I had a good childhood. All of my material needs were met. Growing up, I thought I knew everything, had everything and needed nothing. I believed in science, in materialism. I called “religious” people crazy. By the age of 16, I was sexually active. I used drugs and alcohol casually. … Continue reading


I always considered myself to be a thinker. I can remember researching theories that tried to describe the origin, constitution, and meaning of existence. I would approach subjects like science, spirituality and religion with an open mind, though I never looked into Christianity. I was adamantly against the idea of … Continue reading

Teresa Casteel

I grew up in the church, with a strong family and high expectations.  At age eleven, my parents divorced and life as I knew it disappeared.  My new life consisted of rape, pregnancy, foster care, the incarceration of my children’s father, domestic violence, rejection, abandonment and severe drug use. My … Continue reading

Patricia Kniffen

Because of a chronic long term illness and in constant pain, I became addicted to prescription medication.  I took vicodin for pain, xanax for anxiety and subsequently three antidepressants as a consequence of severe depression.  But my main addiction for the last 5 years became shopping lifting.  After 5 arrests … Continue reading