I Left a Trail of Destruction Everywhere I Went
The first 44 years of my life I did not know God. I was a self driven materialistic person. I had acquired many nice things (houses, cars, boats, etc.) but was always looking for that “next” big thing, or toy, or vacation, or whatever.
I always liked to “party.” I guess you could say I was a “party animal.” This lifestyle was very common where I came from in California. It also caused a great many problems for me– you see, I was married with two daughters. Now, don’t get me wrong—I loved my family very much; but I loved my “partying” also.
In early 2002 I met some people who were into illegal prescription painkillers, Vicodin, OxyContin, etc. At first it was a weekend thing, but soon I found myself spending all my time with these “friends.” I still remember the exact time and place I was when I first realized I was “hooked.” What I failed to realize was just how much trouble I was really in.
The next 6 years were a nightmare. I left a trail of destruction everywhere I went. I lost 3 jobs, nearly all of my real friends and eventually even lost my family. Everything came secondary to my addiction.
Eventually I was able to get off opiates with the help of a doctor and a “rapid detox” procedure, but the damage was done and my life was left in ruin.
I left California and came to Kansas to live with my sister and start over. But unfortunately I was so depressed about my situation that I had started to drink heavily. It wasn’t long until things unraveled again—but this time with my sister.
I knew I couldn’t go on like this any longer. I ended up leaving her house and coming to the Union Rescue Mission. The staff at the Mission told me about their New Beginnings Program. That was April 3, 2008. My case managers led me to Christ on April 21, 2008. That was really the beginning of my “new life.”
Since that day I have experienced profound change. The fear and hopelessness that had gripped and paralyzed me has been replaced with hope. I have spent the last 9 months studying God’s Word and learning what it means to live a Christian life. The foundational truths and Biblical principles I have learned here (at the Union Rescue Mission) are priceless. I have also been baptized and am a member of New Spring Church in Wichita. I can see now that God has a plan for me, and I am grateful for that and excited about my future. All of the blessings I have received since coming to the Union Rescue Mission are too numerous to list. I give all the praise and all the glory to God.
- Scott F.
Note: Since the time Scott wrote this testimony he has graduated from the New Beginnings Program, (exactly one year to the day of his quitting drugs). Scott is currently working full-time to save enough money to return to California and his family, to build a career in the water-sports industry.