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December 2015 Archives

randi-drug-rehab-graduate-2The holidays were always a very difficult time of the year for me.  A few years ago, I lost my best friend on Thanksgiving Day due to a heroin overdose and almost immediately after he passed, I tried heroin for the first time.  I had plans to marry him and I had no idea how to handle my devastation.


For years prior to that event, I had been struggling with self-esteem issues and had met many doctors and therapists who diagnosed me with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphic disorder.  Most of the time they insisted the main cause of these disorders was a chemical imbalance in my brain, though I was never give a scan and no proof was ever provided of a “chemical imbalance”.


I was fed many prescription medications and spent a lot of time in counseling and once I became a heroin addict, I was also doing 12-step almost every day.  None of these things that were supposed to help me ever did.  In fact, I progressively felt worse about myself and about my life.


Initially I felt as though drugs helped me feel and handle life better, but eventually I grew to realize it was only making everything so much worse.  I decided the only solution was to put an end to it all.  Exactly one year, one month, one week ago I woke up to the day I was going to commit suicide.  I had everything planned out and set up and I had no doubt in my mind it was the only way to put myself out of my misery.  The moment it would have been the final one, my mom popped into my head.  I saw my best friend’s mom bury her 21-year old son and as badly as I wanted to follow through with it I couldn’t make my mother go through what my best friend’s mom did and bury her baby girl.  I stopped myself, broke down to my mom and begged for help-REAL help.  She found Narconon.


I got through my withdrawal drug free and to my surprise, quite quickly and painlessly.  I moved on from there to sauna detox, a program set up to rid my body of all drugs and other toxic impurities.  This process not only did that but it also gave me my energy and vitality back again.  With the toxins removed and no longer affecting my mind, I found I had a tremendous emotional boost and mental clarity.  I spent the rest of my program obtaining new skills and gaining new abilities to handle life.  This gave me self-control, integrity, purpose, an ethical code, confidence and a completely new outlook on myself and my life.  I arrived at Narconon in pieces engulfed in despair and I left whole and at peace.


Today I am celebrating the holidays sober and sincerely happy.  I wake up every morning with drive; I spend every day being productive and I go to sleep every night with fulfillment.  Had it not been for Narconon, I would be dead and my loved ones would be attempting to get through the holidays without me right now.  My life is based on my decisions — it always has been and it always will be.  I chose death when I used drugs.  I chose survival when I went to Narconon.  I am so proud to say that I am a Narconon Graduate and I am a survivor.

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Dear Veterans,

Veterans make up a large portion of the population of individuals who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction in the US. Drugs, both pain relievers and psychotropic medications, are the go-to solution for a military that needs its soldiers back on the line sooner rather than later. Drugs seem to be the only solution to dealing with the anxiety, insomnia and nightmares a person experiences during and after returning from deployment.

At Narconon we are committed to saving lives and ending the scourge of addiction. Through our proven rehabilitation technology, the Narconon program will help you regain control of your life and deal with your past traumas. Our sauna detoxification program will not only get the harmful drugs out of your system but also remove the toxic chemicals you may have been exposed to during your tour. The life skills section of our program will help you once again become mentally and emotionally stable while giving you valuable life skills and one-on-one counseling.

As a veteran, you have committed your lives to protecting your fellow Americans, our country and our freedom and we thank and salute you. Because of your sacrifice we are offering a 40% discount for Veterans on all program services in appreciation for your service.

Here’s an amazing success story from a Veteran:

“The cognitive part of the program taught me the way out is the way through. Happiness is not given, it is earned – by confronting your demons and doing right by yourself and your loved ones. I have not only become mentally tougher, but have become spiritually stronger through putting in the work and allowing the cognitive part of the program to do its job.

I feel that I have been set free from a cluttered mind and negative thoughts. I am able to take control of my emotions and have made present time my best friend.  I know I will have rough days ahead, but I finally feel equipped to handle the adversity and push through to a solution. I have learned that my life is my responsibility, and when things don’t go my way I must take charge and handle it with a clear mind.

This program has tied in everything for me. As I did each step on the program, I felt every previous step coming into place. Being in present time, with solid communication, the confidence that I can have anything, control over my mind, body and spirit, and the ability to follow directions, I now feel like a well-oiled machine, who has been repaired from being dysfunctional, to being in pristine working condition.

The program gave me my confidence back, I feel like my brains been rewired. I see and feel the change in myself. I finally feel like I am ready to live a prosperous life. I am prepared to honor myself and my loved ones. I am fully capable of contributing a positive influence on all dynamics in my life and I am ready to show to the world the reinvented me.

I thought I could never change, but this program proved me wrong. I am ready to enjoy my life now.”


For more information call Jason at 727-304-4176 or email at

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On November 15th, Narconon Suncoast Drug Educators joined parents, grandparents and community members to share their work, hobbies and life experiences with students in Pinellas County.  Narconon joined the Great American Teach-In, a national program which brings thousands of volunteers to local schools to share their interests and expertise.

For Narconon staff members, the topic was drug awareness and prevention for over 350 county middle schoolers.  The interactive Narconon curriculum covered topics from alcohol and prescription drug abuse to the latest update on synthetic drugs, which are more easily accessible than ever to children in Pinellas County.   “Kids are curious about every drug and get so much inaccurate information from friends and the internet,” said one 7th grade teacher.  “It was good to have experienced speakers who understand addiction and know the truth, not the glamorous images that movies and music like to portray.”

Mike Hoy of Narconon Suncoast has participated in the Teach-In for 5 years and said that his respect for teachers and administrators increases each year. “Hat’s off to our teachers.  Most of the kids are really great, but from their questions, we often see which kids have already started experimenting with alcohol and pot and how it’s affecting their thinking.  Getting them the true facts on drugs will really help them make better decisions and stay away from the gateway drugs.”

drug-abuse-message-nov2015Another Narconon speaker, Michael Buckley reminded kids they had the power to choose to stay away from drugs and alcohol and live sober lives. Buckley delivered a powerful message about the harmful effects of marijuana and synthetic drugs.   “Nationally we have seen the perception of marijuana use risks decrease as kids hear positive things about the medical and legalization issues.   The media isn’t reminding kids of the dangers, so parents and prevention groups need to constantly reinforce the harmful realities of drug use.”

As a community service, Narconon Suncoast provides workshops for parents, drug-free workplace seminars and prevention booklets on drug and alcohol abuse.  For more information on helping a loved one suffering from addiction or to set up drug prevention presentations call (877) 841-5509.
Narconon Suncoast is now located on seven and a half tropical acres in sunny Clearwater, Florida.  The newly opened state-of- the- art residential center is fully licensed as a residential treatment center by the Florida Department of Children and Families and accepts those who are ready to leave their lives of addiction behind and build drug-free lives.  For admissions information call (877) 841-5509.  All calls are confidential.

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Narconon staff and volunteers gathered at the 27th Annual Say No to Drugs Race in Clearwater, Florida this morning to support the drug-free movement and spread the truth about drugs.

With temperatures hovering around the 50 degree mark, runners set out for their 5 and 10k runs followed by a delicious pancake breakfast and awards ceremony.  Over 300 participants stopped by to sign the Narconon “Say Yes to Life” pledge board. Parents were delighted by the “Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs” brochure and drug-free proclamation.

“It’s great to see that Narconon Suncoast has opened a beautiful residential rehab in the Clearwater area and is participating in the community at today’s race” said Lois Hagen, a local mom. “There are so many families who have someone in need of rehab services and as a parent of two teens, I can say we need as much prevention work as we can get here and throughout Florida.”

yvonne-with-runnerAs a community service, Narconon Suncoast provides drug education and prevention booklets on drug and alcohol abuse. We salute the 2500+ participants who came out for the Annual Say No to Drugs Race in support of sober, healthy lives and community prevention programs.

Narconon Suncoast is now located on seven and a half tropical acres in sunny Clearwater, Florida.  The newly opened state-of-the-art facility is fully licensed as a residential treatment center by the Florida Department of Children and Families and accepts those who are ready to leave their lives of addiction behind and build drug-free lives.  If you know someone who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or for admissions information call (877) 841-5509.  All calls are confidential.

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Before doing the Narconon program, my life was in shambles. For a solid nine years of my life, I was destroying myself with drugs. During that time there was very little communication with my family. They knew who and what I had become but I didn’t want them to see it.

Arriving to so the Narconon program I saw how much the staff cared about helping the students. Then going through the New Life Detox, I can honestly say I have never felt so good in my life. I had an energy, a drive, and an attitude to do well. Physically and mentally, I had never felt better before.

After going through the Narconon Life Skills courses, I had a new outlook on life. I didn’t live with guilt anymore and I learned tools on how to live my life as a healthy, drug-free person.

I feel I now have a purpose in life and this motivates me every day to do the best I can at whatever I choose. The Narconon program saved my life.

I am forever grateful.


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drinking alcohol during the holidays

Holiday parties leave ample opportunity and excuse for addicts to use more than they normally would. The result is often an unexpected binge-related drug overdose of fatal accident.

With this in mind, Cathy Steiner, Executive Director of the newly opened Narconon Suncoast Rehabilitation center in Clearwater, Florida urges families to act on the first signs of drug addiction. Steiner warns “If you have an addict in your family, get them into treatment now.  Families know there will be no peace or joy until the addict can learn to break free from their addiction and start a new life.  At Narconon, we work harder than ever around the holidays, because we know how stressful it is to have an addict at home during this season.  We do everything we can to help families find placement now, instead of waiting for the next DUI or accident to happen.” The holidays have a way of bringing out the worst parts of addiction, creating strife and unrest at a time when all everyone really want is to get along and celebrate life.  Steiner says “with an addict in your home, the family can never know what to expect from one day to the next. And the holidays seem to create a greater emotional rollercoaster for those addicted and their loved ones.”

narconon-during-holidaysThe Holidays are the time of year when well-hidden addictions first surface in the form of binge drinking and open drug use. Often families don’t know where to turn and choose to avoid confronting the addict during the Holidays and want to wait to help them find treatment until after the holidays. Statistically, waiting out the holidays is one the most dangerous things a loved one can do for an addict. With the highest reported OD’s, traffic fatalities and suicides in December, it is vital that families find effective drug and alcohol treatment immediately.

Narconon has been helping alcohol and drug addicted people since 1966. For over 40 years, Narconon centers have monitored their treatment results all over the world.   A recent analysis of Narconon’s key components led to the revision of the program to where it is now the most effective client-centered Narconon program ever delivered. This new method takes an addict through a precise sequence of rehabilitation procedures which helps eliminate physical drug cravings, corrects addictive behavior patterns, rebuilds relationships and puts them back in full control of their life. A person graduates the Narconon Suncoast program with a clear direction on how to maintain a sober and productive life style

Narconon Suncoast is now located on seven and a half tropical acres in sunny Clearwater, Florida.  The newly opened state-of- the- art facility is fully licensed as a residential treatment center by the Florida Department of Children and Families and accepts those who are ready to leave their lives of addiction behind and build drug-free lives.  If you know someone who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or for admissions information call (877) 841-5509.  All calls are confidential

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mother son success story drug rehab
Seven years ago, I learned that my only son was addicted to drugs. This would change my life forever and his.
Upon learning of this tragedy, my devastation led me to force him into rehab after rehab which devastated his spirit and mine. It seemed as though he just went through the motions and after completing each program, he went back to the same habits he was so desperate to overcome. Finally, three and a half years ago, I detached from him. It truly was the most horrible thing I had ever had to do in my life but all the professionals helped me to do it to save his life. After a year, John had hit rock bottom. No money, no family, no love, nothing.
One day, my phone rang and it was my son. He asked me for help and wasn’t forced into getting help. He said, “Mom, I can’t go to a meeting every day and say that I am an addict and feel horrible about myself for the rest of my life.” It was at this point that we decided to find “non-traditional” rehabilitation. We found Narconon and thank God we did!
My son has learned he has the power within himself. He is the center of his own universe. This is what Narconon has empowered my son to feel; hope, control and peace. I am convinced that this program and its philosophies truly saved my son’s life. Without it, I am afraid of what would have happened to Johnny. This program has also helped me to look at addiction differently and helped me to accept my son, his philosophies and his sobriety in a very positive and loving manner.
If you, or a loved one can’t seem to find an answer to your addiction, Narconon will help you find that answer and help you to become the person that you have always been and who you were meant to be. Thank you, Narconon, for saving my son!
— Marcia L.

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When I arrived at Narconon I was beat up, broken and wasn’t completely sure I was ever going to be able to live my life drug-free and happy. Narconon gave me the chance to do so.
My addiction all started in 2008 when my grandfather died. I used that as an excuse to start getting into drugs. I couldn’t handle the reality, I would say. I would also think to myself how unhappy I was with the way I was or the way I felt. Narconon changed all that for me. I had been to several in-patient treatment centers before Narconon, but I never had any intention of doing better because I never thought I could.
For 5 years of my life I had been using cocaine, LSD, alcohol, OxyContin, marijuana and heroin on a daily basis to extreme excess. I had almost died two times from “falling out”. I had quit jobs and ran from confrontation.  I had used anger and emotion to make those around me wrong and lie to them. I had destroyed relationships with everyone, including my family and all of my friends. I broke the law and had a death wish. Before I came to Narconon, I remember my Dad saying to me, “Junior, it is not a matter of how much we love you… It is a matter of how much we like you.” Those words stuck with me and I used that as another excuse to go out and get loaded.
Narconon showed me how to confront my life and be responsible for myself and others. It helped me rebuild trust and love between myself and my family. When I arrived, I had so much worry and was concerned I wouldn’t like it or I would just want to leave. Those concerns went away so quickly. I was greeted with kindness and generosity, the likes of which I had never seen from people I had never met. I went through the Withdrawal Step and it was rough for me. It was July in Florida and VERY hot, but I made it through.
I moved on through the program with relative ease because the material made so much sense to me. It put a name to and helped me fix and re-create the areas of my life I wanted so badly to be whole and working. My favorite course was the Narconon Personal Values Course. I learned so much about myself and how the different areas of my life intertwine with each other to create a balance and that if one of those areas goes out of whack, the rest are soon to follow. Recognizing this, I had gained a level of responsibility for myself I had never had before. I was able to look at my wrongdoings and really make an effort to make those wrongs right. There was no other program I had done or had been involved with which gave me that chance.
Narconon is one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life.  Completing the Narconon Program is an accomplishment that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
I am one of the luckiest people in the entire world, to be able to have this chance and move forward without having to move any steps back!
Thank you, Narconon, for saving me!
-John R. L.

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J.G. Narconon drug rehab graduate
Before I went to Narconon, I had lost everything to my addiction. I became addicted to cocaine and opiates when I was 20 years old even though I had a great childhood and wonderful parents. I did well through high school and graduated near the top of my class.
Then I went to college and began experimenting with drugs. I remember the first time I tried cocaine. I had a formal event for my fraternity and my date brought along a small bag of coke. She sat at the table in the hotel room before the event and set out a line for herself. She asked me if I wanted one. I said sure and snorted the line. At that very moment, I opened Pandora’s Box.
I immediately knew I was addicted. All of my self-esteem issues disappeared.  I finally felt good. I was talkative and social and wondered where this drug had been all my life. I had found the answer to all my problems.
The next day I went out and bought an 8-ball and finished it within hours. I found myself completely hooked. From that point, on my life spiraled completely out of control. I finished college and went back home to Massachusetts to run away from the debts I owed, the relationships I had ruined and the wreckage I caused. I stayed clean for maybe 3 weeks until I started using again. Someone I used with taught me what Oxy’s and heroin were and how to smoke coke, so I became a crackhead and an IV heroin addict. Three months later I had committed countless crimes, including being caught for credit card fraud and I wound up in the first of many rehabs.
I bounced from rehab to rehab only to relapse within hours of being discharged. I went to four 12-step treatment centers. I found myself in a crack-hotel being held hostage by a bunch of dealers. I found a phone and called my parents who had just returned from a vacation. Nice welcome home. I told them I wanted help.  To this day I don’t know how I escaped from this situation but miraculously, I did. My parents bought me a one-way plane ticket and told me they had found a non-12 step treatment center and if I didn’t make it work, never call them again.
I arrived at Narconon in the dirty clothes I was wearing, lips burned from crack pipes and track marks everywhere and my life changed forever.  I was beaten down and ready for change. I got through the drug-free withdrawal with ease. It was the easiest withdrawal I had ever had and there was always someone there to help me with the physical and emotional discomfort. When I say the sauna detoxification changed me forever, I mean it. Within 2 weeks in the sauna, all of my cravings for drugs went away. I wasn’t thinking about them, dreaming about them or talking about them. I NEVER thought that was possible. I had been a craving-driven addict. The only reason I kept using was because my cravings were so bad. And just like that, they were gone. I had both my mind and my power of choice back.  The me I had lost many years before, I found again.
After the life skills courses and counseling, I had a confidence I never had before. I felt good about myself for the first time in my life. I felt like I could accomplish anything and was on top of the world.
Narconon gave me my life back. Most people thought I would die before I got sober. And here I am. Years later with a life beyond my wildest dreams.
I have Narconon to thank for that.

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