ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – A man from Abilene who says his drug addiction cost him everything and managed to get his life back on track says The Rise Discipleship Men’s Home helped him turn it all around.
The Rise Discipleship Men’s Home celebrated the life change and growth they helped spur, including that of Michael Alcantar.
“When I started taking methamphetamine, I started taking it, using it, and I think that’s when my life really got out of hand,” Alcantar said.
Alcantar has been married to his wife Victoria for 14 years, having 3 children with her and 2 stepdaughters, but says his methamphetamine addiction has strained those relationships.
“I didn’t realize how much effect I had on them because I wasn’t physically abusive towards any of my children. It didn’t mean that I didn’t really scare them mentally and emotionally, ”Alcantar said.
Alcantar says the drugs kept him from recognizing his behavior.
“She ended up divorcing, and I thank God for that because she didn’t want to lose her marriage,” Alcantar said.
It was then that Alcantar realized it was time to make a change. It was then that he discovered The Rise Discipleship Men’s Home.
“When I got home I was able to really, really know why I was dealing with what I had to do,” said Alcantar.
The Rise Discipleship Men’s Home is a 6 month program that helps people struggling with not only alcohol and drugs, but also depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Alcantar says it was a process, but that’s when he started to see his life change.
One of his home mentors, Rise Church senior pastor Rey Sandoval, was even able to remarry Alcantar and his wife.
“His little daughters and sons, they have a returning father, his wife has a returning husband, and so by helping one person, we have just helped five other people. So it’s an incredible, incredible story, ”said Sandoval.