One of My Proudest Accomplishments
I was born and raised in Boston and New Hampshire. My life before drugs was pretty good. I was a competitive horse rider internationally, I grew up on a farm, and I had lots of friends. Life was pretty good then.
One of the happiest moments in my life I can remember was when I was competing in Germany in 2018 and I took a gold medal. That same year I also spent New Year in Paris with many of my friends.
I first started using drugs in late 2018 when I had taken a break from the horse riding scene. I began using drugs in my junior year of College. It started out pretty light, and when the COVID pandemic started, it became a real issue. In 2021 my partner was killed in a car accident, and that’s when it became a serious problem. I was using ecstasy, alcohol, cocaine, and Adderall.
I went from being trusted by my family to someone who could not be trusted at all. I became inactive and sedentary. I ruined work relationships and good opportunities left and right.
A family friend suggested Narconon, and after looking into it, I realized it was the right place for me. After arriving, that was reinforced even more, and I feel very fortunate and lucky to have had the opportunity to come to Narconon.
On arrival, I felt very comfortable. The staff was very friendly, welcoming and non-judgmental. The facility was beautiful, and everyone seemed to be very invested in wanting to help me get off drugs.
When I first arrived, I still had major panic attacks, which were earlier exaggerated by my substance abuse, but going through the program, these have now subsided completely. I have also been able to get my driver’s license back after a DUI, and my family is learning to trust me again.
“It’s nice to bring all of this to a close and put my history of substance abuse behind me for good. Completing the Narconon program is definitely one of my proudest accomplishments.”
It’s nice to bring all of this to a close and put my history of substance abuse behind me for good. Completing the Narconon program is definitely one of my proudest accomplishments.
I am looking forward to staying clean and re-entering competitive equestrian sports.
My relationship with my family has gotten much better. Their trust in me is healing and growing.
My favorite thing about being drug-free is to not constantly need a substance to feel normal.
My advice for those who are in active addiction now would be to try to realize you have nothing to lose by going to treatment and just take the next step and start being honest with those close to you so they can help you find effective treatment.
James D., Narconon Graduate