Around the age of twenty, I almost died from a drug over-dose.
I had some bad experiences while growing up and thought money, drugs, and alcohol would drown away the pain. But it wasn’t working.
One night, shortly after the drug over-dose, I was unable to sleep and I was watching TV. Switching through the channels, I stopped on a Christian program where people were sharing stories of how God changed their lives. There was a story of a man whose life was very similar to mine. He had been addicted to drugs and alcohol but he shared how Jesus had set him free from these things. His life was completely changed by God.
I didn’t know much about God, or even how to pray, but after listening to that man's story I thought if God can help him, then maybe He could help me. So out loud I said, “God if you are real, help me!”
After that night I started attending church and reading the bible while trying to avoid drug use. I was doing well but I was having nightmares almost every night about doing drugs. I would wake up soaked in sweat, feeling very guilty.
Then someone invited me to a Christian crusade in Salt Lake City. The speaker spoke on giving your heart over to Jesus. At the end of the message he invited people forward to receive Jesus in their life. I went forward and gave everything to Jesus.
From that night on the nightmares stopped, the guilt went away, and Jesus began to give me strength to stop living the lifestyle I had been living. Just like that man on TV, I was a changed man. Jesus had set me free.