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“I Fell Into Depression and Started Drinking Excessively”

Onikah's Story

I Fell Into Depression and Started Drinking Excessively“My husband was very abusive and unfaithful to me. After our separation, I fell into depression and started drinking excessively. The pain of his infidelity was unbearable, mainly because it involved people I knew. In an attempt to cope, I turned to drinking.

My children suffered the most. Instead of caring for and providing for their needs, I prioritized my addiction. Eventually I became unemployed and was trapped in a cycle of despair. Constantly I felt as though death would be a better option, because I longed for something that could alleviate my pain.

My sister suggested that I attend services at The Universal Church. The pastor preached the importance of caring for and representing oneself well in the church. His words resonated with me, and I started caring for myself again. I participated in the chains of prayers for my deliverance from addiction and depression. Gradually, I managed to break free from the grip of alcohol. However, my children still lived with their grandmother due to my inability to provide for them financially.

Determined to turn my life around, I sought employment and eventually found a job. I devoted myself to prayer, waking up at night to pray and seek the presence of God, and I managed to overcome my depression, Following the guidance I received in the church. I also got baptized in water, symbolizing a new start in God’s presence.

God has blessed me abundantly. No longer am I addicted, depressed, or suicidal. After leaving my job I decided to open a daycare center. Today I found happiness, sobriety, and the ability to care for my children. One is now married, and I even look after their children. I am truly grateful and blessed!

Still, I approach it with a humble heart, knowing that my success lies in trusting and believing in God,” concludes Onikah

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