My Journey to Sobriety

Narconon Graduate
M.A. Narconon Graduate

Today I want to share a brief but powerful story—my journey to sobriety. Doing the Narconon program has transformed my life in ways I never imagined. Not long ago, my life seemed like an endless maze of darkness, overshadowed by the chains of addiction. Alcohol had become my escape from the challenges and pain that life threw my way. It was an endless struggle to break, but I had lost all hope of ever finding light at the end of the tunnel. I made multiple attempts to address my alcohol problem, exploring different approaches, including consulting doctors who diagnosed me with ADHD. However, there was no scientific evidence to support this diagnosis. I later realized I was just as normal as I had always known myself to be.

Additionally, I participated in various treatment centers that followed the 12-step program, but unfortunately, none proved effective for my recovery. I didn’t like the fact I was told, “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” I didn’t believe that until I stood by rejecting the label alcoholic and opened the door to unlimited possibilities and a future defined by my strengths, not my weaknesses. But one day, I decided enough was enough. I committed to myself, my loved ones, and my future to longer let alcohol define who I was. It was time to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

The road to sobriety was not easy. It demanded courage, determination, resilience, and willingness to face my fears and change my path. Through the love of my family and friends, I found the strength to face my challenges. I sought help from Narconon to provide a safe haven for sharing experiences and finding solace in understanding others who have walked a similar path. Through self-reflection, I discovered the root causes of my addiction and learned healthy copy mechanisms to deal with life’s challenges. I excavated into new passions and interests that nourished my soul and provided a sense of purpose beyond the cloud of addiction.

As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, I witnessed the transformation within me. I found joy in the simplest of things. Sobriety has gifted me with clarity, purpose, self-worth, and a newfound appreciation for life’s beauty. I have rebuilt broken relationships, discovered true happiness and faithful friends, and become the person I always knew I could be. I share my story not to boast of my accomplishments but to offer hope and inspiration to those who may be walking a similar path.

“You are stronger than you know. Let the journey to sobriety become your greatest success.”

Sobriety is not an end. It is the beginning of a change to discover the person you were meant to be and to embrace life with all its ups and downs. You are not alone in this journey, believe in yourself, surround yourself with positive influences, take the first step towards recovery, and come to Narconon. You are stronger than you know. Let the journey to sobriety become your greatest success.

No memory of my best day drunk can compare to the present serenity and fulfillment I find in embracing sobriety today.

M.A. 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.