07 Jun 2016
June 7, 2016

Alyssa: U-Turn to God

June 7, 2016 Blog, Boynton Beach Campus, Press Releases 0 Comment

I am 27 years old and my addiction began when I was 14 years old.  I have tried to be rid of this addiction for years.   I have been in and out of treatment centers, detox facilities, AA and outpatient counseling, and I have been to jail twice.  I could never understand why I always ran back to the bottle and the drugs.  I had completely lost all hope.

On July 4, 2005, I had taken some pills and then went out to a bar with my co-workers.  As usual, I was in a black-out.  The next thing I knew, I was lying on the side of the road covered in blood and my car was smashed into a tree.  The passenger, who was a very close friend of mine, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car on impact, landing in the street unconscious  By the grace of God, this man is alive today with no permanent damage.  If he had died, I would’ve had to live with the guilt of killing my friend.  I know God’s angels saved us that night.  Unfortunately almost killing myself and someone else was not enough to stop my addiction.

Guilt only fueled my addiction even more.  I became so damaged by painful memories, that using drugs to the extreme was the only way I could get through every day and night.  When I didn’t think a bottom could get any worse, it did.  I began to use drugs intravenously.  By February 2010, I ended up back in detox with no job, homeless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me.  I was utterly alone.  I desperately needed a Mighty Savior.

I came to Faith Farm broken, afraid and confused.  I couldn’t accept love from anyone, and I didn’t understand why all these women were hugging me telling me they loved me the first day I got here.  It was God’s love flowing through them and pouring onto me.  He knew I needed it.  I did not have a relationship with God when I came here, so praying and asking for help was hard at first.  But after surrendering and earnestly seeking Him, it’s like talking to a friend.  Peace is what I have been searching for all these years.  And, through prayer and His Word, He has truly brought peace to my heart.  I no longer relive the painful memories of my past.  God has set me free!

Thanks to God and Faith Farm, I can stand before you and say that I no longer have to believe the lies I have let Satan tell me for years.  I am not lost and confused.  I do have a purpose that is to worship the Lord.  He has truly redeemed my life.  He has brought me from being homeless with a needle in my arm to proclaiming my love for Him in a church by being baptized in His Name.

Alyssa’s story and others can be found in “U-Turn to God: Wrong Ways Made Right”


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The first group of men and women in an addiction recovery program anywhere … EVER, have earned up to 9 college credits each at the Boynton Beach campus of Faith Farm Ministries as they graduate from the free, long term residential recovery program. There are actually three courses within the recovery curriculum that are now accredited for 3 credit hours each: read more →


Faith Farm Dedicates New Bridge to Students Past and Future
Pictured left to right are: Pastor John Glenn, Board Member; Troy Hardy, Boynton Campus Director; Faith Bolton, Board Member; Brandon Tucker, Board Member; Pastor Mike Brown, Board Chairman; Dean O. Webb, Executive Director; Dr. Mary Drabik, Board Member; Pastor Joe Guadagnino, Board Member.

The Boynton Campus of Faith Farm Ministries dedicated their new bridge today … The old bridge, which was condemned above a year ago had to be replaced. Trusting God for the resources to pay a $1.14 Million bill, they proceeded in faith with construction and cut the ribbon today, “Dedicating To The Thousands Who Cross This Bridge To A Transformed Life.” Board Chair, Mike Brown, was 12 years old when he attended the dedication of the first bridge 50 years ago in 1964.

Faith Farm Ministries is a free, minimum 9 month, faith-based, addiction recovery program with residential services for more than 445 men and women who have lost control of their lives due to alcohol and/or illegal and pharmaceutical drug addictions. read more →

Bringing hope and encouragement to those who have addictions but want to find a way out with Christ’s help, Faith Farm Ministries and South Florida Bible College have united in an educational partnership that awards college credit for some life skills learned during addiction recovery. read more →