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Charles Brown Comes Clean

Addiction stripped Charles Brown of everything that he held sacred. Then one night a television program presented the way to a new life. Read Transcript


CHARLES BROWN SAYS EVIL

SPIRITS BEGAN TORMENTING HIM

AFTER HE STARTED USING CRACK

COCAINE.

IT WAS A LOT OF TIMES I

COULDN'T SLEEP AND IT FELT LIKE

I WAS MENTALLY CRAZY.

CHARLES GREW UP IN SOUTH

CAROLINA AND BEGAN SMOKING POT

AS A TEENAGER, HE ALWAYS WAS

AFRAID OF HARDER DRUGS, THEN

WHEN HE WAS 28, SOME PEOPLE

INVITED HIM TO SMOKE CRACK FOR

THE MISTER -- FIRST TIME.

ER

I ENDED UP HAVING A FIRST

HIT OF IT AND MY HEART WAS

BEATING WAY FASTER, I THOUGHT I

WAS GOING TO DIE.

TEN MINUTES LATER, CHARLES

TOOK A SECOND HIT FROM THE

CRACK PIPE, FROM THAT MOMENT,

HE WAS HOOKED.

IT WAS CALLING ME, IT WOULD

CALL YOU EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T

WANT IT.

NOW THE ONLY THING THAT

MATTERED TO CHARLES WAS HIS

NEXT HIT.

HE SPENT EVERYTHING HE EARNED

TO BUY MORE CRACK.

EVENTUALLY, HIS DRUG ADDICTION

COST HIM HIS CONSTRUCTION JOB

AND HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN.

HE EVEN BEGAN LOSING HIS MIND.

I WOULD TOUCH THINGS TWO AND

THREE TIMES AND ALL THIS CRAZY

STUFF WAS HAPPENING AND I

COULDN'T STOP DOING IT.

I STARTED CRACK AND MENTALLY

STARTED LOSING IT MENTALLY AND

SPIRITUALLY.

CHARLES SAYS LIVING WITH

REGRET BEGAN HIS MAIN TORMENT.

IT SAID, YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU

WANT, CHARLIE, BUT AT THAT

TIME, I STARTED CRYING AND FELT

GUILTY BECAUSE EVERYTHING I

HAD, IT WAS DESTROYED.

CHARLES STOLE MONEY FROM HIS

FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SUPPORT

HIS GROWING DRUG HABIT.

HE BECAME HOMELESS AND STARTED

SLEEPING IN ABANDONED HOUSES,

THAT IS, WHEN HE COULD SLEEP.

I THOUGHT SOMEBODY WAS

SHAKING ME, YOU COULD HEAR

SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME LIKE A

HAND SLIDING UP AND DOWN THE

WALLS, AND YOU HEAR FOOTSTEPS,

EVERY TIME AND I WOULD GET UP

1:00, 2:00 IN THE MORNING, I

WOULD GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND

SIT IN THE WAITING ROOM JUST SO

I COULD SLEEP.

CHARLES EVEN TRIED PRAYING

TO ESCAPE THE TORMENT.

I WOULD ASK THE LORD TO

REMOVE IT OUT OF MY LIFE AND I

WOULD SWEAR THAT I WOULD NEVER

TOUCH IT AGAIN AND AS SOON AS I

WOULD GET OFF MY KNEES PRAYING,

SOMEBODY WOULD KNOCK AT MY

DOOR, BLOW A HORN, AND LET

SATAN RIGHT BACK IN THERE.

WHEN HIS PRAYERS DIDN'T SEEM

TO WORK, HE TRIED WITCHCRAFT.

JUST TO KEEP IT AWAY AND I

WOULD KEEP X'S ON ALL MY

WINDOWS, I COULDN'T SLEEP AND I

WOULD CALL OUT TO GOD AND TELL

HIM TO MAKE IT LEAVE.

CHARLES KNEW HE WAS LOSING

TOUCH WITH REALITY SO HE

FINALLY WENT TO A DOCTOR.

WHEN THEY TOLD ME I WAS

BIPOLAR, SCHIZOPHRENIC AND THE

WAY I WAS, I REALLY THOUGHT THE

DOCTOR WAS CRAZY.

I DIDN'T THINK THAT I WAS

REALLY THAT WAY TO A CERTAIN

EXTENT.

CHARLES TOOK HIS MEDICINE

BUT HE KEPT USING CRACK.

THEN HE HEARD ABOUT A

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT HOME THAT

HELPS ADDICTS BREAK FREE FROM

THEIR ADDICTIONS.

WHILE THERE, CHARLES STARTED

WATCHING THE 700 CLUB AND

CALLING CBN FOR PRAYER.

SHE SAID, PRAY THIS PRAYER

AND SAY, LORD, I CONFESS WITH

ALL MY SINS AND I'M ASKING YOUR

FORGIVENESS, AND ONCE I SAID

THAT, I CONFESSED IT OUT MY

MOUTH AND THE LORD KNOW ME

BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF, I

BEGAN TO FEEL THE WEIGHT OF THE

WHOLE WORLD COME OFF MY

SHOULDER.

IT WAS JUST LIKE, BOOM, LIKE --

I MEAN, IT WAS JUST POWERFUL.

AFTER THAT PRAYER, CHARLES

SAID HE FELT LIKE GOD HAD

COMPLETELY DELIVERED HIM FROM

HIS DRUG ADDICTION AND HEALED

HIM OF HIS MENTAL ILLNESSES.

I WOULD BE TALKING TO GOD

AND I WOULD GO AND GRAB THE

BIBLE AND I WOULD GO INTO EVERY

ROOM, I WOULD GO IN THERE AND

GOD WOULD MAKE ME SMILE MORE

AND MORE AND IT GOT BETTER AND

BETTER.

CHARLES SPENT THREE YEARS AT

THE OXFORD HOUSE.

ONCE HE LEFT, HE STARTED GOING

TO CHURCH AND FOUND A NEW WAY

OF LIVING.

I FINALLY STARTED GETTING ON

THAT STRAIGHT AND NARROW AND I

STARTED SMILING AND I WOULD GO

IN THE BATHROOM AND LOOK IN THE

MIRROR AND I WOULD PAT MYSELF

AND I SAID, CHARLIE, YOU'RE

GOING TO BE ALRIGHT AND I KNEW

THAT WAS GOD COMING THROUGH.

TODAY CHARLES IS LIVING A

DRUG-FREE LIFE AND HE NO LONGER

HAS TO TAKE PSYCHIATRIC

MEDICINE, HE SAID GOD

COMPLETELY HEALED HIM.

HE HAS A JOB AND APARTMENT AND

IS ENJOYING HIS NEW LIFE IN

CHRIST.

I DRESS UP FOR JESUS, GOD

TOOK THAT DEAD FLOWER AND MADE

IT BLOOM ALL OVER AGAIN, AND AS

MANY TIMES I TURNED MY BACK AND

LEFT HIM, HE NEVER LEFT ME, HE

WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND HE

TURNED MY FROWN INTO A SMILE.

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