Mike’s Addictive Personality to Faith Recovery

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Addictive Personality and Compulsive Behavior

Mike’s addiction started out with magazines of women that he found in his dad’s garage at age 12. Although his addiction and addictive behaviors toward women began early on, Mike didn’t try cocaine until he turned 22.

It wasn’t until Mike was 26 that he was arrested for the first time. The next year, at 27, Mike sought out to join a junior college football team in Palm Springs, California.

During his academic career, he earned two junior college degrees and his associate’s degree in respiratory therapy. After graduating, Mike got a job at a hospital.

One day, when Mike arrived to work in the intensive care unit, he discovered his co-workers snorting lines of cocaine. From that point on, Mike describes that he was off and running. His life took a turn for the worse and he spiraled out of control with drug use.

Drugs and Severe Addiction

Amidst the chaos of his meth and cocaine drug use, Mike went to a Calvary Church. At the church, he sat himself down in the first row—directly in front of the pastor.

Throughout the service, Mike cried and was unable to stop. After the service was over, the pastor approached Mike and asked him what was going on.

The only words that Mike could manage to speak were, “I’m reaping the harvest of a sinful life.”

His addiction took him to a dark and undesirable place. Mike eventually found himself living out of a cardboard box behind a small church located in California.

To support his addiction, every day he walked the streets with a plastic bag in hand, in search of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

It’s common for those struggling with addiction to turn to selling aluminum and plastic to support their substance abuse, and Mike had experienced this first hand.

Prayer for Drug Addiction

Feeling defeated lost and broken, Mike dropped to his knees. For some reason, he was unable to cry or pray. Instead, Mike groaned out to Jesus, gripping onto the dirt underneath him.

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To his surprise, he explains that Jesus heard him. When Mike got up off his knees, something was different, and he no longer wanted or needed to use drugs and feed his addiction.

From that momentous day, 10 years ago, Mike has been in recovery from drugs and his sexual addiction. He describes his experience as a supernatural will.

From his experience, Mike was relieved of his obsession and driven to do God’s Will, not his own, for the rest of his life.

Addiction Recovery and Change

For Mike, recovery has changed everything about him. He goes on to tell us that his speech, priorities and even thoughts have changed. On top of all that, his desires in life, his friends, his perspective and his goals have undergone massive changes.

Many people who struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction lose the ability to slow down and smell the roses. In other words, they are no longer able to recognize and enjoy the little things in life. In recovery, they can once again notice the little things.

Finding recovery from drugs and alcohol allows individuals to get in touch with the spirit. Identifying with the spirit and being freed from addiction often results in an individual’s selfishness turning into selflessness.

Recovery can be a challenge to achieve for those suffering from addiction; however, it’s possible. Enjoying a fulfilling life in recovery has become a reality for countless people all around the world.

If you or someone you know is hurting from alcohol or drug addiction and want to talk to someone who understands, call (866) 578-7471. There is a way out of addiction and a better life waiting for you.

56 comments
  1. Am happy for Mike. Majority took such combination and were unable to recover. I am very happy for him as he retraced his step back to Jesus for help.

    1. Mike really went through turbulenrt times..living out of a cardboard box is the lowest of lows..I really feel for him..drug addiction destroys our lives.. the only way to get our life back is to go sober..Im happy he took the new path and is now clean..this story is really emotional

  2. Am happy for Mike. He got so much lucky for the combinations he took. And am glad he found his way back by going to Jesus for help

  3. Not everyone believes in the superior being, but I belive and Mike just proved that too. God can bring out anyone from this horrible pit

  4. Your pst doesn’t dictate your future. No matter what we were before, it doesn’t matter anymore as long as we have made decisions concrete and changed our lives for betterment.

  5. The truth is that we will always harvest the result of our sinful ways. Mike I like you are strong now and no addiction was able to hold you down. This was marvelously written

  6. Once faith helps also in most times, just imagine how God met Mike and change his life drastically. I pray God meets everyone facing one type of addiction to another

  7. Faith recovery this really made a lot of sense to me in that you returned to the universe. You let God into your life and you were totally healed

  8. Ones addiction will take one to dark and undesirable place eventually making all loved ones run from you. I pray we all have a close encounter with God as Mike did.

  9. This 2 kinds of addiction,but happy to hear that you found God,and got sober, exactly true that recovery is challenge for people addicted

  10. Boy most stories tell that people start and stop young but this guy is in his 50’s and still living the addict life that is insane!!!! Perhaps there are seniors who are in this too. Thankfully, This guy still lives to share his story.

  11. This is a pathetic story. This proves further prove the negative effect of cocaine addiction on people. I really feel sympathy for Mike as his life spiral down for a while but happy for him for trying to get back on track to recover. Wish him the best of luck on his new path to recovery.

  12. It baffles me how people are always so keen to try out things they see other people doing either good or bad. Anyways the deed got done, the solution came through and worked, that’s what matters. Thanks as always Detoxtorehab.

  13. Oh! I have never known that, that is what you have to lose when you become addictive to these kind of substance. Those of little things, you cannot enjoy after, like the smell of the flowers. Hope you recover full and well!

  14. It gladden my heart to hear about christain treatment programs for addiction,i,m happy for mike,s new way of recovery.Thanks to detox to rehab you always amaze me about your different kind of approaches to recovery.

  15. Thank you Detax to rehab for sharing these type of stories with all of us.These stories are really very much inspirational for many people who are addicted with something and try to recover from that.

  16. Mike’s story is both emotional and inspirational. Thank God for God in his life because many people had gone that way and could not recover. Thank God he showed himself true in his life. Detox to rehab thank you for sharing this amazing story of recovery.

  17. Glad that recovery changed everything for Mike. Cocaine addiction can cause so many destruction to one’s life that has been going well. One just need to abstain from the use of cocaine and do all what is required to do so.

  18. Wow! Many had gone rogue due to friends advice or doing. I’m glad to read about Mike’s faith recovery. Thanks Detox.

  19. There is always some form of ease and peace when we turn our cares on Jesus. I am glad that Mike found the peace he wanted when he cried out to Jesus and took the necessary steps to recovery.

  20. What an interesting one. One would have thought it impossible, I can’t really believe that it happened at 22. Anyways thank God Mike is free now.

  21. Drugs can lead a promising person to live a low life. Mike had a promising life, but he threw it all away because of drugs. I am glad he looked up to God and now living a faith filled life.

  22. It is very glad to see , Mike realise his mistake very early and able to cure . Individual should not sit for that someone will come and help . Just start working on you , will get path further.

  23. The little things that we take for granted are very important. I am glad that Mike found hope in Faith and now recovering from his addictions.

  24. When trapped in the habit of drug addiction, there is efficacy in prayer. God can arrest one’s mind towards freedom from substance abuse. With Detox, rehabilitation is achievable!

  25. Mike’s addictive story is touching and pathetic. However, with prayer and determination, he surmounted the problem. It is truly achievable

  26. Recovery is actually possible for those that put their all in it. Glad that Mike was able to correct his way back to get his life.

  27. Well, unlike many other addicts, Mike did not try cocaine at a very young age. However, 22 years of age is still pretty much young. He found his co-working using drugs and I think this was a major turning point in his life. I am a Muslim by faith, and I believe that it was Allah who actually answered his prayers.

  28. From women addiction to drugs and alcohol addiction, was a serious problem. I am very sure that no matter the level of the addiction if one can seek help, recovery is achievable.

  29. Drug abuse can ruin anyone’s life, it nearly destroyed Mike’s wonderful and bright career. Thanks to the 12 day program that helped Mike to regain consciousness.

  30. Congratulations Mike, I am happy for him. It is a lesson for us that with prayer and determination, we can surmount the problem. It is truly achievable. Thanks to Detox for helping Mike in his recovery.

  31. Parents have a lot to do so as to ensure their children are well brought up. Faithfulness in the area of recovery hasten the addict come back to the society.

  32. God has his ways. We may not feel it at first but eventually his hands will surely give you a hug. The hug that will make you change your life for the better.

  33. Glad to know you can get recovery and become a better person. This is a good example and motivation for others that we can get heal from drugs addition.

  34. This story is very touching as we also faced sometime similar situations, so this will teach us what to not do in that situations.

  35. Congrats mike
    Addiction and alcohol is very harmful our body. Dont take it. This information is very important for all person.

  36. Person who suffer from addiction needs someone who ready to listen and show empathy. Let us help them and show them that we care.

  37. The best part about recovery is that you get to once again enjoy the little joys that life brings. Mike is at a much better place mentally now.

  38. This is why my Faith in God can never be shaken. He is a true miracle worker as evidenced by how he transformed Mike’s life.

  39. I am not a firm believer in religion but I do respect the impact it has on some people. Mike would never have changed if it wasn’t for his belief in God.

  40. It’s like his life started anew when he made a recovery. That’s the best thing that can happen to any addict. What a touching story.

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