With the help of our generous supporters, we have seen thousands of comeback stories written. We are determined to eradicate the cycle of addiction and create a generation of overcomers. Here are just a few of the incredible stories of transformation we've witnessed of young people who have recovered from addictions.
I got involved in drugs and alcohol as a teenager and my life was soon being controlled by my addictions. Things had got really bad for me and I was working but homeless. "I called my Dad and he said, "Son do you want to change your life? Only you can do it". He found out about New Hope House and I said I would give it a go. I was out of options.
At 12 years old I had my first taste of drugs and alcohol and my life quickly spiralled out of control. I had so many close calls and eventually I came to the end of hope but a friend suggested I try Teen Challenge. I spent a year in the program and my life has gone from strength to strength. If you are thinking you need rehab. Just do it, your life is worth much more than you think. I’ve lived it, I’ve gone through it, it works.
"I came from an ordinary home in many ways. My parents loved me, but there were problems in the marriage, and they broke up when I was young. I lived in a regional town in Australia that didn’t have a lot going for it. Many of my friend’s parents drank in excess and took drugs.
I began experimenting with other substances. I felt more confident when I took drugs and there were a lot of parties to go to. Before too long I was introduced to heroin."
“I grew up in a regular family, but at 10, I developed an eating disorder, I started binge drinking at 15 and took drugs for the first time at Schoolies. I went to the New Life Centre (NLC) after I had become a mother. I didn’t want to be there but was facing criminal charges, and I thought rehab would look good in court. I now am so glad I did the whole year of rehab. I rebuilt my life on a firm foundation and now have a hope for my future."
"I was in and out of an abusive relationship which was built on drinking, marijuana and methamphetamine. I came to Teen Challenge to find purpose in life, to stop the cycle of abuse and drugs, and to find a life free from substances. Through the program I found a new way of thinking and dealing with my issues."
"I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t here. If I wasn’t here I’m afraid to say that I’d probably be either in jail or dead. But the blessing is this place is here and it’s because of the people that volunteer or help fund this place that it’s still able to run, that it’s still able to be that light on a hill for people that are so desperate for hope."
"I got to a turning point in my life when I was sleeping on a concrete floor at the back of an abandoned house and I thought I’m sick of doing this and so I thought I might give Teen Challenge a go. Since coming here Teen Challenge has done heaps for me, they’ve helped me so much. They’ve helped me to work on myself, the case workers have been great, they’ve given me a lot of time and put a lot of effort into my recovery."
"Before I came to Teen Challenge my life was a mess. When I was 13 I developed depression which turned into self-harming, an eating disorder, drinking and dabbling in drugs by age 14. At 16 I was at my worse. Mum had lost all hope, she didn’t know what to do anymore. This is when my mum found Teen Challenge QLD."