“My life spiraled out of control.”

“My father was a heroin addict and my mother was a meth addict,” Nick says.

“That was my life growing up.”

Nick began drinking and smoking marijuana in grade school and, by the time he was 14, he was using Vicodin.

“I thought it healed my pain, but it got to a point where I couldn’t take enough pills to feel better,” he says. “Then I found heroin and my life spiraled out of control. I was 17.”

Nick lost jobs and stole from his family and friends to support his habit. “I ended up losing everything and wound up homeless.”

One night, while he was lying in a field, Nick had a moment of clarity. “I had no money, I was detoxing, and I was alone. Nobody wanted anything to do with me and reality set in. I thought, ‘Look at everything I’ve done.’”

Nick entered a rehab, where he got saved and clean but, eventually, he fell away from the Lord and relapsed. It was then he came to our John E. White House of Hope, where he has regained his sobriety and rebuilt his relationship with the Lord. “I’m standing on

Scripture,” he says. “I believe I will persevere only by His grace.”

Nick’s relationship with his family has also been restored, and he’s built strong connections with the other men in the program. “We build each other up and hold each other accountable,” he says.

Nick has since graduated and now runs our House of Hope. He credits the Mission with changing the course of his life. “I’m grateful to the Mission for having grace, for being a place of second chances, and for helping me feel confident in myself.”

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