Self-harm is an intent action of physically harming one’s body without a direct attempt of suicide. Those that self-harm may do so as an unhealthy coping mechanism to relieve themselves from the pain of stress, anxiety, emotional numbness, abuse or trauma. Cutting (using sharp edges/razors to cut the skin) is the most common form of self-harm. Other methods include burning, scratching, hair pulling, ingesting poisons, or preventing wounds from healing.
From my earliest memories I was filled with emptiness, loneliness and fear, By the time I was 10, I had started cutting myself as an outlet for my inner pain. It wasn’t long before I was smoking cigarettes, smoking pot and drinking to fill the hole in my heart. I was raped twice and didn’t value myself or my body.
I got married, but after a miscarriage and a car accident I started using my pills to escape reality. Eventually my husband left me. My life was destroyed, I started stabbing and burning myself and was introduced to meth. I tried to commit suicide.
After a 30 day rehab I stared using heroin and cocaine daily. I had another miscarriage and again tried to commit suicide. At the hospital they told me I was pregnant and I decided to get help for me and my baby. I went to Adult and Teen Challenge and there God changed my life.
Recovery: Our Process
Adult and Teen Challenge USA strives to provide a compassionate, caring welcome to new students when they arrive. New students will soon find that there are many others with similar stories and backgrounds, who are learning to live a new drug-free life.
Though the vast majority of Adult and Teen Challenge students—adults, youth, and families—come from a lifestyle of drug, alcohol, or other addictions, our focus is on the spiritual needs of the student. Our conviction is that the beginning of freedom from addiction starts by establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Once established, growth is vital for the new believer to learn how to not only change their behavior but to change their attitudes and their view on life. It is through this transformation of spirit, mind, and heart that lasting change takes place.
Adult and Teen Challenge deals with the “whole man” by endeavoring to help individuals become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive. Life transformation occurs through a restored relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and a subsequent commitment to apply and live out the principles of God’s Word, The Bible, to our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in our everyday lives. This Bible based instruction – group and individual mentoring and discipleship – is the foundation on which all aspects of the Teen Challenge program are built. These principles bring true freedom from addiction, with a restored purpose and an eternal hope.