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Success Stories

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.

J.D.

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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.

G.P. completed the Narconon rehab program

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J.P., a drug rehab success, is now drug-free

When I first came to Narconon Suncoast, I was a beaten and broken man. I’ve been in and out of rehabs for nearly 8 years and I felt hopeless. I can say first hand that the way I feel today is the opposite of how I felt when I got here.

Getting to the point I’m at today was a process that included many ups and downs. I’m sure that without the staff’s encouragement and help during the down times, I probably wouldn’t’ have completed the program. I can’t thank everybody enough for their time and efforts in helping me along the way.

The sauna detoxification portion of the program was an incredible experience for me, one that I initially resisted. However seeing first-hand the changes I went through in sauna was incredible. I could not only feel myself feeling physically better each day, but I also clearly noticed myself feeling happier and happier as each day passed.

All of the Life Skills courses; Objectives, Ups and Downs, Personal Values and Changing Conditions in Life, each had their own ways of benefiting my life.  I have never felt more confident in myself, not only to stay drug free for life, but to excel in life.

Again I want to thank the entire staff here for the hand they have had in helping me reach this point. Onward and upward, I’m ready to go!

 

J.P.

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SH flying after graduating the Narconon program

What if you knew you were addicted and needed help, but couldn’t see yourself ever getting clean?

While you waited you pictured all the times you tried to quit and failed. When you got tired of those memories you recalled all the other people you knew who had tried to get clean but never did. Then you made up stories in your head about how horrible it would be, that you’d probably die without it, that life would be no fun, that you’d lose all your friends and loved ones because you wouldn’t be “that person” anymore. You just sat there doing this every day for weeks and months. Weeks and months as your health got worse, your friends vanished and your family all but gave up.

But someone didn’t give up. They knew you were worth saving and they kept searching for a way to get you into a safe environment with people trained to help you get better and regain your life.

A recent graduate of the Narconon Suncoast program knows about waiting inside of an addiction and what happens in your addicted mind, your family and your life while you wait.

When asked what it took to finally get to drug rehab, she laughs and says “I was always a risk-taker, but when it came to going to rehab I did the most lethal thing….I waited and I convinced almost everyone I knew to let me wait. Luckily my Mom and Dad finally cut through all that and like my recent sky-diving adventure, they were the ones who got me to scoot out over the edge and jump! And away I went.

Going to rehab and starting the withdrawal was scarier to me than jumping out of a plane. Every addict fears withdrawal because they’ve experienced how bad it can be and most end up using again and again, just to avoid it. While in withdrawal at Narconon Suncoast I had 24/7 withdraw specialists and nursing care. I felt my anxiety about not having drugs or alcohol lessen each day and all of a sudden I was off. I started to feel good and realized I hadn’t had that kind of support or that kind of feeling of strength in a long time. The staff were not going to let my fears get the best of me. They educated me about my addiction and showed me how this drug-free model works and soon I found myself withdrawn and onto the next part of the program and the next and the next. Each step of the way all my questions were answered and I just kept feeling healthier.

Then one day I started to see the things that had made me start using to begin with. It was so clear to me once I spotted them and I could tackle them one by one, in such a way that I knew those things would never trip me up again. I learned some killer maneuvers (they call them Life Skills) that I knew I would use the rest of my life to maintain my sobriety. Suddenly the fear of relapse was gone too. I was really free to begin looking at what I wanted to tackle in life.

So when I finished my program and went home I decided to celebrate by jumping off the edge again. I got my son (a licensed skydiver) to sign me up for a jump. The instructor was amazing. I trained and I was prepared to do this and do it right. I was really ready to fly and knew I could.

My instructor and I took off and then there we sat on the ledge looking out into the endless blue sky. He instructed me on how we’d rock from left to right to left and then roll on out into the 13,700 foot-high sky together and fly down to earth.

And man was he right! We were flying and I was loving it. What a rush! Even with all that adrenaline, I was so in the present moment that I could catch my breath, focus on things and see the horizon and fly with him. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Before I knew it, I was pulling up my legs and we landed lightly on the ground in a near-perfect exhibition. So precise, just like he said it would go, just like we had practiced and so much fun!

Similarly if I had known that coming to Narconon and getting sober was going to be the same way, I would have scooted up to the edge of recovery sooner. I had no idea that recovery could really work and that there were exact steps to have me get better and that I was the one in charge of my recovery and my life. My previous fears and everything I made up about it stopped me from letting people help me. I am so thankful my parents got to me to Narconon and gave me this chance to get my life back.

I now know that I had the power to recover all along. I simply needed to find a program that taught me how and guided me along the way. I found my own confidence and strength again at Narconon. I found my fearless self, the one I love to be.

I know that I am stronger than ever and that I am willing to be even more fearless than before. I have a beautiful family and wonderful friends to help me soar as high as I want without ever thinking of using again!

If you are sitting on the edge of addiction thinking, and thinking, and thinking about rehab. Stop it! Get real help and get it now! Take a chance on yourself and your future and soar right out into your new life, free from drugs for good!

I did it, thousands do it every day and you can too!

S.H.

 

S.H. Narconon drug rehab graduate

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I feel like I used to before doing any drugs.

When most people in recovery say they went through a detox, they are usually talking about the process of coming off the drugs they have been taking. Some detoxes involve close medical supervision as a person goes through withdrawal because of danger to the individual’s health and some are just places where a person goes through a few days being tapered off opiates before they go to rehab.
But truthfully, going through those kinds of detox leaves a person with a burden of drug residues lodged in their bodies. When a body breaks down drugs or alcohol to eliminate them, the process is incomplete. Some residues of this breakdown remain lodged in fatty tissues where they can continue to have an effect on a person’s mood, thinking, cravings and life.

That’s why the first step of rehab at Narconon Suncoast is the New Life Detoxification Program. Each day on this program, an individual exercises moderately, takes a strictly-controlled supply of nutritional supplements, oils and liquids and spends time in a dry-heat sauna. This combination activates the body’s ability to reach into its storage and flush away these residues.

After about three weeks, it’s obvious to the recovering person that something has changed. His (or her) outlook changes, his mood brightens and his thinking is clearer. Many people also say that their cravings are reduced to manageable levels. Some people even say they are now gone.

M.C. is a Narconon student who just completed this step. His story brings home how important this deep detoxification step is to a person who wants to spend the rest of his life sober.

Sauna detoxification success story

“After the first day on the New Life Detoxification Program I was feeling great. However, now that I have completed this step, I feel like I used to before doing any drugs. I feel like there are no more cravings and the drugs are completely gone from my body. I had a lot of time to think about how I don’t want to return to using drugs. I want to live and enjoy life more. Drugs controlled me and I want to control myself. I know now I can do anything without the use of drugs.” M.C.

To learn more about the New Life Detoxification Program and Narconon, call Narconon Suncoast today at 1-888-248-1361.

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JC 2016 drug rehab graduate

J.C. is a 2016 graduate of the Narconon Suncoast drug rehab program. The way he details his accomplishments illustrates how the Narconon program can help anyone.

At the beginning of each section, you’ll find a link to more information about that part of the program. If you would like to learn more about the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, please call us at 1-888-248-1361.
Here’s his story.

I’ve been to several Twelve Step treatment facilities and they never seemed to work for me. Now that I’ve completed the Narconon program, I know why they didn’t work for me. It was like I was just there filling a bed. They didn’t actually work with me one-on-one like here at Narconon and resolve some of the issues I had.

Withdrawal

When I was in withdrawal at Narconon, I never had restless leg syndrome once. Taking their calcium-magnesium drink and getting assists* really helped out, too. My kick was probably the easiest I’ve ever had. My body really didn’t hurt at all.

The New Life Detoxification Program

Once I got to the sauna detox, I was able to sleep at night and all night which was awesome. I was able to sweat out all the drugs that were in my body.

Objectives

When I got to Objectives, I gained lots of patience. I was able to complete the course whereas before, I would have just given up and quit. I did have a moment where I lost my temper, but with the patience I had gotten, I was able to go back in and finish with the help of the staff talking me through it.

Life Skills

When I got to Ups and Downs in Life, I was able to recognize the difference between anti-social and social personalities.

When I got to Changing Conditions in Life, that’s when I really started to change. My attitude towards people changed and the way I view things has changed. When I came to Narconon, I was an egomaniac with an inferiority complex and no one was going to tell me anything I didn’t already know. I thought I knew everything. Boy, was I wrong! During this course, I was able to find out the reason why I started doing drugs in the first place and it was long before I picked up a drink or a drug.

This program has saved my life and I’m very thankful I was able to find it and make it here.

*assists: gentle procedures that calm the body and mind; many people say they help them relax as they go through withdrawal.

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Before doing the Narconon program, my life was in shambles. I had come close to dying several times and wasn’t shaken by it. I was so unhappy with who I was as an individual, that dying didn’t scare me enough to want to change.

I was the kind of person who didn’t care about anyone. If you were someone I could exploit, I would exploit you. It didn’t matter if you were family or not. My addiction had gotten to the point where there were no lines or boundaries. I wasn’t that person deep down, but that’s what I had to do to keep feeding my habit. Knowing that I wasn’t that person, but doing it anyway made me want to run and hide even more. I was going nowhere fast and exhausted by the everyday grind of screwing people over. I had toyed with the idea of rehab many times, but always figured it would never be a doable thing for me and I couldn’t swallow my pride enough to go and have everyone know I had a drug problem, even though they already knew.

When I told my parents I needed to go to rehab, I was just blowing smoke to get them off my back. The next day, my mom came and asked me if I was serious about seeking treatment and told me that she and my dad had found a place called Narconon. They told me a little about it, but all I really knew was I needed to go. I told her that I did want help. Immediately I then thought, “What have I gotten myself into?” I was emotionally distraught, but my Dad told me to take the time to work on me and find my way.

When I arrived at Narconon, I didn’t know what to think, but for the first time in a long time, I felt peace. I was shocked by how nice everyone was and how genuine they were. As I went through the withdrawal, I began to realize the beauty of living a healthy, sober life. It was the first time I had been sober in a long time. I was quietly overwhelmed with excitement. All I could think about was getting out of withdrawal and changing my life.

After about a week in withdrawal, I started my sauna detox program. In sauna, I detoxed my body and it felt amazing. I then moved onto the objectives part of the program and became aware of myself and my environment. As drug addicts, we develop blinders to both physical objects and mental things. The objectives program peeled these blinders off. I also learned the importance of being in present time, not dwelling on the past, nor worrying about the future. This helped me a lot.

I then moved onto the Life Skills part of the program where I learned how to tell which kind of people I needed to surround myself with. I also learned how to deal with all the bad things I had done. It felt amazing to get the negative baggage off my chest and actually handle what I had done. During the final parts of the program, I was able to see the issues which had negatively affected every aspect of my life. With that information, I was able to address those issues and take the exact steps to bettering myself.

rehab-integrity-wordNarconon taught me how to be a man of great integrity and to be a man of my word. They helped me bring out the Cameron that’s always been in me. I’ve never been more proud of myself than when I decided to come to Narconon. It was the best decision of my life and I recommend it to anyone who wants to better themselves and their life.

Narconon didn’t give me my life back. It gave me a better life. It made me the man I always wanted to be; not only for me, but for my family and loved ones.

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withdrawal-story-mjWhen I got here 8 days ago I was weak, unsure about things, and completely ready to die. I thought I just didn’t have the strength to do another detox. After the worst of the detox I started to feel the sunshine on my skin again and the laughter that life gives freely. I plan to gain so much more from this program and from this gift of life that I have been given. I’ve realized I would like to help others with their difficulties because I’ve been there and done almost everything out on the streets and I know that there is so much more to life than giving up and just being ready to die!

I’m ready to start a new chapter!

M.J.

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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.
J.G.

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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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