Rachel has lost a lot of things in her life. Lost her dad in a car accident when she was three years old and custody of her son due to her drug addiction, but today Rachel can celebrate losing something..92 pounds! Rachel has a new lease on life and her weight loss is only one indication of how far she has come in her recovery. Rachel now has a relationship with God where as she learned to believe in him and believe in herself.
Through the Genesis Program (part of the GRM Life Restoration Program), Rachel was able to see what her false beliefs were. She used to believe the lies that brought her down, ones that told her she couldn’t do anything, but now she is learning to say, “I can!” She has learned to love herself and deal with life instead of depending on drugs to get her through.
Rachel grew up in Tucson and when she was years old, her mother moved in with an alcoholic who was verbally and emotionally abusive to her. At age five, she found comfort in food and struggled with a food addiction and depression most of her young life. At seven, she was in a car accident and in her 20’s was prescribed Oxycodone for severe back pain resulting from that accident.
By 2012, Rachel’s world was quickly spiraling out of control, addicted to crystal meth, had to give up custody of her son, lost her Section 8 Housing and her SUV and she began living in motels with her fiancé. For a period of time, they paid for their lifestyle by selling her prescriptions for Oxycodone until her doctor fired her for refusing to take a drug test. After no longer having prescription drugs to support them, her fiancé began committing burglaries to support their addictions and hotel rooms.
On March 5th, 2012, her fiancé did not return to the motel room. He had been arrested and Rachel had nowhere to go. Rachel tried going home to her mother’s and continued knocking on her door until the cops came. “My mom called the cops. She wanted nothing to do with me. Crushed, I walked to Gospel Rescue Mission. They had no beds, but I kept coming back for five days and on a Monday on March 12, 2012 there was a bed for me and that was my first day of being clean.” Rachel had never successfully completed a treatment program before. She had walked in GRM’s doors just looking for shelter, but experiencing love and encouragement from the staff and the other women in the program helped her decide to go through GRM's Genesis Program.
After completing the Genesis Program, regaining custody of her son, and moving to the Women's Center Transitional House Rachel reflected on what she'd learned, “At one time I had everything I ever wanted. Now I have nothing to call mine, but I am truly happy. It took me loosing everything to surrender to God! I didn’t realize He was all I ever needed until He was all I had.”
While in prison, her fiancé has committed his life to Christ and when he is released they have plans to start their life together with God in the center and getting married before living together.
Because of her changed life, Rachel now not only has custody of her son, but her mother has become her best friend and she has a Godly future with her fiancé.
When asked what her world would be like if there was no GRM, Rachel replied, “I was hopeless, depressed, lonely, mad, scared, hurt and had no desire to go on with my life. I would have ended up in prison or killed myself. I would have had no chance to live. I mean really live!”
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