Months Later, Why the Narconon Approach and a Longer Stay at Treatment Helped Turn My Life Around

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The standard stay for many treatment centers around the U.S. is less than 30 days. This seems to be the agreed-upon time that many drug and alcohol rehabs around the country consider to be acceptable for being “rehabilitated.” Based on my own personal experience for myself and those I have known this is often not enough time for a person struggling with addiction to experience enough change to have a solid chance at a new life. A common problem people run into when trying to find treatment for a loved one or themselves is that they are stuck on time. Time seems to always be a big consideration for someone trying to find treatment and can blind a person from seeking out all options and finding the most effective choice.

The path of least resistance is a prevalent mindset among addicts, and they often do not want to go to treatment for longer than a month, at most. As someone who has been to treatment for 30 days with the benefit of hindsight, 30 days is what I wanted, but not what I needed. It can be hard to face the reality that you must change, and most addicts just want it to be over with as soon as possible. The problem with that mindset is that it takes time to change. While 30 days is a great start, does that really give a person the best chance to overcome their addiction? I know what worked for me and what did not, which is why I personally favor a 90-day program instead of 28-30 days.

The difference I felt after 90 days as opposed to 30 days is not even comparable. By the end of my approximately 90-day stay at Narconon Suncoast, I had already gone through so much more healing than any 30-day treatment I had ever been to. The New Life Detoxification part of the program significantly sped up this process. It was incredible how much physical change my body experienced over the 30 days or so I spent doing their sauna program. In the past, I have typically still been dragging after only a month, feeling slow and sluggish. A lot of what was holding me back from getting clean was not feeling physically well. It was a feeling of doom. I used to think even if I was going to get clean, what was the purpose if I was just going to feel down all the time? The New Life Detoxification helped push me through all that in a shorter amount of time than I once thought possible. I was finally able to feel good again.

“It was a feeling of doom. I used to think even if I was going
to get clean, what was the purpose if I was just going
to feel down all the time?” 

When you have your body handled it changes everything. My whole outlook on staying sober changed. At last, I knew I could push through it and stay sober for good. After 60 days had passed, I felt more alive than I had in years, since before my addiction began. By 90 days I could not believe the amount of positive changes I had made, and with the help of the Narconon Suncoast I had my mind back, I had my body back, and I was ready to start living again. Seeing the difference in how I was at 90 days rather than my previous short-term rehabs made me realize that yes, there is a huge difference between 30 days and 90 days, both in time and the approach to recovery.

That is just one reason I am so grateful I found Narconon Suncoast, because it gave me not only the time I needed to heal but also the right mindset leaving to know I did not ever have to use drugs again while handling my life. Over my stay at Narconon, the staff went above and beyond. They truly cared about my life and it showed, always pushing me to achieve what I came there to do and live a drug-free life. When you add all of this up, you had a person ready to go back out into the world and accomplish his goals. Months later, I am healthy, happy, and drug-free.

B.M., 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.