The events of 1972's Watergate scandal left a dark stain on American politics...putting it mildly. The truth is, that incident ruined political careers, sent men with unblemished records to prison, pressured Richard Nixon into retirement. Believe it or not, something wonderful came out of that dastardly affair.
Chuck Colson was one of those men that ended up in prison. He passed from this life in 2012, but not before the second part of his life shook the gates of darkness good, really good. He became a follower of Christ feeling the weight of the scandal, his spirit broken, wanting answers, or wanting to die.
That conversion was followed by his starting prison ministries and angel tree which is a program for the children of prisoners. He authored many books, held a daily radio commentary, began the Colson Center...to name a few of his accomplishments after coming to faith in Jesus. (There is more to say, but I'm trying to shorten posts for readability.)
What Satan meant for evil for Colson, God meant for good. Who knows the mind of God? Like Paul wrote in Romans 11:33; God's ways are past finding out! And Isaiah 55:8-9, God declares His ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts higher than our thoughts. Mortal minds could never conceive of a plan like this. Thousands upon thousands of lives have been changed by....Watergate?
It really is not that scandal transforming lives, but rather the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of one willing to give their gift, risking embarrassment and scorn, falling on the grace of God in total surrender.
How does this relate to recovery from addictions to drink and drugs, or anything else?
You can allow your past to entrap you for the rest of your life if you feel God couldn't or wouldn't possibly use your story to bring hope to others. Chuck's story is a lesson of hope for you. God may have used Chuck's prominence, but throughout church history, God has taken ordinary people and done extraordinary things. Be recklessly willing to give your brokenness for God's glory and perhaps someone may be writing about you.