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Ann Doupont Boise, Idaho
Raised in a religion that didn’t tell us how to be born-again, I left disillusioned at a young age. They taught that theirs was the only true religion, so I had nowhere to go but to the world. I became a teenaged alcoholic and drug user.
In my early 20s, I graduated to using hard drugs after meeting a criminal who became my boyfriend for 10 years until finding him dead of a heroin overdose on our bathroom floor. During the time that I knew this man, I attempted suicide twice.
I attended a 12-step meeting once while he was still alive, but he was angry that I had gone, so I didn’t return to the meetings until after his death. I was desperate for help, and finally help for my recovery began at that very first meeting.
The year following his death, I had my first of five mental breakdowns resulting in hospitalization. Later that year, I was diagnosed as having manic depression, now more commonly known as “bipolar disorder.” The doctors said that I’d be on lithium medication for the rest of my life.
During one of the 12-step meetings I attended, a man called “Preacher Larry” talked about Jesus each time he spoke. That’s all I remember hearing. At the end of the meeting, I told him that I wanted Jesus in my life. Since I was shy at that time, I told him that I didn’t want to pray there in front of people. So, we went to his car and I prayed, asking Jesus to come into my life.
I stopped drinking and using drugs through the 12-step programs I attended, and three years later, I was fully freed from the medication that the doctors said I’d be on for the rest of my life.
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