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Day 1 - Part 1
My name is Mike Cleveland and I, along with Jeff Perry, will be walking with you through the next sixty days as you seek freedom from alcohol and drug addiction. Jeff has firsthand experience dealing with and overcoming both of these addictions through the power of Jesus Christ. Throughout the course Jeff will share his story with you, so before we explain how the course works, I've asked him to share a little about his journey.
Jeff writes, "My struggle with alcohol and drugs began when I was thirteen years old. It began as a way of fitting in with others, and I soon found that I could escape the problems I faced for a while when I was intoxicated. It didn't take long to discover that this 'escape' was very short-lived and the same problems were still there when I sobered up. The problems actually seemed to get worse, and my life began a downward spiral that led a seemingly well-adjusted teenager to become an out-of-control young man."
"I quit college soon after high school to follow my dream of being a rock musician. For the next twelve years I lived in a nightmarish world of bars and parties that destroyed my first marriage and my relationship with my family, and even led to severe, suicidal depression. I tried self-help groups, psychiatric counseling, and treatment for the depression."
"Nothing helped or even made a dent in the pain I felt—I was totally out of control. I tried over and over to quit, but never had any success: The alcohol, pills, and cocaine held me tightly in a death grip. I remember standing at the graveside of a friend who had died in an alcohol-related car crash. I stood there thinking that I was heading for the same, horrible end and I knew that I could do nothing to stop it."
"I’ll share more of my story with you as we go through this course, but I’d like to give you a bit of hope as we start—there is freedom from both of these ...