The darkest memory I have before I came to Narconon is the despair of wanting to be alone with my bottle. However, I was not a person who normally enjoyed isolation. I am very much a people person. Realizing the hurt I cause the people I love, I knew I needed help changing back to the person who cared about his family and friends so I could live my life to the fullest.
This program changed my abilities and taught me to be patient and to communicate with others on their level and with total honesty. I learned not to give up on others because everyone deserves a chance to better themselves. I believe it made me a whole person who knows he can control his own destiny. It brought me back closer to my family and made me better with my great niece and nephew.
I am now able to volunteer here at Narconon. I produce something valuable and feel like a member of a team even though I’m the oldest one in the bunch. Actually feeling needed, respected, and part of something bigger means a lot to me.
For me, it is knowing that I have a chance to say the right thing to a student, to change their life for the better, and that I had a part in helping someone change their ways and continue to live life to the fullest, forever. Seeing someone go from being on drugs or alcohol to getting married and having kids and knowing no matter how small, I had a part in that. It is a joy to me to be able to do that.
You can lose hope with your family, you can lose hope in yourself, but by coming here there is hope of a better life. You don’t just have to hope for a better life, you can make it happen – you just have to get up and do something about it.
The program isn’t for everyone, but I know it worked for me. I believe that everyone has a their own way and they have to figure it out, but I know this program works if you let it, because it did for me. It’s a hell of a caring group of people here to work with.
I am 9 months sober thanks to Narconon New Life Retreat along with my efforts, the staff, my family, and friends.