My Testimony

Larry R.

I grew up in a loving Christian home with a good mom and dad who did their best to care for me and my 3 brothers. I had my first taste of alcohol at 12 years of age. In that moment my entire culture shifted. I went from living a normal childhood to wondering when and how I could get my next drink. I quickly learned to manage my addiction and as I grew I became a functioning alcoholic who was successful in business and was very good at hiding my addiction and blending in to the world around me.

As an adult I was successful in business and was even married for 21 years and raised two beautiful children, but I could not stop or escape my addiction. Years of going in and out of the rooms of AA and other 12 step recovery programs got me nowhere. The marriage finally dissolved in 2013 and I reconciled myself to die lonely, miserable, and defeated.

Fortunately, others who loved me didn’t give up, and I checked in to Teen challenge of Arizona after I was arrested for DUI in September of 2013. I began my recovery and broke free from the chains of addiction. Today I work for Teen Challenge in our corporate office and volunteer in the same Men’s Center I went through, counseling other men seeking the same healing I found there. I’m grateful to God and to the ministry of Teen Challenge for setting me free and giving me a new chance to live again, to live with purpose.

Last Updated: 04/25/2017