For those of us fortunate enough to never have experienced the misery of life as a drug addict, we can yet observe the disastrous effects it has on those who are addicts, on others connected to them, and on the health of our society at large. We can know that an addict lives a life of mental, spiritual and physical pain, surrounded by danger, confusion and hopelessness. Perhaps the glimmer of hope to one day get clean and sober is still alive, but the overwhelming cravings for the drug of choice and the pain and sickness of withdrawal drive the addict back to the drugs, over and over again. The degradation of doing whatever it takes to get the drugs, whether it’s lying, begging, stealing, or selling oneself on the streets, only serves to push the addict even deeper into the pit of misery and hopelessness. The ever-present threat of death by overdose or another drug-related cause looms constantly, and if ignored for too long, can become the harsh reality for the addict who fails to get effective rehabilitation treatment.
A Personal Story About Narconon
One young man was fortunate enough to find and make his way to Narconon Arrowhead to get real and workable help to handle his long-term drug and alcohol addiction. Here is his personal story, in his own words:
“My life, before I got to Narconon, if that’s what you want to call it, was not much of a life. It was nothing but drug and alcohol abuse for a twenty year period. With the last two years, I never drew a sober breath. It was living hell, for not only myself but for anyone that I came in contact with, for my family and loved ones just had pretty much given-up on me. And I’d given-up on myself. I have to say that I came to the point where I just didn’t know where to go or what to do. And I’d given-up on myself.
When I first got to Narconon, I didn’t really know what to expect. The staff was so kind and caring. And after talking with some of the staff and getting their stories also, I realized they knew how I was feeling and what I’d been through because they had been there, too. And they made me feel so comfortable. I felt like I’d been here before, almost. It was just really comfortable.
They helped me through withdraw, which was a difficult time, but they made it so much better than it could have been on my own. And I really want to thank the staff at Narconon for that. They do a wonderful job.
When I first walked in the door at Narconon, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d been to other rehabs before, and they were a hospital-type set-up. And to walk into this beautiful resort-type atmosphere just blew me away. And the care from the staff in withdraw just really made feel comfortable and like I was home.
Now that I’ve completed the Narconon Program, I have my self back. I have my dignity and my respect and work ethics, and I feel like I did before I started using drugs, something I thought I would never have again. I thought it was gone for good. And Narconon gave me that back.”
Perhaps there is no greater gift a person can receive than that of restoration of self. Substance abuse steals that from a person, their sense of self. Addiction robs a person of their dignity, their pride, their honesty, their work ethic, and their kinship with their fellow man. But as long as their heart beats, the hope of restoration of self is alive, even if a faint glimmer. Contact Narconon Arrowhead for information on how you can help yourself or a loved one return to a drug-free life.