September is National Recovery Month, a time to increase awareness and celebrate the successes of those who battle addiction.
Heartland Recovery is hosting our 4rd Annual Run/Bike/Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. Whether you’re walking to create awareness, to honor a loved one, or to celebrate your own victory, we need you! Make a difference in the fight, one step at a time. Our goal this year is $10,000.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Register online and start getting sponsors for the A-thon as you run/bike/walk throughout the month, or at our September 24th in-person event.
- Or, simply make a donation/sponsor one of our Rally participants.
*Rally for Recovery is open to anyone to participate (not just Heartland residents).
Tim, battled drug addiction for 25 years. After seeking help at numerous treatment centers life began to feel like a revolving door, “It was a lot of the same, just patterns of my using. It was just a trap. The more I tried to get out the further I sank.” Seeking God’s guidance, he found hope through Heartland Recovery, a place that welcomed him with love and support. Surrounded by Godly men and building a relationship with Jesus, Timothy’s life turned around.
“I’m hopeful. You know, my future looks bright. I’m not dreading what tomorrow’s going to bring.” He encourages others struggling with addiction to seek help from Heartland, persevere, and trust the process, knowing that there is hope and a brighter future with God’s guidance.
Jessen’s arrest served as a wake-up call, making him question the purpose of his self-destructive behavior. “I didn’t even know why I was getting high… It took everything.” Caught in addiction Jessen came to Heartland Recovery.
At Heartland Jessen found hope and peace. He acknowledges the damage he caused but remains grateful for God’s guidance and restoration, understanding that healing takes time. When asked what advice he offers others caught in addiction, he emphasizes the importance of finding support within the church community, emphasizing, “Get to a church, man. He’ll snatch you right up and show you you’re not alone.”
Peer pressure led Clay to experiment with drugs and alcohol during high school, initially without significant consequences. However after a surgery and recovering on pain medication, addiction took hold, leading to a cycle of treatment centers and relapses. The turning point came during a jail sentence when Clay realized the extent of the damage caused by his addiction. “I knew that I couldn’t do it on my own…. I was arrested. I was in jail, and I knew that it was time for me to straighten up”
Seeking help, Clay found a spiritual-based program called Heartland, where he finally began to find peace. Over the last 12 months of the recovery process Clay has seen relationships restored and found hope. When asked how he was feeling as he prepared to graduate Clay said, “I feel good. Times before I was real nervous around this time, when it was time to be going home. The Lord’s restored in me a new peace. I’m pretty comfortable where I’m at and how I feel.”
Makenna’s life was in turmoil, sitting in county jail at 18 years old, facing her first felony. She initially rejected offers to go through treatment for drugs. “I was like, ‘No, absolutely not. I’d rather rot in here than go.'” Makenna’s perspective shifted upon hearing the anguish in her parents’ voices. “Something needs to change. If I’m not going to do this for me, then I need to do it for them.”
At Heartland Women’s Recovery Makenna learned a new way to live, specifically in how to handle relationships. “They’re built out of love and that was different for me because I’ve never had a friendship or been in a relationship that was built with trust. It’s just different.”