So Thankful to Graduate This Program and Go Be with My Children!

J.W., Narconon Suncoast Graduate
J.W., Narconon Suncoast Graduate

Life before drugs was like a typical normal life on the outside, but on the inside, I was struggling with what was wrong and right for my life. I was a mother who spent quality time with her children, attended church regularly, and studied for my degree in college. My last semester of school, I began using drugs intravenously. I was barely making GPA or class when I graduated. That summer is a blur. My drinking became heavy, and I was having more blackouts, finding out the next day the hurt I was causing my family.

My parents wanted me to get help, my church family was praying hard for me, and I began to isolate myself. I gave my children to their grandparents and defeat took over me. Barely visiting, missing birthdays and holidays, it was becoming “out of sight, out of mind.” I no longer had the trust of my family and friends.

In the fall of 2021, I found Narconon Suncoast. In the days leading up to my arrival, I was sitting in a tent in LA smoking dope with other homeless people. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, a gun was pulled out and pointed in my direction. Scared and afraid, I shut my eyes tightly, waiting for the sound of the gun to go off. With my heart beating faster than with any dope high I had ever felt, I started questioning myself, “What am I doing with my life?”

On my arrival, I landed in Florida in the early hours of the morning. I was extremely exhausted from the life I had been living. The desire for change was the only thing that I knew I wanted.

“As I pushed through and stayed the course, my independence grew, and my mentality changed for the better.”

The staff were so patient and attentive to my needs. I felt spoiled and undeserving. The staff here were encouraging and helped me realize my own strength in a time of hurt and disappointment. As I pushed through and stayed the course, my independence grew, and my mentality changed for the better.

I am so thankful for trusting the process of this program even when I didn’t always understand it. The staff always made me feel important and loved. I like that many of them came through the program themselves and were once sitting in the same spots that I was.

I am so excited to graduate and look forward to being with my children. The fact that they know their mom didn’t give up on them will speak volumes on how important they are to me and how important I am to myself. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without this program and the help of Narconon Suncoast.

—J.W., 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.