ALTO, TX (KTRE) - The end of a precious life, would be the beginning of a downward spiral for Jason Skelton.
"My sister died. When she passed away, my whole life changed," Skelton said.
Dispirited from the loss of his best friend - Drowning in the depths of depression, Jason would enter a world of darkness.
"I started making a lot of decisions independent from my mother. That lead me to using methamphetamine," Skelton said.
It was the year 1997 in rural East Texas. Jason's first encounter with the drug that was infiltrating East Texas communities would alter his mind and life for the next ten years.
"A friend of mine had told me there was going to be a get together. When I got there, I had no idea what I had walked into," Skelton said. "It wasn't suggested that I use. I was made to use that night."
"A lot of people misunderstand meth as a drug. It's a lifestyle," Skelton said.
It was filled with disillusionment, isolation, and nights upon nights of black pupils covering his crystal blue eyes.
"I guess so much was in my system for so long, it wouldn't let me go. It wouldn't let me sleep. It wouldn't let me rest," Skelton said.
Jason reached a breaking point when he found himself on the 4th floor of Memorial Hospital.
"I wasn't right with God, and I didn't want to die," Skelton said. "I felt like I was in this tunnel, and I wanted to be more conscience but I couldn't."
He found the light out of that tunnel in the Bible.
"I really kind of got lost in that book. There was hope in it," Skelton said.
He sat with his Bible and immersed himself in the word until he says he heard the demon fall.
"The only way you can do that is by the blood. The only way you can do it is by the spirit of God. It's a spiritual thing," Skelton said.
Today, he attributes his success in sobriety to the higher power.
"All power and authority has been given to Jesus Christ," Skelton said. "I'm here today sober and in my right mind because of that. That fact."
He's on a steady climb, taking a leap of faith after the fire.
"Everything has been burned and destroyed. You're standing there. The fire has been put out and you're looking around, and it's just ash," Skelton said.
He knows that rebuilding himself will take time. Jason wants society to know that he owes his new found peace to God –the sole source of his survival.
"There a lot of people are fighting tooth and nail to live, to breathe. I'm one of them," Skelton said.