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Carlos Villareal's Story
There’s nothing like family, but growing up was difficult for my siblings and me. We witnessed my father violently abusing my mother many times. As a result, my mother would also abuse my siblings and me. It was like a domino effect and very daunting for us. There was only strife and violence in a family where there was meant to be love and care for one another.
There was a lack of respect in our home. My sister and I often planned to run away from home, as we detested living in the same household as our parents. We couldn’t wait until we were old enough to move out.
I always felt sad in my childhood because of what happened at home. I remember feeling despised by my parents, as if they had no interest or care towards raising me as best as they could. At a young age, I was introduced to alcohol through the constant parties in our house. I was seven years old when I had my first drink; I could go out and do whatever I wanted at a young age.
Things, however, became even worse when my parents separated. I started smoking cigarettes and made new friends who introduced me to marijuana and other types of drugs. I felt terrible about my family situation but didn’t have anyone to turn to. My siblings and I were also not close. So, I became a closed-off person; I remained in my bubble.
I was suffering in silence, involved with drugs and alcohol, and failing at school. I became a loud and aggressive person who constantly engaged in fights, leading to me facing time in prison. However, I soon became tired of the life that I was living and sought help to be free from addictions, but everything failed. But during this time, my mom heard about the Universal Church and told me about it.
As I continued to attend, I was motivated to improve my life. I started fighting with all my strength and obeying what I learned there. The first change I saw was the peace I felt during the meetings, but this was the beginning of more incredible things.
Through the grace of God and the help of the church, I was free from all addictions, anger, and pain of my childhood. Today, I have peace inside, as well as self-control. I can now politely talk to others and am approachable, which was impossible. God has also transformed my family; we have a better relationship now. My life has completely changed, and I am delighted.”