I Finally Got to the Root of
Before coming to Narconon Suncoast, I had been dealing with a drug problem that started with alcohol and marijuana. As the years went by, I began experimenting with other drugs like cocaine, meth, and prescription pills. But once I tried heroin, I fell in love. Heroin started taking over my life from the very first moment I tried it. I spent all of my time constantly chasing that first high, but I could never satisfy the craving.
At the beginning of my addiction, I was just an average 18-year-old kid; hanging out with friends, going to concerts, just enjoying the little things that life had to offer. I came from a good family who raised me to treat everyone with respect, to be presentable and to be well-mannered. When my addiction took hold, I would use the way my family raised me to lie, manipulate, and steal. I’d constantly lie to my family and manipulate anyone I could in order to get money to support my addiction. When being a manipulative liar didn’t work, I began stealing from anyone around me. Being this way caused me to ruin so many important relationships with people I considered to be my close friends and family. It caused me to not be trusted by anyone and that is honestly one of the worst things I ‘ve ever had to experience… everyone eventually became suspicious of me. My family was in constant fear as to whether or not I’d be coming home at night, or having died of an overdose.
During my addiction, I never took into consideration all of the damage and harm that I’d been causing to those around me. I saw how my friend’s families would act because they knew their son or daughter was basically killing themselves when they were around me. It wasn’t until I lost a friend who I’ had known my entire life to a heroin overdose that I finally decided that I wanted to get clean.
I went to a 12-step program that lasted about three weeks and I gained nothing other than finding ways to be a better drug addict. After that, I had a very intense relapse that almost ended my life. I realized that I needed and wanted a way to get clean for good. I no longer wanted to destroy the things and people in my life. I no longer wanted to destroy myself.
I found Narconon Suncoast through a friend of mine who had been through the program and had been working there for a few years. Within a week, I made it to Narconon and it was honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The program really helped me to get in touch with myself and rediscover the person I really was without drugs. Narconon Suncoast has made me feel better than I have in many, many years. I feel great physically and mentally and I’ve finally gotten to the root of where my addictive behaviors stem from. I’ve also repaired the damage I’ve caused to myself and the people I care about. I’m very glad to have found this place and it has absolutely given me a second chance at life. I’ve come a very long way and intend to continue moving forward and create a great life for myself.
T.M. – Narconon Suncoast Student