Robert’s Testimony

Robert grew up on a hundred-head dairy farm in southern Missouri. Here is the story of how his choices in life—and God’s intervention—brought him to Heartland. I was born and raised in a small town in Southern Missouri. I had good parents and had a good upbringing. Shortly after high school I started to mess around with drugs, and not long after I became addicted to methamphetamine. I had it under control for about four years. In my mind snorting it or smoking it was not as bad. Then in 2004 I started injecting meth and it turned my world upside down. All I wanted to do was stay high. I had...

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Jeff’s Testimony

I grew up in Lake Elsinore, California, and started using methamphetamine at the age of 13. In my addiction I started running with a group called the Black Triangle Punks. I was looking for something to belong to and they were just as angry and frustrated as I was. Through the years of the punk rock scene, I began to associate with a number of hate groups and before too long, I was following their beliefs. I met my wife Kathy when I was trying to score some dope; she too was as addicted to meth. Our marriage didn’t last very long, maybe a year and half or two years. My wife left and...

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Melinda’s Testimony

The faithfulness of God is the first thing that comes to my mind when I look back over my life. My journey began what seems like a lifetime ago. I was raised in church, but really did not know what it meant to have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus. I always knew the right things to say and the right things to do. Sooner or later, though, it all caught up with me and it all came crashing down. Todd and I got married while he was in the Navy, and I brought all the issues I had with me into the marriage. By 2001 we were at rock bottom. I had put us into debt well over $35,000.00. We...

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Mark’s Testimony

I pretty much came to the Heartland Men’s Recovery Program because my life was completely destroyed in every way. I had two children who were old enough to know me and did not want anything to do with me. The other was three years old and with my ex-wife who had a restraining order against me. The rest of my family didn’t trust me enough to bunk around me, much less go to sleep. So I had exhausted all of my options. I was addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs, and I would do anything to anyone to get what I felt I needed. I thought the pills helped and allowed me to function. I didn’t...

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Theresa’s Testimony

I’m really not sure what happened to me along the the way. I was a good kid, loved my parents and they loved me and all of a sudden at thirteen I thought I knew everything and could do whatever I wanted — and I did. I started smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, smoking pot, sneaking out every night, and stealing my parents’ cars. At the age of sixteen I was pregnant, and at seventeen I was married. I was a child having a child and didn’t know how to be a wife or a mother because all I cared about was myself and partying. I got a job in a pharmacy at seventeen and by then I had a pretty big...

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