Our guess speaker tonight was client, Robert Reid, from New Jersey. This is his second time in the program. Robert graduated in 2006, lived in the Transition Home while working, saved his money and rented his own apartment. He stayed close to God, kept in contact with his DAP family and life was good.
Robert is a “PK” (preacher’s kid). Growing up, his father had his own church and he remembers how his parents always helped people. He appreciated his Christian home.
After high school graduation, Robert was granted a full scholarship to college. He was introduced to drugs during the first year. There were no rules and he partied every night. His parents saw his downfall and suggested that he attend a Christian school. He forfeited his scholarship and transferred to Liberty University where he received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Communications and Counseling.
Returning home, he decided to take a short break before starting his career. He got a part-time job at a restaurant and started using alcohol and marijuana. He told his coworker that he wanted to try hard drugs. He introduced heroin to Robert and he came so close to death many times.
Finally, his parents put him out of the home and sent him to DAP. Upon arrival, he prayed and the Lord immediately took the taste of heroin away. Robert graduated from the program and as I said, life was good.
But after several months, he became bored. He regressed again, decided to return home to NJ and chose to stop using drugs. However, after a few years, he was introduced to crack cocaine. After hitting rock bottom, his dad dropped him off at the Teen Challenge drug recovery program. He graduated from the program and worked there as a counselor for four years.
He met his wife at Teen Challenge and they were married for four years. It ended in a divorce because he started using crack cocaine again. His good memories of DAP flooded his heart and the Holy Spirit impressed him to return to the program.
Robert has been here since November 2019 and he will be graduating within a few months. He plans to live in Huntsville and give back to DAP by helping his brothers coming behind him. He has matured and grown spiritually in his relationship with God. He was baptized last year at the Oakwood University Church. Please pray for Robert and DAP.