Santiago M.

I grew up in a broken home. My dad struggled with addiction and was in and out of jail and rehabs, while my mom worked to provide for us. My addiction started after my dad was killed in 2014. I began taking painkillers and my addiction grew for the next 4 years. In 2018, I turned to fentanyl. In Nov 2018, my wife overdosed and passed away, which led into deeper drug use for me. I found myself in a cycle of addiction. Since then I’ve been trying to escape my reality. On a recent “binge” I had a mental breakdown and began hallucinating. I felt I was going to lose my life if I didn’t seek help. God used this scare to call me back into Teen Challenge. In this season, I need to allow time for God to restore me and renew my mind. My desire is to grow deeper in my faith. To grow in self-discipline and character, and to become a better father.