My Cravings Are Gone!

My cravings are gone

On December 1, 2016, I overdosed and died for almost twenty minutes from shooting heroin mixed with Fentanyl. I want to share this experience because I want to give thanks to God for giving me another chance to live and to help others find peace in Him, to change my life and love others as He does, to forgive those who have hurt me and to seek forgiveness from those I have hurt.

I will not go into great detail about my drug use but I will say it’s been an ongoing problem since I was 14 years old. I suffered from terrible physical pain for over fifteen years. Doctors diagnosed these symptoms as neuropathy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression, along with being bi-polar and a drug addict on top of all that. The mood swings were so severe I couldn’t function like a normal human being. I think at times my own family was afraid to be around me. I tried a list of psych drugs that only made things worse. I will share the fact that I was a heavy pot smoker for around twenty years and used meth for and coke for at least ten years along with the strongest pain pills available, Oxys and Opanas, and whatever else was available at the time. See, the use of drugs stopped being fun many years ago my purpose was to just keep using to survive and attempt to not be in severe pain and withdrawals. Several days before I overdosed, I wrecked my car and got my first DUI. I walked away from that with a cop helping me, and I was mad at them for arresting me. “How dare they?” I thought. How insane I was. Truth be told, I couldn’t even see straight.

So I rocked on, trying to work but ended up getting my mom and dad more in debt with credit cards trying to help me yet again. It wasn’t like my husband was helping me because he was back in prison. I called the cops and told them to come get him a few weeks prior or I was going to kill him, I tried to run him over with my car because of an argument, he was a terrible addict and I’d had enough so I figured I needed them to come save him from me. I was crazy.

I lived in a family where faith in the Lord and Jesus Christ was very important. I asked God to help me and in the following weeks I got my answer; my family sent me to Narconon Suncoast, a drug-free rehab, meaning they don’t give you more drugs to get you off drugs. The Sauna Detox is like none other! Through this program, I purged every cell in my body from the drugs and toxins I had ever been exposed to in my entire life. Day after day, I could feel these drugs leaving my body and being replaced with the highest quality of vitamins and multi minerals and oils available to help my body heal and my mind to clear and be at the highest level of functioning possible with no traces of drugs left. Also, it took away the cravings that I always fought because, how can you crave something your body doesn’t have memory of? You can’t! This has given me the choice back to decide what I want to do with my body and that’s to cherish it, to respect it and take care of it. I am more grateful for this experience than words can express. My body doesn’t hurt anymore and my mind is clear. I’m happy and at peace. I feel twenty years younger!

As a Licensed Massage Therapist for 17 years, I know how important and therapeutic human touch is for healing. Here they call it “assists,” which are techniques to help with physical pain. As a therapist, I see these physical techniques as helping the energy flow and re-connection of the body mind and spirit, calming the body so it can heal. For me, this is nothing short of a miracle because years of severe neuropathy and pain are gone and it’s been a vital part of this program for me.

I have not met one person here who doesn't care about every addicted, broken, hurt and lost human being that comes through these doors. Until someone has walked a mile in your shoes, it’s hard to understand. The staff have encouraged me and fought for me even when I didn’t feel like fighting for myself. I’m so grateful for this experience to come to Narconon Suncoast and I’m so excited to see what's next...

L. R. – Narconon Suncoast Student


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.