A gentleman in the men's addiction recovery program shared his testimony as he advanced from phase 1 to phase 2.
I was born in Winnipeg to parents that where alcoholics. My older brother and I were bounced from foster home to foster home. The police took me and my brother away to a residential school. I will always remember that day. Eventually they took me to a foster home where the father was an alcoholic. I had to re-live that all over again. One day my father and uncle thought they would have fun and they got me drunk when I was 9 years old. I was stumbling all over and even passed out.
I went through many treatment centres, as assigned by the courts. It was either treatment or jail, so I chose treatment. But I never really worked on getting better, I only wanted to stay out of jail. One day I was walking by UGM and saw another aboriginal man walking tall, and I could tell he was sober. I asked him how he had done it. He told me to check out Union Gospel Mission. I talked with the staff, went through detox and then came in to the program.
Something has happened to me here. I have been touched by the Lord. Just recently I was praying and this feeling went through me and I knew that everything would be all right. So I keep praying and praying. I had lost my language, my youth, and my future. Now I’m working on learning my language again, and trying to get though the pain from my past.
Psalm 25:15-17 - My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.