce and his mother’s death; he’s grown closer to the Lord than ever; and he’s become deeply committed to giving back through the Mission. “I immerse myself in what goes on around here,” he says.
“I’ve started working in the clothing room at the shelter, helping hand out clothing – I love it. Some people aren’t as appreciative, but the ones that are make up for them ten-fold. You can tell how happy they are.”
“I’m going to be involved here one way or another from now on,” Andrew says of the Mission. “I believe God is acknowledging what’s going on here. He was behind it from the beginning, but He’s pouring more of His attention into this place.”
Andrew has successfully completed and graduated from the Christian Life Recovery Program.
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