Meet Terry… Terry grew up in Tuscaloosa surrounded by supportive family and loved ones. At a young age, he was involved and accepted within the social crowd, but he never felt like he truly belonged. “Everyone knew me as the guy that was good at baseball, but I had no idea who I was so I just went along with it,” he said, “I let everyone else’s opinions and thoughts of who I was and who I should be motivate me.”
Those motivations led him to try alcohol at the young age of 13. This continued through high school and beyond. “I had had enough of being fake and grabbed hold of that lifestyle and identity,” he reflects. “I found acceptance in that life; people liked me that way.”
Through a cycle of arrests, stays in jail and rehab, Terry began to discover who was he was, but because he internalized most of his struggles, it led him to multiple relapses. “I wanted a different way of life, but I didn’t want to face the repercussions,” he said. When he was nearing the mark of almost a year residing in the Tuscaloosa County jail and not knowing if there was going to be a way out, Terry’s dad connected with Restoration Springs and the Will Bright Foundation.
“To me, it was the difference between submission and surrender,” said Terry when asked about his time at Restoration Springs. Before, he had submitted to the opinions of others and a life of addiction, but now, he has surrendered to making real-life changes. “This place has helped me discover who I am and what I want in life,” he fervently said.
1 Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”