For Michelle Swafford, this weekend is all about God bringing her full circle.
Swafford, who made an appearance on A&E's intervention during her battle with addiction, will speak at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Colcord Hornet Arena. The event, Swafford said, will be chance for her to tell her story and where she came from and how God brought her to where she is now.
"I came from such a brokenness," Swafford said. "There was no hope for me. I had been set to the fact that my life was never going to be worth anything. When I started to find God and take those steps towards recovery, not just from addiction but recovery from just so much pain and hurt, I began to see that I am not hopeless. I am not just nothing.
"I can be something more. When I started to grow in God and grow into the person I am today, You can't just stand back and not do anything."
Brother Greg Baskin - who works with Church at the Springs in Siloam Springs, Arkansas - had been a pastor in Colcord for four years and continues to have a connection with the area.
Baskin said when he heard about Swafford through the show and found out she lived in Broken Arrow, he wanted to opportunity to help his community as well as help learn how to minister to those dealing with the same obstacles.
"I am an uneducated myself in that arena of ministry," Baskin said. "I watched the show so I could educate myself on drug addiction. Originally, I was going to have her speak at my church, but I got to thinking that this is too good of an opportunity just for my church. I worked with some contacts to see if I could get her into the gym to speak to the whole community and it just all worked out."
Finding Swafford after watching Intervention took some time and research, Baskin said, but eventually he was able to get contact and ask her if she would be interested in speaking to his community.
Baskin then traveled to Broken Arrow with his wife to meet with Swafford and her husband to see if she was legitimate.
"Sometimes in the addict world, you don't know if those people are legitimate or not, Baskin said. "Sometimes they recover and then they relapse. She was totally legit. Her husband is amazing and they are just great people."
Swafford said the opportunity to speak with to the community is also a chance for her to help others realize some of the lessons she learned on her journey.
"I felt there was nothing more for me," Swafford said. "I thought I was already stained, already washed up, already a bad person and there was nothing more for me. When I came out on the other side, I realized it was such a lie.
"It was deception at its finest. I started to think,'How many more people are deceived? How many more people are feeling that exact same way?' You can't just stand back and be quiet about that."
Swafford, who is originally from New Mexico, has participated in small events before, traveling to a few schools and churches and sharing her testimony. This event, though, is something new, according to Swafford.
"In the 11 years that I've absolutely fallen in love with the Lord and have gotten to give my testimony, It never gets easier," Swafford said. "I can't stay quiet if there is just one person that needs to know that they are not forever stuck and they can be something so much better than what those lies are telling them."
The journey to sharing her testimony of how God helped her overcome addiction didn't start during the show, Swafford said.
It took exhausting all other options before she turned to God for answers.
"If there was a way I could have gotten sober without God, without Jesus, I would have found it," Swafford said. "I did not want to be a religious person. I would have found a different way if there was one."
Swafford said the journey truly started when there didn't seem like there was any hope.
After using while at the rehab center, the doctor in charge had told her that they would kick her out for the safety of the others at the rehab center if she didn't stop using.
Swafford said after using again after the doctor have given her the ultimatum, she began to pray.
"I said I don't know if there is anything out there but don't give up on me," Swafford said. "It hit me that night. I prayed out to like a void. I said I don't know who is out there but my life has got to be more than this."
The next day, the same doctor who had gave her the ultimatum told her he would give her another chance.
"He said to me,' I don't even know why but I am going to give you another chance,'" Swafford said. "He told me that he didn't want to hear another word from me and that he wanted everything I did to be action."
After that, Swafford's life began to take a turn for the better. After meeting a couple who owned a sober living house, Swafford was invited to an open group at the house.
The group was a bible study.
"That is really when I started my journey getting closer to God," Swafford said.