Putting My Past Behind Me

J.J., Narconon Graduate
J.J., Narconon Graduate

Before coming to Narconon, I acted like I didn't care about anything. All my life, all I knew was incarceration and how to be fearless, cold, and emotionless on the outside.

After I arrived and when I was in withdrawal, I felt awful, but I pushed through. By the end of it, I felt better and was ready to get sober. I went into the sauna New Life Detox, and felt numb. I thought I could not feel human emotions. One of the guys helped me through the tough times. There were days during sauna that I did not want to go, but I did, and it was well worth it. I then started feeling clearer-minded and felt I could feel happy. I sweated  the drugs and toxic residues out of my body and felt wonderful when I finished.

After New Life Detox, I went on to Objectives and was twinned with a guy who was with me through sauna. He and I motivated each other, especially when we had a hard time. There were times I didn't think I would make it. But, by the end of the Objectives, I felt I had accomplished something and gained a lot of patience.

I then went on to Life Skills and wrote my life story. I did my handling with my family and took responsibility for things I did. It made me feel a lot better, and then I got to take responsibility for all the harm I’ve done to myself and the other aspects of my life. I relived all the cringy moments of my life, and after seeing it all, I realized I’m no longer that person. I got to the root of my drug use and fixed my ways of thinking to stay away from the person I used to be. I cut ties with my best friend, who was like my brother, I knew I couldn’t fall back into my old life.

“Today that person I used to be is a stranger to me. Narconon brought out the person I truly am.”

Today that person I used to be is a stranger to me. Narconon brought out the person I truly am. And I am forever thankful for Narconon, showing me who I truly am and putting that demon I used to be in the past.

J.J., 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.