The Help I’ve Found
Do you feel completely helpless with alcohol and/or drug addiction, feel that it’s hard to face each day without something to help you get through it, or even ruining your relationships because of these problems, or know of someone facing similar difficult times with their life?
I, personally, went through all of this and more to the point where life became a constant struggle to survive. Some days I would actually be upset and depressed that I didn’t somehow die in my sleep because I was tired of this constant struggle to just live and make it through each day. I had been in a pattern of trying to put my life back together, getting overwhelmed with life, and then resorting back to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism, even though logically, I knew that it wouldn’t help.
It was this terrible and destructive downward spiral that ended with my family helping to get me to Narconon Suncoast. I had managed to get myself “cleaned up” multiple times over the course of my 10 years of battling drug and alcohol addiction, but I was never able to truly resolve anything since the drinking and drug use was merely a symptom and a coping mechanism for a much deeper problem in my life. Through my time here at Narconon Suncoast, by following the program laid out here, I have been able to go through a very complete and thorough detox from the large amount of drugs I had taken. Then, through the counseling and courses, I learned how to better confront the situations in my life that led me to choosing to use drugs in order to get through my days. Ultimately, through the guidance from the staff members here, I was able to figure out for myself the exact reasons and “whys” behind all of the difficult times and failures that I have come upon throughout my life. These included many things that happened before I even started using drugs or alcohol to cope with daily life.
Before going into this program, I was in a very low place and went into it with the mentality of:
“I’m just going to do what I have to do to get through this, since there is really nothing anyone can do to help me get better, and once I ‘do my time,’ I’ll just attempt to keep making it through each day until something happens.”
Although I had major self-doubt about being able to get better, I continued to do what I needed to do each day, just doing what was asked of me, until one day, while I was going over past incidents from my life and truly looking at them, everything clicked for me. I was able to get to the basic reason behind my mistakes, failures and substance use. Getting to this basic reason helped me to be able to truly face what was wrong in my past and opened the door to a drug, alcohol, and addiction-free future by giving me the tools and knowledge to be able to handle life and the things that get thrown at me rather than avoiding them and coping with substances.
I strongly encourage anyone who sees life the way that I did or knows anyone who is struggling through similar issues, to reach out to this program. I truly hope everyone out there, struggling to get through each day, find the help they need and deserve.
D.S.—Narconon Suncoast Graduate