Testimonials

Founder of Newness Of Life

Executive Director

Justin W. Ponton

Graduate

JT Mayle

My name is JT Mayle. I'm 26 years old. I have been fighting my addiction since I was 15 years old. It lead me down a path that I wouldn't want for anyone and eventually lead me to prison shortly after my daughter was born. It was a life changing experience. I had a lot of time to think about what I was gonna do with my life. I eventually came to the realization that I did this to myself. I was the only one who could change my life. If something didn't happen soon It was hard to tell where I would end up. When I came to Newness of Life in January 2016 I was ready to do what ever it took to better myself. I had been through other treatment programs across the state so I had to take this seriously.  Newness of Life saved my life and got me closer to God. It has helped me build structure in my life. It gave me the opportunity to be the person I wanted to be. I want to be able to share my experiences with those around me and give back to the ones that have helped me along the way.

    Graduate

Tommy Bailey

My name is Tommy Bailey and I am 24 years old.

I am an alcoholic and I struggled with my addiction for many years until I came to Newness of Life. I came to the realization that I would be continually stuck in a tornado of alcohol and depression until I was finished. That lead me to the streets of Charleston, where I made a decision. I decided that I needed to change my life, lest I end up dead or in a jail cell. It was a hard choice, but it had to be made. With some help from a friend I found my way to Huntington and to Newness of Life in early January of 2016. I knew that I had a lot I had to work on, and I had to change a lot of negative behaviors in my life in order to become a healthy individual. After a rough patch, I decided I was done playing and decided to walk the walk instead of just talking about it. After a lot of work, Newness of Life has helped me to build a more structured life and develop more positive habits and behaviors. I still have a lot to work on, but just for today I am satisfied. I wish to share my story in order to help others, and myself, forge a better future for us all.

Graduate

Gregory Orlando

Hi, my name is Greg Orlando and I'm 29 years old. I came to Newness of Life broken and alone. Being out on the streets, house to house, and inside of jail cells was a norm. Almost something I was attracted to. Newness of Life gave me the first glimpse of hope I had ever seen. Since coming into the house I have gone from being broken and alone, to having an abundance of friends and responsibilities. I am now at my second job since being here, leaving the first on good terms. Most importantly I have a relationship with God that I had never imagined I would have. Newness of Life showed me a life that I never could imagine myself having, which I am forever grateful for.

      Graduate

   Greg Orlando

My name is Amanda Wolfe and I am 28 years old. I come from a wonderful family, but something inside of me was always missing. I thought I had found the answer in drugs and alcohol. I got married and had two babies, and lost it all in my addiction. I ended up homeless and hopeless with nowhere to turn. When I reached out to Newness Of Life, I had nothing to my name. I was told to “Come home”, and that’s exactly what I did. I found a family. I was able to, for the first time in my life, find out who I really am. I have been able to keep a job, work a 12 step program, build a relationship with my Higher Power and to find out what healthy friendships really are. I am finally able to be the woman I was always meant to be because of this program helping me build the foundation of my recovery. I will forever be grateful for Newness Of Life

Graduate

Amanda Wolfe

I've battled with addiction most of my life, my first time trying anything I was about 8 years old. I was a full blown i.v. user completely engulfed in the madness by age 16. So it's safe to say I started way before that. I used to say my life was A Series of Unfortunate Events, I always found a way to deflect that blame on something or someone else, never trying to own the fact that I was the problem. Eventually my drug use and criminal activity led to my first arrest, from that I entered my first treatment center. I did good for alittle while but lacked the tools to stay sober so I eventually relapsed. I went hard about six months, and eventually started failing drug test with my p.o. which got me to my second treatment center. Again did good alittle while but still couldn't fully surrender my will and my life over. Which led to another relapse and another stay at the Regional jail. I've been in my third Treatment Center for about 4 months now, I've experienced love, heartache, support, and some life altering issues since being here. I've been put back in jail for the 3rd time, I've found out I have to start radiation treatment for a tumor in my throat, and I've watched many friends lose their fight with this disease all in these last couple months. With that being said, in working a solid program today I haven't lost my sobriety date and on the days I feel like giving up I engulf myself in helping others and staying willing, open minded, and honest. My life has gotten so much better since I reach out for help and accepted that I cant do this alone. If anyone is still struggling please reach out.
My name is Nichole and I’m 33 years old. I grew up in a small town with multiple family members who drank and did drugs so it was the normal way of life for a long time. It wasn’t until I joined the army at 23 that I started to realize that other people didn’t do the things I did. I always felt like I was just never enough no matter what. I used for 16 years of my life and it wasn’t until I had lost both my daughters, home, ruined two marriages and destroyed a ten year military career that I realized that I had no control over this and truly needed help. Today I work in recovery, I am a good mother, have a relationship with God and get to be a blessing to others and not a torment. If it wasn’t for a 12 step program and people in recovery loving me when I couldn’t love myself I am sure i would be dead by now. Meth and Heroin took everything I ever had but God and Recovery gave me everything I dreamed of and more
My name is Stephanie Dequasie. I'm a 29 year old recovering meth addict. I'm currently 48 days clean after relapsing at 23months sober trying to cope with a miscarriage. My fiance and I lived in hell for 6 long months. During my time back out in active addiction, the people running Newness of Life reached out to me daily, and finally, I had enough. Newness of Life is where I consider home and I am truly blessed and thankful for all their hard work and tough love. I now see my kids daily and live a life I've only dreamed of. 
My name is Danny Burnside. I turned to Newness of Life after serving time for first-degree murder. I spent 24 years in prison since 1997 when I was 21 years old addicted to many pain pills and alcohol. Today I am a functioning and contributing member of society, thanks to this recovery program. 
My name is Heather Tincher, I'm 36 years old and I'm a recovering alcoholic/addict.  I grew up around people who drank and used drugs, so as a kid I was curious and wanted to do the same.  I was around 11 years old the first time I drank alcohol and used drugs.  At first, I was curious, then I started using it socially, then I started using it as a coping mechanism, and my addiction progressed quickly into a lifestyle. After losing numerous loved ones to addiction, violence, and the lifestyle, I almost lost my life. At this moment I was given the advice to pray and I took the suggestion. God spoke to me and I knew it was time to change.   Recovery at Newness and the quality of life God, Newness, and continuing sobriety has given me is so much better. Here at Newness people care and want to see others grow and recover.  A 12 step program is essential for growth and clarity.  Thank you, God, and Newness of Life for loving me back to life. 
My name is Jamie. The day I stepped foot into Newness of Life, I was broken and hopeless. I served 14 months in prison for drug related crimes and I hated myself and life. Fast forward a year and half. I am now full of hope, I have two and a half years clean and sober. My quality of life is amazing! I am now a licensed driver, a MOTHER to my children who look up to me instead of wondering when mommy is going to show her face again, a daughter that both of my parents trust in their homes, and a service to those who are struggling! There is a better way of life, I am living proof. If you or someone you love is struggling reach out to us. WE CAN HELP! 
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