Strike out addiction at Pins 4 Hope Bowl-a-thon

SPOKANE, Wash. —Men and women who struggle with addiction and substance abuse can find hope of recovery at the 11 campuses of the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge.

Spokane’s is a men’s campus with students trying to overcome their own battles.

Jacob McMath was at his lowest point when he decided to turn his life around with the Adult and Teen Challenge.

He says he found a brotherhood there that would end up molding him into who he is today… a successful graduate.

“I was a good worker, I was raised in a good family, but just like anybody else, addiction found me and it was through prescription medication.”

Some time later, Jakob McMath found an application that would save him from his situation.

“I ended up being incarcerated and spent some time over in Idaho and I found an application by the grace of our Lord to Adult and Teen challenge.”

The Spokane campus of the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teen Challenge helps young men just like McMath.

“Right now we have 32 men in our program. Guys from different walks of life, different age groups, different ethnicities, different drugs of choice, but one thing in common. And that’s, ‘What I was doing before, wasn’t working and I need help.'”

They’re armed with tools of recovery by learning biblical principles and participating in community outreach.

For Jakob, it was important to him to be in a faith-based setting.

“The program was really good because I didn’t feel like I was alone. I guess the biggest thing– I’m a part of a brotherhood now and that’s huge for me.”

Since graduating from the 12-month program, he’s turned his life around. He has a steady job and something far more important than money.

“My main focus besides my faith is — I have a seven-year-old daughter — I just received full custody of her and that’s an amazing thing so I push forward in that.”

And his isn’t the only story out there.

“I’m just like a little tiny part of this big scheme of everything that’s going on, and it’s cool to be a part of something.”

This year’s Pins 4 Hope Bowl-a-thon is meant to raise funds to help those just like Jakob.

It’s Sunday, Feb. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lilac Lanes. Sign up to play 2 games as a team, individual or sponsor.

You can register for $25 here on the event website.