Bambi Adams was born into a military family. Her father was strict. Everything had to be perfect.

But her mother was an alcoholic. She took Bambi to parties. At 7 years old, Bambi was subject to abuse. Old men would give her money, which then would be turned over to her mom. Bambi thought this was normal, and she never told anyone.

Her grandmother was her saving grace. She always prayed for Bambi and told her that she would accomplish things. At 12 years old, Bambi moved in with her Mamaw, who tried to make her follow the rules.

But Bambi started drinking and, by age 14, was doing meth to lose weight. That was her downfall.

Bambi overdosed in the bathroom of North Laurel High School her senior year. She was in and out of jail for robbing people, writing bad checks, and forging prescriptions.

She soon started IV drug use and stayed in the bathroom getting high.

Bambi had two children at that point and lived with a “sugar daddy.” She tried to be sober, but that didn’t last long. After eight overdoses, she lost almost all her memory. She knew she had children but couldn’t remember their names.

When her grandmother died Bambi was at her worst. She wound up in the hospital, and that’s where a transformation happened.

She woke up brand new. She believes her grandmother was her saving grace — sitting at the right hand of God and asking Him to remove the disease of addiction. Bambi got a glimpse of the future she could have, and a chaplain baptized her right there in the hospital.

Bambi then went to Recovery Works in London where she reconnected with her best friend from 9th grade.

She started to regain her memory and felt that God was showing her what her life was and what it could be.

Bambi struggled with painful visions of her children beating on the bathroom door and pleading with her while she was getting high. It was killing her soul, so she went to the Bible and found this verse: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” — Hebrews 12:11

“It was like God spoke to me through the Bible,” Bambi states. “He told me to get up and harvest.”

The painful visions stopped. Recovery began. Bambi became sober on September 28, 2018.

Today, Bambi won’t stop telling others how God had moved through her. She has had her children back for almost five years, worked three jobs to pay back child support, and has the accumulated the best support system.

Bambi is now the intake director for Lake Cumberland Recovery, where she helps people every day. She has also started college and made the Dean’s List.

“I’m on a mission to visit different cities, learn their problems, and love on people,” Bambi says. “I am so blessed today. God truly is amazing, and I pray that my story helps someone.”