My life has meaning again, and I feel brand new in mind, body and spirit. I smile so much more now, and I have every reason to. My drive to accomplish my goals has returned, my health is the best it has been in a very long time, and most importantly, my relationship with my family has been rebuilt on a solid foundation of honesty and open communication.
I examine the common saying in recovery, “whatever you do, don't pick up” and analyze why it runs so much deeper than simply telling someone not to drink or use.
Here’s my story since starting my drug-free life nearly three years ago, with the many successes I have experienced that all started with a decision to get help and a commitment to a better life.
On May 14, 2021, I became a graduate of the Narconon Suncoast Program. On May 15, 2021, I got to fly back to Ohio and be reunited with my family. Meeting me at the airport were my biggest cheerleaders—my mom, dad, and my two boys. I was greeted with big smiles and the biggest hugs. I was not the only one that was affected by my addiction—my whole family was.
Finding reasons why treatment is too logistically difficult to pull off or any other reasons why getting treatment is impossible, is an easy trap to fall into. There can be many reasons people use to avoid committing to long-term residential care for substance abuse. Let’s go over and address some of the main factors people must confront in order to seek adequate treatment.
Our recent Narconon Suncoast graduate shares his amazing wins on the program, his excitement for the future, and the love he now has for his life.
A successful graduate shares his 3-year journey of sobriety since completing the Narconon program, including using the tools he learned to navigate life and build towards his future!
Problems that arise during an addiction are largely self-inflicted, and that causes chaos. While life will always present challenges, I take a look at the difference between adding to life’s problems as an addict and addressing problems while living in a way that does not create more problems in recovery.
In recovery, the need for a healthy outlet is important. The pain and emotions that drugs and alcohol used to mask, represent a void that must be filled, creating a vicious cycle of using, feeling bad, and then using again to feel better. Learning how to replace that cycle with healthy habits is part of recovery, provides self-comfort, and can help contribute to long term sobriety.
A glimpse into a long-time friend in recovery’s mindset after a relapse, and what it takes to maintain long-term sobriety. Sometimes the confidence given by an extended clean-time can lead to complacency, lapse of judgment, and slowly decaying morals. Time is not a factor to judge your success by, only your commitment to a better, drug-free life.