Higher Education… –
Oct 9, 2020 – “A power greater than ourselves can restore sanity in our addicted lives,” she tells individuals suffering, rehabilitating, or recovering from addiction. She also tells them that “God loves them no matter what and wants them to know that in His love, they can be and do any great thing.”
In her early 20s, Harvin randomly abused drugs “for fun” but quickly found solace in the act and became dependent upon it when she lost her son. Nine-year-old Jameel Parker was killed in a March 1987 car accident, launching Harvin’s life in a downward spiral from 1987 through 1997.
“When my son died, I leaned more towards using drugs during the grieving period, and before I knew it, I was consumed in an addiction that led me into the streets,” Harvin said. “It was that out-of-body experience; I just left myself.”
For ten years, Harvin lived at the mercy of drugs.
“I remember trying to stop but I couldn’t,” she said. “I then began journaling. I began writing to God for help. I asked Him to help me stop because I didn’t know how to leave the drugs. I made a promise to Him. I said, ‘God, if you help me now, I will tell the whole world that this thing is not what it seems. God, I promise to tell everyone that we do not have to live like this, that we do not have to do drugs. I will tell the world that drugs are not good for human consumption’.”