Working to overcome addictions

Published 12:01 am Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kara Foshee and Casey Garrett, both 21, recently became a part of Crossover Ministries.

They say addiction spares no one, and two of the newest participants in the Crossover Ministry women’s program could be considered prime examples.

Meet Casey Garrett and Kara Foshee, both 21 years old.

For Foshee, the path to addiction began at age 14 when her father died.

“I could do whatever I wanted to,” she said. “I started exploring and smoking weed. My mom and I fought all the time. After graduation, I went my separate way and got my own house.”

That house soon turned into a party environment, Foshee said.

“For my best friend and I, every day was a party,” she said. “It was cocaine first and then I became addicted to pain pills. I threw away everything. I’d go get them if I didn’t have them. In my mind, I’d have to have it.”

Foshee said her addiction led her to push her family away.

“I put pills ahead of everything,” she said.

The partying came to a halt when Foshee was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

In jail, Foshee found out about Crossover ministry through her ex-boyfriend.

“When I saw him change, I wrote Crossover a letter,” she said.

Garrett said she went to jail at 18 for a hindering prosecution charge and served a week in jail, got out on bond and received three years probation for the offense.

“In my second year of probation, I violated my probation by smoking marijuana,” she said. “I was really addicted. It was my weakness, and escape from life.”

Garrett said she has a 4-year-old son and has worked for him and her own life.

“I had him at 16,” she said. “I was responsible for his needs and my wants, and all that came crashing down. My brother is in prison and he came up for parole after two years, but he didn’t make it and they sent him back for two years. That really broke me, and I got involved with the wrong people.”

When that happened, Garrett said she had just purchased a truck and was getting her life back, and then she slipped into a worse addiction and even used cocaine occasionally.

“That’s something you never want to do,” she said.

Garrett served three months in jail and was court-ordered to Crossover.

Both ladies have been in the program since Jan. 17, and agree it’s a good place to be.

“It’s a good environment,” Foshee said. “We’re surrounded by people who sincerely care about us.”

Garrett said she believes she’s there by divine appointment.

“I’m glad He did it at a young age, to say ‘this isn’t how you need to live,’ ” Garrett said. “I grow closer and closer to God every minute.”

Foshee said she is learning a lot.

“We have a lot of Bible studies,” she said. “It’s awesome to see people transformed.”

Garrett said she was “truly saved” Jan. 21, but she let God in her heart while she was in jail.

The program, she said, is teaching her discipline, self-control and how to use God to overcome obstacles instead of trying to do it on her own.

“I’m learning to go to Him for every decision I make,” she said. “I’m looking forward to learning how to be the woman and mother God has intended me to be. It’s truly a blessing to be here.”

Foshee said she’s looking forward to getting the people she cares about back in her life.

“I am also looking forward to developing a much stronger relationship with God,” she said. “And living my life for him and continuing to surrender to him.”