Breaking Free from the Shackles of Drug Addiction
- Suspected drug overdoses have soared in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, jumping 18% in March, 29% in April and 42% in May.
- There are currently more than 35 million people worldwide with a drug addiction.
- The Narconon success rate is consistently higher than the international average.
- Narconon has rehabilitated tens of thousands of drug abusers internationally.
As long as there are drugs on this planet, effective drug rehabilitation will be in demand. According to the 2020 UN World Drug Report, more than 35 million people are addicted to drugs.
With the coronavirus pandemic creating catastrophic problems—loss of jobs, isolation and all that this entails—many people are turning to drugs as a solution and countless addicts are relapsing.
Consequently, drug abuse has skyrocketed in the U.S., with drug overdose deaths increasing by more than 11% in the first four months of 2020, compared to the same period last year. Similarly, in Europe, drug market activity on the darknet has increased by 25% in the first four months of 2020.
Here are successes from recent graduates at Narconon centers around the world:
“Before I started using drugs, I was a kid with many hobbies. I liked to swim, play sports and I had a love for film and media. I was very passionate about what I did. Growing up, I never seemed to have any problems until drugs hit. I started experimenting around eleven or twelve years old, and from there it just got worse and worse. Every aspect of my life started going downhill. No longer did I play sports or have any interest in school. I became alienated from my family, left school, and turned to drugs full-time. As I graduated into harder drugs, my mental and physical health started to decline rapidly. I lost weight, I looked dull and my voice was monotonous. My family didn’t know what to do with me anymore. They had tried everything. Twelve-step programs, wilderness therapy and more, but nothing worked.
One day, my mother was researching what to do with me, when she found Narconon. As I went on with the program the changes were incredible. I slowly started to feel better getting the drugs and toxins out of my body. Finally, I started to sleep better, eat better, and overall my physical health was coming back to me. With the new tools now in hand to make the changes to my life that I had failed to make in the past, and the newfound mindset that drugs are no longer part of my journey, I begin a new chapter full of possibilities. I am no longer bound by the shackles of drug addiction. I found the freedom to go live my life.” —B.M., Narconon Suncoast Graduate
“At the age of 13, I started using drugs and alcohol. When I was 19, I began to realize all the problems I had. I had dropped out of college, I was not looking after my son, I had lost my job. I started to quit drugs and everything started to go better, but I relapsed again and again.
At the age of 24, I realized that I was becoming more and more submerged in a place that I was not able to leave. I moved away from my family, friends, and society in general. Nothing went right for me and the days became sadder and darker. Although I had thousands of reasons to be happy, I was not because I was under the yoke of drugs and alcohol.
I made the decision to enter Narconon and I called my dad for support. Within two days my rehabilitation program began. All the tools and processes that I carried out strengthened me as a human being, but above all, they gave me the opportunity to have a new life—to recover that identity that I had wanted to feel and have for so many years. I am full of desire to fulfill my dreams, to share with my loved ones, and to continue loving me and respecting myself.
I will live the rest of my life free of drugs and alcohol thanks to Narconon and its team. I admire them for their great work towards humanity. A human being in essence has goals, dreams, hope, joy and in general a desire to live. The Narconon program helps one to recover his reason to live.”
—S.L., Narconon Colombia Graduate