As 2008 rolled into 2009, Denise Langille was finally able to celebrate a new year that looked bright. She was free from depression and twenty years of addiction that almost ended her life. In the midst of her pain, God showed up and everything changed. Now a successful real estate agent, Denise is a living testament to the grace of God and His relentless pursuit of us, no matter how far we run. Matt Taylor sat down with Denise for a heartwarming interview.
Matt: “How did addiction take over your life?”
Denise: “I had been a ‘functioning alcoholic’ for several years, but when my brother died from an overdose in 1996, it was more than I could handle. I didn’t know how to cope, so I resorted to numbing myself with alcohol.For the next twelve years, I drank myself to sleep almost every night.”
Matt: “What was your lowest point?”
Denise: “After more than a decade, alcohol was no longer enough, so when a friend introduced me to cocaine, I was hooked. I was mostly a weekend drug user, until I discovered crack cocaine a few years later. That’s when my life really began to slip away.
“Crack became an escape. My children went to live with family as I went to live in hotel rooms and crack houses. I would go days without eating or sleeping, smoking one hit after another, as the life I tried so hard to avoid was taking control of me. My car was repossessed, the bank put locks on my house and I lost everything. All I had left was a bag of clothes.
“I started to believe that it was my destiny to die in my addiction. I thought God had no use for me and that I was better off dead, so I swallowed a bunch of pills. It was by His grace that I didn’t die that night.
Matt: “How did God break through to you?”
Denise: “In the midst of my brokenness, I cried out to Him in the only way I knew how; by singing old worship songs I learned as a child. I didn’t know how to pray, but to my amazement, God answered and started to reveal Himself in the most incredible way.
“I began to have strange encounters with people – like my drug dealer opening a Bible and reading a scripture that really spoke to me, and a voice that seemed to play inside my head. God began to tell me howmuch He loved and accepted me. He wanted me to know that He had a plan for my life and that it was worth living for. He chased me down, healed me and set me free!”
Matt: “What would you say to someone struggling with addiction?”
Denise: “There is hope! God loves you and has an amazing plan for your life. What the enemy means for evil, He can turn around and use for good. He did it for me and He wants to do it for you.
“While real estate is my profession, my passion is to help those who, like I did, feel hopeless and broken. I share my story to give them hope, and to show them that they are loved, accepted and precious. I want to pour out the love on others that God has poured out on me.”
God has continued to pour out His love on Denise in every area of her life. Today Denise donates regularly to causes that bless other people, such as W.I.N.G.S. MATERNITY HOME, a place for pregnant, homeless young women in Ajax, Ontario.