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Meet Nikki!


IMG_8642My name is Nikki. I am 34 years old and have been in the program for six months. I had a happy home and childhood, and succeeded in school, obtaining three degrees by the time I was 20. I always felt a gaping hole in my life that I tried to fill by having children, working, and eventually alcohol. I was able to function as an alcoholic until my daughter was murdered by my ex husband. Two years later, my fiance died of an overdose. I was unable to overcome these hurts in my life and started to blame God for allowing me to suffer loss, asking him how he could allow this to happen to me. I tried everything to get sober, including joining the Army, but nothing worked. About a year ago, I successfully killed myself and flatlined, but I was revived. My mother asked me how I expected her to be able to tell my two children why I had left them behind. I knew I was at the end of the road. That’s when I found Teen Challenge. After a stay in the hospital, it turned out that there was a bed available for the day I was being discharged. Immediately upon arriving here, I knew I was home. My mother is so proud of me, and I am able to see my daughter almost every weekend. My son can rest assured knowing that I am getting help. I am finally free of all substances and tobacco which is a miracle and a gift in itself! I am growing to forgive the hurts in my life. Today I understand that God cried right along with me when I felt pain and loss in my life, but now I know he will never leave me, nor forsake me.

Psalm 34:18-The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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