My name is Luke. I’m 35 years old. I have been addicted to drugs for the past 12 years. My addiction started in 2005. I lost a child to a heart disease, and I used drugs to cope, numb and most of all, to isolate myself. I completely succeeded in that.
I lost friends, family, my home, numerous vehicles and jobs. I ultimately ended up broke, homeless, and completely dependent on a substance that I couldn’t afford not to mention it was highly illegal. Six to eight years into my addiction I had become a meth and Suboxone addict. I eventually ended up in jail on more than one occasion.
Thanks to my amazing relentless wife who refused to give up on me, I was released from jail and allowed to enroll in a treatment program called Isaiah House. An Operation UNITE voucher made it possible for me to afford to go.
At Isaiah House, I attended classes and participated in groups that ranged from Celebrate Recovery, to AA and NA, clinical groups, psychotherapy and just open discussion groups in general. I quickly became aware that I wasn’t alone. I was surrounded by an awesome band of brothers who completely understood exactly what I was going through. Some of the more advanced clients had obtained employment there and were receiving compensation for their work. There was opportunity to thrive around every corner.
My greatest achievement that I can attest to at the Isaiah House is the fact that they introduced me to Jesus Christ and taught me what it meant to be a Christian. During a family counseling session with my wife while at Isaiah House, I became a Christian and surrendered my life to Christ. That day was the turning point in my life, my addiction and my relationship with my family. From that moment on, I have never been alone in my endeavors- whether good or bad, lessons or blessings, my God is with me. My immediate family is with me. My friends are with me. And my Isaiah House family is with me.