fullsizerender      Lisa

I did not begin my early years as an alcoholic or drug addict. I was an excellent student and found great satisfaction in being an over-achiever. I graduated Cum-laude with a degree in nursing from Brenau University and a specialty degree from Emory University. I was a registered nurse for 10 years, however no amount of success or education could fill the emptiness inside me.

My husband died when I was 24 years old. My life seemed to end and I had a nervous breakdown. Instead of crying out to God, I began drinking heavily. This progressed to stronger chemicals. I did not care if I lived or if I died. I was very alone and married another alcoholic. This proved to be yet another bad decision. I was so impaired that I became unable to work, my husband soon left, and my addiction greatly worsened. I had been introduced to crack cocaine while at another treatment center. I had a $100 – $200 a day habit to feed. I began stealing and this led me into trouble with the law.

I had a family member who helped me into New Beginnings. From the moment I walked into the sanctuary, God began dealing with me. I was truly broken and asked His forgiveness. On December 26, 2004 I was born again. I felt clean on the inside and the burden I had been carrying was lifted.  I look forward to many years of growing closer to my Lord. I will never regret turning my life over to Him. He kept me from going to prison and turned my life around for His purpose.


fullsizerender      Melissa

I used my 1st drug at age 12, and spent the next 20 years in heavy addiction.  I had a period of time in recovery but never got down to any core issues.  After 2 years of sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous I relapsed on prescription pain pills, and it wasn’t to long after that I was on IV Heroin and near death.  My addiction spiraled out of control, and yet I thought I still had maintained some level of control.  I came to New Beginnings in August of 2011 from North Carolina at 31 years old wanting to only get rid of my addiction.  When I entered the program here i was full of pride, anger,  rebellion, and fear.  I never intended to complete the full program.  I just wanted my clean time back, and I knew that it would take a little bit of God to achieve that goal.

As time went on I could feel that the Holy Spirit had been dealing with me, and drawing me.  I came to repentance and on October 31, 2011 I became Born Again, and began turning every area of my life to Christ  That when things really began to change.  The Lord started to place purpose and vision in my heart.   Since my time at NBM I have endured many trials and tribulations and one of those was the death of my Mother.  One of my greatest fears came true.  Had I not been grounded in Christ, and surrounded with my New Beginnings family I don’t think I weould have been able to make it. The Lord took me to Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear for I am w/ you: don not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  That promise still echoes in my life today.  I have now served on staff going into my 5th year.  In August of 2016 I became a Certified Addictions Counselor with the state of GA.  He has really placed gifts and talents within me that I only had dreamed of before.  I continue to give God all the Glory and Honor for what he has done!!!



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The story of a Graduate

Growing up both of my parents was addicted to drugs for most of my childhood and teenage years. My mother was on crack cocaine and father methamphetamine. My life was so unstable and I don’t ever remember having a stable home for more than a couple of years. Visiting jails and rehab centers quickly became normal to me. I remember always feeling like the back bone of my father and mother. I felt that I had to be the strong one and encourage them along the way, all the while I was so broken inside. I remember sitting on my grandmother’s porch and crying and asking God Why me. I didn’t much about God but I knew He was out there somewhere. While asking that question I heard a small voice tell me that all the pain I was going through was going to shape me into who I would be one day. I honestly thought it was my “strong self” but now I know that was my Heavenly Father speaking to me even then. As I got older into my teenage years I began to use drugs, I even used with my parents. That life was “normal” to me. I became pregnant shortly after high school and I thought that would change my life, and it did for a short time.  I was still so empty inside and longed for something that would fill the holes inside me. In 2010 my mother was killed due to drugs. She was found in an alley in a drug neighborhood and it nearly killed me knowing that was how my mother lived her last few minutes. Shortly after that my addiction spiraled out of control. Before I knew it I was losing everything. It didn’t take too long before I knew I had to do something or I was going to end up just like my mom, so I decided to come to New Beginnings Ministry for 10 months. Little did I know that God had something so much bigger than I ever could imagine. My addiction, and brokenness is what led me to NB but I know now that it was only a small piece of the puzzle.  God had a divine appointment for me there.  I was healed from the brokenness, addiction, and past pain.  All of those things is what led me to the alter where I met Jesus Christ.  I would not be the person I am today without going through all that I had in my past.

I stayed an addition 22 months past my 10 month commitment.   NBM transformed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined.  I found my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first and foremost.  With all of the church services, and classes that were offered I was able to heal , grow, and learn to submit to God.  It wasn’t an easy process; it took time and perseverance.   With the help  of the church services and classes I truly began to change, and I desired to start living right.  I learned to live a christian life through all of the love and support I received from Granny and the other staff.  So many good things happened while I was there, but the biggest reward  was the changed person I became.  I look at my time at New Beginnings as an investment into my life.  I was taught the tools that I needed and was able to build my relationship with God so that I now still have the strong foundation I need for me and my family.  Throughout my stay I received custody back of my 6 y/o son (now 10), found a job that I was promoted into management in.  I regained my license and was able to purchase a with the money I saved.  I also met my husband who I have been married to for 2 1/2 years.  I went to cosmetology school and received my cosmetology license, and I am able to do what I love doing.  We are actively involved in a wonderful church where we serve as AWANA leaders.  I never imagined my like could be what is is now.  I always wanted a life like this but never thought it was in my reach but New Beginnings made it possible.  I will be forever grateful for God leading me to Martin, GS.  I hope to always be a part and continue to share my story with the ladies there.  If you have a desire to change you can make that happen through that program!!!