Prescription Drug Addict Tells Her Story of Recovery at Narconon

I recently toured the Narconon Suncoast Rehabilitation Center (SRC) in Florida, a non-profit inpatient drug rehabilitation program that has received the highest score possible by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the State agency responsible for inspecting and approving drug rehabilitation facilities.  While I was there a recent graduate shared her success story upon completing the Narconon program.

“At this moment and time I don’t even have the words to describe the sense of accomplishment I have right now. This program has not only given me my life back but has changed it drastically. Before I came to Narconon Suncoast my life was in shambles. I didn’t know my right from left or good or bad anymore.

“I came from a wonderful family with a great life. Then at the age of 13, my father lost his sight from a stroke that affected his optic nerves. I went to sleep with my dad being able to see me and woke up with him unable to.

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle that at all, so, I started to smoke marijuana. My grades in school started to slip and my family and I were fighting constantly. I did that for a few years until it became more of a routine than fun anymore.

“Then at the age of 16 my sister Jamie committed suicide, taking her own life with Anti-Depressants and Aspirin. At that point I was ready to give up. The pot wasn’t cutting it anymore. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd and took my first oxycodone. Within 6 months I was hooked and needing it to function every day. I was lying, stealing, cheating, getting arrested and loosing my family by the day. I was never home and if I was, I would be in my room hiding from my family and trying to escape from life.

“The relationship that I had with my brother went from crappy to non-existent as well as the relationship with my mom & dad. I was sick everyday and didn’t want to live anymore. I lost trust, confidence and the feeling of loving life. After I got out of jail for the last time, my dad came up to me, cried and said how happy he was to have his little girl back. After a few days of suffering I finally gave in and expressed I needed help.

“I came to Narconon Suncoast and started learning how to live life again without the use of any kinds of substances. Book 1 really helped me to be comfortable with myself and my environment and confront my problems. Book 2, the New Life Detoxification program, cleaned all the horrible things [drug toxins] that were still in my body out and I felt renewed again sort of like a dirty dish that went through the dishwasher and came out clean. I felt like I did before I ever started using drugs. Physically I was back to my old self and felt amazing.

“Book 3 got me to study correctly again, which I wish I could have known before I went through any college classes, that’s for sure. Book 4 changed my life literally and helped me to realize the underlying problems I had and how to handle them. Book 5 brought me to an understanding of why certain people act the way they do and how to handle, discover /disconnect from non-survival personal situations with friends or acquaintances. Book 6 was a great book and I really took it to heart. You learn about the different areas in your life and how each one affects the other. You also learn to really step up and own up to the things in your life you’re responsible for. Book 7 helped me fix past conditions that kept me from moving on in life. Book 8, The Way to Happiness, is exactly what it sounds like -it’s a book that shows you the way to happiness.

“I now have my life back. I am happy to be alive and happy to be clean. I have my confidence back, the trust and love of my family and a wonderful future ahead of me. The staff at Narconon Suncoast saved my life and I thank them every day for that. I am glad to say the old me is back and better than ever thanks to the Narconon Program.” -A.D.
If you know of someone who is struggling with prescription addiction or any form of drug or alcohol addiction, contact Narconon Suncoast Rehabilitation Center at 800-511-9403.