Last October, Jeremy came to a crossroads in his life. He could either seek the help he knew deep down that he needed, or he could continue down the destructive path he was on. It was 3:30 in the morning and he was due in at work. But the alcohol in his system begged him to forget his responsibilities. He pulled into his employer’s parking lot, but something kept him from getting out of his vehicle. Since his job involved working with saws and other dangerous tools, he knew going inside would not be the wise thing to do in his current state. So, Jeremy turned around and drove home. He called in sick like he had many times before.
Once at home, the craving for alcohol grew. No liquor stores were open at these early morning hours, so he waited. As soon as the clock struck 6:00 and the stores opened, Jeremy was in his truck on his way to fulfill his craving. The desire for alcohol had become the driving force behind everything in Jeremy’s life. It was in control.
That day was a wakeup call for Jeremy. He knew he no longer wanted to go down that destructive path and he decided to seek help. He confessed his addiction to his employer and asked for their assistance. He was desperate for help. A local hospital did an evaluation of Jeremy and recommended that he receive outpatient therapy, but he knew he needed more help than that. It was not long before Jeremy was back to drinking excessively. This time, Jeremy sought inpatient therapy and received a month of treatment. But once again, this therapy didn’t seem to treat all of Jeremy’s symptoms. He was quickly caught back up in the destructive drinking cycle again.
In January of 2016, Jeremy’s journey down his destructive path hit a roadblock. As he was driving one day, his intoxication level was so high that it felt like he was having a seizure. He pulled his truck over to the side of the road and a passerby quickly pulled up behind him. The man called the paramedics and Jeremy was rushed to the hospital, where he was charged with a DUI. After a few days in the hospital, Jeremy called his mother, asking her for help. She had heard of Victory Acres, Peoria Rescue Ministries’ long-term recovery program, and began the process of getting him into the program.
Before he could enter the Victory Acres program, Jeremy had to appear in court and convince the judge that this was a good plan for his recovery. The judge approved his treatment plan and Jeremy headed off to the Rescue Mission to prepare and be evaluated for the program. During this time, Jeremy questioned his decision. Was Victory Acres the right choice for him? He was leaving behind everything he knew, including his children in Iowa. But it didn’t take long for Jeremy to receive peace about his decision. He knew he was making the right choice.
However, before he had the chance to begin the program, medical problems began to hit. His body had been through so much and his blood work began to come back abnormal. He was in and out of the hospital, getting test after test done. Victory Acres and its demanding work program was not going to be an option.
Thankfully, the Rescue Mission had begun a similar long-term recovery program for those who were not able to go to Victory Acres for various reasons. Jeremy enrolled and began to heal. He has now found sobriety and, even more importantly, has found out what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He has been at the Rescue Mission for seven months and successfully graduated from the program in September. He now looks to the future with excitement and hope. He will be leaving the Mission in December to be reunited with his kids in Iowa.
Jeremy explains, “I have learned a lot about myself and the Lord. I am glad God put me on this path. He puts people places for a reason.” Jeremy has spent a lot of his time at the Rescue Mission doing Bible studies and reading God’s Word. The words of David found in Psalms 40:1-4 are words that speak loudly to Jeremy and echo his feelings:
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in Him.”
To God be the glory, for changing this life and giving Jeremy a new path to travel on – a path that has led him to healing, hope, and salvation.