Like any other disease, addiction has the power to rip a life apart. No matter your potential, your hard work or your future plans, if left untreated, addiction can and will consume your life – bringing everything you hold dear to ruin. Tiffany, one of the graduates of our recovery program, can testify to this fact. It seemed no matter what successes she achieved or how many “new starts” she initiated in her life, alcohol would always find a way to bring her back to square one.
When she stepped out on her own for the first time at 17, the future was looking bright for Tiffany. She had been through a lot. She had survived through her mother’s suicide, abandonment by her father and a tumultuous childhood under the strict rule of her aunt and uncle. Despite all she had been through, she was ready – even excited – for a fresh start in college.
Or so she thought.
College was difficult and it wasn’t long before the stress of it all began to uncover the deep emotional scars Tiffany thought she had buried long ago. Haunted by the grief, Tiffany found she needed more than just willpower to get through the day and turned to alcohol to numb the pain. Before long, Tiffany lost the ability to balance her new addiction with her course load. Just 19 credits away from finishing a double bachelors, Tiffany quit school.
She moved away from Phoenix to Michigan soon after and got a job as a waitress in hopes of giving “starting over” a second try. But she found she couldn’t run from addiction and was soon fired for coming to work drunk. She started over for a third time in Santa Fe, working as a waitress at a bar that allowed open tabs during work.
“At that point I needed two 99 proof shots in the morning just to even out. I would drink throughout my shift and then go dancing and drinking afterwards… it was an every night thing. I didn’t care anymore. Peace was missing inside me and I stopped trying to figure out how to get it back. But when I got fired again I knew something needed to change. I knew I either needed to get help or be stuck in this cycle forever.”
Moving back to Phoenix, she found just what she needed to get her life back on track at the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center. With the support of our counselors and staff, Tiffany was able to confront and overcome the root of her addiction for the first time in her life.
“For the first time in a long time, I’ve been totally released from alcohol. It’s not controlling my life anymore. God is helping me through it by helping me to let go of the anger and grief I’ve been holding onto for the past 20 years. The people here showed me that releasing those painful emotions wasn’t the same as letting go of my mom.”
Today, Tiffany has finally found the new start she had been looking for and wants to give back. She’s found a position at Central Arizona Shelter Services where she can use her experience to help others find hope. She’s also going through training to become a sponsor for her church’s Celebrate Recovery program. In her downtime, she fashions jewelry in hopes of one day using her talent to fund mission work in what she calls “Bling-tithing.”
Because of the support of friends like you, the future is once again looking bright for Tiffany. But more than that, God is using her new life to minister to countless others as well. It’s true that a seed sown in the spirit produces 30, 60, even 100 fold what was planted!
Thank you so much for the partnership that makes it possible to sow these seeds and give “new starts” to those that need them most! From our family to yours, may God bless you richly.