I Don’t Ever Have to Be That Person Again

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When I first started the Personal Values course, it was not easy. In fact, I made it out to be a mountain that reached outer-space. I created this mountain in my own head.

Throughout my addiction, I never wanted to look at what I did in the past. I mean really take a good, hard, long look at what I’d actually done to my mother, father, sister, and everyone else in my life. There’s an old saying that the truth hurts, only because it is true.

The gains I got from doing the Personal Values course were amazing. I got to see what kind of a person I was and see just how badly I hurt the people in my life who loved me. I saw how I went against my own integrity. It was not easy to do this, but I took it slow and did not rush the process. I took it day by day and kept pushing myself.

The wins at the end of it were fantastic. It was like the room was melting just for me, as I realized I don’t have to be that person anymore. In fact, the person I was, only cared about himself.

After completing this course, I am no longer selfish. I take time out of each day to help people. It’s not just about me, me, me.

This is all so new and different to me. But it’s a great kind of different! I love who I am now. I used to hate seeing who I was. The keyword being “was.” I don’t ever have to be that person again.

I finally took responsibility for the person I was. It can be done, and you too can be a success in life.

—M.K., Narconon New Life Retreat Graduate

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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.