PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Every accomplishment in life starts with a decision to try, and for one local woman admitting she was addicted to heroin was that first step.
"We got this girl and she's coming in and she's incredible," said Heather Vosbrink, a counselor at Bethel Village. "And we say it every time because we hear their stories and we see where they're coming from and we see how much they want to change."
After eight years drowning in drug addition, 26 year old Brittany Cureton's application surfaced at Bethel Village.
"I don't know really how I got here," said Cureton. "I really believe God just ordered my steps here."
Cureton grew up in your average household, two sisters, a mom and dad. At age 11, her parents separated and it took a toll on Cureton.
"I tried to commit suicide when I was 14," said Cureton. "And still continued with issues with depression, I started smoking weed and drinking."
"It doesn't strike a particular type of family," said Vosbrink. "It doesn't strike a particular type of person although there are factors involved."
Her dreams of attending the University of West Georgia soon vanished.
Instead of becoming a nurse and helping others, she hurt herself, and those closest to her.
"I got into a relationship and drugs," said Cureton. "And it all went downhill from there."
After high school she and her boyfriend started a relationship based on love, drugs, and a love for drugs.
Cureton got pregnant and wanted to change, but bringing a new life into the world wouldn't replace her favorite feeling in the world.
"My goal for the longest time was to just not be sick. I didn't want to be sick," said Cureton. "So if that meant getting high on what ever than that's what I was going to do."
In February of 2015, it all went down hill.
Tired of her lies and broken promises, her family and friends turned their backs on her, and took her son.
"I don't deserve to have a relationship with my family," said Cureton. "But God is so good and kind of just puts the pieces back together."
One by one Cureton began picking up those pieces, starting with a 10 day detox and a phone call to Bethel Village. After hanging up the phone, she decided to hang up drugs once and for all.
"A year is a long time when you think about it," said Cureton. "But then when I started to really think about it, what's a year compared to the eight that I've been chained to the addiction."
"These women have had struggles. They've had poor coping skills. They didn't have a relationship with God," said Vosbrink. "And they didn't know how to get out of the situations they were in."
So Cureton found God and slowly rebuilt her broken ties with her family.
Her once messy life turned into a message she now shares with others at Bethel Village.
"She's inspiring to me, she's an incredible natural leader," said Vosbrink. "And leaders lead whether their leading positively or negatively, and she's shown to be a positive leader."
Now working at the women and children's shelter, Cureton is reminded how lucky she is to be alive, and she gives them hope.
"It seems so cliche but pray," said Cureton. "Either pray with them or pray for them."
'We need them as they recover to help others in the community who are struggling the same way," said Vosbrink.
Those struggles are something Cureton can relate to, and she's proof that life is better when you refuse to surrender to the Devil in the needle.
"Bethel Village is the best thing that's happened to me. It's completely changed my life, " said Cureton. "But you have to allow God to make that change within you."
Cureton has been sober for almost seven months and is on track to graduate from the Bethel Village's recovery program in May.
We asked her why she agreed to share her story with us, she say's she would like to be able to look back in a few years to see how far she's come.
For any additional information of Bethel Village, please contact the Manager Rachel Duvall (850)-914-0533.