Thank You for My Sobriety!

S.P., Narconon Graduate

Before I decided I needed help, I was really failing at life, addicted to meth and alcohol. I was barely surviving and had not worked in over three years. I woke up each day and drank until I passed out, then woke up and drank some more. I always had alcohol in my cup, which was always in my hand. This behavior resulted in my diabetes being out of control. After I got two DUI’s within three months of each other, I finally decided I needed to get my life in order.

When I first arrived at Narconon, I was very cranky and wanted to be left alone. I had trouble sleeping at night, thinking about all the horrible things I had done when I was drunk and high. The drug-free withdrawal staff really helped me feel better and get my sleep schedule back on track. They also helped me get my blood sugars back to normal.

When I got out of withdrawal, I started the sauna detoxification. That really helped me to think clearly and become more aware. While progressing through sauna, I began sleeping throughout the night! Each morning I began to wake up excited to progress on my program. I looked forward to being around others and communicating with them and was not introverted like I was when I had arrived. I feel more alive now than I have in years because of the sauna. Before treatment, I just wanted to sit around and sleep all day. Now when I wake up, I want to go at my life with full force! I feel so energized and clear!

“I truly feel confident I will handle my problems instead of giving up and running away.”

Next were the objectives which helped me become more aware of what is around me. I feel more in the present than ever before, not stuck in the past. I can control myself and the things around me. Lastly was Life Skills and that truly changed my life. My confidence and self-esteem grew exponentially. I truly feel confident I will handle my problems instead of giving up and running away. That’s what I always would do in the past. If things weren’t going the way I wanted them to I would give up and leave or quit. Not anymore. I really had to look at some difficult things that had happened in my life. I feel a huge weight lifted off me now! Now that I have written down all the things I have done and gotten them off my chest, I feel a huge relief! There were things I didn’t want to face.

Now that I have, I feel I can accomplish so much more in life moving forward. When I was high and drunk, I hated everybody! With no drugs in my system I became interested in others and wanted to talk with and be around people! I know I will handle life now and be able to set and reach my goals in life because I don’t feel drugs and alcohol stopping me or holding me back from what I want to do with my life! I can think much more clearly now, and I feel my patience has skyrocketed. I haven’t read a book for pleasure since I was in grade school, and now I enjoy reading for pleasure.

What helped me the most was the staff who were there for me to help through it all. I am now excited to tackle my life, and I feel able to accomplish whatever life has in store for me. I am so grateful for each staff member and intern for helping me feel better about myself and what I can do in life! I love you all so much. I didn’t realize until the end, just how shitty I felt before I arrived at Narconon. I feel so much better now. I truly feel my life is just beginning. Thank you for my sobriety!

—S.P., Narconon Graduate



Aaron has been writing drug education articles and documenting the success of the Narconon program for over two years.