Rock Bottom Ranch Recovery Stories

Jessica's Story
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    I was born in March of 1991 to a drug-addicted family in Terrell, Texas. My Mom and Dad were both drug addicts and alcoholics.  It did not take long after my birth for the chaos to start. I was four months and four days old on the 4th of July when my mother was murdered in a crack deal gone bad. Not only did I lose my mother at a very young age in a violent way, but a few years later when I was five years old, my father was murdered as well. After his death, I was moved from family member to family member. I always felt like I was a burden to my family or whoever I was living with at the time.     When I was twelve, I moved in with my sister, and that is when my life went to hell in a dope sack. My whole life was centered around using drugs. By the time I was thirteen I had become what most people would call a hopeless dope fiend.  This was the year I was introduced to heroin.  I remember my first taste of heroin like it was yesterday. I was hooked immediately.  I did not just jump in. I dove right in head first and became strung out on the needle. I was hopeless and helpless. I did not care about anything or anyone else. I completely lost all respect for myself and the only thing that mattered was getting the next fix before I got dope sick. That meant robbing,

people, stealing anything that wasn't nailed down, and God forbid if anyone got in my way, they would fall quickly. I was completely out of control. I lived my life out of control like that for sixteen years. There were many times that I should have died and honestly with every fiber of my being I was wanting to die. 

     But God! God had a different plan for my life. God took this hopeless dope fiend and is in the process of doing a complete overhaul. He has given me hope and His light shines bright in my once dark life. I now know that I never have to go back to that life. As long as I continue to walk with God, I know my life will prosper because I now know, "With God all things are possible." - Matthew 19:26

Update: Jessica graduated from the Rock Bottom Ranch program in February of 2021 and stayed on for a year as our live-in House Mother. She now has 2 years clean and continues to be a shining example of God's redemptive power in a surrendered vessel.

      Hello, my name is Amber. I am now a recovering addict after fifteen years of abusing drugs. I am also a survivor of sexual abuse. My addiction started when my child died in 2006. It seemed as if I couldn’t go on anymore. Then in November of 2020, I asked Jesus into my heart and found my way to Rock Bottom Ranch where I have gained a very intimate relationship with God.

     In this time of drawing closer to God, He has restored me as well as my relationship with my children and my fiance, Bobby Jo. I am now eight months sober and have been at Rock Bottom Ranch for eight months as well. I will graduate on December 4th and Bobby Jo and I will be married on December 18th. I know God has great things in store for us.

Update:  Amber graduated as planned on December 4th, 2021, and stayed here at The Ranch until her marriage to Bobby on December 18th. They spent several months living in one of the aftercare homes of the House of Hope program in Madisonville, Texas, which Bobby graduated from in December. We are very excited that they have recently decided to come live and work in Palestine. We love having them as a part of our community!

Amber's Story
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Marlana's Story
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    I was born into a life full of very unfortunate circumstances including neglect, abandonment, and abuse which led me to drug addiction and alcoholism. This, of course, caused me to make a slew of poor choices that left me lost, alone, and searching to be accepted and loved.

     I thought I loved Jesus. I know I believed in Him and in my own broken way, I did love Him, but I did not truly understand what it meant to have a real relationship with Him. No one had ever taught me the true way, His way, but through it all, He never left me forsaken. Jesus always had His hand on me and kept me covered with grace.

     In desperation for healing and peace, I came to Rock Bottom Ranch. While here, I have found God’s love and mercy. I have also received guidance on how to love God, myself, and others. I am finding the peace and freedom I have wanted for so many years. Through my studies, digging deep for inner healing, and building my relationship with a loving God, I have learned that His will prevails over my fleshly wants and desires. Trusting God and His promises for my life has led me to the joy and peace I have been searching for all along.

Update: Marlana graduated from the program on December 4th, 2021, and stayed here at The Ranch until her marriage to Richard which took place on January 15th, 2022. She is now living in her home with Richard here in Palestine and has recently started working full-time at the Ranch as our Resident Advisor.

     My name is Kamie King. I was born and raised in Palestine, Texas. I started using drugs when I was 15.  At the age of 18, I married a very abusive man, which only encouraged my drug use even more. By the time I turned 30, I had already been in and out of jails and prisons more times than I can even remember. When I turned 31, God blessed me with a beautiful baby girl. That was enough to keep me straight for a little while, but soon I found myself back on drugs. Before long, CPS came in and took my baby girl. Then my new, amazing husband filed for divorce, and once again I found myself back in jail.

     Today, I am a resident of Rock Bottom Ranch.  I have been clean and sober for a year now. My marriage has been restored and I am 3 months away from regaining full custody of my daughter. All by the Grace of God. He has worked numerous miracles in my life and I am so excited to see what else He has in store.

Update: Kamie graduated from the program on December 4th, 2021, and returned to her home in Palestine with her husband Brian and their daughter, Kashlee. She had started working at Eilenberger's Bakery while still in the program, and has continued to work on that job.

Kamie's Story
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Amanda's Story
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     I was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a dysfunctional family, and raised mostly by my single mother. I began using drugs and alcohol and mostly heroin at the age of 15 and was in and out of jails, rehabs, and eventually prison. Self-reliance was clearly getting me nowhere. I spent 15 years struggling with addiction, kicking and screaming, and stuck in this endless cycle of drugs, relapse, and being institutionalized. I finally accepted that I was unable to do anything without Christ and that living a life for Him instead of for "self" was my only option. As I have begun living for Christ, self-reliance and the darkness of addiction have become a thing of the past. I am so excited about my life and future that God has planned for me.

     For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

     The battle belongs to HIM.

Update: Amanda graduated from the program on May 21st, 2022. She will continue working at "Over Yonder", a job that she started halfway through her program. She has decided to make her home in Palestine and we look forward to a continued relationship with her.

Monica's Story

     Hello, my name is Monica. I was born on an even month, on an even day, and an even year, but all the odds were stacked against me. For a long time I thought God was against me. I now know He was never against. It was mostly me against myself. I grew up in an abusive family where the men were abusive alcoholics. Eventually,   I turned to drugs and became an addict. Drugs numbed the pain for me. Satan wanted to use this to destroy me, but God had other plans for me. I am now 6 months clean and have been at Rock Bottom Ranch for four months now. I am now finding my real self and with the help of God and the ladies here at the Ranch, I am becoming the beautiful person that God created me to be.

Update: Monica graduated from the program on May 21st, 2022. She will continue working at her local job and living here in Palestine. We are so excited to have her join our community.

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Priscilla's Story
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       In the beginning, was the Word. And just as the earth was without form and void, so was my life. Because I could not deal with the issues and things I had endured, I turned to a smaller god – drugs. As I spent many years in and out of prison, I found that God’s Word did not come back void in the beginning and that He had created me with a purpose. He is the light at the end of my tunnel. As I recover from self-will, I am learning to not only trust in God but also to faithfully allow Him to guide my life. Rock Bottom Ranch has given me a safe place to do that and also allowed me to complete my degree in college. I am most grateful.

Update: Priscilla graduated from the program on May 21st, 2022. She will continue working at one of the local churches and attending her classes at the local college. She too has decided to make her home in Palestine. We are excited to see what the Lord will do with her many talents.

Anne Marie's Story

     When I was heavy in my addiction, I was unsure of my belief in God. I knew that there was a higher power and believed in good and evil, but I didn’t really understand it. I considered myself to be a good person for the most part. I have always been very generous, empathetic, and compassionate, but I still had a kind of emptiness in my heart that I could not fill, which drugs seemed to take away for a brief moment. However, as I was self-medicating, I started to destroy everything in my life that I had worked so hard for. In a short time, I lost everything including my job, money, apartment, and finally, custody of my children. That was the lowest point of my whole life. When that happened, I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff with one foot off, where just the slightest breeze would have sent me to my death.

     This was my rock bottom where God was finally able to reach me. He opened my eyes and saved me. I had a spiritual experience that changed my entire thought process and created a chain of events that led me to Rock Bottom Ranch. Now I am clean, and God is restoring what I have lost. Thanks to my newfound faith in Christ and the support I receive from the women at the Ranch, I know my life will never be the same.

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Chelsey's Story

       My name is Chelsey. I was born into a life of addiction and hardship. As a child, I suffered physical abuse at the hands of my father and was sexually abused by many other men before the age of 12. I started doing crystal meth when I was 10 years old. I was locked up 4 different times for fighting by the time I was 14, and by age 15 I was living with a man who beat me every day until I could barely walk. During that time I became highly addicted to pain pills and somas as I was trying to numb myself from the pain my body endured. 

       About 2 months before my 18th birthday I found out I was pregnant with my son. I was beaten throughout my entire pregnancy, but once I gave birth to my son, I finally found the strength I needed to leave this abusive situation.

      I still kept finding myself in one abusive relationship after another. I would pray every day for God to take me "home" away from the pain and heartache and even became angry when He chose not to.        

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       Then one day I did something that would change the course of my whole life. I was high on Xanax and decided to break into a convenience store and ended up in the back up a cop car facing serious charges. At this point, I cried out to God and told Him I knew I was a mess and that I deserved everything that was going to happen to me, but if He would show me mercy, I would devote my life to serving Him.

       When I got out I went to a place called "Victory Family", and 6 months into this program, I ended up right back where I started, so I reached out for help again and was told about Rock Bottom Ranch. Thank God they accepted me! Since I have been here, I have come to know God in a new way and have found joy and hope that was lost in my life before. I am learning to love myself and finding out who I am in Christ. I am not a product of what I used to be but of what God is making me to be now. 

Amy's Story
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       Hi, my name is Amy. I've been in bondage to drugs for the last 17 years which has landed me in and out of jails and prison multiple times. It wasn't until recently that I cried out to God and prayed for Him to help me and to be my Lord and Savior. I started consuming the Bible and the Holy Spirit started speaking to me.

       John 5:6 really resonated with me when Jesus said, "Do you want to get well?" I responded vocally by saying out loud in response, "Yes, Jesus, I do."

       This is only the beginning and I am excited to see what the future holds.

Katie's Story

     My name is Katie and I have been struggling with marijuana and methamphetamines for 7 years. I've been put in some scary and dangerous situations but the Lord was always with me. God says this in Hebrews 13:5, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

     I have been in and out of jail for the last 4 years. The last time I used, I decided to call the Henderson County Sheriff's Department and explain what I was going through. I turned myself in so I could get clean and away from it all. I finally surrendered to God.

     This has been the best decision I have ever made for myself. God has all the answers if you will just slow down and listen. I am excited to see what He will now be able to do with my life.

    

April's Story
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       My name is April. I spent the first few years of my life in a chaotic home in San Antonio. What society calls "dysfunction" was my normal. I witnessed and experienced all types of abuse. My parents loved me the best way they knew how but they were both very broken individuals. They were uninvolved and unloving. Because of my parents' inability to nurture, I grew up clothed in rejection and self-hate. Feelings of unworthiness were cemented in my little heart.

       My perception of the world and the people in it had been tainted. As I grew older, I became angry and self-destructive. I lacked the capability to form deep bonds with others. I had learned that superficiality was safe. Eventually, I began to find solace in drugs and alcohol at an early age. By the time I was 19, I was a full-blown heroin addict and my life had begun to spiral out of control fast. After a few years of my bad lifestyle choices, I found myself in prison with an eight-year sentence. It was in that wilderness place that I finally surrendered to God.

       Upon my release from prison, the Lord lead me to Rock Bottom Ranch. When I arrived, I had no idea about the blessings He had reserved for me here! Since I have been here I have had the opportunity to grow in my relationship with God through daily studies, and I now have a greater understanding of His love for me. I am gaining the ability to identify the root of my issues, work through them, and heal from past trauma. I am learning for the first time what true love, family, support, and community is. 

       Psalm 40:2 says, "He brought me out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps"

       This verse is TRUTH in my life. He set my feet upon THE Rock, Jesus Christ, and led me to another rock, which is Rock Bottom Ranch. It is here that He is establishing my steps.