Posted at: 09/30/2013 6:21 PM
By: Sean Boswell
Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Opening in Rochester
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- “I guess I just got bored,” said Catalin Ryan, a client at the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.
For some, addiction is something that is permanent, a problem unable to be fixed.
“You feel hopeless, and you don’t really know where to turn,” said Timothy Bender, also a client at the Challenge.
Timothy was abandoned by his mother when he was 12 years old. He went through physical withdrawals caused by heroin use.
“Whatever it took, commit crimes or whatever, to get money to get heroin just so I could feel normal,” said Bender.
The new facility is expected to open in January. It will be the 9th facility in the state.
For Catalin, he realized he needed help after nearly killing himself and others while driving high on pills.
“Waking up the next morning knowing I had put my sister in danger, I put myself in danger, other people’s lives in danger and how low my addiction was taking me… Yet I still wanted drugs and alcohol that next day,” said Ryan.
Ryan has been sober for 13 months, and has nothing but praise for the facility.
“My counselor is a friend to me now that I can probably go to for the rest of my life,” said Ryan.
“They’re physically transformed. They’re spiritually transformed. They’re not perfect, but what happens is they have a whole new way of viewing life and they’re free from the addictions to now live life to its fullest,” said Wendell Amstutz from the Challenge.