“I drank and drank and drank some more,” Duke says.
Though he was a successful writer with a wonderful girlfriend and a caring family, underneath, he was struggling with depression. So he turned to alcohol to numb the pain.
“I let so many people down with my lies and deception and lost so many relationships,” he says. “It got to the point where I was drinking alone in the dark at night. I’d drink half a gallon of vodka, get drunk as a skunk and pass out.”
Then Duke began having severe blackouts. “I couldn’t remember driving home. It was frightening,” he says. “I was ready to get help.”
It was then that Duke’s family brought him to our Rebound residential recovery program at his request. “I was busted up and hated myself when I got here,” he says. “But I could say whatever was on my heart without any embarrassment because the teachers and counselors treated us all with dignity.”
Duke healed spiritually at the Rescue Mission, as well. “I’d grown up attending church and had a good relationship with the Lord, but it went right out the window when I started drinking,” he says. “Through Rebound, I grew very close to Christ.”
Duke graduated from the program and has his own apartment now, but he comes to visit the Rebound men each week, attends alumni meetings, and volunteers to make thank-you calls to donors. “I say, ‘I’m one of the guys you helped. You’re the reason I’m where I am right now.’”
Duke has been clean and sober for 2 ½ years now, is on an antidepressant, and has begun writing again. “Life is good,” he says. “I’m blessed and grateful because of Rebound.”
WITH YOUR HELP, Duke and others like him are finding that God’s hope and healing are for everyone, regardless of their past or circumstances. Thank you for your generous support!
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