Tony and Sam smiling along side a brick wall. Tony's tattoos and biker beard warmly contrast Sam's surfer-style preppy flowery cap and pink shorts.
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RECLAIMING FREEDOM — 4 PART SERIES: ADDICTION & RELATIONSHIPS

Tony EP26-29

EP 26-29

"I WANTED TO BE RESPONSIBLE, BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO DO TOO MUCH ADULTING"

Episode 26: Part 1 of 4

This episode we hear the backstory of Tony Nieves, a tattooed biker and family man, who’s also a recovering drug addict that’s served time in jail. Tony shares stories from his childhood—how he received an early introduction to partying, hard work, and all kinds of addictive substances, followed by his introduction to Christianity while playing high school football, followed by years of unbridled adolescence and independence. Not a clean start in life. But we know it’s going to end well for Tony. Don’t miss this honest unraveling of a life, and be sure to subscribe for future episodes to learn how God redeems it.

"IT DIDN'T SEEM LIKE A PROBLEM BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS ON SOMETHING"

Episode 27: Part 2 of 4

In this raw conversation, Tony and Sam talk honestly about the grip of addiction. Tony walks us through his journey into alcoholism, his 3 intoxicated car wrecks, his 2 marriages, and the faithful encouragement from Christian friends. Together, these events wake Tony up to his need for Jesus. But even after trusting in God, Tony struggles to drink in moderation and be transparent about his alcohol problem. Tune in next episode to find out how Tony finally decides to get sober.

"I had created my own world where everybody thought like me"

 Episode 28: Part 3 of 4

The climax of Tony's alcohol addiction comes through weekends spent in jail and a stiff-arm from his wife. Tony realizes that he is an addict and that he has to quit drinking. He talks candidly with host Sam Crawley  about how alcohol alters an addict's sense of reality concerning addiction and perspective about the future. After two weeks of sobriety, Tony was experiencing "a better buzz" than he had ever had before and riding with a motorcycle group that ministers to people in need. In the last episode, Tony and Sam will tie up Tony's story by discussing his drug problem. Don't miss it!

"I FOUND FREEDOM while TEACHING KIDS THE BIBLE"

Episode 29: Part 4 of 4

Tony's sobriety from everything--drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol--takes root when he begins teaching children's classes at his church. Realizing that he's responsible to know the Bible before he can teach it, Tony begins earnestly reading--initially to prove why drugs aren't wrong, but eventually because he finds life and freedom in what he reads.  The more Tony gets rid of his addictive habits, the more he doesn't need them any more. The Bible convicts and encourages Tony to begin living the life he never imagined possible.


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