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Scott went from a New England high school shot put champion to another statistical number of New Hampshire’s drug epidemic.  At age 18 he was pursuing his dream of wanting to become a professional athlete when he started using cocaine in college. A few short months later, Scott was fully addicted to heroin and crack. He spent three years in a cycle of addiction until he hit his low and someone told him about Teen Challenge. In 2011, Scott walked through the doors of Teen Challenge highly ambitious to change his life, but had no idea that Jesus was going to change it for him. Scott graduated in 2012 and served at Teen Challenge New Hampshire as the Academic Coordinator and the New England Academic Facilitatofor three years before joining Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey as the Student Life Administrator.

 

We put together these blog posts in the hopes that they will reach those who have a family member battling addiction or are struggling with addiction themselves and provide hope for them. We want to be able to shine a light on what we are doing here at Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey to combat this epidemic!

 

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  • ***This is a sequel to the previous blog post called “Outside IN”. These are two perspectives; one as seeing an addict, and one as being an addict. Children laughing, people clapping, smiles present, happiness and contentment seem so common to those around me, how is......

  • Do you know someone close to you who is struggling with drug addiction or some form of substance abuse? Have you ever felt like just giving up on them because the situation feels hopeless? We encourage you to keep pressing on and to encourage them......

  • When I was younger, I never thought of church as more than a building where people would gather. I had friends who went to Catholic service and they were serious about it, but I never heard about who Jesus was. My entire life, I had......

  • You’ve never met them face-to-face … Neal, Kristy and baby Caleb … But you’re such a huge part of their family that it’s probably time. Neal and Kristy met their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the ministry of Teen Challenge. And that’s not all …......

  • On numerous occasions I thought that I was going to get free from my addiction by weening myself down from the powerful euphoria of opiates. I remember going to the methadone clinic and thinking that this is a great way to deal with addiction, I can......

  • It’s around 8:00pm and I’m going to the grocery store with my wife to grab a couple items that we need for the next day.  Personally, I like to be in and out of the grocery store, so I look like Hussein Bolt gunning for......

  • When I was a young kid I always loved the fact that I was from Irish decent.  I loved the connection of history with Boston, how our ancestors traveled across the Atlantic ocean to the new free world that had been established.  I took great pride in......

  • Dear Friend, The first thing I want to tell you is that you can have a brighter future.  Yesterday doesn’t have to define you, and I understand that there is a lot of uncertainty about today.  I have been where you are with this addiction.......

  • It is unquestionable that America is in grave danger of continuing to lose thousands of its citizens because of the drug epidemic. Whether you believe that it is a disease or a choice that is a topic for another blog. Rather I want to discuss......

  • There is a popular notion going through our society right now that the drug epidemic needs only a “medical solution” to the problem.  I’ve heard wild claims about “evidence based research” and “scientifically proven” methods to cure drug addiction. Medical solutions fail to mention behavioral......

  • Addicted and afflicted was the state of my existence as I mustered up enough courage to make a phone call to an organization by the name of Teen Challenge.  For three years I had been running hard, smoking crack, shooting heroin, all in an effort......

  •                   No matter who you are, there is going to be adversity in your life. It might be self-inflicted, you made a mistake and now have to deal with the consequences or God is letting you go through a trial outside of your control. Regardless......