In November 2011, my wife and I both celebrated our 20th year as disciples. We worship here in the Chicago Church of Christ and what a wonderful Journey it has been. We are leaders in the churches Recovery Ministry, specifically Chemical Recovery for Men and Co-Dependency for Women. This Year I have recommitted to ignite my passion for helping as many as possible experience freedom from addiction, for I too have been set free.
I was born in 1970 in Angola, Africa during the height of the Cold War. This was followed by the Civil War after the country gaining independence in 1975 from Portugal. By God's grace and the hard work of my Father, a UN Selected Student in Washington DC, my Mom and her 5 children had been able to get political asylum and move to the US in 1979.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 14:53:47
I first came to the Chemical Recovery Ministry two years ago when I was trying to get my life together and quit using drugs and alcohol. At that time my heart wasn’t ready to change and I continued using.
Last year in 2010 I started studying the bible and found that with my addiction I needed to be around people who were mature in recovery and could relate to me. The ministry met my spiritual needs as a young Christian.
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 17:38:22
(Disclaimer: This story was received written in Spanish. The original letter can be found at the end of the english translation. The translation was made using a literal translator and then I attempted to make sense of the literal translation. In some places this was easy, in others, not. If you find any glaring errors that need correction, please send me an email and I will correct them. The names were removed on purpose. Thanks.)
I will be 52 years old next June 5, I have 4 sons, three from my first marriage and one from my second. I first started smoking between 11 and 12 years old, I had my first drink between 12 and 13 and my first marijuana use at age 14. After this my life climbed into a pit of despair using amphetamines, peyote, LSD, cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms. I both free-based and injected my drugs.
I want to emphasize that my drug use began at such an early age. It is so important for parents to know what their kids are doing, where they are going and whom are they hanging out with. There are also the cases where the parents almost encourage drug use through not being involved and tolerating use by their children. When we start using so young we quickly need more and more of the drug to get as high as before.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 12:52:53
I have been a user of drugs and alcohol most of my life, starting at the age of 15, when a friend and I raided my Dad's closet for his selected favorites. As a result, we both ended up in hospital. My friend having to have his stomach pumped. Not only did I steal but I also lied as to how we became intoxicated. Thus began 20+ years of lying, stealing, crime, violence, gangs, guns, bad associations and bad choices.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 21:53:40