College football star-turned-meth addict shares how God radically transformed his life in prison | 9/23/2019 | Staff
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On paper, Damon West had it all.

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Raised in a loving Christian home in Port Arthur, Texas, West rose to fame as the star quarterback for the University of North Texas. After college, he began working in politics in Washington, D.C., and then secured a job working for one of the largest stockbrokers in Dallas.

But in secret, West told The Christian Post, he was a “complete, broken mess,” a man making “every wrong turn possible.”

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Unbeknownst to many around him, West had endured childhood sexual abuse by a babysitter at the age of nine. By the age of 12, he escalated from drinking and smoking to using marijuana.

"Abuse affected me deeply; I got into adult behaviors at a young age that soon turned into serious addictions," he recalled.

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When his football career prematurely ended due to a shoulder injury, West developed a dependence on prescription drugs, and eventually began dabbling in cocaine, ecstasy, pills, and “nearly every other drug in the book,” he admitted.

But it wasn’t until he was introduced to meth in 2004, West said, that he became a “full-blown drug addict.”

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“Meth was a gamechanger,” he said. “Before that, I was still managing life; I was at the height of my career. Meth turned my world upside down and at that moment, I became a slave to that drug and gave everything away for it. I went from working on Wall Street to living on the streets of Dallas. I was homeless.”

To support his addiction, West began breaking into storage units and committing robberies, crimes he continued for three years: “All I could think about was my next fix,” he said. “I was a sinner, a thief, and a drunk.”

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On July 30, 2008, West was arrested by a SWAT team and put...
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