Sara F: A Story of a New Legacy
My name is Sara F. I have been at Gilgal since December 2017. On July 31, 2018, I will be 60 years old. Who dreams of spending their 60th birthday in rehab? That was not the plan I had envisioned for my life. But, as I am learning in classes at Gilgal, the life I live today is a result of decisions made in my yesterdays. If I want a different tomorrow, I need to begin changing my actions today. I am ready for change! I want different outcomes for me and my family. I have lots of work to do.
Danaleigh W. A Story of Restoration
When we’re young, doing homework at night often seems pointless, redundant, and downright boring. For Danaleigh W., doing her assigned Gilgal homework each night was not a chore, but a way for her to grow in her relationship with the Lord. The required homework that the staff gave her “got her into the Bible and made her aware of God’s presence.”
Debra M. A Woman of Many Masks
Debra M. was the woman of many masks when she first arrived at Gilgal. Her dependency on masks was rooted in a distrust of people and a fear of feeling her own emotions. Debra first tried crack cocaine when she was sixteen years old, after her father’s suicide and the birth of her daughter. “Being high was the biggest mask of all,” she says. Being high allowed her to “feel special” and was something that shielded her from the abuse she experienced from male friends of her mom. This mentality led Debra into a self-destructive path of thirty years of using.
Evelyn B. A New Perspective
When faced with the choice of one year in a rehab program or two years in jail, Evelyn B. chose the one year of rehab. Her arrival at Gilgal was trailed behind by twenty years of drug use, which started when she was only twelve-years old.
Rachel D. Intimacy with God
After thirty years of living with an addiction to crack, Rachel D. decided she was “sick and tired.” “I wanted to be with my family, and drugs would not allow that,” says Rachel. “I got tired of depending on others to take care of me.”
BREAKING CHAINS: Looking for Peace
After over a decade of drinking and using drugs, Lindsey H. was looking for a “peace in [her] life that wasn’t there.” She was tired of feeling unhappy and unfulfilled and came to the realization that her lifestyle could not continue any longer.
One year after deciding to make a change in her life and get sober, Lindsey is now graduating Gilgal.
BREAKING CHAINS: Generational Addiction
My name is Charlie C. and I am 29 years old. I was born in Orange County, CA and raised in Panama City, FL until the age of 13. I am the youngest of two children. I followed my dad’s footsteps and joined the US Marines at the age of 17. I learned about being a machinist and a welder in the service. I became certified in welding during my time in the Job Corps.
BREAKING CHAINS: Educational Disparity
Debra’s tumultuous childhood did not afford her the opportunity to attend school like other children. While she is extremely talented and hard working, her lack of a formal education has hindered her marketability in the workforce.
BREAKING CHAINS: Hopelessness
When Peggy entered Gilgal, she had little hope. A life wrought with abuse and addiction had literally brought her to the end of her rope. In her mind, life was not worth living.
BREAKING CHAINS: Unforgiveness
As a daughter of an alcoholic and victim of childhood trauma, Letitia harbored intense anger toward God and others. These strong emotions ultimately led her to a life of drugs and alcohol. Continue reading