Jason started drinking at an early age. He got his first DUI as a 15 year old and was drinking daily. He was arrested over 10 times during high school. His decision to start drinking came from a place of deep pain.
Jason’s siblings were athletic stars in high school, but he was not like them. He believed he was weak and cowardly. His decision to drink was always about being tough and doing macho things on the outside even though he was scared on the inside. He constantly “felt like a wimp” and was lost in his insecurity and fear.
As the years went by, his problems got worse. He joined the military, hoping to start over with discipline. He spent six years in the Navy but continued drinking and ended up in a correctional custody unit. Discipline was not working.
Eventually, Jason was medically discharged from the Navy. When he got out, he continued drinking heavily. Everything in his life was centered around alcohol.
After his third DUI in the state and ninth DUI nationally, he ended up in front of a judge. Instead of taking responsibility for his actions, Jason was arrogant and contemptuous. The judge fired back at Jason with the simple words, “lock him up.” A year later, after a parole violation, Teen Challenge was brought up as an option.
Facing more jail time if he did not try to get sober, Jason was at the end of himself. His addiction was out of control, and he knew the rehabilitation process at Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge offered something different. Initially, Jason was skeptical about the “whole God thing” but he kept digging deep and God began to work in his life.
He found a new purpose. Jason gave his life to Christ and began to form a new identity. He learned to love others, to be kind to people and to glorify God with his behavior.
Jason is now involved in ministry through Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge. He gets to share Christ with others as a part of their street team and on their prison team. He uses these platforms to share his story and how God helped him through the process of healing and restoration.
“I’ve been selfish in the past and I’m now selfless, helping people with no motive,” says Jason. “My perspective has changed, and I now see this world and my life through a different lens.”
Jason plans to graduate from Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge in August 2018. He wants to go to college and is in the process of enrolling at Clark Summit University. His excitement about his new life is summarized in his favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV), “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
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