Brian McCready’s life was on a downward spiral until he experienced God’s love.
I grew up in Bexley North in Sydney. I had a good family, but Mum drank and Dad gambled and drank. I went to a couple of schools, but felt I didn’t fit in anywhere. The first school was a Catholic one and Dad took me out of there as the teachers picked on me as I used to stutter badly. Then I went to Bexley North Public School and after that was at Hurstville Special School.
I was an alcoholic even before I picked up the drink. I started drinking at the age of 14—wow, that took away all my fears, and I could talk better! Little did I know where this was going to lead; I just drank every chance I got because it made me feel good.
At 16, I went into a boys’ home which was a bad and hard place. I got out after two years and had a couple of jobs, but drinking became the most important thing in my life. It led me to jail three times.
I married my first wife when I was 19 and we were married for six months. But while I was in Long Bay Correctional Centre she went off with someone else. A few years later I got married again and this time we had three children, but every chance I got I drank.
Looking back on it now, drinking came before my children. Welfare came and took my children one by one, as I didn’t know that my wife was well known to Department of Child Safety.
I went down on my knees, I said,
“Please God, don’t ever let me go down this road again.”
We separated, our children went into a foster care family which I’m very grateful for and we got to see them every three months.
That’s when my drinking really took off. Even though I had started drinking at 14 and went to my first AA meeting at 19, I didn’t think I was an alcoholic. Then I was in and out of rehab for a number of years. Drinking took me to hell. I was drinking wine, metho, living in parks, didn’t shower much. I was just a bum.
I went into The Salvation Army rehab at Morisset called Miracle Haven. After doing that program I was sober for two years and I met my current wife, who I am lucky to still have in my life. After six months of marriage my behaviour was crazy because I didn’t know how to let go of things which built up inside me.
I took up drinking again; it lasted on and off for six months or more. In the meantime I was still going to chapel.
Then the big day happened—my wife was going to leave me which I thought wasn’t a bad idea; that way I could go back to drinking and living in parks.
I just didn’t know about responsibility. I couldn’t handle it. I didn’t know how to be a husband and I was a liar, cheat and everything else.
I went to The Salvation Army in Cessnock. I went down on my knees, I said, Please God, don’t ever let me go down this road again, and please take away
my smoking too.’
Well, I haven’t had a drink in 14 years, and it’s 12 years since I gave up smoking.
I found God, and God is in AA meetings to give help to others. He has given me a brand-new life and another chance. I’m a soldier (member) in The Salvation Army in Cessnock and I love helping people, and I still regularly go to AA meetings.
I was 53 when I found God and I hope whoever reads this can understand that there is hope and a solution.