Shree Dupree, Graduated September 6th 2011 SA Women’s Program
I was born with a generational curse. My dad was a full-blown alcoholic. He didn’t make it out of his addiction: he died when I was nine years old. Everyone told me I looked just like my dad and was going to be just like him! I did grow up in church thanks to my maternal grandmother; but when she died, my mom stopped taking me. I do believe that, because my grandmother was such a Christian woman, God’s promises to her rescued me out of my addiction.
My mom raised me and my sisters with no direction or foundation in life. I looked for love in men; after constantly being hurt by everyone I loved, I found that I could escape the pain through drugs and alcohol. I became so addicted that I could not even function. Every time a problem arose in my life I turned to drugs. They had a stronghold on me for seven years. Everyone told me to just quit, but I couldn’t. I was in true bondage; every demon in hell was on me. I tried going to church but as soon as I left I would go back in sin. My mom told me to go to rehab but I knew 30 days wasn’t enough. I remember telling her, “I need to go to church 24/7!”
Wow! That’s when a friend told my sister about Teen Challenge. I was desperate for help; death was knocking at my door. Since I’ve been at Teen Challenge of Texas – San Antonio Women’s Campus my chains are gone. I have a foundation and direction. I will never have to turn to a man, drugs, or alcohol when I’m faced with a challenge. I now have all the fruits of the Spirit, I have learned to pray with power, I have learned about spiritual warfare, and I have learned to stand!
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when He has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12