Steph Macleod who was an alcoholic and drug addict nine years ago turned his life around and is a born-again Christian. Aged just 33 and does song writing for a living he inspires many people that all is not lost even when you feel that it is.
It is never too late to turn your life around.
He came to be free of his addiction after being caught in a vicious circle, which can overtake anyone’s life. Steph was a very talented classical guitarist and felt broken-hearted when his parents split up when he was just 15.
It happens to most people: you turn to alcohol and drugs to forget about reality. After many years of drug abuse and arriving at college he found himself worsening his dosage and turned to Class A drugs and drinking more alcohol than ever.
After losing his mind at college and failing the system, his ambition to become a classical guitarist as his career deteriorated. Living his life in fear he felt there was no light at the end of his tunnel, and coping with life was becoming unbearable. He became homeless and helpless – just to say the least.
It reached the point for Steph where he knew he needed a silver lining but he didn’t know where to look. There was nothing positive in his life as he lived in despair, anxiety, shame and disappointment.
The turning point:
One day Steph noticed a sign on a doctors’ noticeboard, which said: Bethany Christin Centre. After realising it was a homeless hostel and a treatment centre he felt keen to join, and got accepted in after his interview.
They made him come off the alcohol completely, which proved very difficult for Steph, but eventually his body went back to functioning normally again.
He didn’t really feel connected to God until he met a special minister who he related to in a scary way. They exchanged stories and experience and realised how similar they were, and Steph no longer felt alone. It was quite an enlightening time for him.
The minister explained how he’d found freedom in Christ and the strength to break walls that were a big bulk of his life. He broke the chains that had been killing him, so Steph prayed to God and asked to do the same thing. He asked God for his forgiveness and said that he would follow Jesus all the way and hope to feel free.
After praying, Steph felt peace and belief race over him, which was quite an overwhelming, yet relieving feeling. He didn’t realise how blurred his life had become and how harsh he had been towards himself. He felt free.
Everything started to fall into place to Steph and things began to make real sense. When he found Jesus he showed him that he was worth a lot more than he thought of himself. God gave him the strength he needed when he had hit rock bottom.
“God has never let me down. He’s so faithful. It doesn’t matter how hard it gets, we seem to come through it and we still rejoice. The fact we’re alive and got a family and a roof over our heads and a bed to sleep in, these are little things but it’s a lot more than some people.” Says Steph Macleod.
Addictions are self-destructive and it can take a lot of courage for someone to reach out away from them and to find the inner-strength in becoming a recovered and better person.
Now he shares his inspiring testimony with thousands – through songs and through speaking. He gets invited to many churches and festivals and feels so thankful to God for giving him a new start to a whole new journey. It really is truly touching and any one of us can pull ourselves out from a dark hole, because God will serve us with light and brightness, happiness and answers. All will be revealed to you by giving yourself to Jesus Christ.