“Real Change Can Happen Here
Sean was a teenager when he discovered drugs and alcohol were an easy way to forget his social anxieties. “Drinking was an escape,” he says.
As an adult, Sean’s drinking only increased. He moved to a new city, hoping that a fresh start would help him leave his problems behind. But problems followed wherever he went.
Eventually, “I stopped wanting to drink,” Sean says. But he wasn’t sure how to reach out for help. “I would sit in the bushes across from AA meetings and just couldn’t go in.”
That changed when Sean met a pastor who was “genuine…not a Sunday Christian.” As he got to know God for the first time, Sean realized he could no longer hide his addictions. “I was running from myself, and I was so deep in addiction. But I couldn’t give it up.”
His desire to change led him to the Hebron Addiction Recovery program here at Wheeler Mission. “I didn’t want to go at first,” Sean admits. But as other doors closed, Sean realized that God was leading him here. He joined our program and slowly, he learned how to open his heart to others and was transformed by the grace and love of God.
Sean also found support from our staff and the other men in the program to recover from his addiction and grow in his faith. “It’s awesome to see people who have made it through,” he says. “Real change can happen here.”
Today, as part of our Servant Leadership Training program, Sean is a completely different person. No longer afraid, no longer hiding, he reaches out to guys who have just joined the program and helps them along in their journey.
“It’s amazing what goes on here,” Sean says, smiling. “God is really doing miraculous work.”