Hi, my name is Dianna and I would like to share my story with everyone. I started to use drugs at the age of 12 and by the time I got to high school my addiction had escalated to pain pills. Shortly after that I found heroin and my life went downhill from there. I went to countless doctors and rehab, but my problems only seemed to get worse.
Right before I turned 22 my mother found Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat, and after a long battle she eventually convinced me to give sobriety one more shot. I got to Narconon a shell of a human being. I was scary skinny and my arms were covered in bruises and track marks. I lost every one of my friends and I caused my family so much pain it felt like it was impossible to ever make up the damage.
I can honestly say that the withdrawal was the easiest one I have ever been through. There was a staff member by my side 24/7 to help me, even when I just needed someone to talk to. I can’t say that I was the easiest person to deal with along the way. I would argue that I didn’t even have a soul to save, but the staff was always extremely patient and caring. Each and every one of them is amazing in their own way.
I have attempted to quit drugs several times and I would go through every day still depressed and miserable, but after doing the sauna program I am truly happier and feel healthier. It was unlike any experience I have ever gone through. Every aspect of this program benefited me, but the part I enjoyed the most was at the end when I got to sit down and figure out what underlying problems, led to my drug use. The great thing about it was that I figured it out myself, and then with the help of a staff member I learned solutions to these problems. I was finally given a chance to make up for all of the destruction that I created in every area of my life, which is something I never dreamed was even possible.
I am now 3 years completely sober, and I am still the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. I now have an amazing relationship with my family and they are the proudest they have ever been. I have made new friendships that will last a lifetime. My life isn’t completely perfect; I still have problems like everyone else. The difference is I have learned how to handle these problems, and how to not fall on my face when they come my way. I am still the person I was before, just upgraded!