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Pushed out the crack house into God's house

Created by Michael L Williams Jr

Pushed out the crack house into God's house

here is a link with my story i pray it will show people that we can change!


Michael 'Mickey' Williams spent 15 of his first 35 years in prison, because of a drug habit he could not kick. The Bridgeton resident, now 42, grew up in Atlantic City with parents who had substance abuse problems, which they eventually conquered. He estimates he went into rehab more than 25 times.

'When I wasn"t in prison, I was in rehab,' he said, trying to beat addictions to heroin and crack cocaine. 'My two oldest kids are 21 and 18, and the majority of their lives I was gone.'

But they kept loving him, he said. So did the girlfriend he met in 2006, Lernell Williams, who is now his wife.

Three years ago, he went to his final rehab and got clean, by completely committing himself to God, Williams said. When he came back to Bridgeton, he avoided his old crowd.

'I would go to my church every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., without getting a paycheck,' he said of Glory Tabernacle Church, where he cleaned up and helped the Rev. David A. Hadley Sr.

In 2010, Hadley hired him, he said. Now Williams helps minister to others with substance abuse problems, and he"s written a book about his journey, 'Pushed Out the Crack House into God"s House,' available on and

Williams has only a sixth-grade education, but his friend Valerie Love, of Atlantic City, helped him improve his writing. For years she wrote to him in prison, and corrected his mistakes in his responses to her, he said.

His oldest son saw the worst of his struggles, and had to hear people talk negatively about Williams for years. Now he can say his father is an author, Williams said.

This Story of Hope was created in celebration of recovery and to let families know that there are pathways to hope and healing. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families who are struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page so that families know where to turn to for help, and that there is always hope.

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