“I have gotten a lot of things out of the Narconon program. When I started, I was very angry and mad at the world. I thought everything was everyone else’s fault. Now, I have learned who I am. I have become patient and learned to think before I act.…“
It wasn’t until I was told the disease model was a hoax and I could have the life I wanted, that things began to get better. Addiction does not fit in the category of a disease, even on a textbook level.…
“My son's road to recovery started Feb 25th, 2015. I am happy to say that he has been clean for over a year now. “But it just wasn ’ t that simple. I knew he was using drugs but wasn't sure what. I had sent him to 3 rehabs. While he was there, not one of them ever called me.
It is 11 am. I am on my way to class in my car and all I can think about is how badly I am failing the class, how I lost my job, and how my relationship is based on lies. I pull in and sit in the parking lot for a second thinking about everything wrong with my life till I can’t bear it anymore.
“First I want to thank everyone who helped me get through the program! I have gained so much in this program. I finally love myself and have a sense of integrity and a new moral code to live by.…“
An enabler is defined as a person who encourages negative or self-destructive behavior in another. This is the definition I found on the internet and reading the meaning is hurtful. What parent wants to be referred to as being an enabler to their drug addicted child?
A fine line between street drugs and prescribed medication has been created. Unfortunately, the medication that is given to us by people we look to for answers is what is piquing curiosity and causing addiction in America.
My life used to be consumed by anger and self-medication. I was in and out of jail. I didn’t really think I would ever get better. I thought I would always be stuck where I was in life. I didn’t think I could ever confront or get over the things I had done.
"I spent one year and three months on Suboxone, which then turned into me taking Xanax and planning days where I could do heroin by coming off it. When I quit taking it, I went into my fifth rehab to get off the Suboxone and heroin.…“
“Addiction hopping is common when people come off drugs. Without substances to turn to, they are looking for a way to escape the world, to feel good, feel nothing, or feel some other sensation.…“
“Drugs damage relationships. There’s no question getting high drives a wedge between family, friends, significant others, coworkers, etc. But what about the relationship with ourselves. “Using drugs is an all-consuming activity.…“
I came across an intro to a blog on drug and alcohol abuse a few days ago. It highlighted the obsession of today’s youth with video gaming as well as the missing parents of latchkey kids as a reason for extreme individuation of youth. Reading this made me curious.
15 hours to my final destination. Honestly, it felt more like days had passed instead of the few hours that went by while I was unconscious on the frigid airplane. What time was it? Every day seemed like I was in a dream state of mind, unsure what I was doing or what my end goal is.
“Drugs are not only harmful to the individual, but those who care about them and who they are close to. It’s no secret that drugs disconnect someone from their family. Parents, significant others, siblings, etc.“
The first thing that probably comes to your mind when I say “drug addict” is the homeless guy in torn up clothes holding an “anything helps” sign by the freeway.
“I would best describe my life before Narconon in one simple word, chaos. The dwindling spiral I was lost in had been an ongoing process of self-destruction for almost 10 years. I first started smoking weed at around 12 years old, which led to Xanax, which led to pain pills, which led to heroin, and heroin led me to the bane of my existence, the needle.…
“I took a long look back and asked how did I become such a bad alcoholic and addict? “ I found I started like most other children, watching family members drinking having fun and laughing. It seemed this was mostly during get-togethers and family outings.
I feel I have gotten honest with myself and my family and am a happier person because of it. After completing the program, I have become a totally different person than I was before entering.
I’ve learned a lot from the Narconon program starting off with the sauna detoxification. I never knew sauna could clean you out. I feel like a kid again with a clean, active body and no more back pain.
“The past 17 years, my life has revolved around women, drugs and deception. All of which gave me a false sense of security and happiness that I would never find until the one day I became totally honest and put all my cards on the table.” “I’m 32 years old and had a great childhood.
As the sun begins to rise, I roll over feeling like I am in a trance. I glance at my watch and realize I have class in an hour. I throw on whatever clothes I can find and move as quick as one can move while in a daze. I pull into the parking lot still thinking of yesterday’s high.
The Earth is a little over 4.5 billion years old. Mammals didn't evolve until 200 million years ago and our own species, Homo sapiens evolved 200,000 years ago. So, humans have been around for a mere 0.004% of the Earth's history. Earth is home to millions of species, yet just one dominates it. Man.
Suicide doesn't just effect the person themselves, but those who are left behind, especially when there are children involved. I lost my dad to suicide when I was 11 years old and, yes, my dad was an alcoholic. Two weeks after my dad committed suicide, my uncle did as well....
I’m wandering aimlessly through the house anticipating the next high. Our drug dealer finally comes through with a fix. Never on time, but he finally gets here.…
Both young and older alcoholics go to the ends of the earth to hide their addiction from all, even other alcoholics. Here are some signs I had as a closet drinker…
I was a Commercial Fisherman in Alaska for 30 years and lived in the great northwest of Washington. I started experimenting with pot and alcohol at the age 14. For 40 years I was an addict or an alcoholic and honestly it would be faster to tell you what I haven’t done or tried during that time.
“This program has been a journey for me. I was a little afraid of the sauna detoxification because I had never heard of it. After about thirteen days in, I realized it really works and it made me feel totally clean…“
The Narconon program begins with a drug-free withdrawal process designed to assist the individual in coming off drugs as rapidly and comfortably as possible. This is done without putting them on drug replacements such as suboxone or methadone and lengthening the rehabilitation process.
“When I first started the Narconon program, I had a lot of problems with anger and self-control. I was worried early on that I wouldn't be able to get through the program without losing my temper.…
This is My Success Story. “I, like many young adults, did not have aspirations of becoming a drug addict. I was a normal, fun-loving kid and although my home life was not ideal, we made do with what we had. I was 14 when I started experimenting with drugs.
Where did addiction take me? I could tell dark stories of addiction because believe me there are plenty. I could exploit the dark memories of using drugs: where I was, who I was with, etc. Things I vaguely remember and things that are etched into my mind forever.
Over the years video games have literally played their way into millions of lives. As a past gamer myself, I know how easy it is to get caught in the game. It's a rush of adrenaline. You don't want to step away. It's late and you are sleepy, but you still want to keep playing.
The late Saturday morning hour ticks by and soon enough becomes the afternoon. The sun is higher in the sky and the pounding in my head is at its peak. I’m coming down and groggy. The only logical remedy is one thing—more drugs. My shift starts in an hour.…
Young athletes can face more exposure to substance abuse than many of their peers by being invited to parties on weekends, taking performance enhancing drugs for their sport and using pharmaceutical drugs resulting from an injury.
When I first arrived for treatment at Narconon , I was a wreck. I was scatterbrained, scared and numb. I started the sauna detoxification and was not sure of how it was supposed to help me. As time went on, I noticed I was starting to think and feel better . So apparently it worked.
Around this time of the year, I like to remind Narconon graduates not to get caught up with drinking at holiday parties. I find this time of year is when the temptation to use drugs or alcohol is the worst. Here are some sober recipes to ring in a sober, drug-free new year!
The smell of home cooking, the sound of young innocent voices. The sound of mom and dad talking about old memories and the warm feeling of love and hopefulness in the air.
For those suffering from addiction or connected to someone who is, holidays are a time when life becomes real. Many addicts go through the motions of daily life while hiding their use and keeping things off the radar… at least for the most part.
This is the type of conversation I would have with my Mother when I was using drugs. Everything seemed relatively normal and to her, it seemed as if I was doing fine. What really happened is a different matter....
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, He had everyone stirring, acting like a louse.
Many addicts become estranged from their families and friends due to their behavior. Over time the lies, stealing, and other destructive behavior can become too much for the family around them. When the holidays roll around, we understand many of these emotions can resurface.
His chef’s uniform is still impeccably white even after several hours of work. He looks out to the floor of the restaurant noting the dinner rush of customers is starting to pour in. He ducks down and snorts something.
Stay at home mothers today have a lot demanded of them. They juggle many roles as they balance their family life, organize multiple schedules, keep a clean house, cook homemade meals, raise the children and help them with their homework.
“With the new mindset I have, I feel like anything is possible in my future. People can’t make me mad or bring my day down. I know what my goals are and what kind of person I want to be. The things I can’t control I can’t be mad at, we can only control ourselves.
It’s no secret that there are many drug abusers. And while there are many commonly known risks of abusing any drug, dirty needles, Hepatitis, addiction, etc. but what about the unknown risks.
Throughout life, I have encountered numerous traumatic events. One of the hardest events was when my parents divorced. I didn’t know how to deal with the emotions I encountered going through it. It was so overwhelming and I felt very isolated. Between 40% – 50% of marriages end in a divorce.
Narconon New Life Retreat, in celebration of Red Ribbon Week delivered drug education to over two hundred middle and high school children. The lectures showed the dangerous effects drugs have on the mind, how to stay drug free and the basic definition of what a drug is.
Before I did the Narconon program, I felt broken and defeated. My life was out of control and I felt powerless to do anything about it. I am what is know as a “chronic relapser.“…
What I’ve learned from the Narconon program is that you have to make stuff happen. You have to want to better yourself and better the way you handle your life. I’m very happy with who I am and I’m very confident in my abilities. I can honestly say I love life .
What is the first thing you think of when steroids are discussed? Is it positive? Negative? What comes to mind for me is the vision of an extremely large man with bulging muscles like we see in body building competitions.
With Americans spending 14 billion out of pocket each year on holistic alternatives to pain medication, it is about time to bring up the subject as a viable option.
I was forced into treatment. My family told me I could either go to Narconon or stay in jail, so my choice was easy.
Most of the time, I do not have an opinion over whether or not a particular drug is legalized because whether the drug is legal or criminalized, the drug will still be abused. Front and center in this debate, is Kratom .
The day I should have stopped began at 10 am in Portland, Oregon while I was on vacation. As I walked down the street to a small brunch place to grab a coffee, I had no idea what was in store for me later that day. I went to downtown Oregon to visit Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Being born and raised in New Orleans, I have seen my fair share of natural disasters. Of course, Katrina was the most devastating and the first one to have an impact on my life. At that point, I had not developed a bad drug habit.
Every 18 seconds, an American is arrested for drug possession (Centers for Disease Control, 2010) .
The Horror Show of the American Addiction Epidemic Although frightening, the reality of our addiction situation in this country needs to be confronted. Gone are the days of an addict being considered simply a problem in the family for an indeterminate amount of time.
To the Staff of Narconon Louisiana, Imagine my super delight over the past six years since my beautiful granddaughter, Julianna, successfully completed treatment at your facility for drug over use and that she is once again a well rounded, optimistic family and career-minded, young woman.
Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. In commemoration of 10 years of creating drug-free lives, we received proclamations from the Mayors of both Denham Springs and Baton Rouge.
I arrived at Narconon messed up in all aspects of my life. I was a poor provider for my daughter, I wasn't contributing anything to the relationship I'm in, I wasn't in the greatest communication with my family and I wasn't working as much as I used to. I was losing everything.
That Was My Life Before going to Narconon, my life was a mess. I was using every day and had completely given up on myself. I withheld my feelings from everyone in order to make the people around me happy. I thought if I told people how I really felt, they would be unhappy or disappointed.
Congratulations Ryan! Sober since 2013! In his own words: “Getting my life back on track has been one of the best decisions I've made. I've had many blessings since completing the Narconon program in 2014....“
Naloxone, often found under the brand name Narcan is a opiate antagonist used on overdose victims to block opiate receptors and reverse the overdose. Taking naloxone results in an opiate addict going into withdrawals and requires medical attention after being administered.
He puts a needle to his arm and injects the heroin. It travels through his bloodstream and enters the brain. There the heroin converts to morphine, which binds to and activates mu-opioid receptors in the brain.
If you haven't been hit by addiction or helped a loved one who struggles with it, there are things you may not realize. A lesser known fact about addicts is they are not always crazed individuals who don't care for others or themselves. Surprisingly the opposite in many cases is true.
Why Are We Still Prescribing It? Xanax, or Alprazolam, is a powerful benzodiazepine commonly used for treating anxiety and panic disorders.
and I Will Be Forever Grateful Aimless. Depressed. Selfish. Scared. Anxious. Paranoid. Worthless. Stuck. An utter disappointment to all who loved me. The above words described me to a “T” before I went to Narconon. My drug and alcohol addiction led me to a complete impasse in my life.
For seven years I struggled with anorexia and bulimia, constantly paralyzed by depression and anxiety. Multiple inpatient and outpatient stays at hospitals and programs did not stop the obsessive thoughts, self-hate, and quest for perfection.
The Endless cycle of Trying to Quit “I’m done. I just can’t do it anymore.” While these might sound like the words of someone who is finally ready for treatment, they are quite the opposite. I am giving up on treatment, after five failed attempts. These are my words.
I remember waking up to the faint sound of Madonna playing on the stereo, shortly followed by screaming and the smell of smoke coming from the car. I couldn’t figure out what was happening but heard one of my friends telling the paramedics he couldn’t move his body or neck.
Is Addiction Really In My Blood? As one who has suffered with addiction, I didn’t think there was anything that could be done to “cure me.” I grew up with the stories of how bad Grandpa’s gambling was and how numerous family members were alcoholics and drug addicts.
From an Ex-addict I’m in a swanky hotel room with my doctor. She’s traipsing around barefoot, in a flower-print summer dress while writing me a prescription for ninety tablets of Suboxone.
Oxycontin approved for children 11 -16 In August of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration approved the powerful narcotic painkiller, Oxycontin for children ages 11-16. Since that point, there has been a great deal of controversy and criticism.
Naloxone is known as a heroin or morphine overdose reversal. It is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. It can be injected into the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose.
What you find with drugs is they bring about many undesirable situations for the user; whether that be the agonizing effects of addiction, a life that is deteriorating, failing relationships or even a severe virus such as HIV.
Alcohol and Dieting don’t mix Drug and alcohol use follow trends. None of those trends are ever wise but that doesn't stop people from getting in line to try the hot new thing with drugs. A recent trend has to do with girls, weight and alcohol.
Spice, K2, Mojo, or fake weed is a drug that has taken off and been responsible for many problems over the last several years, with authorities fighting to keep it off the streets.
Kylie grew up in Florida and faced problems in life that lead her to drug and alcohol abuse. Through doing the Narconon program she was able to find a new outlook on life.
100x more powerful then Fetanyl A powerful new drug called W-18 is on the rise in Canada. W-18 is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and fentanyl is 100 times more potent then morphine.
West Virginia’s Overdose Epidemic Since the cocaine cowboys in the 80s, to the rise of the internet drug dealer in the early 2000s, drugs have always found a way to make it into the hands of consumers. When many picture West Virginia they see rolling hills or a myriad of dangling autumn leaves.
Spreading Tragedy A Real Look at the Drug Epidemic Substance abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country and resulted in devastating overdoses, deaths, crime and heartache. The family that lost someone so dear to them.
After struggling with addiction and lossing who he was; Marty is ready to live the rest of his life happy and drug free after completing the Narconon program . “I know who I am and what I want to do for the first time in a while.“
After destroying relationships with friends and family Cori was able to repair her life with the help of the Narconon program. “The Narconon program gave me all the tools to handle my problems and recreate myself.”
After years of struggling to save her friend, Tara had all but given up hope until the Narconon program changed everything. This is her story. “Narconon Louisiana gave me my best friend back, for which I am forever grateful.” “I met Jeff about 5 years ago through friends of ours.
“I have seen the darkest parts of the world darkest part of my life and now I see nothing but joy, light and happiness.”
After years of struggling with addiction, J.C. made it out of the depths of addiction with the help of the Narconon program and this is what she had to say. “It’s been a long, awesome journey and I’m so glad I did the Narconon program.” “My life before Narconon was crazy.
J.R. completed the Narconon program almost a year ago. After completing the Narconon program, he has made his life into what he has always wanted to be. When he came back to visit he had this to say.
Since I’ve been at Narconon my life has significantly changed for the best. I have successfully been clean for 4 months and I owe it all to the program and the staff. The program gave me a drug-free withdraw which is awesome cause you’re trying to get off drugs not keep doing them.
Before coming to Narconon I was lost. I had given myself up to the opinions and discretion of doctors. I began taking Psych meds and lost who I was in the process. I then found myself stuck in a cycle of drinking and doing drugs.
“I’m truly happy every day I get up and have a much more positive outlook on life and my future.”
One year ago today I was at the lowest point in my life. On the brink of death myself, I lost someone very close to me from an overdose and was visibly killing the people who loved me most. I had given up.