Our guest speaker was Nadine Steele, one of the pioneers of DAP. In 1989, we met Nadine at her church in San Bernardino, CA. Cliff gave his testimony at the Worship Service. As a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist, she had never heard an Adventist speak so openly about their life of drug addiction.
She and her husband, her sister and her husband lived next door to each other. They were all addicted to drugs. To make a long story short, that Sabbath was God’s divine appointment for Nadine. She said Cliff’s testimony literally saved her life. She along with her husband and sister joined the weekly DAP support group held at the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Terrace, CA. They have been a part of DAP for over 30 years with lots of history amongst all of us.
Nadine started drinking at the age of 12. At the age of 16, she started using meth and eventually got married to her high school classmate, had a family but her life spiraled out of control.
She and her husband used meth and were getting high every day. One Thursday morning she awakened, sat straight up in bed, feeling that the Holy Spirit had left her and that she had lost her soul. That next Sabbath was when Cliff spoke at her church. She stopped using drugs and her family life improved. and life was good for a while. However, they both relapsed and the marriage ended in a divorce.
In 1995, Nadine went back to school and became a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor . Today she is an
International Substance Abuse Counselor working with addicts and their families. She has had a private practice, Steele Recovery, for the past seven years.
Last October she moved to Tennessee and we are so glad to have her near us to help with the program. She loves Tennessee as much as we love Alabama.