For close to ten years, Jared struggled with a heroin addiction. Along with this addiction, Jared learned to manipulate his family and friends. Eventually, they all closed their doors to him, leaving him feeling utterly alone. And so the cycle continued-the more alone he felt, the more he felt the need for drugs.
For the last five years, Jared describes himself as “dead inside.” He had no real connection with anyone. Five months ago, he intentionally tried to overdose on heroin. It didn’t work. He regained consciousness with the needle still stuck in his arm. That was when he checked himself into Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and went through detox for ten days.
It was at that point he was determined not to go back to the life he knew. “There had to be a better way.” Jared called family and asked them to bring him to Guiding Light. That was four months ago.
Jared is quiet and shy, but smiles. During the first four months at Guiding Light, he has learned to open up, be honest with the staff and with himself. He’s learned to be open and vulnerable with the other men in the Recovery program. Jared came to Guiding Light feeling completely alone. Today he tell us, “Here I am, able to connect with people. That will help keep me sane and straight. Everyone here understands where I am coming from. There is no sugar-coating, and I need that to learn. I need real honesty.”
This month Jared will begin Achieve, a job readiness program, and start to look for work as a masonry, a trade he has always enjoyed. Once he is back to work full-time, Jared wants to move to Iron House, Guiding Light’s sober-living apartment complex. “I do not want to isolate myself like I did in the past. I need the continued support.”
THIS MEANS THAT ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17