NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - As part of THV11’s ongoing mission to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic and end the stigma of addition, we are introducing a new series, called Saving a Generation: Stories of Hope.
The goal of these stories is to provide hope to those struggling with addiction, by sharing real-life testimonies of those in recovery who are working to make their lives better every day, while also inspiring others who are struggling.
“Sixteen months ago, I was in a hotel room using drugs intravenously. I was in a drug-induced psychosis. My life looked completely different than it does today,” said Kyle Brewer.
It’s hard to imagine, looking at him now, but this was once 28-year-old Kyle Brewer's life. “I get that a lot of people, that say I wouldn't have guessed that. Or guesses that's your story,” said Brewer. As a college student at the University of Central Arkansas, he was coasting through his studies, all while hiding a dark secret.
“It’s hard to be a drug and alcohol counselor when you are currently involved in drug and alcohol addiction,” said Brewer.
As his life was spiraling out of control, Brewer turned to God. He spent nine months in a treatment facility, before deciding on a new career path. “I realized my call-in life is just to love God and love people and that's what I’m pursuing today,” said Brewer. The Benton native enrolled in a graduate ministry program with a goal of one day ministering to others.
“It’s an incredible opportunity I’ve been given because I’m able to study in North Little Rock at the First Assembly of God Church and do my schoolwork online and be involved in the hands-on ministry in their church,” said Brewer.
Brewer also continues to share his testimony with church members, recovery groups and men and women in prison. “I’ve just been able to dive on in and use my story, my mistakes and my past to show that I was there and I’m out of it and there is hope and it worked for me and I believe it can work for you too,” said Brewer. “My ultimate hope is that people find some fuel, some motivation for that to happen in their life.”
Brewer plans to graduate in the summer of 2020 with a master’s Degree in Ministry and Leadership.