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Narconon Gave My Parents Their Son Back

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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