Glenn Beck aired a special on alcoholism and addiction Tuesday, bringing in a group of people who struggled with substance abuse and turned their lives around when they got sober.
Greg Noack, an employee of Beck's, said that he will have been sober for 22 years this January. He said something absolutely remarkable happened after he made the commitment to stop drinking.
"Even after becoming sober, I had a lot of anger and resentment towards my father," Noack explained. "He would beat me -- it was not just spankings. He would beat me."
"I got to the point where I realized that I was still blaming my father for a lot of things in my life, and that I needed to finally take responsibility for my life," Noack continued. "But I didn't know how to do that until I had a relationship with God. And I realized that I needed to forgive my father -- not condone his actions, but truly forgive him, or for the rest of my life, things would happen and I could always blame him for it."
Noack said he got on his knees and fully forgave his father, and then forgave himself for "carrying it on so long" and using his father's abuse as an excuse to treat other people poorly.
Shortly thereafter, Noack got in the car to meet his parents for a meal.
"[My father] looked at me, and he said, 'How about a hug?' We had never, ever hugged," Noack recalled. "We'd never talked about this stuff. We had a cordial relationship. And he looked at me with tears in his eyes and he said, 'Greg, I just have to tell you that I'm just so sorry.' And I thought, 'Where is this coming from?'"
Noack said he hadn't told his father he'd forgiven him, and then realized "it was God."
"I said, 'Dad, it's OK, and I can take it from here.' And he knew what I meant," Noack said. "And the last five years of his life we had this really good relationship. We became friends because of that."
Beck said many people think that once they've stopped drinking, they're done. When in fact, he said, it's like you've stopped the elevator car, but you still need to get off at every single floor and deal with all the issues.
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