Daniel struggled to break his addiction to heroin. Despite time in rehab and being arrested, he couldn’t seem to get free from the addiction until he called out to Jesus.
Daniel McGee was a smart kid but he was small in stature. It created a need in him to always prove himself.
“I felt like a fragile little person so I started emulating people. At a very early age, I started watching gangster movies, drug dealer movies, and I wanted to emulate that. I wanted to be respected and feared,” he shared.
Daniel’s parents did everything they could to correct Daniel’s behaviors. They would punish him and even take him to Church, but it only got worse.
Daniel discovered the alcohol and the confidence it brought when he was still 13 years old. He then started selling drugs and was kicked out of school. At 17, he left home because he was an alcoholic and a drug dealer. He was then introduced to heroin.
For the next 6 years, Daniel was trapped in a life of addiction and homelessness. He made attempts to get help through rehab but was unsuccessful.
“Do you even know that even though I did not want to be an addict but I continued that cycle out of fear? The fear keeps us locked in place because the alternative is going through anxiety, depression, and severe physical withdrawal. And I went right back to what I know. Heroin numbs your physical pain, your emotional pain, everything. And it was like a refuge for me,” he said.
In 2001, the court made Daniel choose between spending 14 years in prison or entering into a rehab program. He chose the Salvation Army Treatment Center because it was only for nine months and it was free.
Daniel then started studying the bible, attending church and meeting with the pastors. He understood his situation and how he needed a Savior. One Sunday morning, Daniel surrendered his life to Jesus.
“Once my heart was opened, it was like my whole being was opened. I felt lighter. I felt positive,” he recalled. “For once, I felt like I had a future and I had, you know, a chance.”
He continued, “I had to have a control of everything in my life. I had to be in charge of everything, in control of every aspect in my life. The ironic thing is that it wasn’t until I learned that I have to surrender, to surrender my life and my will to God that I was able to get clean and change my life.”
At 25, Daniel completed the program and has been clean ever since.
Living Life With Jesus
He is now a realtor and owner of a jail bond business. Daniel knows that his calling is to help those who are in need. He shared that he only looks up to this one person in life.
“Jesus is the role model. And that’s what I also tell people. He’s my role model. I try, I spend my entire life trying to chase Jesus, trying to be like Him. If I came out of what I came out of, to be where I am at today, anybody can. We win by surrendering to God and let His will take over our lives instead of our own will,” he said.
This article was written by Christa Monina Gomez.