An Army Veteran who Accepted Help, A Future Now Filled with Promise and Without Guilt

For several years prior to coming to Narconon Suncoast, I have lived the life of a somewhat functioning alcohol abuser. Generally, I maintained a professional career position and a mostly secluded personal life. There were many times, however, I would binge drink heavily and slip into a state of depression followed by symptoms related to PTSD. This was always damaging to my career, personal life, and my relationships with friends. Yet I continued this pattern for several years without seeking help, thinking I could handle it all by myself.

Just prior to coming to Narconon I got into a bad situation as a result of my drinking that involved the law, something that immediately effected my relationship with my family. Fortunately, one day prior to my issue with the law, I had decided to reach out to the folks at Narconon and had arranged to enter the program right away. It was quite a challenge to get me to the facility. The Narconon Staff were relentless in their support in getting me to the Suncoast Facility and as a result, I made it.

I had never been in any kind of rehabilitation program before and did not know what to expect. However, if the people that run the facility and provided the support in getting me here were any indication, I felt certain there was a high probability I was in the right place. In addition, I realized the staff I had spoken with had come from a similar background of some type of substance abuse and could relate in lieu of simply judging.

Throughout the program, I was very well taken care of to include the necessities of life. The food was good, and the facility was well maintained which created a comfortable atmosphere allowing me to focus on my program goals. I was able to live in the moment each day and look forward.

The program cleans your body and opens your mind to who you are and what you can be. I have seen the changes in those who allow the program to work for them and it’s amazing. From young to old, we struggle as we march through life, some more than others but we all need help now and again. We need each other.

I am a United States Army Veteran who thought he could handle it all on his own. I always had it in the back of my mind I was abusing and quite frankly, I lived in a state of private embarrassment. I have always known the real me without the addiction is the best not just for myself, but for those in my life.

After completing the Narconon program, I know I will live the remainder of my life without the guilt of the past, the addiction, and with the potential of the future my way. The me I am proud of every day and have always known to be the best.

No matter your addiction, your issues, your background, the staff at Narconon is here to help as a family. All you must do is ask yourself who you want to be for the rest of your life. I hope you will be all you can be. I did it and for me, it feels really good just like I suspected it would.

RDM-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.