I Dug Deep and Got Clean

R.E., Narconon Graduate
R.E., Narconon Graduate

When I first got here, I went into withdrawal. It was difficult for me, but I got to the point where I could comfortably be there and confront my peers, and I felt very good about the program. From there, I went to the sauna New Life Detox.

Throughout my time in sauna, many things happened. At first, I couldn’t sleep; my hands were clammy, my eyes constantly watered, I was constantly yawning, and I had racing thoughts about using drugs. About midway through, my sleep started returning; no more clammy hands or watery eyes. My thought process shifted to thinking more positively. The restimulating effects of drugs have diminished, and I feel much better. I feel happier and much clearer-minded. At first, I didn’t know what to think about sauna, but now I am so glad I did it!

“This was, all around, an excellent experience.”

From sauna, I went on to Objectives. It was a very long road, but with hard work and dedication, it paid off! I learned a lot of patience doing this and that I’m much more capable than I thought. I also learned what present time was and how to be in it. This was, all around, an excellent experience.

After Objectives, I moved on to Life Skills. I started with Ups and Downs, which made me understand who was social and antisocial in my life. I also had some excellent conversations with my family and handled any problems that there were. I then went to Personal Values. Writing down all the wrongdoing I’d done was definitely a rollercoaster and more challenging than one would think. When I first started, I felt like I was doing them as a punishment more than to get all the bad stuff off my chest. It wasn’t until later that I got the satisfaction of writing them down. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I can finally breathe again. You would never think something like writing down harmful acts would help until you’ve done it. Now that I have, I can see a noticeable difference. I’m glad I put my all into it and got everything out of it. After Personal Values, I went on to Conditions, where I learned a lot. I learned who my friends and my enemies are. I also learned that I must start communicating with my family to improve our relationships. I also learned who the bad groups were and how to reenter into a positive group. Of all the steps in the program, I probably learned the most out of Conditions, and I look forward to applying them when I get out!

Through all this, I got to dig deep into my problems and figured out a lot about myself. This program has been great, and it really works. I’m so glad I completed it!

R.E., Narconon Graduate


Alina Snowden

Originally from Kentucky, Alina decided after changing her life that she wanted to help others understand the dangers of addiction and help families know what to do if their loved one is struggling. She now writes articles to spread awareness and positivity about how those with addiction problems can turn their lives around.