We usually walk away from our problems instead of standing in them to they are over. In the past, I would walk way from my problems and resist the persecution unlike ever before. Instead of withstanding the evilness that was in front of me, I would depend on substance to get me through. Crying out to God was all I needed to overcome. When obstacles came my way, God revealed to me what to do. When people use to judge my lifestyle, I use to try to argue with them about who I was. Now when this occurs, I just listen and do not respond to the evilness of others. God kept reminding me of why I began to use substances in the first place. The reason I used, was a result of what others had said. Their comments really hurt, which left an anger inside me, was I any different than them? Since, I began to listen rather than defend, God has really dealt with my persecutors. Therefore, I no longer use because the pain they caused is no longer felt by me. I am finally happy without the use of a substance as a result of God! Most recently, my persecutors have asked me for help because of what God has done with my life. Just remember, we all use substances for a reason.