I Am a Less Than Perfect Mother  

Mom’s getting sober every day at Narconon Suncoast

The Narconon Personal Values course is an amazing Life Skills course that teaches addicts valuable lessons to help them keep their newly found sobriety. Personal means “relating to yourself.” Values are a person’s personal beliefs about what they think is important to live their lives by. Values include such things as honesty, respect, integrity and willingness to work toward goals in life. The tools taught in this course give the addict the ability to live a life of honesty and to maintain their own integrity and morals.

This course also teaches about personal ethics and how to actually be an ethical person and survive in life as best as possible. During this course an addict is able to get real relief from their past transgressions, take responsibility for them and finally be able to move forward again with a clean slate. It can be difficult for an addict to look back at all their wrongdoings and whom their addiction affected. The Narconon staff guide each student through the process to the intended end result:

A person who has gotten relief from their past misdeeds and has a new understanding of ethics, morals and has enhanced personal values. This allows the once “down and out” addict to finally be HAPPY.

The following is a what a recent student realized after completing the Narconon Personal Values course:

“I am a less than perfect mother. For the first three years of my son’s life, I was reckless and, although I didn't intentionally mean to cause my son harm, I did. I have been at Narconon for about 2 1/2 months now and this is where I came to realize my purpose.
“I have been addicted to drugs for the past three years. Opiates, cocaine and crack to be exact. I have been careless, putting my addiction before my child. From taking him along on my drug runs to returning his birthday gifts for dope moneyI was selfish and put my own wants before my own child.
“Thinking back on what I have done, I have spent countless nights beating myself up about this. My son wasn't planned, it just happened. He was brought into this world in less than perfect circumstances. I had no purpose, no goals, no ambition or aspirations for my life with a child.
“Today, I can proudly say I have a purpose. My purpose is not to be a good mother, but to be a great mother. It’s never too late to start new, no matter what we've done.
“The past is nonexistent and we should not dwell in it, but learn from it. The good news is that our children will never have another mother, you are the only one that can claim that spot. Our children need us and they need us NOW. Don't let the years go by and wonder where you went wrong. Do the right thing for your children but also do the right thing for yourself. Let’s raise children that we are proud of, children that will say ‘I want to be just like my mom’.” M.L.

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.