Dragged down a wicked path of destruction…
Alcohol started off as a friend that helped me relax and socialize. It slowly evolved into this manipulative monster that controlled me. As they say in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, “I had a drink and then a drink had me.” As I tried to cope with my divorce and other life stressors, I leaned on alcohol more and more. A year passed, and I could count on one hand the number of days I didn’t consume some form of alcohol. I regularly showed up to work hungover as I isolated from the world and spent all of my free time with my drink of choice. I was dying inside.
In these pages you will walk through my journey from the depths of my disease to freedom through sobriety. You will see how my relationship with God grew as I learned to cling to Him, acknowledging that He is the only power greater than my disease of alcoholism. God helped loosen the grip alcohol had on me so that I could find Him. God led me to freedom.
“God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Jessica Whalen has dedicated her life to helping others who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse. She is a licensed professional counselor with an educational background in clinical mental health counseling. Jessica loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoys doing puzzles and going on hikes in her free time. She lives in Sugar Hill, Georgia, with her two dogs, Buster and Frankie.