I Can Finally Be Proud of Who I Am!

Walking a Path from Dark to Light

Wow!!!!! I seriously cannot believe this day has come. I look back to 4 months ago when I arrived at Narconon for the first time… and although I cannot remember much about it, I know how broken and mixed up I was. I truly was a hot mess!

The person who walked or should I say stumbled in was not actually a person, but a walking dead filled with anger, darkness, disease, weakness, and fear. That shell of a person was careless and reckless and risked herself and anyone or anything around her so she could autopilot her way down a path of destruction.

I remember being in the withdrawal unit and watched those at the end of their program in envy. I longed to be where they were in life but failed to realize that would be me one day. Now here I am, standing tall, laughing, waking up in the actual morning, not in the middle of the afternoon and getting ready.

I also found a group of individuals who care about me, don’t judge me, and appreciate who I am…

I look at my life through eyes full of love, motivation, determination, confidence, and genuine happiness. I am so happy I chose to come to Narconon because it was here that I found who I was. I also found a group of individuals who care about me, don’t judge me, and appreciate who I am. They can look at my past with me and laugh about the minor things and console me about the deep things, all the while never making me feel bad.

I don’t regret who I was because it made me who I am today and for once I can finally be proud of what that is!

—Narconon Graduate

(To preserve privacy, the photo does not show an actual Narconon student or graduate.)


Joe Kertis

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Joe has worked at Narconon New Life Retreat for the past seven years, since his relocation to Louisiana. As the Intake Supervisor, he helps families and individuals through a very difficult time and take their first steps to a new, drug-free life. Get in touch with Joe on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.