From Heroin and Crack to Helping Save Lives: One Staff Member’s Story

Narconon Suncoast success story

I started this roller coaster through hell 11 years ago. I have been to treatment three other times, detox four times, and the psych ward three times. All the other treatment centers I went to were 12-step and I just never felt like I dealt with everything I needed to deal with. I came to Narconon Suncoast on July 6th 2018 with the hope of saving my life, just one more time.

Withdrawal was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I needed it to be that hard because I always went to detox centers that dealt with the withdrawal just by giving me more drugs that I would wind up withdrawing from as well. Taking vitamins, doing the different physical assists and cognitive exercises helped me get through the discomfort of detox. I didn’t spend any time dwelling on the past because I stayed busy and was able to stay out of my head.

From there I started the sauna New Life Detox where I was able to sweat out all the drugs I’ve put into my body over the past 11 years. This was an emotional roller coaster for me but physically I got my energy back, my appetite increased, and I was sleeping better. Overall I physically felt better than I had felt in a long time. I didn’t even feel that good with the year I spent clean in 2011! And, believe it or not, my cravings were significantly reduced.

After completing sauna I moved on to the Objectives where I worked on patience, awareness, and control. I had really good realizations about myself and my life. My favorite realization I had, I was then standing in the window looking at my reflection, I realized how I could actually look myself in the eye and not hate myself anymore.

Then I moved on to life skills. I learned about the different personalities around me and I realized that certain people I had around me in the past were anti-social. I was able to make amends to the people in my life that I had hurt and pushed away through my drug use. I also realized where my addiction started and why. At other programs, I had never gone back far enough to figure out why and where I started becoming the person I was always taught not to be. I had a very good childhood. My parents worked hard to care for me and teach me right from wrong.

Addicted and depressed woman

I wrote up all the bad things I did to myself and others. It was rough, but after I finished it felt like a weight was lifted from me. I worked diligently at fixing the overall condition in my life and got to the point where I could actually move forward.

All the staff members are awesome here. This has been by far the best program I have ever done! I finally feel confident about remaining clean and being successful in my future. A special thank you to my parents for making the decision to put me through this program. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done!

Shauna K—Narconon Suncoast Graduate


Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.