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Getting a loved one to agree to enter into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, at first, can seem to be an uphill battle.

Some addicts become so completely ruined by their drug and alcohol abuse that entering into treatment offers a much needed reprieve from their agonizing lifestyle. There are other’s, however, who completely reject the idea of rehabilitation, are in complete denial of their problem and fear the idea of facing life without being high or drunk.

With their whole lives crumbling around them, many addicts’ families beg and plead with their loved one to get help and to take control of their lives. When faced with strong resistance, families become overwhelmed and frustrated, not knowing the appropriate way to handle the situation.

“Should we kick her out?”

“Do we turn our backs on our only son?”

“Well, he can stay at home. If he’s going to use I’d rather him be here in case he overdoses.”

The common dilemma for many families is not knowing how to handle a loved one who won’t get help. Once a wall is hit and nothing is working, families find themselves conceding to their loved one and no help is gotten.

The above video lists 10 basic steps to get a loved one to accept help and enter in a rehabilitation program. It is no easy task by any means and the advice laid out in the video may prove helpful to many families in need.

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Brandon B Success StoryBefore coming into Narconon Suncoast I was badly addicted to Xanax and was in really big legal trouble. When I first came into withdrawal I didn’t know what to expect. I got through it with the help of the caring staff who helped me to feel better day by day. I got into the sauna detoxification program and I really enjoyed it. It helped me to sweat out all the drug residues in my body. I really felt healthy when I was done. Better than I have in years.

After sauna I went on to the objectives portion of the program. It was hard at first but I pushed through and got a lot out of it and I’m now able to put the past to rest. I really got a lot out of the ethics portion of the program. I had to look very hard at my life and figure out where and when I started going down the wrong path. Now I can see when I start to make poor decisions and fix it before I get out of control. I really feel confident that I can become successful in life now because of the Narconon Program. I can be a successful, independent adult now that I have the tools to succeed.


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Be Drug Free For GoodNarconon Suncoast operates on the principal that anyone can end their addiction, become more responsible and create a new drug-free life.  We also believe addiction is neither inherited nor an incurable disease requiring indefinite treatment.  For over 50 years, Narconon has been helping people end their addictions without the use of replacement medications.  Full recovery is possible.

Each graduate leaves with a detailed aftercare plan for the following six months of their life, mapping out the steps they need to take to build a drug-free life.  This individualized aftercare program and two-year follow-up helps the majority of graduates remain sober and successful in creating the best life yet.

One of the reasons graduates are able to maintain their sobriety is because they leave with a detailed aftercare plan which the graduate officer helps them complete.   By the time they complete the program, they have had the opportunity to examine all the elements of a good, sober life, even what an exceptional life would look like now that they are free of the bondage of their addictions.  The majority of graduates report being able to create lives they never thought possible before.

Another thing that sets the Narconon Program apart from other recovery programs is we do not believe relapse is part of recovery.  Instead we focus on the steps needed to help create sobriety and build the solid, drug-free life that the students have envisioned for themselves.  Since you get what you put your attention on in life, why not focus on the good things and strengthen those areas?  This includes the successful recovery action of learning what it takes to confront the not-so-good parts of life and how to handle those influences.

Along with knowing what they want their recovered life to look like, the Narconon program helps graduates create a good external support system.  During the Life Skills courses, the student will learn to identify the positive people who have similar goals and are true friends.  Being able to look at who they hung around with and who they want to hang around with in the future, is a very eye-opening exercise. Especially when examined against the backdrop of the damage they had previously done to themselves and others when they didn’t choose to hang around with people who truly “had their backs.”  It is amazing to see how quickly someone’s life turns around and how successful they can be when they associate with social people who have similar, successful life goals.

This is also the point where the graduate gets to apply, in real life, the new communication skills they’ve learned at Narconon.  Graduates often report back how they were able to handle with certainty and confidence a person who used to create problems for them. Most families notice a distinct difference in how their loved one speaks with them and more importantly, how they listen.  Communication skills are practiced throughout the program with the end result of someone who can express their interests, get people interested in similar goals and create their best lives yet.

Creating the ideal scene in life is not always an easy process.  It takes perseverance and dedication to goals and a willingness to work on a sober future every day.

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Sommer Narconon SuccessBefore I came to Narconon Suncoast I was very depressed. Every day, I was getting high and hating myself for it. I wasn’t happy and I for sure didn’t feel good about myself. I was turning my back on my family, pushing them away and making them worry about me. Every day was a struggle to even put on a fake smile.

I knew I had a bad problem when my grandmother bailed me out of jail and I promised her I would straighten my life out and that night I was smoking meth off of tin foil in her basement. After that, things only got worse. I couldn’t hold any jobs and I thought my family hated me. On January 24th 2016 my best friend died of a traumatic brain injury. His funeral was on January 28 which is my birthday. That really hit home for me. Not only did I not go to his funeral but I was getting high on meth which is the thing that killed my best friend.

This made me realize how serious this really was and on February 7th, 2016 I told my family that I needed help with my addiction and I couldn’t do it by myself. Within a week I was on the plane from Missouri to Tampa, starting the first step to a hopeful, better life.

I was on my way to Narconon Suncoast and I was scared because I had never been to a place so far away from my family, friends and the life I knew for so long. I didn’t know what to expect. I got to Narconon, angry at the world and coming down off meth. Despite my lack of kindness, everyone welcomed me in and helped me beyond words to get over my withdrawal. Every day I would wake up and I would feel so much more alive and better than I did the day before. I met some of the nicest, best, ready-to-help staff. That was one of my favorite things. Also the other students were even happy to help me, which was a bit unexpected.

Going through the sauna detox was a big fear of mine because I didn’t know if my body would let me go through the process because of all the damage I’ve done to it. Once I got into the sauna it was truly amazing to watch my body completely change. My skin looked and felt so much better, going to sleep at night was so much easier and the best thing is that my cravings for meth went away. I could really smile every day, not having to put on a fake sense of happiness. This was the best thing I’ve experienced in such a long time.

Narconon Suncoast has helped me with more than just my addiction. It has helped me to be happy again and to find myself when I thought the happy woman I once knew was gone forever. This was an experience of a lifetime and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

If you really want a better life and a happier life I would recommend Narconon Suncoast 100%!


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Drug Rehab SuccessBefore I came to Narconon I was very lost. My life was going steadily downhill. I was living a criminal lifestyle, doing drugs and committing crimes to keep myself high. This lead me to getting caught up with the law and I received multiple felony charges and have gone in and out of jail. It was just a matter of time before I ended up dead or in prison. This affected my relationships with those close to me, namely my family.

Things have changed substantially since I have come here to Narconon Suncoast. My life has done a complete 180. I detoxified my system in the sauna which helped tremendously with the cravings and my physical well-being.

Once I was right physically I was able to enter into the rest of the program which really helped me get my mind together. It allowed me to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective.

The one-on-one counseling changed my life in a way I could have never imagined. The staff really digs deep and goes into tremendous detail. I found things out about myself that I never would have thought I’d be able to make sense of. I can now spot problems in my life and legitimately confront them and get them handled before they get worse.

This program saved my life and allowed me to feel motivated and excited for my life and what’s to come. I have had so many laughs and good times here with great people who are all on the same page about wanting to make a serious change in their lives. I now have no doubt in my mind that I am fully capable of living a long, healthy, happy life and I have Narconon Suncoast and its awesome staff members to thank for that.


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One of our esteemed staff members, John, recounts the life he once lived and how the Narconon program set him on the path to ultimate success!

Here is his story:


staff successFlash back, its 2012 and here we go again. Every day was the same… Wake up, smoke a cigarette, take a shower and get ready for the day. For me, my day started much later than most. Usually around one or two in the afternoon. I would wake up, usually hung over from whatever I had put into my body the night before, usually wearing whatever clothes I passed out in on whatever couch I fell down on. I was a drug addict and from a small coal mining town of 8,000 people in Southwestern Pennsylvania that no one has ever heard of, although you could probably find it on a map if you looked hard enough.

When I was growing up, drugs weren’t a thing. No one I was around wanted to do them, knew much about them or really knew anyone that could even get them for you, even if you wanted to try them. That was when I was 15. By the time I was 16 all that had changed. Everywhere I would look, I could find whatever drug I wanted in whatever amount I wanted. By this time, I had my first job, my first car and was a good student in high school. All of a sudden, I found myself hanging out with an older crowd of friends. They were the type of friends that you only hear about in country songs. People that were from a small town and knew more about you than you did. Most of them were into drugs and drinking. Before I knew it, I had taken my first OxyContin and was off to the races. I quickly decided that I liked the lifestyle. Work hard, play harder! Spend your money on whatever you wanted. I mean, I wasn’t hurting anyone. Right?

Jump forward to age 18. Its 2009 moving into 2010 and I am a senior in High School. I am also a full-blown drug addict. My life was spiraling out of control and honestly, I didn’t care. I was way too busy partying and worrying about how much money I was going to make in tips that night after school at the local pizza shop to buy my dope. By this time I had become so good at lying and manipulating that it was like a favorite past time of mine. The people I went to school with were going off to college and some were getting good jobs in the oilfield or the coal mines of Greene County. I was going off to college too. Youngstown State University was where I was headed. I was going to major in Music Education. I quickly failed out and returned home to a town now completely impoverished and riddled with drugs and drug addicts. All of the industry that was there just a year and a half earlier was now gone. New EPA Regulations on coal and oilfield jobs outsourced to guys from Texas had killed the economy. I fit right in. After a bout with college and joining a fraternity I was now a full blown alcoholic as well.

I made it a year before I knew I needed to do something. I went to rehab near Pittsburgh. It was based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous. It was the only method of drug and alcohol rehab that I had ever heard of. I hated it. I had to convince myself every day that I was weak and absolutely powerless over my addiction. It seemed to me that I would have to live the rest of my life in fear of even going to a restaurant that served alcohol. As a matter of fact, I was told that I shouldn’t do that for the first year of my “recovery”. I felt like I didn’t have any other choice but to conform or I was just going to go off and die in a hole in the ground some place! I went home from that rehabilitation center and relapsed that night. The cycle started over again… immediately.

I used for another year. It’s now 2013. This time, I fell out and almost died. I was in the bathroom that I shared with my dad in my family’s house. I shot up and don’t remember anything but waking up on the floor in a pool of my vomit. I got up, cleaned off my face and made sure I didn’t leave a mess. All I could think about was how mad my dad was going to be if I left a mess in that bathroom and wondered if I had any dope left. I left the house, got high again in the driveway and went to work. It was a wake-up call for me. I had destroyed my relationships with everyone. I was getting into fights and throwing tantrums. My parents didn’t like me very much. I mean, who would?

I stole almost everything they owned and sold everything I did. I had a friend that I was staying with; he and I used together off and on for years. He told me he was going to go to treatment again. He went to Narconon Suncoast in Florida. He completed the program and really got his life together. I decided that it was time for a change. I talked to my parents and they agreed to help me and invest in my future one last time.

I came to Narconon Suncoast on July 3rd, 2013. I was beaten, broken and had given up on every aspect of my life. Narconon helped me change that. They didn’t want to make me feel weak. They wanted to make me feel strong and empower me to life my life drug-free. Narconon did that for me. They helped me repair the problems I had with my family and with authority. They helped me get organized. For the first time in years I was finally able to be in complete control of myself and my actions. This was very different from the impulsiveness that used to control my life.

After all of this time, I will never forget that small town. That town, those people and that life of work hard and play harder helped shaped my drug addiction. But, if it weren’t for Narconon…I may have never met the real me.

John L.

Staff are here to helpAddiction is a lonely place. As an addict looks at himself in a dirty mirror in a public restroom; fresh blood trickling down his arm with a bent, burnt spoon resting on the sink, he thinks to himself:

“No one out there knows what this feels like.”

“I’m so alone.”

“I can’t believe I did it again.”

Despite the shame and guilt addicts feel after having gotten high, most of the time it’s not enough to keep them sober and prevent them from going right back to the dope dealers house to pick up another bundle.

Most people view addict’s behavior as crazy; why would a person put themselves through so much pain and misery just for an hour or two of relief? It’s extraordinarily hard to describe addiction to a person who’s never gone through it. While families experience frustration, addicts are equally frustrated trying to explain to their family why they’ve done what they’ve done to no avail. Which is why they say:

“No one gets me.”

“My family will never understand.”

“God, they just don’t get it.”

It’s hard to explain to someone why you would pawn a $400 television for $50 or why you’d miss your mom’s birthday waiting for your dealer to finally show up.

There really isn’t any way to understand the complete despair, horrendous withdrawals or intense cravings and addict suffers if you haven’t “walked in those shoes.”

At Narconon, we believe that ex-drug addicts can become some of the best addiction counselors simply because they understand addiction from their own experience and are inspired to help others down the road to recovery. When an addict sits across from them describing how they’re “jonesing” for a line or a shot, they know what it feels like. They’ve been there, done that.

Having gotten over their addictions and turned lives around, Narconon graduates often decide to dedicate their lives to helping other addicts who are in the same position they were in. They know all too well the pain and misery addiction brings. They know how scary it is that first day a person walks through the doors of a treatment center, beaten and battered from the lifestyle they had been maintaining.

As one staff member said, “There were people there for us the day we decided to make a change when we arrived in our dirty clothes, battered lives and a broken spirit. Someone told us:  ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay, trust me, I went through it.’ Once I got my life back together I knew that I wanted to become that person for someone else.  My work at Narconon has given me a strength and purpose I never thought I had. I know I can help get someone off drugs and help them regain their life’s purpose too!”

This kind of empathy and first-hand knowledge of addiction coupled with their professional training sets Narconon Staff apart from staff of other treatment centers. Many of the staff were once substance abusers, have gone through the Narconon program, completely turned their lives around and made it their life’s calling to help other addicts to put their lives back together.

People will ask us why we put “blood, sweat and tears” into what we do. The answer is simple: we want to help others, as others helped us. We went through it too. We know what addiction is like and better yet, we know life after drugs. We know recovery IS possible and addicts CAN recover!

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