A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction

Pride Aside is one Father’s attempt to be vocal about his
son’s addiction, and how their family has navigated this
perilous journey together.

“Raw, brutally transparent, real, heart-wrenching,
inspiring, relatable, frustrating, unsettling,

“A gift of unsettled but secure
promise to those who are struggling
along the broken road called life.”

Dr. Rob Futral, Senior Pastor
Broadmoor Baptist Church, Madison MS

Jackie from Alabama’s Story

On our website, we have a tab titled Your Story. Jackie from Alabama shared her story below. Please join us in praying for Jackie and her family.

Share Your StoryMy story is like so many others. My precious son and the raveges of addiction. But, unfortunately mine came first; but this is about my letting go of who I desperately wanted him to be and let God hold him when I couldn’t.
In as few a words as possible, I had (past tense) locked him out of the house, watched from afar as he lived the life of a homeless person. Passing him on the highway one afternoon and just falling apart. Begin God to intervene. That was a pattern that continued for a long time. One night I just cried out, please Lord take everything you have given me and give to him. I am willing to give you my life… if you would just save his. His journey was long, hard and so hard to watch but the saving grace is about 2.5 years ago he was living in a mission and met a wonderful man from a local church. The bond was formed and after one more unsuccessful attempt to end it…. He woke up… showed up at my house and asked me to take him to church. To that church.. The church I had begun attending several years before. This is the short story but it was a long journey for all of us but somehow, I kept on believing in a miracle which has occured. He now works, is married and gives back to the community he came from. He loves the Lord and that shows in the light in his eyes. I know, not all stories end like this; but this one could have just as easily turned out differently. I heard you say this morning (Rick and Bubba interview) that God takes 99 steps towards us and we take that one. And that one was when he (my son) woke up alone in the hotel he had slept in and asked God to save him… What a testimony he has, and was asked to share it with our congregation at church on 4 different occassions. God never left my side during those painful years but I see clearly now, He never left his either.

2 thoughts on “Jackie from Alabama’s Story”

  1. Sherri Young says:

    Thanks for sharing! It is in our darkest days that God’s light shines the brightest!

  2. Karen says:

    God is great! Your strength is amazing, Jackie, and giving it to God can be so hard but so peaceful when you know you’ve done that.

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