I Put My All Into this Program

C.P., Narconon Graduate
C.P., Narconon Graduate

I feel as though I’ve come a long way since day one. I came into Narconon very sick and didn’t believe I could get through it. On my first night in Withdrawal, I felt like a zombie. I was barely able to function. I was sad, angry, and hated my life choices. I had a hard time sleeping; I didn’t want to talk, eat, walk or do anything that a normal functioning human does. With every day came different emotions and feelings, both physical and emotional. After the first couple of days, I gained more strength and motivation. It was hard at times to want to keep pushing, but I knew I had to. I could get past challenging times and was ready to stay motivated to live a better and clean life, so I never had to go through those nights again. I knew I had already made progress completing Withdrawal, but I had no idea how far I had to go. The Withdrawal specialists played a significant role in getting me through it.

After completing Withdrawal, I went on to the New Life Detoxification (sauna). At first, I doubted the results I might get, but sure enough, after twenty-nine hot, sweaty days, I felt like a whole new person physically. I was sleeping better, had the energy of a kid, and ate more than ever. The Sauna staff did a great job of being there and making it so much easier. My body feels great, and I can think more clearly as if I had never touched a drug before. I knew I no longer needed drugs to suppress my emotions with drugs and could live a happy life with a sober state of mind.

At first, I didn’t know what to expect from Objectives. I had heard the point of it before but never quite understood. When starting, I got very agitated easily and wanted to give up. Eventually, I began to notice that all my focus was on the Objective, and I was in present time for the first time. My mind wasn’t wandering off or stressing about anything. It felt great to open my mind, realize a lot of things, and get it off my chest. It felt even better to be able to regain abilities I never realized I’d lost. I became more patient and noticed I was able to be in present time, in and out of the course room. The Supervisor was great and became a mentor to me. I had a fantastic twin to go through it with.

Thanks to the Life Skills Supervisors, I gained a lot out of Life Skills. I was able to handle my past in the Ups and Downs course. I obtained an increased responsibility level through Personal Values, and I could see the damage I caused and the my wrongdoings, intentionally and unintentionally. I became more aware of things I do that are harmful. I can now go on in life having addressed my harmful actions, taking responsibility for them, and avoiding doing those harmful things again. Through the course, I saw the harm I cause myself not only by doing drugs but the dangerous situations I put myself in. I can see how much damage I caused to my family and loved ones with the things I’ve withheld, lies I’ve told, and rude things I’ve said. In the Conditions course, I saw what I was doing to myself and others by being a liability. I was able to work my way out of that condition and move forward, living a better life.

“I can live life sober and have the tools to make the right choices and stay on the right path.”

I want to thank all the staff that worked with me along the way. I want to thank my twin for going through it with me since day one and all the other friends I made along the way. I appreciate all of you. Know that you will get out what you put in during this program. I can live life sober and have the tools to make the right choices and stay on the right path.

C.P., 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.