A Fall from Grace to Drug-Free for Good—My Story

J.S., Narconon Suncoast Graduate

“The Bad”

It hurts to fall from grace, to knowingly do harm to self and others. One thing is true, I certainly fell away from who I was, spun out of my mind watching the ceiling spin in a dark room. Blotting out the light, a blanket over my mirror. I didn’t want to ever see the mess I had become, let alone be seen by another!

I was content to waste away. If only I could remember a time when I cared, when I was productive, cared about my image, and cared about my friends. Those times when I did where when I was always off drugs and during recovery.

Eventually, I had enough of my lies, enough of my self-pity, and decided to get up, start moving forward and get busy doing something! That something turned out to be the Narconon Program at Narconon Suncoast. I feel a thousand times better than I did nearly 3 months ago.

“The Good”

Every time I have gone to rehab, I have improved the condition of my life, from one where I was struggling to survive to one in which I was doing much better. Every relapse I have had stemmed from a social inability and unwillingness to confront that situation sober, whether it be making friends, looking someone in the eye, or applying for a new job.

A major contributing factor to my newfound stability is learning to confront another person or situation while in this program. To master that has been the key mastery of self. Born of a different walk of life I would have been doomed to an existence of “social anxiety.”

Thankfully I was led down a different path here at Narconon Suncoast, and I can now confront life, drug-free for good!

—J.S., Narconon Suncoast Graduate



Justin has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 1 year. Justin earned his Bachelors's Degree in Finance from Florida State University. Having been an addict himself, he brings real-world experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Justin is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions.