FROM ADDICTION TO FREEDOMMeet our friend, JR
“Hi everyone, I am JR, and I am originally from Omaha. I grew up addicted heavily to methamphetamine and things got crazy up North, so I ran down here. I was on the street for probably about six months in downtown Dallas, Old East Dallas. Metro Relief had an outreach that went to a church in South Dallas and stopped by all the time. One of the staff at Metro Relief began talking to me every time I got on the bus, and one time he called me up on a day off when I was not working, and he invited me to lunch. Which is crazy because I've never had anyone who goes to lunch. So, I talked to him and got to know him. Where I was staying did not work out, so I called him up, he came to pick me up, and got a ticket in the process. He took me in his own, I made a fast track to a job and recovery, working the steps and just getting clean and living a God filled life, which I took part in nothing of that before.
I had people in my corner, I never had that before. I had more reasons to stay clean, to try harder. I knew more about who God was and I had family, which you know that’s a game changer. You don't have one, you don't have much to shoot for, there's no one that you can work for to make them proud of you. I thought I was gonna be dead before I was 21 which I am now. I never expected to be alive this long. I have hopes that I’ll die of old age one day, have my own family, I have visions for college and for a degree possibly. I'm just knowing that I can stay gainfully employed and things like that and I can be a productive, equal, member of society.
Shay showed me who I really was, he taught me how to trust God and stop believing the lies of the devil. He believed in me, actively showing that I'm worth it.
There was a brief period I moved back to Omaha Council Bluffs and relapsed heavily. I put some stuff on Facebook, Shay saw it and he got on to me about it. I was 73 pounds at 20 years old, cracked out of my mind, sleeping under a bridge and it's cold up there. I got into rehab and if it wasn't for Shay being there and my initial getting to know Metro Relief, I wouldn't have had a place to go after rehab. I would been right back to the same areas, and I probably wouldn't have succeeded in staying clean.”
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