Paducah Lifeline Ministries
Paducah Lifeline Ministries is a residential and non-residential community-based recovery program that helps men who struggle with life-controlling problem through Jesus Christ.
Although addiction does not discriminate between men and women in the destruction that it leaves behind, the roads that lead to addiction and later to recovery are unique to each gender in important ways. Lifeline’s Men’s Program recognizes that all men have an innate, God-given need to be shown respect. Men need to know that God considers them worthy of His purpose for their lives. Despite how they have been wounded by life or how much they have wounded others, we believe that redemption wins through Jesus Christ. The message often communicated to men by our culture is that they should minimize the fact or deny when they have been wounded emotionally, physically, or otherwise. Often that message serves only to influence men to seek other means to handle the problems of life, and many times leads to addictive, destructive behaviors. In addition, men who struggle with addiction are often marked as simply a perpetrator of harm toward their loved ones, strangers, and their place of employment. This leads to broken families, sometimes criminal behavior, and creates challenges in finding meaningful employment. These circumstances, unfortunately further the cycle of wounding, suppression, addiction, and destruction. Because of this, our program seeks to help break this cycle at every stage for a man, and to ultimately set him on a path to wholeness. Through chapel, classroom, and one-to-one sessions with trained teachers who have commonly recovered from addiction themselves, we help them understand their worth regardless of mistakes they have made . We work to dispel the myth that they are simply a perpetrator of harm by involving them in group activities that aid them in developing a sense of productive accomplishment together. Finally, we make every effort to assist them in finding and keeping meaningful employment with local employers. The journey to restoration for a man is not an easy or short process, but at Lifeline we see men every day making progress to achieve just that. Ultimately, we are convicted that no matter how heavy the weight of the world or how tight the bondage of man’s own mind may hold him, He who the Son sets free is free indeed!
- Life of Christ
- Godly Exercise
- Gifts of my Father
- Malachi Dads
- Christian Foundations
- Christian Living
- Victory Over Darkness
- Walk of Repentance
- Jobs for Life
- Anger Management
- Celebrate Recovery
- 5 Components of Recovery
- Malachi Dads
- Total Money Makeover
- Celebrate Recovery
- Walk of Repentance
Licensed counseling sessions required for all clients.
My name is Chad Spillman I’m 34 years old, and grew up in Wingo, Kentucky. I was raised by both of my parents who were married for over 30 years, until my Mom passed away in 2010. My Dad was a supervisor at the local tire plant and my Mother worked as a special education teacher within the Graves County School system. Our home was very stable and loving. I had everything I needed and most of what I wanted. My two older sisters and I were taken on family vacations several times throughout my childhood.
All aspects were in place for me to have a successful and normal life. But my childhood was different than most kids from day one. I was born with a serious heart condition. The doctors told my parents the day I was born that I would not survive. After about 6 weeks in a Louisville hospital I was healthy enough to come home. My parents were told if I lived to age seven my body would be big enough for a major surgery in an attempt to correct my problem. In the summer of 1988 doctors performed a somewhat experimental surgery, which at that time was only done at a handful of hospitals.
Since my health was in this condition I was given very few responsibilities as a child, and teenager. I became the topic of most conversations and the center of attention in most situations. This was the case until my sisters reached high school. My sisters excelled in school and extracurricular activities. My health had stabilized and I was put on what I saw as the back burner.
I was no longer the main focus of my families’ attention. By the time I reached high school I had began to act out in an attempt to re-gain the spot light. I was a spoiled brat. I had always been allowed to hang out with older kids; therefore I began doing the things they did so I would fit in. I started going to parties, drinking, and dabbled with marijuana and pills. I can remember my first experience of drinking and driving being when I was 16, shortly after I had gotten my license. My car was taken away a couple of times in high school for coming home with alcohol on my breath.
These activities became more regular after I graduated. In 2002 just two months after turning twenty-one my legal issues began when I got a DUI. Later in 2003 after getting into two serious legal situations I was advised by my attorney to move out of the area while things played out in court.
So I moved to Nashville and enrolled in school. I was some what interested in the profession I was studying, but had no desire to go to class or do homework. In Nashville I was exposed to more serious drugs and eventually I basically flunked out of school. I then returned to Graves County and found a new group of friends. This group of people routinely did some of the drugs I was exposed to in Nashville.
At this point, my life had become chaotic where going to jail and hiring lawyers was routine. Eventually I was arrested fourteen times in twelve years. At one point in 2009 it was suggested that I get some sort of treatment and apply for a bed at Lifeline. I had no desire to be involved in a long term program because I was still convinced I didn’t have a problem. I did not have six months of time to dedicate to a program. I had a job, a mortgage, and other financial responsibilities. At that time an addiction counselor told me if these things were more important that I should go back home. He said “when the house, the vehicle and the job were gone to come back and see him, I will be waiting for you.” I walked out of his office convinced that this college educated man was a complete fool.
In April of 2014 after another arrest I was unemployed, my vehicle had been seized as a result of my crime, and my home was on the verge of repossession. This time I didn’t make bond immediately like I had all the previous times. My attorney came to the jail to visit me. She then asked me if I was ready for a change, and again encouraged me to apply for a bed at Lifeline.
By this time I had reached my personal rock bottom. I had alienated myself from most all of my family, even the ones who still had time for me. On April 21st the judge approved my bond under the condition that I immediately report to Paducah Lifeline Ministries.
After a few days of adjusting and adapting to the structured environment I started to change. I was exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and given tools in order to live in sobriety. At Lifeline I was surrounded by successful, loving people who lived in recovery themselves. The entire program focuses on turning your addictions over to God while relying on him for strength in future sobriety. I was prepared to return to normal life in order to be a quality friend, and family member.
The ministry relies solely on donations and volunteers. Graduates of the program are encouraged to return to help others who are walking where they once were. We learned that giving back to others is a valuable tool in sobriety.
Lifeline itself did not change my life. It exposed me to Jesus Christ who saved my life. I was able to achieve sobriety and maintain it by the strength he has given me. God gave me grace and forgave me for all of my previous actions. He also gave me the strength to forgive myself. God provided many people who served as mentors that loved on me and were friends to me while I was obtaining my sobriety. Several of these people remain to be a part of my life today as friends and role models to living a Christian life.
Currently I am gainfully employed, have a new vehicle, and was able to recover from all my financial issues. God has truly blessed me. In April of 2015 I celebrated one year of sobriety. I am convinced that this could have never been achieved if I had not been accepted to enter the program at Paducah Lifeline Ministries. - Chad Spillman
My name is Casey Harris. I grew up going to church with my family. My father was the Music Minister and my mother was the pianist for the church. I was saved at a young age. As I was growing up I was very confused about the happiness and joy people talked of with Christ in them. I had asked Jesus to come in to my heart but I never felt any joy or peace that people spoke of. I Just Didn’t Get It.
By the time I was 35 I had such emptiness and loneliness in my heart, I felt that it was a normal thing. When I would hear people speak of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I would think that they were crazy and weird, and that what I felt was all that Christianity would ever be for me.
After 35 years of praying and asking God to fix my life, I was fed up with unanswered prayers. I was so angry with God, and felt as if he truly wasn’t there for me. So I turned away from Him. I pushed all thoughts away from Christ and felt that I could handle my life better without Him.
For the next almost 10 years things seemed to be okay. I was able to take care of myself; however the loneliness never went away. In fact, it got worse. I had so many friends but I always felt alone. I was always lonely and felt so very empty.
The world started to catch up to me. I was struggling in all areas of my life. I was working so much and no help in sight. I was playing music and singing at local bars, but got so burnt out on the lifestyle that I hated the sight of my guitar. Music had been my passion, my release and my therapy. It was something that at one time I loved to do but now it was like a job I needed to pay bills. My finances were getting to be a struggle and more was going out than coming in. I had two major relationships with women I truly loved end and had no understanding of why. My children had grown up so fast and growing distant from me. I felt like I had missed so much of their lives. I started having legal troubles and other life issues with my alcohol use.
I had been drinking from the time I was 13. For most of that time it was recreational and didn’t seem to have too much of an impact on my life. When I was 33 I started playing music in bars and playing festivals and private parties. My drinking was purely social as I didn’t have it in my home and I didn’t drink alone. However, when I did drink, I was usually out some place and I would drink until I passed out. I didn’t see it as a problem until the last couple of years. I wasn’t drinking daily and held down a job for most of my working life. The only time I would drink would be when I was playing music. Although it may seem that my addiction is tame compared to others the devastating impact it had on my life was just as severe as many others. The enemy had his grips on me and I’m the one that invited him to take over my life.
In November of 2014, I found myself in the CCU after a failed suicide attempt. The enemy was there as I lay literally on my death bed, telling me I was unworthy and that he was going take me. I was so tired. I didn’t care if I was going to go to hell because I felt like I was living in it my whole life.
I was crying and pleaded with God to take me home. To please let me die or just give me something to live for. The Holy Spirit showed up too! The next day I woke up with a peace that I cannot describe. I had absolutely no worries. At the time I figured it was the medication they were giving me and I wasn’t remembering what I asked of God.
A few months later I found Lifeline. Since starting the Lifeline program I’ve learned so much about myself and who I truly am in Christ and who Christ is in me. The classes, teachers, staff and other clients have helped me to see that I was never alone, that God’s hand had always been on me. The time at Lifeline had allowed me to take a “God Pause” from the World as it is, to just be still and quiet, and learn how to be in His presence. It has helped me learn to see all the blessings and answered prayers.
Finally, I’m Getting It! It wasn’t about praying I’d get a job or fixing my marriage, about giving me financial peace, or me having an easier way of life. It’s about not being selfish or self-centered. It’s about staying humble and having gratitude. It’s about lifting up your brothers and sisters in Christ who are broken, like you. It’s about serving the homeless a hot meal and cold drink. It’s about giving to others in need and them never knowing. It’s about crying and praying with someone and feeling their sorrow and pain as if it belongs to you. It’s about loving a stranger and accepting a hug from them and feeling completely comfortable as if Jesus Christ was giving it to you. It’s about loving Christ, putting Him first and showing others your love for Him.
It’s also about seeing blessings, recognizing everything as one and being humble and grateful. I’m now seeing so many of my prayers for others being answered. The peace I prayed for so long ago is in my heart. My estranged brother who never spoke of Christianity is now talking to me about what Jesus is doing in his life. I don’t feel alone anymore and I never have to. My daughter, the love of my life, said to me that she found God because of what I have been through in the last year and a half.
People keep saying to me “God has big plans for you!” I don’t know what His plans are for me and that’s okay. I have peace with that because I trust Him. Even if all he had planned was for me to help lead my daughter to know Christ, then all the pain and suffering, all the emptiness and loneliness I had for all those years was worth it and I’m grateful for it. 1 Thess. 5:16-18
My name is Elic Whited. I was born December 28, 1967. I have 1 brother and 5 sisters and had a very good childhood. I did well throughout school, was on the honor roll, and excelled in math. After high school, around the age of 20, I started experimenting with different drugs. I always managed to keep a job and it never really seemed to be that bad until about 2003 when I was introduced to methamphetamine. At first, I did it here and there, but when I got laid off from my job I started using it full-time. I ended up getting busted for possession and went to a faith-based rehab in Branson, Missouri where I was saved by the grace of God. I returned to Murray and I did well for several years. Then I met a woman with 3 awesome kids and fell in love. When things didn't work out between us I turn back to doing drugs and turned my back on God. I prayed several times for God to get me out of the situation. After disappearing for 3 days, having several friends and family members worried and looking for me, I finally applied and was accepted to Lifeline. God started working in my life immediately after I got there. I have true friends now, sober and Christian friends, like never before, other clients in the program and up through the staff and the board. God, through Lifeline, has given me a peace and a love for others like I've never known. I surrendered it all to God and I am following His will for my life, which is to help others that are where I used to be and help them to know that with God anything is possible. I am so thankful for the staff at Lifeline and the true compassion and love they have for not only us but for the Lord. I’m very thankful for the teachers and pastors that donate their time and resources to us. They help us build the foundation and relationship with JESUS Christ that is so important for all of us but especially those of us in recovery. I'm so glad that God answers prayers in His way, not ours. One of my favorite verses that I cherish and is on my bible case is, Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
My name is Casey France. I am 32 years old. I was born and raised in Mayfield, Kentucky. I’ve lived there my whole life. I had a fairly decent childhood. Both of my parents worked to try and give us a good life. They divorced when I was young so I was back and forth. Around 11 or 12 years old I was introduced to marijuana. Till this day I can still remember where I was and who I was with the first time I tried it. I liked the way it made me feel so as I grew older I just kept doing it. When I became a teenager I had already been introduced to other drugs. Around 14 or 15 years old I was smoking weed daily and tried cocaine for the first time. It made me feel good but locked me up to where I really wouldn’t talk very much. I didn’t feel like it was really my thing. Like most peoples story goes; where drugs are involved trouble is involved. I was first arrested at age 15 put on house arrest for over a year. Since I couldn’t leave the house to go out and party with my friends I brought the party to my house. I was still smoking weed daily and didn’t have any plans to quit. At 17 I got off of house arrest but was arrested again for fighting. This time I was sent to McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center. I stayed there for about 30 days then I was sent to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to a boot camp program until I turned 18. I was released on my 18th birthday and when I got home all of my friends were doing the same thing so I was back at it. I continued to get high daily, went to jail a few times for some overnighters on possession charges. I paid my fines and kept doing what I wanted to do. At 21 I went to jail for my first felony charge and was sent to prison. When I got out I went back to Mayfield and continued to let my life spiral down hill. At 24 I was blessed with my son Eli. I wanted to change and act right for my son but I didn’t. I straightened up a little but I was still getting high. When he was a year old my mother passed away from cancer. I felt completely lost and fell deeper and deeper into my addiction. I was eating handfuls of pills to try to numb the pain. In 2011 I was put in drug court. Everyone I knew told me I would never make it through but that just made me want to prove everyone wrong. In 2013 I graduated drug court and somewhat had my life on track for the first time in a very long time. I did well for a while; I was focused on my family and myself, I had a good job doing what I loved to do, making decent money, and raising my family the right way. As time went on I slowly found myself slipping back into my old ways. My father had a stroke and the next month we found out my grandmother had a cancerous tumor in her stomach. I went back to eating pills and smoking weed daily to numb the pain I was feeling. In 2015, I found myself back in trouble and looking at the possibility of being away from my family for a long time. As I was sitting in a jail cell in Calloway County Jail just disgusted with myself I felt in my heart that I truly wanted to change my ways and my life so I filled out an application to Paducah Lifeline Ministries. A couple of weeks went by and a gentleman from there came to visit me at the jail. He talked for a while and he told me that he thought that they might be able to help me with my addiction. As we were talking he asked me if I knew Jesus Christ. I told him not really but I went to church a couple of time as a child. I felt in my heart that I needed to know him. On September 29, 2015 I was accepted into Lifeline. I really didn’t know what to expect when I got there and wasn’t sure why everyone was being so nice. I could tell that they were genuinely happy and wanted some of what they had. They let me settle in a bit and then started telling me about Jesus, how He had worked in their lives, that He loves me, and wants to help me. After a couple of weeks I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I had a lump in my throat, was crying, and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me but I knew that God was calling me. I started reading my Bible wanting to learn who Jesus was and who He is. While I was at Lifeline I learned more about Jesus in just a few short months than I have learned in my entire life. Since I’ve come to know Him my life has done a complete turn around. My family is closer than it has ever been before, we go to church together every Sunday, and I know that God has my back on everything. He let me do me for all those years to finally bring me to Him. I give God all the glory for everything in my life today. Without Him I would have nothing. I am sincerely forever grateful to everyone at Paducah Lifeline Ministries for everything they have done for my family and me. Today I can say that I am a child of God thanks to Lifeline.
We are so proud to have Richard Abraham working with the guys at Paducah LIFELINE twice a week teaching them about Godly exercise through his Break a Sweat Program. This program involves techniques they can do on their own, when the program is finished, and Life Coach counseling is woven throughout the sessions. Here is what some of our guys said about Richard and the class.
“Mr. Abraham has taught me the importance in physical health, but more so he taught me anything worth having is worth working for. I love how Mr. Abraham has taught me to exercise as if I’m exercising for Christ. Col. 3:23 says, whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Mr. Abraham has made this class fun, while still hard. He takes moments to teach and encourage us. The love he has for us is very evident. I thank the Lord for the ministry you have built thru Mr. Abraham and pray that you continue your work with him. -Dave
I started attending Godly Exercise with Richard Abraham and really enjoy it. It’s added cardio to my weight training regimen. It’s a good challenge and I can actually see a difference since the day I started Godly Exercise. Coach Abe is very encouraging and I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to get into better shape. -Jason
I like Godly Exercise a lot. I love to do the workouts because we do a lot of cardio exercise and strength training. I like Mr. Abraham, he’s pretty cool. I like the stuff he talks about and he teaches us stuff out of the Bible. -Austin
My opinion of Godly Exercise is that anything and everything that you hear or is taught to you is something that will and can help you in your recovery. If you push yourself for excellence you will be better, feel better, and look better which makes you feel good about yourself. Mr. Abraham knows his stuff. -Kenny