A Graduate's Story
Now and then we like to share with you a story from someone who has graduated the Narconon® rehabilitation program. It is always amazing and heartwarming to hear how a life was turned around.
"I am writing this success story to share my experience, and to demonstrate that the nightmarish plight of an addict is not hopeless and that recovery can be a reality.
I started drinking alcohol at the age of 13. I found that if I drank and smoked pot, I was automatically accepted into a "group". Needless to say, this was not the type of group my parents, or anyone's parents would be happy to see their son or daughter running with. For me, being part of a group, and the feeling of acceptance was more important than anything else, including all of the moral upbringing and discipline that my parents strived to instill in me. I now know that I chose a solution to a problem, which was the beginning of an addiction I would be fighting for a long time.
Smoking marijuana went hand in hand with drinking at high school parties, and that's all that I wanted to do, to this day I am amazed that I actually received a diploma. After high school I worked with an electrical contractor, I was fortunate enough to learn a trade, which provided a respectable living, eventually I got married and thought I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing. The whole time I was feeding my addiction, and I went from drinking beers and getting drunk with my fellow trades men every weekend, to consuming a couple pints of vodka every night in my basement in an effort to escape reality, and the pain, which was consuming me. Still I trudged on, and even realized a dream I had of working on Movie sets in the Art Department. This is where I was introduced to Cocaine. I found a drug, which counteracted the effects of the massive amounts of alcohol I was consuming. I was able to craft a meticulous facade that I presented to my family, friends and associates, I was living the definition of a double life, deep down I was truly miserable and knew this house of cards I was hiding in would not stand for long.
At the age of 25 I was at a bar (as usual) and I met a couple who invited me to do some "coke" at their place, of course I accepted. Once I was there I found out that the form of coke they were referring to was actually crack cocaine. This was the beginning of the end for me. Addiction to Crack was so fast and powerful, I never had a chance. It did not take long before I was spending my mortgage payments on crack, all the while drinking more than ever. It did not take long before my wife could take no more and left me. We had to sell the house before the bank foreclosed which was imminent; we sold the house at a loss.
I found myself, at 32 years old, contemplating suicide. I was alone, unemployed and no one wanted to have anything to do with me, except my parents and my sister. Together they researched rehabs and found Narconon on the Internet. I came to Narconon a shell of a man, all I had was a desire to get better.
Slowly, little by little I was reconstructed top to bottom inside and out. The Narconon program gave me the tools and the information I needed to make a permanent change for the better. I'll never forget the day I completed the Sauna portion of the program, I felt like a little kid, the energy I had and the clarity of thought was incredible. The rest of the program was exactly what I needed to change my perspective on who I was and my place in society. Before this program I honestly did not know who I was sober, that man never developed.
I am now a staff member here at Narconon Arrowhead, happier and healthier than I have been since before I ever drank that first beer. Today I stand with a truly amazing group of people who have chosen to dedicate themselves to fighting on the frontline against the powerfully destructive consequences of drug and alcohol addiction. Today I am proud to contribute what I can and help create drug-free lives and send Mothers, Fathers, Sons, Daughters, Husbands and Wives back to their homes and communities where they can live happy, healthy, productive lives free from drugs permanently."
~~ RV, Narconon Arrowhead