Camp UNITE Speaker: I started drinking at 12 years old and started doing drugs at 14

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Camp UNITE 2018 came to a close Friday and ended on an inspirational note from speaker Amy Compston.

Compston began drinking alcohol at the age of 12 and struggled with drugs beginning at just 14 years old.

Compston says after two overdoses and one car accident landing her in the ICU, she began to think 14 years of addiction was long enough.

"It got to a point in my life when I didn't know who I was," Compston said. "My children didn't know who I was. I would take them to church on Sunday and Sunday afternoon come home and do drugs."

She told campers the doctors began to think there was a reason for her mistakes other than peer pressure.

They questioned if she was suicidal.

Shocked that the psychiatrist would think to ask a question such as that, she said, 'No sir,' but then began to realize she needed a change.

Compston says drugs can wreck a life at any age and says the best path worth traveling is always the last to be taken.

"I knew I needed a savior," she said. "I had tried everything else and nothing saved me from this life of addiction. "

Camper and team leader, Zachary Madden, says her story gave him a humble spirit and showed him just how God can work in a person's life.

"God is sovereign and He loves each and every one of us," Madden said. "I am for sure that God is at work here at Camp UNITE and with all these campers and counselors."

Instead of running from God, Compston says she is now running marathons to serve Christ.

Only now she sees that telling her story along the way is the biggest part of her ministry, "Amy for Africa."

She says this ministry raised nearly $43,000 for two schools in Uganda and has allowed her to reach out to many children's hearts in the states.

If there is one piece of advice Compston wishes each child would take from her journey, it is this:

"There is more to life than addiction and pain. There's more to life than that."

You can find more information on Amy's ministry here.

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