Giving a Second Chance to Life and a Brighter Future
- In the US, drug overdoses increased by 42 percent in a single month during the pandemic, compared to the same month in 2019.
- Internationally, illicit drug abuse is responsible for 750,000 deaths a year.
- In the first three months of this year, over 1,100 people have graduated from the Narconon program.
- For over 50 years, Narconon has helped to rehabilitate tens of thousands of drug addicts.
Over the past year, the social isolation, economic disruption and lack of interaction has propelled a surge in drug abuse in many countries across the globe. Thousands have been turning to drugs as a “solution” to their problems and getting caught in this trap.
Narconon provides an effective drug rehabilitation program that gives addicts a second chance at life and a brighter future.
Here are some of the recent successes from those who now live drug-free lives thanks to Narconon:
“I grew up in a normal home with a family that loved me. I had many hobbies, I played sports and was in musicals. I went to college and obtained a degree in landscape design. At the age of 25, I was introduced to methamphetamine. After struggling with abusing meth for nearly a year, I soon learned how to start making it. This took a toll on my physical health and also my mental state of mind, and before I knew it, I was addicted. Feeling the need to obtain the essentials to continue making meth, I caught my first charge and was arrested for possession. I was caught in the act and sent to prison for two years of my life. This sent my then seven-year-old daughter away to live with her dad and turned her and my family’s life upside down. After being released from prison, basically before I even made it home, I was out and using again.
“For four more years, I continued to do meth. I ended up catching three more possession charges and was almost headed back to prison. I still had my family’s love, but I no longer had their trust. Three and a half months ago I was sitting in jail, and I called home to my mom and told her I was ready, that I needed help and I asked her to look around. Within a few days, I had been approved to be released to Narconon’s care and start my journey. When I arrived, I was made to feel right at home, and my fears were put to rest almost immediately by the staff. The sense of accomplishment that I got is perhaps the best part. Before, I had many projects that I never finished, but here I was able to finish everything I put my mind to. Perhaps the thing I look forward to the most is getting to know my 12-year-old daughter again and being the mom that I always knew I should have been. Thank you, Narconon Suncoast!”
—A.W., Narconon Suncoast Graduate
“I was just a young teenager when I first started using drugs. It was first alcohol and then hash. Just to get away from everything for a little bit. At one point that was not enough. I needed to get even further away and I just wanted to escape everything. The friends I had were older than me, the drugs were heavier, the days darker, and it was all about that next dose. It wasn’t a life, but I knew I would never have a normal life. My destiny was drugs, I had no doubt about that. My family and I became more and more distant. To protect my younger siblings, they didn’t want me at home. I was at the police station several times and ‘friends’ and acquaintances were more and more broken by drugs. By the time I turned 20, I knew already several who had died from drugs.
“I was lucky to have a family who never gave up on me—even after some failed rehab programs. I realized I only had two ways to go—death or life. I couldn’t envision having my family have to explain how I died on drugs, so I chose life! That brought me to Narconon. Narconon taught me something I didn’t even know was possible—it taught me to be comfortable with myself and with others. To take control over my life. My smiles and laughs were real! I learned to communicate and had my first proper conversation during the Narconon program. I learned so much about myself, life and people. I became responsible, and that responsibility has just grown since. I’m here now, with a lovely husband, two kids, my dream job, and my friends and family are doing great. I got through to the other side, the good side, due to Narconon. Thank you.”—M.S., Narconon Europe Graduate