CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO FIND FREEDOM AND RECOVERY
My name is Greg and here’s my story of how I found hope crossing the bridge to find freedom and recovery. When I was growing up, there really wasn’t much that we had to do for the youth. So a lot of us turned to using drugs. I was about 15 when I tried meth for the first time, and right away, it took hold and it put me on a different path, totally changed my mindset. The next thing you know, you’re rock bottom in no time. In and out of jail a dozen times. I first met Laura at a party. At that time, she was on Adderall for ADHD, and she learned pretty quickly that she could abuse it. She entered treatment a couple of times for Adderall abuse and ran away from home but still she cycled downward and tried even more new drugs. So instead of bringing out the best in each other, we were just living really fast and got addicted to even more drugs.
One day, I actually had a vision, I was just sitting outside, it was a gorgeous day and we’d just taken a couple of hits of acid. I just had a feeling come over me. And I said to myself, if you keep this up, you ain’t going to make it. And I had this feeling, I broke down and I started crying. Laura came outside and she was like, “What’s wrong? Why are you crying”? And then I just broke down saying, “I can’t do this anymore”. I never really felt like I had a relationship with God so I didn’t know what it would be like if he spoke to me. But there I was sitting outside and, I realize this has to be God speaking. Right then and there, we made an oath together that we weren’t going to use anymore. Laura and I realized that we needed to find our way back to God. Laura had just gotten pregnant with Willow and she wanted to be a good mom – she’d always wanted to be a mom.
When we first started coming to Eastside, it was like coming home to family. It’s a really good feeling. One of the biggest ways that God has been using me right now is through mentoring. I have gone through so much in my life and I want to be able to give back and show others there is a way out and a way to find freedom from addiction. I know I can relate with a lot of these people that they need help to become a cycle breaker in their family and they need to hear there is hope from someone who has found recovery.
We share with others how to take next steps towards recovery and find a way to cross that bridge to freedom. We took one day at a time to trust God and to pray. The miracle is God does show up in our lives. He is present! He shows up! He’s definitely been there for us. We put everything into God’s hands and we’ve seen miracle after miracle. We look back and we see all the ways God has provided hope and healing. We share our story to inspire others, to offer hope to anybody out there who’s dealing with anything like this because God has changed our lives. It’s amazing what he can do with open hearts.
We would love to invite you to visit us in person or online. We believe that this is a place for everyone, wherever you are on your journey. If you would like to find out more about Eastside please visit eastside.com/about.
Let’s face it: Life can get difficult… complicated. But you don’t have to navigate these seasons alone. This caring community of people, who have walked the path to recovery, will walk beside you on your journey to hope and healing. We have groups for people who are going through a divorce, have lost a loved one, struggle with an addiction, are fighting illness, want to save their marriage, or are seeking mental wellness. Feel free to review the groups below and reach out to the leader for more information or to sign up. If you have questions or need help finding a group, contact Greg Arbues or request more info.
If you or someone you know is in a difficult season, we invite you to check out the Care & Recovery groups at Eastside. For convenient times and locations go to: eastside.com/care.
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Let’s face it: Life can get difficult… complicated. But you don’t have to navigate these seasons alone. This caring community of people, who have walked the path to recovery, will walk beside you on your journey to hope and healing.
We have groups for folks who are going through a divorce, have lost a loved one, struggle with an addiction, are fighting illness, want to save their marriage, or are seeking mental wellness. We also have resources from our recent series Cycle Breaker.