After 31 Years of Drug Addiction, Finally Free!
Aug 26, 2016 7144
After decades of drug addiction, Alexander credits his freedom from drugs and suffering to the God who understands what it is to suffer, and who was with him every step of the way.
“Finally I understand what it is to be happy, and to have peace and comfort in my heart,” said Alexander, from Poltava, Ukraine, after having found Jesus and quitting drugs after 30 years of addiction.
Alexander was 17 years old and at Medical College when he was first introduced to drugs and they eventually they came to dominate his life. They led to him quitting his job; he turned to them during a painful divorce; and they gave him health problems including hepatitis and trophic ulcers.
Alexander’s drug addiction led him to fall into depression. Although he tried to quit, he couldn’t. Going to rehab clinics didn’t help either.
Desperate, Alexander tried turning to God but churches he attended told him to hope for an instant, miraculous healing. When this never happened he became sceptical towards religion. He was really suffering but it seemed that whatever he did, things only became worse.
Then one day that changed. At a drug rehabilitation program in hospital he finally quit. There he met a pastor conducting spiritual meetings supported by GNU. When Alexander asked about miraculous healings, the pastor told him that people have to make efforts to change their way of life. Alexander says,
At that moment I understood it was the only way out for me – I must change and for this I needed God whom I had not known yet. I began to work on my spiritual growth. I understood that I would have God beside me in my struggles, and my mind began changing deeply.
After studying with the pastor and learning about the Gospel, Alexander decided to be baptised.
However, over a year after quitting drugs, his ulcers still had not healed, but they became worse. He was in severe pain, no longer able to work, and medical treatment was no help. During this time he really struggled. Alexander explains how he made it through,
Jesus was close to me. He was giving me enough strength to endure the pain, and I trusted in Him because He also had shown so much patience with me over many years… I understood that Jesus knew what pain was, and that was why He could help me.
Alexander was then anointed with oil by the pastor who had led him to Christ. That very night he began to heal, and after a month he was completely healed. He now works at the same rehab centre where he was cured, helping those seeking freedom from drug addiction to find the same healing that he has found. Now that he is finally free after 31 years of drug addiction and all that came with it, Alexander says,
God has healed me. Now, nobody can tell me that there is no God. It is a fact for me.
I enjoy helping others. I have been shackled in my life with many difficulties, – but now I am free. And because I have experienced this wonderful freedom, now I want to share it with others.
I took drugs for 31 years. I have had to suffer a lot of pain in life. But today I am thankful to God that I have lived the life I have lived, because I have experienced his liberation. And I am thankful to God that He has chosen me to help others.
– Ella Rodionoff