Mark T.

I grew up in a Christian household where both of my parents were involved in the Catholic Church. My father was pretty strict on me and implemented an almost military style of parenting and discipline within our home. The first time that I used drugs I was in 5th grade. I smoked marijuana with one of my friends at the time. I enlisted in the Navy and began drinking heavily. I also spiraled into depression after my father’s suicide. Part of me even blamed myself for my father’s death. I turned to substances to help me function working three jobs in order to provide for my family. I came into Teen Challenge because the relationship that I had with my family was suffering harm from my addiction. I hope while I am here to gain a relationship with the Lord, have my family put back together, and learn how to be the father to my children that Christ destined me to be.