Christy's Story

At the 4th annual Anchorage Appreciation Dinner, Christy Anderson was invited to Emcee and shared the following story of her personal journey back into sanity and sobriety.

“My name is Christy and I am a grateful, recovering addict. I know, from personal experience, that if someone had told me nearly six years ago that today I would be a University Graduate studying for a Master’s degree, that I would have worked for Ignite 107 as a radio DJ, that I would have made my first appearance on TV, NOT as a person on Crime Stoppers or in handcuffs on my way to prison, but as a reporter for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and that I would become a loving, caring, single mother throughout these amazing experiences – I likely would have laughed in his or her face.

You see, six years ago, I was and intravenous Crystal Meth user.

The only explanation for such a miraculous change is that I know and serve a God who is bigger than my circumstances, knows what is good and perfect for my life, cares about every detail of my day, and who specializes in miracles. I give thanks and glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who has given me the free gift of salvation and continues to pour out His grace every day, as I confront life on life’s terms.

As the evening came to an end, Christy concluded her story this way ……

Addiction is a very powerful affliction. It destroys everything good that is written in the Book of life for each and every one of our lives. It is one of the most devastating diseases that tears away at the body, mind and spirit until there is nothing left -  no hope, no peace, no strength – NOTHING.

The beauty of being left with nothing is that often times it leaves us open to receiving God’s good and perfect gifts from above….. When I came to this place as a lowly, empty shell of a junkie the world counted me as nothing. But that is not what God saw. He saw a beautiful, broken woman, an empty vessel, ready to receive ….. I am thankful God led me to the Anchorage program to begin my spiritual walk and to begin seeking out the tools that I could use to fight for my freedom.”