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Alcoholic Katrina Victim Finds Hope on Television

Sharon’s struggle with alcoholism was only intensified after losing her home in Hurricane Katrina. After relocating to Baton Rouge, she began to watch a tv program that changed her life. Read Transcript


Reporter: SHARON

PAYBELL WORKED FOR 20 YEARS

AS A MERCHANT MARINE IN NEW

ORLEANS.

SHE HAD THE MOUTH TO PROVE

IT.

CURSING WAS MY BEST

FRIEND, AND I HAD A LOT OF

FRIENDS WHO CURSED.

THAT WAS THE LANGUAGE WE

USED.

AND I LEARNED HOW TO

INTIMIDATE PEOPLE BY MY

MOUTH.

Reporter: IN 19 98,

HEROIN-ADDICTED HUSBAND WAS

FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN THE

PROJECTS.

I GOT A PHONE CALL ONE

DAY THAT HE HAD BEEN

KILLED.

I FELT MY WHOLE WORLD COME

DOWN.

I WAS JUST REALLY

DEVASTATED.

AND I WAS LEFT TO RAISE OUR

SON BY MYSELF.

AND THE ONLY WAY I COULD

DEAL WITH IT WAS TO DRINK.

BECAUSE IT WOULD REALLY NUMB

THE PAIN.

Reporter: HER DRINKING

WENT ON FOR YEARS.

SHARON BECAME A FULL-FLEDGED

ALCOHOLIC.

I WENT TO THE CLUB RIGHT

IN THE WORST PART OF TOWN.

AND I JUST DRANK EVERY DAY,

UNTIL I WOULD JUST BE

DRUNK.

I WOULD WAKE UP IN THE

MORNING.

EVEN SOMETIMES WITHOUT

EATING, AND THAT WOULD BE

THE FIRST THING I WOULD

WANT, WAS A DRINK.

MY BODY WOULD JUST NEED A

DRINK.

I DIDN'T WANT TO BE THAT

WAY, BUT I JUST DIDN'T KNOW

HOW TO CHANGE.

Reporter: IN 2005,

HURRICANE KATRINA HIT NEW

ORLEANS.

SHARON AND HER YOUNG SON

RELOCATED TO BATON ROUGE,

WHERE SHE RENTED A SMALL

HOUSE.

I HAD A CHANCE TO SOBER

UP.

AND I WOULD JUST COME HERE

AND PRAY, AND HOPE THAT GOD

WOULD JUST HELP ME TO

REMEMBER THAT I LOST

EVERYTHING I HAD.

I HAD NOTHING.

Reporter: SHE STARTED

READING A BIBLE AND WATCHING

"THE 700 CLUB" EVERY DAY ON

TV.

AND THIS ONE PARTICULAR

DAY, THERE WAS A STORY ABOUT

THIS MAN WHO HAD A DRINKING

PROBLEM, AND HOW GOD HAD

HEALED HIM.

ALL I REMEMBER WAS MY HANDS

WERE UP, AND I WAS ASKING

GOD TO TOUCH ME AND TO HEAL

ME.

AND I FELT THE PRESENCE OF

GOD COME IN THE ROOM.

AND I KNEW THEN THAT IT WAS

OVER.

I FELT THE FREEDOM.

BEFORE I WAS NOT DRINKING

BECAUSE I WAS SCARED.

BUT I FELT GOD WHEN HE

ENTERED MY HEART.

AND THE DESIRE JUST LEFT.

Reporter: SHARON GAVE

HER LIFE TO JESUS AND WAS

INSTANTLY SET FREE FROM HER

ADDICTION TO ALCOHOL.

SHE DIDN'T EVEN REA REALIZE

IT UNTIL A FEW WEEKS LATER.

SOMEBODY OFFERED ME A

DRINK, AND BEFORE I KNEW IT,

I SAID, OH, I DON'T DRINK.

AND THEN WHEN I SAID IT, IT

CAME OUT SO QUICKLY, I WAS,

LIKE, YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, I

DON'T DRINK.

AND I DON'T WANT TO DRINK.

AND I NEVER THINK ABOUT

DRINKING.

I CAN WALK DOWN THE AISLE IN

THE STORE AND SEE LIQUOR,

AND IT DOESN'T EVEN CROSS MY

MIND.

IT'S LIKE IT NEVER

HAPPENED.

COMPLETE, TOTAL HEALING.

Reporter: SHARON WENT

BACK TO COLLEGE AND RECENTLY

GRADUATED WITH HONORS.

HER SON JUST GRADUATED FROM

HIGH SCHOOL, ALSO WITH

HONORS.

HER LIFE IS BRAND NEW.

SO IS HER MOUTH.

MY MOUTH IS TO BLESS.

MY MOUTH IS TO PRAISE.

MY MOUTH IS USED FOR

WORSHIP.

I THANK GOD FOR HEALING ME.

I THANK GO GOD FOR

DELIVERING ME.

I THANK GO GOD FOR CLEANING

UP MY MOUTH.

BUT MOST OF ALL, FOR JUST

GIVING ME BACK MY MIND.

AND HE SAID, IF I KEEP MY

MIND ON HIM, HE'LL KEEP ME

IN PERFECT PEACE.

AND THE PEACE THAT I HAVE

TODAY, IT'S NOT THE KIND OF

PEACE THAT THE WORLD HAS.

THIS IS A PEACE IN THE MIDST

OF THE STORM.

I STILL CAN TRUST GOD, I

STILL CAN BELIEVE GOD.

AND TODAY HE HAS TURNED MY

WHOLE LIFE AROUND.

Reporter: SHARON

ENCOURAGES PEOPLE WHO WERE

ADDICTED, LIKE SHE WAS, TO

PUT THEIR TRUST IN GOD.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOUR

HUSBAND IS A JUNKY.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE

AN ALCOHOLIC.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE

EVEN STRUGGLING WITH DRUGS.

GOD CAN DELIVER YOU IN THE

MIDST OF IT.

HE CAN TOUCH YOUR HEART.

HE CAN CHANGE YOUR TASTEBUDS.

ONCE YOU CAN GET INTO THE

PRESENCE OF GOD, HE DOES

THINGS THAT NOBODY ELSE CAN

DO FOR YOU.

YOU CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT

LIFE.

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