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Melissa P SuccessI had been a hopeless person for a long time, well over ten years.  I had hit the ultimate rock bottom a few years ago but nothing changed in my world.  I continued the same lifestyle of breaking the law, using any drug with no regard for others or myself. I had tried numerous times to get clean and I always ended up with the same results.  I had to believe and have faith that I was capable and willing to do something different.

I arrived here on Christmas Eve 2015. A couple of weeks prior, I was presented with Narconon and I can still remember the text message I got from my aunt.  My birthday is the 23rd of December and she had told me that she had a gift for me.  I wasn’t working so I was scheming family and my so-called friends to continue getting high.  I always had something brewing in my head on how I could keep from getting sick which, in my eyes, was staying afloat.  My standards for my life were far from acceptable to either my family or myself but I didn’t care.  I had given up on life or ever being happy again.

I didn’t smile or laugh anymore and that is what I missed the most. I could still remembered vaguely what that was like.  I wanted that again and I wanted to feel free from this ball and chain of mental and physical imprisonment. So, the day my family asked me to get help I didn’t know what to do.  I didn’t know how to break free from the lifestyle either.  I was addicted to drugs and the lifestyle that came with them. I was miserable and scared of change. I was headed to the grave fast if I didn’t find the courageous person within me.  I didn’t feel courageous.  I felt weak, hazy, depressed and not far from doing myself in or praying one last shot would kill me.  It had ripped me of everything else so it could at least do me the favor I thought I wanted.

I got here in the evening after long lay overs and withdrawals starting.  I could not wait to land and get picked up and get to detox.  I weighed 115 lbs. and I was tired and hungry.  The alcohol I consumed on the flight made me feel worse.  I spent ten days in withdraw and I remember feeling impatient.  I was always used to that instant fix so anything else was painful and uncomfortable to deal with but I knew this was my last chance.  I knew I didn’t have another relapse in me.  I fought everyday as hard as I could.  Of course it was different from med detox but after I moved on to sauna I realized how it made me appreciate that pain and discomfort.  It made me realize even more that I would never want to put myself through that hell on earth again and I’m very appreciative of that being my view point on it today.

The Sauna Detoxification Program was really cool to me.  That is when I started to feel good again.  It took a couple of weeks, but loading my body up with vitamins, water, food and knowing I made it over the hump kept pushing me to get more of the desired life I wanted and that young girl back I remembered that was so full of life.  Don’t get me wrong, sauna wasn’t easy.  For many, many years I thought getting off drugs was all there was to a sober life but that is actually the easier part.  I felt great physically but yet I still knew there was more work to do and I was more than willing to keep pushing because my alternative would be me trying to handle things on my own and that was not an option because my way always ended with bad results.  I started objectives and of course I wasn’t a 100% believer that this would help me, let alone make me reveal things about myself that could have possibly led me to drugs in the first place.

I had many realizations in objectives, a lot about my behaviors that affected myself negatively and realizations that led me all the way back to my childhood and the events in my life that changed my view point on my parents and myself.  When I got to ethics I knew getting people out of my life that I considered friends was important and crucial for my recovery.  These people were not my friends and deep down I always knew that staying in contact with them would only bring up that lifestyle I was done with.  I realized in the Ethics part of the program how my attitude hindered me.  I had been selfish, disrespectful, dishonest and that really is not who I am.  After writing up my past transgressions and getting honest, I felt lighter.  I didn’t feel like the weight of the world was on me anymore. The person I was three months ago and the person I am today is night and day.  I still have moments where I can’t believe it.

I have the Narconon Program to thank for this.

Melissa P.

Heroin Rehab Success


” I Found My True Self “

I came to Narconon with an open mind and no expectations other than to get clean of opiates. I didn’t realize how amazing the program would be and how life changing my journey through the program would be.

When I arrived I was told what Narconon was all about and I didn’t want to believe that the program would work. I had this thought in my head that the only reason I was here was to get off of heroin and that other drugs would still be acceptable. I was proven wrong.

My entire outlook has changed and I have found my true self. I am only 20, but I have been using drugs and alcohol to create this imaginary “happy” place in my mind for half of my life. I continued to repress all of my negative thoughts and emotions behind this barricade that I made out of drugs. I was literally trapped in a cage in my own head, and step by step through this program, I have broken free. Looking back now, I realize that I had no self-confidence, low self-esteem and this thought in my head that I just couldn’t do any better than I was doing. Man, was I wrong. I can be anything I want to be and I can do anything I want once I set my mind to it.

I’m now determined and motivated to succeed and better my life. I feel better and more clear minded than I ever have. Prior to the program I was destroying myself one day at a time. Although I was a full-time student and had a 35 hour per week work schedule, my focus was on drugs. I can’t imagine where I would be today if I hadn’t been using the whole time. I was breaking my family’s hearts and setting a horrible example for my little brothers. I was running away from all of my problems because I was afraid to confront them and I was being dishonest to myself. Narconon helped me to identify all of these problems, handle them, and most importantly, leave the past in the past.

Narconon’s goal is to help you strive and achieve for a better future. Well, I’m here to say that I am now mentally prepared to tackle whatever life may throw at me without using substances and to achieve my personal goals to ensure a successful future.


success at narcononWhen I first came to Narconon Suncoast I felt like a boat lost in the middle of the sea.  I was going through life without motivation to achieve any of my purposes.  I spent a lot of time escaping or trying to escape reality and my problems by getting high.

I arrived in the Withdrawal part of the program very worried, but I was glad that I had made the decision to come handle my drug problem. The withdrawal techniques helped to quiet my mind and helped me focus on just being here and getting help.

In the Sauna detox portion of the program, I started to feel a lot better physically.  My body started to feel renewed and my cravings began to fade.  Next I started the Objectives, which were designed to help me focus on being here now.  The Objectives Course was a big deal for me.  The effect they had on me was amazing.  My mind literally regained its full speed of thinking.  I recovered a lot of my memory and my reaction time became really fast!

The remaining Life Skills courses were great because I realized all the harm I had caused and the dangerous things I had done to myself and my loved ones.  Most importantly, I learned an effective way to stop doing harmful things and how to impact my environment positively.  It was pretty simple, but it changed me for life!  Staying away from harmful people and situations, keeping my own ethics in, being self-disciplined (and really knowing what that is) and finally finding how to follow my own purpose.  This was big because I am being true to myself now and not what others want of me.

During my time on the Narconon program I met a lot of staff and students and consider them my friends. I thank them all for helping me on my program and look forward to meeting you all again in my bright future.


Student successWhen I came to Narconon I didn’t know what to expect. After arriving, I started the process of repairing myself and my life. I began understanding reality again which was something I’ve been out of for a while. After the sauna detox I felt like a completely different person physically and mentally. The objectives course was very interesting and I got a lot out of it. I learned how to live in the present and to control my surrounding environment.

During the life skills section of the program things started becoming very real for me and I was able to get to the core root of my problems. I handled the important relationships in my life that I had destroyed. I was able to open up and be my real self again and I was able to drain all the repressed guilt I had due to all my wrongdoings in the past. I was eventually able to find myself. I had lost myself many years before and now I’m back! I am now comfortable with who I am, honest with myself and I respect myself.

Most importantly, I’m happy again!

J. O.

Nicole successWhen I first came to Narconon I was a wreck. I was miserable emotionally and physically. I had been an addict for years with no hope of ever stopping. When I got to the sauna part of the program I was really excited to the take the next step in my recovery.

Now, just four weeks later, I feel like a new person. I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt this good! Taking vitamins everyday plus sweating in the sauna helped me to sweat all the drugs out of my body. I now look and feel like I’m on top of the world!!!

N. K.

Family successWhen I came to Narconon I had been taking painkillers for two years.  When I got into withdraw I felt rotten, but the staff were there for me to help me through the process and feel better.  Next I started sauna and was looking forward to sweating some of the toxins out of my body.  By week two of the sauna I noticed a big change and started to sleep peacefully through the night.  I was feeling like myself again, the way I did before I started using drugs.

When I got to the Life Skills program I felt normal again, actually like I was 15 again, before I had done drugs.  Sitting down one on one with the ethics staff helped me realize a lot of things about myself.  It helped me be able to communicate honestly with my wife.  I also realized that I had been being a selfish person who didn’t really care about anyone else but me.  Getting to look at my life, I was able to find out the reasons why I use drugs.  I got to talk with my wife and find out what she really needs and wants from me when I get home.

I am confident that I can use this information in my everyday life to do what’s right for me and my family. I know I can leave Narconon and go back home and be successful with my life!


medicine take back


This Saturday, April 30th from 10:00am- 2:00pm

Two Locations in North Pinellas County

  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, North District Station 737 Louden Avenue, Dunedin
  • Clearwater Police Department, 27001 US Hwy 19 North, (Countryside Mall near LA Fitness)

Clearwater, FL –Narconon Suncoast Rehabilitation Center announces the 11th Annual Operation Medicine Cabinet for unused or unwanted prescription drugs. This national event sponsored by the DEA and state and local law enforcement will take place on April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In North Pinellas County, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Narconon has been a proud participant in the DEA’s Take-back days since it began a “Clean-Up Your Medicine Cabinet” campaign with local law enforcement agencies in Atlanta, GA in 2008.

In North Pinellas County you can bring your pills for disposal to Dunedin and Countryside locations for proper disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

At last September’s national event, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

The Take Back Rx Drug initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that stored in home cabinets often become the target for misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends for initial use and the place they are most often obtained by addicts under the age of 25. Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential environmental safety and health hazards.

For more information about the proper disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 30th Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website  or call Narconon Suncoast’s Director of Community Affairs.

If you know someone who has become addicted to prescription drugs and would like a confidential addiction interview, an intake counselor can be reached 24 hours a day

at (877) 841-5509.

Narconon Suncoast is a state-of-the-art, long-term residential treatment program that has been helping those addicted to drugs and alcohol get sober for over 10 years. The Narconon program has been the leader in holistic, drug-free rehabilitation for over fifty years. Addiction can be treated for long-term sobriety and a lifetime of success.  Call us to find out how we can help.

Narconon Suncoast

1390 Sunset Point Raod

Clearwater, FL 33755

(727) 304-4176

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drug educationHillsborough County, FL , April 24th, 2016 – Narconon Suncoast staff met with a group of foster children in Hillsborough County to educate them on the truth about drugs, goal setting and how to attain happiness in life. The children received educational materials detailing the dangers of drug use and participated in an interactive presentation on what drugs are and how they affect the body and mind. The presentation created a lively discussion about the use of drugs to solve problems in life and what it takes to confront the daily issues faced by teens. The youth were intrigued by the amount of inaccurate information they had, specifically about marijuana.

In the past twenty years drug and alcohol addiction has had a dramatic effect on the foster care system. More children now than ever are entering into the foster care system either because their birth parents were addicts, resulting in their placement outside of the home. Also, there is a recent disturbing trend of foster care children who are using drugs and becoming addicted despite the reason for their being in foster care being substance abuse. During a recent survey 56% of surveyed foster children reported using illicit narcotics. Most of these foster children continue their drug use after they “age out” of the system, halting their education and hindering their chances of finding jobs. This essentially leads to a rise in homelessness and criminality, filling our jails and institutions with individuals whose addictions could have been prevented (

Narconon Suncoast is a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center licensed by the state of Florida. Narconon Suncoast was founded in 2008 and recently relocated to a lush, 7-acre property in Clearwater, FL.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol and would like more information please visit or call 888-968-2124.

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