There was an emptiness in my heart from the time I was a small child, which I believe came from being with my mother constantly, while my father worked long hours, leaving him emotionally unavailable and detached from the family. I grew further and further away from my family as the years progressed and grew closer to any substance or person I felt could numb my unhappy, empty life. After I was hospitalized twice for drug and alcohol abuse, my family had an intervention with me.  At the school, I decided to leave my destructive past behind me and try a new way of living.  I have the world ahead of me now and a confidence only God can provide for his children. I thank God for the second chance that was given to me.”