Dan Phillips and Ame Boehmer found light at the end of the dark tunnel of drug addiction. The Indiana couple were married last weekend. They met three years ago while both were addicted to methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine took over Boehmer’s life. She got pregnant, lost her job, her home and her hopes of becoming a nurse. One night she was arrested, given probation and lost custody of her daughter.
“I tried to stay clean, but I told my probation officer I was struggling,” Boehmer said. “I thought I’d go to rehab, but instead I went to prison.”
While in prison, Boehmer learned that she pregnant again and gave birth to another daughter.
Boehmer was 30 years old when she was released from prison. Within a short time, she found some part-time work, but quickly began using drugs again.
Phillips has battled depression for years. He began using methamphetamine from time to time, but that quickly changed to daily use. Phillips and Boehmer met and within a short time, Boehmer was pregnant. Phillips knew he needed to make a change in his life.
He was arrested in April and charged with the unlawful purchase of the ingredients to make methamphetamine. He spent three weeks in the county jail.
“It was like my detox,” Phillips said.
Phillips left the jail and went to Shelter Ministries, a nonprofit Christian organization that provides a transitional recovery facility for men and women struggling with addiction.
“When I first came here, I was in awe because people wanted to help. I was a mess, and people didn’t know how to deal with it. I came here, and people opened their doors.”
Boehmer quickly joined Phillips in the program. They both credit Christ and His love with their ability to overcome their addiction to methamphetamine.
“Just stopping drugs or addictive behavior is not the answer,” Boehmer said. “It’s a spiritual void. People need God. You don’t have to live in bondage without Christ or joy. Knowing Christ is the only real cure.”