Tony Ashlin

I was 15 years old when my family moved to Mexico for 4 years. I really learned how to party! By the time we came back I was a fully blown alcoholic. In 1978 I discovered cocaine and in 1981 I was arrested for possession. I was lying to myself, thinking that the amount of fun that I could have was in direct proportion to the amount of alcohol and cocaine I put into my body. It took an additional 7 years of living the big lie and a second arrest for me to realize that the insanity had to stop. 

From the main holding cell in the Long Beach Jail, on the morning of December 23, 1988 I put a 911 call to God and asked Him to take over my life. He did, I was released from jail and the personal prison of addictions at the same time. A couple of months later I found the 12 step program and decided that if I wanted to remain sober that I should attend these meetings on a regular basis for the rest of my life.

Now that I am 11 years drug and alcohol free, I am still dealing with the concept of reality a day at a time. I live a fun adventurous life today which includes hiking, camping, sailing and playing my guitar.

Today I still go to meetings but my main focus is in a ministry that I started called “Dragon Slayers”. It is a Biblically based 12 step ministry for people who are in recovery and wish to learn more about and develop their relationship with God.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. (1John 5:4 NKJV)