If Addiction is a Life-Long Disease, How Did I Get Sober?

narconon suncoast success story

Going to drug rehab can be a scary thing. You’re taking a person who uses drugs or alcohol as their everyday coping mechanism and basically taking it away. When you remove the warm, cozy comfort blanket, you’re left with the raw, unbridled addict in all their glory. They fear change. They fear sobriety. They don’t fear death, but they’re terrified of withdrawal. Getting clean isn’t easy and staying clean is even harder. It’s a process. And just like any other process, it takes time, effort, and a bit of ingenuity to get a person where they want to be in life.

W.A. is a recent graduate of the program. Just like all graduates, he spent some time with me towards the end of his program and recapped hi journey. W.A. was a mess when he arrived. He was strung out on crack, heroin, and meth and honestly didn’t want to be here. The only reason he seemed to have agreed to come was due, in part, by a family intervention and a fair level of coaxing.

“When I got to Narconon Suncoast I was on a ton of drugs and hadn’t eaten or slept in almost a week. I was super scared of going through withdrawal and I really, really didn’t want to be here.

“Getting through the drug-free withdrawal wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The staff were awesome, and I promise you, the vitamins were pure magic! They helped me to feel much better and I got through it quicker than I normally do.”

W.A. was pretty impressed with the drug-free withdrawal process and said it was much better than trying to do it by himself at home, shaking on a couch all day.

“I really wanted to get into the sauna detox. I kept hearing everyone say how their cravings went away and it totally reset them. I couldn’t wait.

“The sauna detox was a game-changer.”

“It made me feel physically better than I have in years!”

“The Objectives were able to finally clear the clutter out of my head and helped to mentally stabilize me. I think I finally understand myself.”

That’s huge. This man showed up in our drug rehab center just days away from possibly losing his life, his freedom, or his mind. In a short 90 days, he was able to gain a better understanding of who he is as an individual and as a person, not just as a drug addict. Transformations like this aren’t unusual at Narconon. I see them happen every day and W.A. is just the most recent success to come through our doors and leave a new person.

“I did it for my dad, but most of all, I did it for myself.
I was gonna die out there…”

Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 11 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.