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Brandy’s Story

My mom was seventeen when I was born.  She worked and was still in school, and so she was never home.  She didn’t have a relationship with my father and I had always dreamed of meeting him and seeing what he was like.  He was already my hero, and I just knew getting to know him would make my family life complete.

When I was thirteen my dream of meeting my father came true.  He had remarried and seemed to be doing well, so my Mom decided it would be okay for me to go stay with him on weekends.  Instead of being the father I had always hoped for, he crumbled my life into a million pieces.  I didn't have a father, I had a monster.  He abused me time after time. He would make me do vulgar things to him that really upset and confused me.  He would call me dirty names and make me drive from bar to bar while he picked up women.  He told me never to tell my mom.

Brandy found help for her substance abuse problem at Freedom HouseFinally I decided to never go to his house again but I went down into a deep hole of depression.  I drowned myself with drugs to keep myself from acknowledging the pain and confusion that took place in my soul from those events.  The thing I forgot the most, though, was who I was.  I didn’t feel I knew right from wrong and I even started selling drugs and getting in trouble with the law.

I met my first real boyfriend when I was twenty years old.  I moved in with him and he bought me whatever I wanted.  After a couple months he started getting curious about the pills I was using and started using himself.  We used together for eighteen months until one morning I woke up and found him dead in the bed beside me.  All I could think was that his death was my fault.

When I was twenty-four I had my first child.  She was taken from me by Social Services and my mother was granted temporary custody until I could get my life straightened out.  I went to a methadone clinic to get help.  It was a legal drug that I could take and work on getting my daughter back. 

 

Brandy is a graduate from the Freedom House  12-month program for womenIt was my first attempt to change my destructive lifestyle but it didn’t work because I still felt I needed more drugs.  I had two more children in two years before I decided again to try to get help.  In November of 2008 I went to Freedom House with the hope of reclaiming my children, my life, myself.

Freedom House gave me so much love and hope.  I learned how to parent my children with discipline and love, how to love myself again and to rely on God.  I learned how to work again, how to manage money, make reasonable decisions, and deal with the pain in my past.  Freedom House gave me all the tools I needed to stay sober.

Now I am the Resident Supervisor at Freedom House and have two of my precious children living with me.  I also have a job as a hair stylist, which has been a desire I've had for a long time.

I have values, responsibilities, and expectations of myself that I would have never dreamed possible.  I also have a bank account, a driver's license, and people who trust me. I attend a church that I love and have gained back the family I lost during my addiction.  I know who I am and I have a great relationship with my children.  I also have God as my Father, my Savior, and best friend.  He has given me hope and faith in a life that I thought was impossible for me and my family.  I give Him all the glory!
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Wendy’s Story

I was born to a very hurting and dysfunctional family. At the age of fourteen they no longer wanted me and I was placed in a foster home.  I was abused there and my life continued to spiral out of control.

I began to turn to drugs and alcohol to ease my pain. After two failed marriages and years of going in and out of drug use, I found myself behind bars.  One night in  a drug frenzy, I had committed a crime.  I was homeless, hopeless, and on the verge of losing my precious boys and going to prison.

I reached out to Freedom House and asked for help. I had a hard time at first trusting the love that was shown me through the staff and all the volunteers. I had a hard time believing the Lord loved me and mostly had a hard time forgiving myself.

Wendy - before she found help at Freedom HouseI did learn to trust God’s love and others in time and through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ I know I am forgiven of all the wrong I have ever done.  My changed outlook on life helped me to complete the entire 12-month program and in 2007, I became the first Freedom House graduate.

 

Wendy is the first graduate from the Freedom House  12-month program for womenToday, I walk in that love every day sharing it with others.  I now have a genuine enthusiasm for life.  I have my sons back, volunteer at their school and I am in my fourth semester at college.  I also work full-time at Freedom House and have the opportunity daily to share with the new Freedom House families who are in need of hope for their future. No one is a better encouragement to them of what the Lord can do through their hard work and a sound program that teaches them how to be strong mothers who can lead their families.

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Heather’s Story

I grew up with a lot of chaotic behavior in my family.  I had a large extended family and most of the time we all lived together, so that multiplied the chaos.  Even at a very young age, I recognized that there were a lot of problems in my family. My mother suffered with a lot of issues, several different addictions and mental illness.  My mother was very loving at times, but often became a monster to me and my siblings. My biological father was a lot of things, but a good father was not one of them.  When I was a very little girl, he shattered my self worth and innocence in one gesture.

Heather found help for her substance abuse problem at Freedom HouseMy grandparents had to play a big part in raising me. I found love, acceptance, and security in them, though the chaos was always there. I adored my grandfather; he was my father figure.  In the eyes of a child that so desperately needed a hero, I placed him on a pedestal and he could do no wrong. I was 19 years old when he died. When I lost him, my world came crashing down into heaps onto my broken heart. I had experimented with a variety of drugs by this time in my life, and had just recently stumbled upon cocaine. I had used it recreationally up until this point but when he died I began to use it to numb me and silence my pain.

I had no idea where this path would take me. I didn’t think that far ahead. I just needed not to feel, and the drugs did that for awhile.  Eventually, instead of making the pain better though, the drugs created more pain. I was using drugs and alcohol in large quantities and potentially lethal doses.

For 12 years, I rode the crazy train of addiction.  Finally, I reached my bottom when my destructive lifestyle led me to jail for my third DUI.  I was 8 months pregnant with my second child.  My oldest was only 15 months old and, because of my severe drug and alcohol abuse, Social Services had removed her from my care.  In jail I realized how lost I was - without anyone or anything to help me. I cried out to God from the depths of my despair and He delivered me and led me to Freedom House.

 

Heather is a graduate from the Freedom House  12-month program for womenThe day I walked into the door of Freedom House as a brand new resident, I knew it was going to make a difference in my life. Freedom House has done more than make a difference; they’ve helped create a miracle. God has used Freedom House to restore the desolate places in my life through the love and support of the people involved. I have never known love like I’ve experienced this past year. Freedom House has not just changed my life; they have given me a new one.

I now have both of my children and I am learning everyday how to be the mother that God purposed me to be. I have met all my legal obligations and God blessed me with a wonderful job working for some of the most awesome Christians I’ve ever met.

For the first time in my life, I have true motivation and ambition. My confidence is now in my God and His love for me. This year has been challenging, to say the least, but at the same time, very rewarding.  I have learned who I am and most importantly who God designed me to be.  I learned how to love and I learned how to grieve, but I am definitely still a work in progress. 

My future looks bright and exciting to me as I continue my work and move to my very own apartment with my children for the first time. With the help of God and all the staff and volunteers of Freedom House, I have achieved more goals in one year than I have ever Read Wendy's Storyachieved in my entire life!  I am so proud of myself and so grateful for the support I had to stick in there and complete the Freedom House program. I plan to stay very active in the Freedom House aftercare program for the next 12 months to continue to work on my recovery and hopefully to give back to others who are so lost like

Jennie’s Story

Before finding Freedom House I was a lost and broken woman with no hope. I had an abusive father and medical issues as a child that caused me to have no self-esteem. I grew up in church and thought I knew the Lord but really all I knew was religion, which was a bunch of rules and no real relationship with the Lord. 

When I was 17, I met a man that was 20 years older than me and got caught up in an abusive relationship with him and he got me hooked on drugs.  ​ I realized I needed help and tried to get away and get treatment. I tried several short term programs but always relapsed and fell back into that sick relationship in order to get drugs. 

​Eventually I ended up pregnant with my daughter.  I knew I needed to change so I did everything I could to change on my own.  Changing on my own began to feel impossible and I realized when I became pregnant with my son that I would have to try treatment again.   

The great love I found at Freedom House, the incredible structure and treatment, and the opportunity to build a real relationship with the Lord changed my life forever.  I started to become the godly woman and mother I’ve always dreamed of being but didn’t know how to be. 

 

Heather is a graduate from the Freedom House  12-month program for womenI’ve gained stability, learned how to be a single mom, work and take care of myself and my kids.  I’ve truly experienced physical, mental, and emotional healing, and so have my kids. Now we love being with each other and I cherish my time with them.



Sometimes it is hard for me to believe how much the Lord has blessed me and my kids and changed our lives through Read Heather's StoryFreedom House.  I think the greatest gift God has given me since being at Freedom House is that, just as it says in Isaiah 61, I have finally been able to exchange my ashes for beauty.  Today I have a real relationship with the Lord and can see myself as He sees me.

Julia’s Story

Before I came to Freedom House I was living in a world of despair.  I began experimenting with drugs and alcohol when I was 13.  When I was 25 I discovered Oxycontin, a highly addictive, powerful opiate.  I fell in love with this medication that provided a means of escape. 

My tolerance level soon escalated and I switched my addiction to heroin.  Heroin took over my life and owned my soul.  I was a slave to it and it was the only thing I cared about. 

Chasing that high eventually took everything from me.  I lost my children, my home, my family, my car, and all respect for myself.  I was completely hopeless and then ended up in jail. 

When the numbness went away and I had no choice but to take a look at myself and the mess I created, I hated myself and wanted to die!  I had hit rock bottom. 

Not knowing what else to do I finally began to pray.  After one year in jail God answered my prayers and with the help of my mother I came to Freedom House.

Freedom House has literally saved my life.  Not only am I physically healthy and sober but without Freedom House I would never have found God.  I have been recently saved and baptized and Freedom House is teaching me what it means to walk with the Lord. 

 

Julia is a graduate from the Freedom House  12-month program for womenFor the first time in my life my children and I are happy and have hope for a future.  Freedom House has rejoined me with my children, and they have started their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  My mother and stepfather recognize the positive changes in me also and are supportive and willing to be a part of my recovery. 

My new life is a miracle and Freedom House has helped produce these miracles in me.  Read Jennie's StoryThe Freedom House staff understands there is more to recovery than abstaining from alcohol and drugs and they are providing me with the tools I need to fully heal. 

The three things that are different about Freedom House are that it incorporates God, your children and the opportunity to remain a part of the Freedom House community for as long as you want after graduation.  That is what separates Freedom House from any other recovery center in the world.

Stephanie’s Story

Before coming to Freedom House I dreaded seeing the sun stream through my bedroom window. Hopelessness was literally choking the life out of me daily. My addiction to prescription pills had become such a beast that I found functioning without medication impossible. Consequently, maintaining a job, household, and motherhood quickly became unmanageable. I had become mentally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt.

My family found Freedom House on the internet and urged me to fill out the application. After my admission to Freedom House, my outlook on life became extremely different. I am able to welcome the morning and thank God for another day to live in sobriety and freedom. My daughter and I have developed our relationship with Christ as well as with each other.

 

 

Stephanie is a graduate from the Freedom House  12-month program for women  I learned so much through the curriculum that helped to repair and prepare me for a Christ-centered life. I am happy to say that because of the staff, volunteers, sponsors, and donors of Freedom House, I have hopes and dreams for my future and my daughter's future.

 

 

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