Julie beats her addiction to drugs

Julie Forsyth graduates from the Teen Challenge programme.
Julie Forsyth graduates from the Teen Challenge programme.

Local woman Julie Forsyth has ‘graduated’ from a rehabilition programme having beaten her addiction to drugs.

Julie, 36, turned her back on a life of substance abuse in 2012, having entered the Teen Challenge rehabilition programme at Benaiah.

Graduating last week, King’s Community Church in Aberden hosted a celebration for her and four others who have completed the year-long Christian addiction recovery programme.

The Benaiah facility, near Mintlaw, exclusively hosts the female members of the Teen Challenge programme, while the men go through the programme at Sunnbrae, near Fyvie.

Over the course of the year-long programme, individuals are tasked with rebuilding their lives through participation in personal advice sessions, practical work duties, and Bible-based studies.

Julie, who now lives clean of drink and drinks, had previously tried a number of rehabs before Teen Challenge, but had never been successful in beating addiction.

She says: “I am so delighted to have come though Teen Challenge and graduate the programme. It hasn’t been an easy road to recovery but it has been so worth it.

“Drugs had completely broken me - spiritually, emotionally and physically - until I came to the point where I realised that my life was utterly out of control.

“I opened my heart to God though and He has transformed me, gently leading and guiding me through the challenges of the programme.

“Today, I am training at the Teen Challenge School of Ministry in England, as I want to be able to love, support and encourage other women who are in the same horrible position as I was just a couple of years ago.

“The future is looking great and I just can’t wait to see what God has planned for me,” she adds.

Teen Challenge have also recently announced that the charity is now also making it possible for mothers to continue living with their children whilst completing the programme.

Gordon Cruden, area manager for Teen Challenge North East Scotland, said: “Last month, we welcomed our first infants to Benaiah, where youngsters can now stay full-time, with our team of staff now able to support mothers as they work on their recovery.

“The centre can also accommodate pregnant women with addictions, providing them with the opportunity to get clean and work towards a life of freedom.”

Please visit www.tcns.org.uk for more information on Teen Challenge.