(Interview with Hollie)
How did you feel when you first arrived?
"When I first arrived I was frustrated because I don’t do well with change. It felt like I had messed up and I felt like I was alone. It was a struggle really, the first 30 days were the worst. I had to adjust to being around a whole lot of people at once and it was overwhelming. I feel a lot more confident about my choice to come now. It wasn’t where I wanted to be and I felt like I was taking steps back by coming because I was already clean. But now I see it as one of the wisest choices I’ve made in my entire life."
What brought you here?
"I heard about TTG through 2 friends and over time felt like God was pulling me toward it. I had to stop and evaluate what I really wanted and what I didn’t want anymore. I wanted a stronger relationship with the Lord and the tools to learn how to be an adult without addiction. This place gives you that. Like I’ve learned the four rules of communication and about dealing with conflict biblically."
What kinds of changes have you noticed in yourself?
"Is that a trick question?! I’ve been in the program for 3 months. My first responses are changing. I’m bringing my thoughts to the Lord and seeking His direction instead of wanting to get high. I’ve learned the value of seeking counsel from my brothers and sisters in Christ. Before it was all about the drugs and my next fix. I was using dog needles, used needles, stealing, manipulating vulnerable people, and numbing my pain. I still hope to be able to do more for Christ and trust Him more. I might say I trust Him but it’s a lot easier said than done. That’s pretty big for me."