Narconon Louisiana Student: “Stay True to Yourself”
One of our students here at Narconon Louisiana reflects on what caused her life to go off course, as she walks the road to recovery from addiction.
“When I was young, I was involved in all kinds of sports and was really good at it. I was also a good student and had a lot of potential. I hung out with the ‘cool kids’ who also played sports and did well in school.
“Then, in fifth grade, all the kids in the elementary school came together in one school. That’s the year my whole life changed.
“There were a few girls that were in a different class who were extremely mean and they were always threatening to kick my butt. I was scared of them and avoided them as much as possible.
“But somehow before the year was over I had managed to become friends with them and we started hanging out all of the time. I also started smoking cigarettes and pot. I began to get into trouble and my grades suffered.
“My old friends did not want to have anything to do with me anymore. I was always trying to fit in, but I was confused about where I wanted to fit in. I loved playing basketball and I knew drugs were bad, but I made the horrible decision to keep hanging out with those girls and doing drugs.
“Before I knew it, my grades were so bad, that I became unable to play basketball. Then by my freshman year in high school, I was skipping class all the time. By sophomore year I started shooting meth, doing acid and getting drunk. I ended up getting sent to two different rehabs when I was 16, yet I didn’t stop hanging out with people who were getting high and getting into trouble, so after each rehab, I would be high within a week.
“By the time I was 17, I was pregnant and married. By 21, I had three small babies and a horrible drug problem which eventually resulted in my losing custody of my three children.
“I have been fighting this addiction for more than 20 years. I have been in and out of relationships, rehabs and jail. The point I believe my life went off course was when I failed to stay true to myself. I allowed myself to get talked into something I did not want to do and something I know was not right. Almost unbelievably, it started with something small and stupid—like trying weed.
“The moral of the story?
“Stay true to yourself, your goals and dreams as a guarantee of success, and sobriety.”
Our drug abuse rehabilitation program is designed to help addicts regain their goals and dreams and become true to themselves once more. This is one of the major keys to sobriety.
If you know someone who needs help with addiction, call us now. Our drug rehab facility is one of the best in the nation. Our counselors are ready to assist you.