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G.P. drug rehab graduate

This has been the hardest thing I have ever done. When I got to Narconon, I felt that I had no one and I hated the person I saw in the mirror. My family had lost all respect for me and were dealing with me and my B.S. Drugs have torn my family apart and have destroyed my life. I lost my son, friends and family but that wasn’t enough for me to stop.

In withdrawal I was miserable, not physically, I just wanted to make everyone else wrong. I couldn’t confront any part of my life and the last thing I wanted to do was take responsibility for my life.

I tried everything to get out of doing the sauna detox program. After a week, I gave up and just did it. I am so thankful for everyone at Narconon who didn’t let me weasel my way out of it because I finally feel like me again! I am full of energy and have an optimistic view on life now because of it. I then moved on to objectives which was the last thing I wanted to do and made sure everyone knew it. Once I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to manipulate my way out of them, I did what was asked of me and got “wins” which made me feel better.

On the Personal Values life skills course I began to really take responsibility for what I have done and I began to feel better. On the rest of my program I finally figured out why I used drugs and I now have the tools to never have to use them again. This program has not only saved my life but has helped me repair my relationships with my son, friends and family. I finally feel alive again!

To the Narconon staff, thank you for not giving up on me and for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.



G.P. completed the Narconon rehab program

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I was pretty angry the day before I started writing up my past transgressions. At Narconon part of the program involves writing up all the bad things you did to yourself and other people in order to get relief from the guilt and shame. I began confronting a lot of things in my past. I started to feel a lot better once I got honest about the heaviest misdeeds and it finally felt like everything was going to be much better. Confronting the things I did was a new thing for me. I also realized how much my hip injury has affected my mindset in the past and how I blames that for so many different things that were going wrong in my life. I truly got significant relief wand I feel so much better. I am ready to move on with my program and keep having wins and I’m feeling better and better each day.


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Heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania

There were 25 reported heroin overdoses in a two-day period last summer in Washington, PA.  Abuse of heroin in this rural area of the Pennsylvania had finally gotten so bad that the Washington Post took notice and featured this afflicted portion of the “Rust Belt” in Washington County in an article.  The article served to draw attention to how bad heroin abuse can get in one community.  For the rest of the Washington DC readership closer to the Beltway, the ever-escalating numbers of overdoses and deaths were harder to believe, but not for local Pennsylvania families who’ve experienced it firsthand.

One such recovered 23 year-old man, “J.L.” lived and abused drugs in Washington County for 10 years.  “This article really hit home for me.  There is such a high volume of heroin available in the greater Pittsburgh area now, that it is way too easy for anyone to get it.  In my hometown of Washington, PA, it’s not like you need to go to an open air market, particular club, gas station or certain person.  Every second person at the mall or grocery can point you to your next fix in our county. The only thing that can halt this tidal wave are more drug awareness programs.”

J.L. started like most opiate addicts do, using alcohol and a “little weed.”   As to how to help parents better understand what to look for and how to help kids avoid the trap of drug addiction?  This recovered addict replied.  Because of Washington, PA’s geographic location on the major interstates, there were plenty of people and parties to get anything I needed all through high school.  Looking back I think I hid my drug abuse pretty well, but I left a string of tell-tale signs, that my parents didn’t see  and just didn’t understand.

When it comes to helping kids stay drug-free, here are six guidelines families need to adopt.

  1. Ask lots of questions and stop being reasonable or too trusting of your kids.  Everyone wants to believe their child isn’t going to do stupid things and get addicted, but when you see things that don’t match up, ask about them and then ask again.  For instance, what about a teenager who is working a 40-hour week, but never seems to have enough money?  Or a 17 year-old who wants to suddenly stay out all night with “good” friends? All are indicators of changes that are most often associated with destructive behaviors.
  2. Know who they are hanging out with and don’t assume they are safe friends just because you know them.  Check in with the other parents.  Find out how they feel about underage drinking and social drinking practices.
  3. If you are suspicious about any activity, follow up on your hunches and find out the truth.  Confronting the situation in a non-confrontational way is key. You have to make it safe for your child to be honest with you.  Addicts and users lie. Once they’ve started that web of lies and you ask any question about their habits or whereabouts, you can expect an explosive reaction.  Those angry and snarling reactions usually indicate that they’ve already done something they don’t want you to know about. Now is the time to find out what it was. Waiting and letting these lies and misdeeds add up only create more distance in the relationship and further seal off the truth and willingness to let anyone help.
  4. Be willing to set rules on drugs and alcohol use and enforce them.  Parents hate to be unpopular, but setting the rules and enforcing them is part of being a parent.  While showing up unannounced in their teenage life, asking tough questions and even drug testing are not popular, they are often needed gradients in this day and age, if you want your children to stay off drugs.
  5. Be there for them.  They need to know you love them and will help them.  That means “having their back”, but having it to help them, not to continue destructive behaviors. Addicts isolate themselves from everyone except other users or people who let them use.  Your child needs to know that they can come to you, no matter what they’ve done or might do, and that you love them and will help them.  You will not enable their continued slide down the scale of actions that might endanger them, but you will help them.  The most confusing parenting advice out there is for parents to be their kids friends.  The truth is kids need parents to BE parents for them, and that isn’t always the “popular” friend type of person.  It’s not tough love, it’s parenting. Guiding, assisting, setting the rules and being a role model.

“When things got really bad,” said J.L., “I felt all alone.  I knew it wasn’t really true, but because of all the lies and harmful things I’d said and done I had to make my parents or anyone offering me help, into my enemy.  It’s one of the most twisted things about addiction. Addicts lash out the most against those who could help them.   Until I studied what was behind this behavior at Narconon, I had no idea why I acted that way. I couldn’t stop it.”  

“Like so many parents, mine were always “hounding me and harassing me about MY life like I wasn’t an adult.  In truth, I see they were doing what good parents should do.  I was just not able to accept their help because I was such a scumbag, lying addict at the time.  It took some real work on my part to get to the point where I could believe they would ever be able to forgive me or love me again.  But the truth is they never had stopped

  1. If you suspect or identify drug abuse, get your loved one to long term treatment immediately.  Overdoses are all too prevalent to wait to get help.  Clinically, studies have shown that long term treatment has the best success rates for permanent opiate cessation.  Finding a program that treats both the physical and mental aspects of addiction is key to stable recovery.  Permanent recovery requiresfinding a program that treats both the mental and physical aspects of addiction and the reason the person turned to drugs in the first place.

Getting me to a treatment program that worked, was the hardest thing my parents had to do.  I went to three of the best 28-day programs in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  While at those programs, I never learned anything about myself and why I used, but I went to a lot of meetings.  When I finally got to Narconon, the difference in personalized treatment was incredible.  Physically I recovered and then I got to look at my life and what problems I had tried to solve with drugs.  I clearly saw what I had done and then got to handle my life in such a way that I knew I’d never have to use drugs again, no matter where I lived.  It wasn’t about the area, it was about me. 

Seeing where I messed up trying to solve my problems with drugs was part of a new beginning for me. I also saw where others were making the same mistake and how we could help them.  I’ve gotten active in my community to help other families avoid the trap of heroin addiction and free themselves if they’ve already gone there.  There’s nothing better than helping someone else learn from my mistakes and build a sober and productive future for themselves and their family!



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V.R -- a drug rehab program graduate!

It was not easy to come to Narconon and not know where to begin fixing my life. At first when I got to withdrawal, I was very sick, confused and anxious. Travis sat with me and offered me his help from day one and helped me see that everything would be okay, and it was. Withdrawal helped me stabilize my body and start to have a clear mind.

After withdrawal when I started sauna, I loved it. For the first time in a very long time I felt revitalized, healthy, and full of energy. I feel so healthy and clear after completing sauna that I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Objectives taught me a lot. First, I went back to basics. I had to do exercises that were repetitive, but they have the purpose to focus you on the environment, and I learned to do things such as control myself, body and mind, be present in the moment, confront a situation that may seem uncomfortable and get as much out of it as possible. Objectives taught me how communication is vital in building relationships and for me to be happy and clear of what’s going on around me.

After objectives, I completed my Life Skills books. I had to really evaluate the people in my life and decide who I want to associate with going forward. I also had to handle painful and uncomfortable situations with people I hurt during my addiction. I had to clean my conscience by writing up all the bad things I had done and how I had withheld them from others. That was when all of the hard work paid off.  Suddenly my entire program made sense. I couldn’t have been able to think clearly without doing sauna, and I wouldn’t have been able to confront and act on uncomfortable situations that drove me to addictions without working through the objectives.

Today, I can honestly say I feel relieved, revitalized, and most, if not all guilt is gone, because I found the problem and worked to fix it with a clear mind and clear goals in the future. I would never have enough words to thank everybody at Narconon. Everybody touched my life significantly and added value to my experience.


V.R. Graduate Success Story

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Ups and Downs Narconon rehab life skills course coverBefore I started the Ups and Downs in Life course I truly believed I knew what my problems were and how to handle them myself. After writing down the people in my life and talking about how I have affected these people things started to click. The Ethics Officer really helped me through this process and made me realize more in depth the things about those people in my life and how they’ve affected me. Mainly I now understand myself as a person. The part that I was uncomfortable with was confronting these people in my life because I have always had a problem with confronting things in my past. After handling each of those people in my life it was like a weight being lifted off my shoulders each time. One thing I learned was that I am capable of confronting my problems and how much better things can be by communicating how you feel. My mindset has changed dramatically since I have been here, especially after this course. I feel much better about myself and how I have handled all of the people in my life. I am ready to move on to the next part of the program and come one step closer to where I want to be as a person.

J. D.

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success road photo accompanying a success story

It’s been pretty incredible to see the changes that have taken place since I arrived at Narconon Suncoast. Looking back on my first days, I think I had forgotten how to smile or laugh. It has been a great process and each day has brought changes that have been impossible not to notice.

Going through the New Life Detoxification to the other areas of the program, I have gained so much of myself back. I have a renewed sense of self confidence that had been long lost and a desire to go out and live a healthy, happy, drug-free life and that feels amazing. Perhaps the best part of it all is that today you’d be hard-pressed not to see me with a smile on my face. I can’t thank the staff and Narconon Suncoast enough for helping me get to this point.


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Before starting sauna, I was moody and emotional. I was feeling a lot of regret and remorse for all of the people that I had hurt. Four days after beginning sauna, I started to notice a positive improvement in my thinking and attitude. As the days went on, I finally began to sleep throughout the night. I am now able to think and make decisions with a clear mind. I feel like all of the drugs and toxins that I had been putting into my body are now gone and I feel better today than I can ever remember.


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Narconon New Life Detox Program – What is it and Why Does it Work?

Narconon Suncoast Detox CenterThe New Life Detoxification Program is a unique aspect of the Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Program.  For years it has been known that toxins apparently store in the fatty tissues of the body, but not until the discoveries of L. Ron Hubbard in the late 1970’s was a systematic method developed to dramatically reduce the unwanted effects of these stored toxins in the body.   Why this step is key to helping handle the physical effects of addiction is that these trapped toxins might become reactivated even years after someone had taken drugs and cause harmful mental and physical effects.  The sauna detoxification program was created to eliminate toxic substances from the body while decreasing the physical cravings related to drugs and alcohol.

The New Life Detoxification Program includes running to stimulate circulation; time spent sweating in a specially ventilated, low-heat, dry sauna to sweat out toxins; nutrition, including specific vitamins, minerals and oils are taken in exact quantities; and a properly ordered personal schedule that allows for adequate sleep.

The program’s physician approved course of vitamins includes a gradual increase of niacin (one of the B complex vitamins), along with other vitamins (A, D, C, B, and B complex) and multi-minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper and iodine.  All students are supervised so that they are taking adequate salt, potassium and water to ensure they remain properly hydrated throughout the program.  The students also take a blend of oils. Each participant is monitored by Narconon nursing staff with vitals being taken before and after their daily program.

The purpose of the program is to rid the body of drug residues and eliminate the negative physical an mental effects they can cause, including cravings.  Below is a success story from a student who used LSD and other drugs.

Sauna Success Story

Student In the Sauna Program“In completing the New Life Detoxification program, I feel like my body is clean of all toxic substances. I feel like I ran out all the traces of LSD and marijuana that was stored in my body. I feel like I have a clearer mind and a new outlook on my future without the desire to use drugs. I now sleep and eat normally, and I feel as if I can smell things much better. I feel great thanks to the Sauna program!”




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shooterEach of the Narconon residential addiction treatment centers now has a four-legged chief of security included on their staff.  The purpose is of course to keep the center safe from in-coming illegal substances and let the students know everything is going to be just fine.

When an addict makes the decision to come to rehab, the majority decide to get high a few last times, often arriving intoxicated to the max.  “It seemed the only way to confront getting off drugs and alcohol was to do it high,” said one student at Narconon Suncoast.  “At several of the 28-day centers I’d gone to it was really easy to sneak in pills and some pot. Not at Suncoast. Shooter sniffed it out and left me to do a real drug-free program. I guess I’m really grateful to him, because otherwise I would have messed up my chances and never gotten sober at all!”

Our drug detection hound, Shooter is a beagle who has been training on detecting drugs since he was 8 weeks old.  He is on property every day and helps staff security go through every new arrivals’ belongings, sniffs deliveries, mail, packages, and even guests.  He sniffs his way through the center each day including course rooms, student bedrooms, common areas and even the kitchen in search of any substance that might interfere with a student’s drug-free rehabilitation program.

The combination of having a professionally trained drug dog on premises and doing random drug testing helps Narconon Suncoast ensure that we can maintain a truly drug-free environment.  Additionally Shooter adds an extra element to the program.  If anyone gets nervous around him, it’s time to find out why.

His playful, loving, yet watchful disposition allows him to be a pet therapy dog.  He notices more than most humans can and reacts accordingly.   He has a unique ability to calm anyone who pets him and gets their tail wagging!  As the clients reach the end of their stay with us they are also allowed to do rounds with him and take him for walks on our beautiful 7-acre property.

If you or someone you know needs to give up their drugs and handle their addiction in a drug-free environment, please give us a call.  Shooter will be more than glad to welcome them and help ensure they make it through the program safely without any drugs.

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