Thanks Narconon for Giving My Son Back to Me

Mom and Narconon Graduate

Our son was in need of help and we did not see all of the warning signs.

He had begun a downward spiral; broken promises and lies—all because of his addiction.

What we thought was forgetfulness and insomnia were actually the symptoms of a serious drug addiction. The money that was missing had been taken to support a habit which he had unsuccessfully tried to break by himself.

By the time we knew he needed help, he was in a state of crisis. He had been forgetting, having trouble waking up in the morning, and hiding a lot of pain. He needed help.

We needed help and had no idea where to turn. We went to bed one night not knowing how sick he was and thinking he was just struggling and forgetful and the next day we had landed in a place that was foreign to us—a place of addiction, and life and death.

We were desperate for someone to send us a lifeline. That help came through a referral to the Narconon New Life Retreat Center in Louisiana.

My husband and I were in shock, struggling to find the best possible treatment for our son’s addiction, when a health insurance spokesman gave us the telephone number for Narconon, telling us that even though it was not covered by our insurance, it was in his opinion the best residential drug treatment program in the United States.

We spoke to a counselor at Narconon and I can’t say enough good things about how quickly and compassionately we were treated. Both my husband and I spoke to the counselor and then he spoke to our son. Everything was set up and plans were made, including a reservation for a flight the following morning to Louisiana.

We headed to the airport but what we didn’t know was the fear our son had of withdrawal symptoms and a simple trip to get on a plane turned into a nightmare.

He seemed groggy in the security line as I said goodbye. Hours later the team at Narconon said he had not arrived on the designated flight. I was terrified he had left the airport, but my gut instinct told me he had fallen asleep. Finally, he answered his cell phone; the drugs he had secretly taken at the airport had knocked him out.

Things had gone from bad to worse, but the counselor at Narconon emailed me a letter to my phone so I could get an emergency gate-pass to assist his getting on a plane in this groggy condition.

The flight attendants didn’t want him on board, and the counselor actually talked to them, explaining how he was headed for treatment in Louisiana. The pilot was wonderful and wanted to get my son quickly to rehab and the team from Narconon held a vigil at the airport until he arrived and was safely in their hands.

The staff then called to tell me that he had arrived safely. As the days passed he said that the center was staffed by “the nicest people on earth” and not to worry. Getting well was a lot of hard work and I know it took enormous commitment both from my son and from the hard-working people at Narconon.

“After treatment, he was a totally renewed person.”

Many of the “why” questions that had not been answered would slowly emerge on his road to recovery, allowing him to fully heal from drugs and become a new person. Our relationship with him and the rest of the family is new, new to him and new to us, but his recovery has meant a healthy honest relationship with new accountability and respect.

The months of treatment was done without drugs and actually cleansed his system from the toxins that had accumulated in this body. He progressed from the sauna program onto the courses that would help him organize his thoughts and his life and working with a counselor he was able to understand some of the underlying reasons for his emotional pain.

After treatment, he was a totally renewed person, able to confront his pain and able to focus on a new life without drugs. His relationship with his family has strengthened and renewed through this process.

If you need help with a drug or alcohol problem, Narconon is the one to call.

I thank Narconon, for saving his life, for giving him back to us and for being there throughout the journey!

—Mother of Narconon Graduate