Oct 30
  • Written By Scott Drochelman

  • #208 – Edwin Young

    #208 - Edwin Young

    Finding Sobriety Through Online Treatment After Leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Edwin Young grew up in the Jehovah’s Witness community. He was well spoken and knew the community inside and out by age 20 he was an Elder. In the new role he was exposed to corruption happening behind the scenes. He felt conflicted about what he saw, but the final straw was the death of a friend associated with the church. He initially attempted to take a step away, but was eventually left with no choice but to leave the community entirely.

    Leaving the church meant losing all of his friends and family. He was suddenly exiled from everyone he loved and began drinking heavily to deal with it. What followed was 20 years of struggling. Deeper and deeper into addiction he went until finally finding help.

    Today Edwin has found sobriety through Lionrock Recovery. He’s found a community of people who support him and connect in ways he’d always craved. He’s currently working on a book that tells his story and works hard to help others find healing.

    Tune in To Learn About:

    Inside the Jehovah’s Witness Community: Tune in to learn about Edwin Young’s upbringing in the Jehovah’s Witness community, where he became an Elder at a young age.

    A Crisis of Faith: Discover how Edwin was exposed to corruption within the community and the inner conflict that arose from witnessing troubling events.

    The Breaking Point: Explore the events that led to Edwin’s decision to step away from the community, and how the tragic death of a friend associated with the church became the final straw.

    Leaving It All Behind: Learn about Edwin’s challenging journey of eventually leaving the Jehovah’s Witness community entirely, the personal and emotional struggles he faced, and his path to recovery and healing.

    A Journey of Transformation: Delve into Edwin’s story of breaking free from a restrictive environment and finding a new sober path in life, and how he has used his experiences to inspire and support others.

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