A Fight worth Fighting For: 6 Months Clean and Sober!

Narconon Suncoast graduate

My story is not a sad story, it is a real story. A story of when I was caught in a storm, a storm I thought I would never be free from. This was a fight I once believed to be pointless to even try. Narconon Suncoast helped me win that battle and replaced the dark clouds that once covered my life into bright and sunny skies.

At the age of twenty-three years old, I was losing a battle that had taken up years of my life. I was addicted to pills, alcohol, and meth. I am the mother of three beautiful babies, I have two daughters and a son. I used to be an amazing mother before my addiction began to spiral out of control. I lost every healthy relationship I had with my family. I began to become absent in my kids’ lives the last four months of my addiction. A day came where my oldest daughter said I was not the same person anymore, that I seemed sick and sad all the time, and that was the day I knew I needed to get help.

I became aware and tired of all the excuses I continued to make to justify my addiction. I knew my kids did not deserve what I was putting them through. I called my mom and told her I needed help. She began crying and told me she had been waiting on the day that I reached out to her for help. I remember falling to the floor overcome with emotion because for the first time I had admitted I had a major problem in which I had lost all control over. I sat there crying for what seemed like hours until my mom called and told me I was going to Narconon Suncoast.

A few days later, I was off to a new beginning that would forever change my life. Upon arriving at Narconon Suncoast, I was greeted with such kindness and patience. Every staff member there helped me and worked with me every step of the way. I began slowly seeing changes in myself until the Narconon program helped me completely find myself again.

Narconon graduate

On March 10th, I will be a full 6 months clean and sober from all substances. To be able to say I am clean and sober is one of the best feelings I have ever had. To be someone that my family is proud of, to be the best mother I can be to my kids, to love myself, is beyond words. When I went home after my program my family immediately took notice of the changes that I had made. They noticed the improvements in how I carried myself, how I was not depressed anymore, and expressed how proud they all are of me.

My daughter said to me, “momma you’re happy again and we have our momma back.” That moment alone was worth every speed bump along the way. For me, the biggest challenge was learning how to love me again, to be someone I could love.

I now wake up daily with a purpose to live, and I truly love life. I feel healthy, and I have the best relationships with my family. I am truly happy for the first time in years. Thank you, Narconon and the team at Narconon Suncoast for saving lives, and thank you for saving mine.

Ashlie 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.