One could say that 21-year-old Casey McKinney had it good as a child. He grew up in a Christian home with loving parents and a wonderful sister. After being diagnosed with a learning disorder while in the 1st grade, he was prescribed medication to help treat his condition. This only seemed to get worse as he got older. Casey recalls “struggling academically” throughout his high school years, where he began to get frustrated with his constant efforts that yielded minimal results. He soon began experimenting with illegal drugs and alcohol to cope with all the demands, failures and stress that was filling his life. After being dismissed from several schools, Casey’s parents enrolled him in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at the age of 17. With little success at several other program facilities, his father was referred to Path of Life Ministries, where Casey has spent the last 8 months.
Since entering into the Men’s Recovery Program, Casey has been focused on rebuilding his family relationships, friendships and future. Sobriety has never felt better for him. He is overjoyed to be free from all types of drugs–both illegal and prescribed. He states that “trusting in God and not in himself” is crucial to his ability to overcome all obstacles.
Casey has been working on getting his G.E.D. while at Path of Life and would like to someday become a fireman. He anticipates a successful future while victoriously expressing, “I am living my own life now.”