A Spiritual Transformation: Breaking Free From Addiction

Christian Growth April 29, 2024

When I joined the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton (UEAB), I was addicted to alcohol, bhang, cigarettes, miraa, and gambling. I enrolled in the university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education science while struggling with the chains of addiction. The first semester proved challenging. I started with a low GPA, mirroring the downward path my life was taking. 

Little did I know that the calm and spiritually enriched environment of the university would become the catalyst for my transformation. It was at this low point in my life that the university’s chaplaincy department played an essential role in reshaping my destiny. The department organized compulsory church services that provided self-reflection and spiritual growth. These services became a constant reminder of the dangers of addiction and the damaging impact it had on my life. The engaging sermons delivered during these sessions emphasized the importance of breaking free from the chains of substance abuse and gambling.

One of the most impactful initiatives was the Week of Spiritual Emphasis (WOSE) held every semester. These dedicated weeks served as an inspiration, guiding me away from the dark path of addiction. The messages during these events resonated deeply, emphasizing an awareness of the dangers I faced. The testimonies shared by individuals who had overcome similar struggles ignited a spark of hope within me.

As I attended these spiritual gatherings, a thoughtful change began to take root within me. The support system provided by the University community, coupled with the transformative power of spiritual guidance, gave me the strength to confront and conquer my addictions.

I made a conscious decision to quit drug use and gambling, aligning my life with a healthier and more purposeful direction. The university’s commitment to fostering a positive environment was evident in the collective efforts of both staff and students to create a community that encouraged personal growth and resilience.

In the midst of this transformative journey, I found comfort in the decision to get baptized. This symbolic act marked a turning point in my life. It signified a commitment to a new path, where I was guided by spiritual principles and a renewed sense of purpose.

With newfound determination, my academic performance improved. I navigated through my undergraduate studies successfully, completing my degree on time. The supportive community at the UEAB not only helped me overcome my addictions but also pushed me toward academic success.

Fast forward to the present, and I am now pursuing my master’s degree in education at the same university. The positive impact of the University’s spiritual programs and nurturing environment continues to shape my journey. It serves as a constant reminder of the transformative power that lies within every individual when surrounded by a supportive community and guided by spiritual principles.


Lameck Mabuka

Master’s in Education in Curruculum and Teaching (2023-date). Bachelor in Education Science in Mathematic and Chemistry (2019-2023). Lameck is from Kenyan.


  • | April 29, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    The painful method God uses to prepare the sinful human being for eternity is an experience that leads to patience.

  • | April 29, 2024 at 9:10 pm

    Bro I watched you go through this transformation and you are indeed a living testimony just like a lady at the well she can tell you that God knows all our ways and nothing is impossible with God 🙏 may God bless you to continue being the reason someone will believe God is good. NEVER FORGET WHERE GOD HAS BROUGHT YOU FROM.

  • | April 29, 2024 at 11:49 pm

    I’m happy for you brother.
    May God give you the strength always

  • | April 30, 2024 at 2:53 am

    Lameck congratulations for the courage you made to do things differently
    Reading your message is so encouraging and motivational. Thanks for sharing your own journey of recovery from addiction. This is a good testimony. We are greatful to God and the people who helped. Keep on spreading this you will inspire many. God bless you.

  • | April 30, 2024 at 5:14 am

    Nothing is impossible with God

  • | April 30, 2024 at 5:31 am

    May God keep fighting your battles…..thanks for UEAB community at large

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