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intervention successStanding in line at the security check point, a TSA agent tells the crowd to remove everything from their pockets, take their shoes off and throw all liquids away. I barely go through the motions, fighting the urge to turn around and bolt out the door.  But I have nothing to go back to. With ticket in hand – departure form Kailua Kona, Hawaii arriving in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I knew that this was it.

Everything in my life was about to change.

Rewind to three nights prior to leaving.  I was supposed to get on my first flight. I had called my grandparents after losing everything in my life including myself. I thought I had things under control until the night I had nowhere to live, no money, no job and a meth addiction that was slowly but surely consuming me.

I called my grandmother thinking I could manipulate her into buying me a hotel room. My grandparents refused but offered to buy me a plane ticket. I reluctantly agreed knowing it was the only option I had left. I packed everything I owned in one suitcase and headed to the airport, missing the flight by half an hour. As I sat in that warm Hawaiian air, high and alone, I realized just how substandard my life had become.

My grandparents tried a flight again for the next night. Again, I missed it, but that time I called the wrong people. I got higher than I had ever been and ended up in an old red Toyota pickup truck with some guy I didn’t know driving an hour and a half out of town.

My grandparents realized I hadn’t made the flight and called, frantic and worried, wondering what had happened. They arranged for a woman to pick me up and drive me to the airport. I had other intentions though. When she picked me up I told her I needed to go to Target where I was planning on meeting my boyfriend. She absolutely refused to let me go. She tried holding my bags and I ended up trying to fight a woman in her 50’s.

I got all of my things from her and left with my boyfriend just so I could get high one more time. After smoking two grams of meth, drinking a bottle of vodka, swallowing eight Klonopin and smoking two blunts, I decided I had to get on the airplane.

Fifteen hours later, I walked past a blur of faces struggling to find a restroom. When I looked in the mirror, I barely recognized the face looking back at me. I stood there examining myself. I didn’t remember losing that much weight.

But when was the last time I ate?

I didn’t remember the circles under my eyes being so defined.  I looked like I had two black eyes. I had showered and done my hair and makeup but why did I look so dingy and gray?

When I finally arrived at baggage claim and noticed my grandparents, I saw something in their eyes that was unlike what I had seen before.  They were disappointed. I went to hug them like I used to when I was a child but then reconsidered. I said hello and nothing came out. I had lost my voice.

The next few days were nothing but me sleeping till 6 o’clock at night and eating everything in sight. My grandparents tried their best but I was mid-withdrawal and wishing I were anywhere but there. On the fifth day I was there, I was sleeping soundly in a white plush queen size bed when a tapping woke me up. My grandma shyly came in and told me that she wanted me to take a urine drug test. I acted very calm and confidently agreed. After I peed I went back in my room and laid down again and faded back into a deep sleep. About an hour later I was being awoken by both my grandparents. I could barely understand them but all I heard was “drug test” “meth” “5 things showed up” and it was that moment I knew I was screwed.

The next day a man showed up to the house. I scrutinized his every move through the upstairs window. I inspected him as he got out of what looked to be a rental car and approached the front door. I figured it was a business partner of my grandpas. My grandma came up a while later and told me that he was here to talk to me about what was going on so that he could better explain it to my grandfather. I hesitantly agreed to talk to him.

Within five minutes I knew where this was going. I didn’t want to hear what they had to say anymore. My behavior was erratic and irrational. I screamed the most inappropriate things at my grandmother and tried getting my parents or anyone to give me an escape route. I got up and went upstairs to the top story of my grandparents’ house and locked myself in there for nine hours. Around 7 o’clock that night I decided I needed to eat. The interventionist came into the kitchen and commented on my ability to cook.

I was so rude to him.

Everything out of my mouth was sarcastic or short and yet he still stuck around trying to break through to the real me. I ate and went back upstairs. A little white later there was a knock on my door. That man was still there. I thought to myself:

“Why? I’m mean and stubborn and I refuse to listen, why would he still be here?”

I finally agreed to hear what he had to say.

He made me feel like someone actually cared and understood the pain and difficulty I was going through. I didn’t want to be mean anymore. I remember asking him:

“So let me just get this straight, they want me to get on a flight tonight and go to rehab?”

He said yes.

I still didn’t think I was going but as I sat there on the top step of a wooden staircase next to this man I barely knew, I realized for the first time what I needed to do. The only battle I was fighting was the battle within myself. That night, I saw the strongest man I have ever known cry for the first time. My grandpa. At that moment something in me clicked and I knew what I needed to do. My grandpa sat on my bed hugging me and I told him I would go.

If it weren’t for the interventionist caring for me as if he had known me for years and my family refusing to let me cop out again, I don’t know where I would be. Narconon saved my life but if it weren’t for those who helped me understand that I needed help, I would have never gone to Narconon and I would have never had my life saved. The intervention was a big part in my recovery and I am forever thankful to the man who guided me to the best decision I ever made.

Everything in my life changed.

Cori B

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Bernard Percy Press ReleaseClearwater, Florida — The Narconon Suncoast drug and alcohol rehabilitation center hosted international educator, author and life skills expert Bernard Percy on Sunday, June 5th. Mr. Percy spoke to clients of the Narconon program about creating a successful life after rehab, helping them focus on their own talents and purposes. In this way, each individual will be able to find the most satisfying and rewarding work and activities in their new sober lives.

“My purpose is to help people raise their understanding and awareness of themselves and the roles they play in life and to also inspire them to action,” explained Mr. Percy. “When someone knows what they are good at and love to do, it’s almost impossible to sit around and be unproductive. Identifying and strengthening their talents is key to helping those in rehab start to build powerful and productive post-rehab lives.”

Mr. Percy went on to describe the value of the Life Skills Courses that are a vital part of the Narconon rehab program. “The coursework on this program teaches clients to identify the type of people they benefit from having in their lives. As they identify destructive people in their pasts, it’s easy for them to see why certain situations didn’t work out. They learn tools to improve any situation and deal with what life throws at them. I added a little icing on the cake by helping them discover their own talents and how they can best put those to work helping others. It’s fantastic to see them realize they can be successful. That’s really important to a person recovering from addiction who has usually left all his fulfilling activities behind!”

Narconon Suncoast’s two-year graduate follow-up program further helps each graduate implement these new life skills as he (or she) constructs a productive, enjoyable and sober life for himself. It’s important for each aftercare plan to utilize each individual’s strengths, talents, abilities, resources and inherent values. Mr. Percy’s presentation integrated perfectly with each student’s plan for maintaining future sobriety.

One of Sunday’s participants commented on how he felt about his future after Mr. Percy’s workshop: “I had been pretty nervous about even thinking about what I wanted to do after rehab because I have failed so many times before. After looking at my personality and what I was doing before, I see why I wasn’t successful. I was always faking it! Now I can look for a job or business where I can just be me and not have that stress of pretending to be someone else.”

Another participant said, “I’d like to thank Mr. Percy for helping me remember that I did do some really good things in life that made me proud. I had forgotten that I used to do good things before drugs changed me. Seeing that made me realize I can do that again!”

The Foundations of Brilliance program that Mr. Percy teaches around the world is designed to help people discover and develop their strengths. As these Narconon students identified their own innate talents, they became more capable of drawing on those strengths to overcome life’s challenges. That adds up to being able to maintain productive, drug-free lives.

Narconon Suncoast is 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 addiction 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.

 

© 2016 Narconon Suncoast, Inc. All rights reserved. Narconon and the Narconon “Jumping Man” design are trademarks and service marks owned by the Association for Better Living and Education International and are used with its permission.

Info: www.narconon-suncoast.org

Contact: Yvonne Rodgers

Director of Community Affairs

(727) 304-4176

yrodgers@narcononsuncoast.org

 

Sources:

www.foundationsofbrilliance.com

http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery

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I love to help othersIt’s amazing how difficult it can be to get someone into treatment. A person isn’t deciding which new car to buy or whether to get whole milk or 2%. They are deciding what program has the best shot to save their loved one’s life. A person must get the right help, right now before they disappear, become unwilling or die.

I know finding treatment can be a very fearful process. There are so many choices. Some are free and some cost a fortune. Some do the 12-steps and others don’t. Families have to worry about the willingness of the addict and whether or not they will stay in a program once admitted. They also hope against hope that they chose the right treatment center. It can be overwhelming and, at times, I hear that uncertainty in the voices of people I talk with on the phone. I’m an Admissions Counselor at Narconon.

I was an addict. By the age of 21, I had been to 3 rehabs and more 12 step meetings than I can count. My parents expected me to relapse after treatment because it happened so many times.

Looking back, it doesn’t seem like that was even me!

I know my family didn’t recognize the person they were looking at. After my second overdose, I realized that drugs were going to kill me. I woke up in the hospital to my mother in tears. She was scared for my life and ashamed of who I had become. When I looked in the mirror I didn’t recognize myself. This was when my parents found Narconon.

It was their last ditch effort to save my life. It worked.

When I talk to families of addicts, I think of my own mother and father. I know what is at stake and I understand that a loved one’s addiction completely tears homes apart. Days or weeks are spent searching for a solution, hoping that the next phone call is the one that changes everything. Everyone is desperate to find a solution before they get the call that it’s too late.

I have gone to meetings, taken medications and tried different treatments. I have seen my parents worried sick about me and I know what drugs do to a family. I also see another side. I see the changes an addict can make on the Narconon program. I get to see them rebuild their relationships, and most importantly, I get to see them finally get some relief from their addiction that they couldn’t get anywhere else.

I help people into the Narconon program because I believe it is the best program on the planet. Narconon restored me back to who I was before drugs. I know that it can help the addict, the family and every aspect of addiction. I trust the people I work with to come in and do their best, day in and day out. There is nothing more satisfying than to watch a person change for the better and make the same changes I made. It’s amazing to see someone become enthusiastic about life again!

I do what I do every day to give that chance to others.

B.W.

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