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 was a heroin addict for ten years, used methamphetamine regularly and was severely depressed. I had a family of four children I was providing for but they often suffered greatly because of my lifestyles and behaviours. Since completing the Teen Challenge program I have gone from strength to strength. Teen Challenge changed my life forever."
“My life changed when I was 10, my innocence was stolen and a downward spiral began. My ICE addiction led me to the sex industry and a life of brokenness and instability. Then I found Teen Challenge and was welcomed with open arms, no judgement, just love. I am now the woman I always wanted to be. My future is full of possibilities.”
"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."
"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."
"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 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."
"Before I came here I was in a pretty unhealthy place and I’m just really happy to be going away feeling full in my heart and healthy in my mind, healthy in my body and healthy in my spirit. I’m truly grateful and I’m pretty sure my husband and my daughters are pretty grateful too, to be able to have me back well and happy and healthy."