Broken and Shattered
I want to share a few words about my experience here at Narconon Suncoast. Within 24 hours of arriving, I quickly realized this was a program like no other. It took me until the very end of my program to understand the transformation that was occurring within me. I suggest that each and every student embrace their own program. Let me explain how I was able to embrace my program. Much of this I learned by looking back on everything. I am sharing this in hopes that you can use it to look forward, from wherever you are.
The first step in the program is the Withdrawal Step.
Withdrawal is defined as: the act or process of giving up the use of a narcotic drug to which one has become addicted, typically accompanied by distressing physiological and/or mental effects.
Another word I found to help explain the process here is “retreat.” An individual or group typically retreats when they find themselves in a dangerous situation and this tactic gives one the opportunity to regroup or rethink. This strategy, more than likely used by many military leaders in the past, has saved countless lives. I only need to use it in order to save one…mine.
The Sauna Detox. This a great process that not only got all the drugs I had done out of my system, but gave my body and mind an entire reset and set me up to be successful throughout the rest of the program.
The Objectives course took a bit longer for me than most people, due in part to my behavior, but I came out shining in the end. It wasn’t until about halfway through this part of the program that I realized how I would benefit from it. It opened my eyes and cleared my mind. I was finally able to process things for the first time in my life and put closure on the past. As thoughts would come to the surface, I only had to let them out, completely unfiltered.
Life Skills did exactly what it was meant to do. First, it helped me to sharpen my skills in reading and understanding other people. There are many people in this world that want to do me harm. Some of these people are very direct in their assault, and some may not even realize how bad their intentions are. This tool will help me identify when I need to retreat. By knowing when to withdraw from an individual or situation, I will be able to save my life and the lives of those I love when necessary.
The last thing I want to mention is down time. I often used this time to reflect on what I recently experienced in my program, whatever step I happened to be on. How will this benefit me? How can I use this to keep my life heading in the direction that I want it to go? How can I use this to benefit those around me?
Please don’t wait until the last minute to figure things out…embrace it.
R.B. – Narconon Suncoast Graduate