Penfield Testimonials :: Freedom From Drugs and Alcohol
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." - Ezekiel 36:26
God has fulfilled this promise in my life. He has given me a new heart and a new spirit, and if I had not been blessed to have been called to Penfield Christian Homes as a client, this may never have happened for me. My eyes were opened by the program at Penfield and by the people I met there. The environment and the staff were exactly what I needed at what was the most desperate and hopeless time in my life. Penfield taught me that God loves me regardless of the bad things I have done. Penfield taught me that I could get past the shame and pain that my addiction caused, and they taught me the tools to begin to live an abundant and happy life. The six weeks I spent at Penfield are worth more to me than gold. It was the time-out that I needed in order to find and grow a personal relationship with God and with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
I would urge any man out there who is still suffering under the desolate bondage of addiction to consider coming to Penfield Christian Home. I had been to several other rehab facilities, and the lightbulb never switched on for me until I came to Penfield. The way things are for you now, they don't have to be that way. There is a real blessing to be had at Penfield. There is hope and peace that might be just beyond your grasp. I was caught in the abyss, but the Lord, through this God-inspired program, has pulled me up from the pit of my addiction and given me something I thought I'd never have: An abiding faith and a freedom that I treasure. Men don't just come to Penfield. They are called. Is God calling you?
Life can be good again. Relationships can be renewed. My heart of stone is gone, Praise God! I have been given a new heart, and I am grateful to God and to Penfield Christian Homes.
- TS (A Former Client)
If anyone out there is looking for a place for a loved one to get help, PLEASE seek the Lord's guidance, and look at Penfield. I can't say enough good things about it. It is a big family of God's chosen and you can see his handiwork in their faces.
- FR (A Former Client)
I want to encourage you with what God is doing in my life. I started taking Ambien as prescribed by a doctor to help me sleep and it worked – wonderfully! Pretty soon it seemed that I needed more of it to get the same effect. Not long after that it seemed that I HAD to take it just to get to a “normal” state. I had gone from using the drug to abusing the drug without having the slightest clue as to what was happening to me. I was unknowingly enslaving myself to a tortuous master. Long story short, after 3 years of constantly needing more and more with the downward spiral of losing control, I had hit bottom. Addiction had taken away almost all that I had ever known. But the most significant thing addiction took from me was my self-worth! I had become convinced that my value to life here on earth was over, and that I was in no way going to be capable of contributing anything to anyone ever again! My life, which was once so richly blessed by God, had been reduced to complete worthlessness, with a horrendous self-hatred, and ultimately a suicide attempt; all because of, a legal, prescribed to help, tiny little pill.
- DM (A Former Client)
I can now fully understand the trap of self-inflicted torture that everyone suffering from addiction lives in when they have no hope. A little peer pressure, a little curiosity, a little ignorance is all it takes to innocently slip ever so easily into the trap, and once you’re in, you believe the easiest escape from the guilt and shame is more of the “whatever.” It doesn’t matter what the “thing” is, legal or not. If someone uses anything other than Jesus to deal with unwanted feelings or emotions, the enemy (addiction) has his foot in the door and with a little time, he takes it all – Killing, Stealing and Destroying! When you are in active addiction, you fully believe that doing more is not a choice; it is survival – At all cost!
People suffering from addiction have enormous potential for an abundant life through Christ, all they need is someone to show them God’s love, someone to convince them that God loves them and forgives them, someone to convince them that they DO have a choice and that they CAN get out of that trap. It was Penfield Christian Home that was able to drive home that truth to me. I have rediscovered my identity in Christ! I have learned, and come to fully believe, that God deeply loves me, deeply cares about me, wants to prosper me and that He CAN and WILL still use me in mighty ways to further His kingdom.
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