When I first arrived at Narconon, Nick helped me get through the sauna portion of the program. He was a big part of my recovery. He helped me feel more comfortable in a place with people I didn't know.
I had a family member ask me several years ago what I thought would have prevented my addiction . In other words, what contributed to me going down this road to becoming an addict? For many who struggle with addiction , abuse and trauma play a significant role.
I grew up in southern Louisiana, a small little country town outside of New Orleans. Right along the Mississippi, it was a great place to grow up. The type of town where everyone knew everyone by name. Hunting, fishing, southern comfort food, and church on Sundays was a regular week growing up.
I arrived at Narconon in the beginning of October of 2019, and I was indeed someone who was lost and had nothing left to give. After a few days in withdrawal, I stopped kicking and felt a lot better, which was a massive win for me.
I grew up in southern California, in a small town called La Cañada. As far as childhoods go, mine was great. I traveled all over Europe and most of Asia with my family, up to fifth grade. I started to get picked on and act out around then.
I grew up in Brandon, FL an area outside of plant city. Where I grew up was pretty country, lots of cow fields, and orange orchards. I went to a private school until the fifth grade. I did all right in school, I wasn’t a straight-A student, and I wasn’t a bad student either.
Dogs have always been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. Humans have learned to adapt dogs to various uses over the years. Dogs are most commonly used for companionship, hunting, service roles for people with disabilities, and of course using their powerful noses to find things.
I started rebelling in my pre-teen years. I remember feeling like I was different than everyone else. It wasn’t until I was older, I discovered pretty much everyone feels like that at some point.
I think before I act; how might this affect my family, how might it affect those I love, and how it might affect my survival. I am much happier now, and everyone in my family is also pleased with how much better I am doing…
The struggle with substance abuse becomes all-encompassing. It engulfs you and becomes your primary focus. The longer a person struggles with addiction, the harder the journey back to normalcy can be.