Narconon graduate speaks out about how he went to the Narconon drug rehab program to get help.
Hey, not for nothing, but it’s all about the money. I got into the drug biz because the money was good. I justified whatever I had to do to get the money. God made weed and cocaine and it’s my job to move it.
Sooner or later though I figured out that I’m killing all my friends. If I front somebody a little bit of dope and he don’t have the money – what am I gonna do? Let him go? No I’m coming to collect. And then I figured out that when he leaves town with his wife and kids, then I’m responsible for that. That’s when the game starts to change. When I realized, you know what, I ain’t such a good guy. So the place that I went to to balance the scales was Narconon.
The Narconon drug rehab program has helped thousands of people recover from drug addiction. If you know someone who needs help, contact a Narconon drug rehab counselor right away.
Susanne: My name is Susanne Lawrence and I completed the Narconon program way back in 1976.
Man speaking: Susanne would you say that Narconon saves lives?
Susanne: It certainly saves lives and it certainly saved mine.
Susanne: Well I was on drugs for about 5 years, but I would like to say before that when I was a bit younger I was actually an international swimmer and I swam for great Brittan. So it’s kind of of odd that a few years after that I ended up starting to smoke and I was very very fit and then eventually living in London and going to the artwork festival which is the place that I very first took marijuana and from there on it was a downward trend. Up to that point I was still fairly fit and I was living life and enjoying it and then I start smoking marijuana.
Question: Why did you start taking drugs?
Susanne: So it was totally okay for most people my own age to do drugs and it seemed to be a solution to something. When you have a problem in life and you can’t deal with it and you feel said or if you lost your family and somebody comes along and says well have a joint you will feel better makes it very very easy to think oh yeah I wanna feel better so you take the joint and you snort the sulfate (Low grade snortable cocaine) which is what I used to do. So that’s how it was for me in those days.
I used to get together with lots and lots of people and we sit in a room and somebody would get the marijuana going around and a few lines of sulfate or perhaps get the coke out and everybody would start using it and start laughing and thinking it was the greatest thing since sliced bread without realizing the consequences were going to be in the future. And 5 years later I had the feeling that I was dying and I was very lucky in that time to meet someone who knew about the Narconon program and introduced me to it at that time.
Susanne: You know I took the program in 1976 and the program still works. You don’t use drugs on the program and it works and it has ever since it was first developed.
SO here I am so many years later since 1976, completely rehabilitated. I have no attention on drugs what so ever and all I can say is thanks to L Ron Hubbard because it works.
Although I have to admit when I finished the program and graduated and all the guys gathered around to congratulate me to finishing it. I felt like a million dollars! That’s how it makes you feel!! And the rest of life, you get the rest of the million dollars.
Question: Did the fact of having done drug rehabilitation affect your later life?
Susanne: Well in terms of value fact, to be honest no. I mean sometimes you might think well somebody is not going to employee me if I been a druggy, but in actual fact what happens to me is when people find out that if I been a drug addict they look at me and say, “No, you look like you never taken the drug.” And I say, “Oh, but that’s the specialty of the Narconon program when it’s finished.” You really do get rehabilitated. And rehabilitated is that return to former condition. So I am as bright and shiny as I ever was before I took drugs.
Question: Did you get a chance to work with William Benitez? (William Benitez is the founder of Narconon)
Susanne: I did have the opportunity to work with Mr. Benitez. I was with him for 3 days when we were opening a Narconon program in a place called Chilocco in the United States.
And I think probably the thing that struck me the most about Mr. Benitez was the way he cared. And I think that was one of the things that made the program when he first started running it in the prison successful. He really cared about people and he cared about you as an individual. And when he heard about my completing the Narconon program he validated me a lot and I could see in his eyes that he was really happy that something he had done made it possible to change my life. So I think Mr. Benitez certainly did something that has really changed drug rehabilitation and made drug free rehabilitation available and taking Mr. Hubbard’s technology and making it usable in prisons and usable in residental centers. So I have a lot to say. Thank you Mr. Benitez for a lot.
Question: How is your life now?
Well, I’m enjoying life as a pension believe it or not. I am 61 years old of age. So at the moment I’m thoroughly enjoying my life with a painting hobby which I started years ago, which I always wanted to do before I got into drugs. So now I am realizing that. I became a dancer and I’ve done acting. I really love my painting. That’s my passion at the moment. I’m also a writer and I’ve been published and I’ve written articles that have been published on the drug scene and getting out of drugs and saying no to drugs because that’s a really good answer if someone offers it is to say, “No thank you.”.because it’s really not good for you to do it. And life can be very wide ranging. I had a wonderful career, I’ve been in public relations, I’ve been in advertising, Ive been in sales and I had a wonderful life. I have two wonderful children. Lovely husband at the time. And things are just really really good.
What’s really nice is sometimes you see a person come through the program and their artistic abilities comes out and they start doing things that are artistic. And I am no exception. I am now really an artist and I enjoy it.
Narconon International has been delivering the Narconon First Step program to The Way to Happiness school children in Mazatlan to help bring drug awareness and drug rehabilitation solutions to their community. One section of the Narconon First Step program utilizes The Way to Happiness to help others live a happier life.
Narconon First Stepand“The Way to Happiness” School for the children of Mazatlan.
A volunteer helps poor children in Mazatlan, State of Sinola, Mexico to learn about ethics and precepts toward happiness.
As a teacher of The Way to Happiness, I think the book is marvelous.
Really following the 21 precepts, we can flourish and prosper.
I learned many things in The Way to Happiness.
I learned that drugs are substances that damage your body
and make you not be in present time.
Also, that you should clear your misunderstood words so you can understand The Way to Happiness.
You should try to speak the truth. You should find the truth that actually benefits you.
We can be great.
I learned greatly how to detect false data.
And I know how to interpret this for my workshop students.
I let them know that when someone comes and gives them false data about drugs,
it is because of that person’s interest, his own purposes.
It’s for his own benefit. These people only intend harm,
to intoxicate the world with drugs.
Therefore, I let these children know they are truly valuable.
The book The Way to Happiness has helped me a lot.
For me it is a beautiful book.
It tells us many things to live better.
And the precepts have helped me a lot, too.
to treat others as I would like them to treat me, and to understand life more.
“Flourish and Prosper” –
means “You should not pay attention to other people.
who say you shouldn’t do something
that you can do, just ignore them.
Continue to believe what you believe, not what they say.
Following the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness,
they will find something good, shining in their lives.
This is what I think of The Way to Happiness.
The book The Way to Happiness is one partof the Narconon First Step Program,
a charitable service of Narconon Internationalfor rehabilitation centers, schools, and prisons in Mexico.
When it comes to the effects of drug abuse, it’s hard to know who has the real story on the damage being done by abusing marijuana, alcohol, cocaine or other drugs. So many opposing views glut newspapers, television and the internet that it may be impossible to find the truth.
To help the public find accurate information on the dangers of drug abuse, Narconon International, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of addiction, has just released a new video to make the subject perfectly clear.
Is it true that drugs stay in the body or are they eliminated immediately? Do the residues of cocaine, LSD, heroin and the THC in marijuana stay in the system for some reason, making it hard to eliminate all the effects of substance abuse or addiction?
The true answer is clearly explained in this new drug education video from Bobbie Wiggins, a drug educator from Narconon who himself suffered from addiction for sixteen years. In this new video, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNm7VfO39zk, Mr. Wiggins explains why drugs can stay in the system for years. He shows how drugs traveling in the bloodstream are attracted to fat deposits that surround the blood vessels and provides his own experience of experiencing an LSD flashback that occurred years after he had stopped abusing drugs.
Using the sauna detox program developed for those going through the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, Mr. Wiggins eliminated the residual toxins from his addiction and found that life was brighter and more enjoyable.
“Anyone who is confused by the controversy about how long drugs stay in the body should just talk to anyone who has done this sauna detox program,” said Mr. Wiggins. “Once you hear the story of someone who experienced an LSD trip five or more years after they stopped using drugs, that should help you resolve any opposing views. In my case, being able to build a new, positive drug-free life for myself through the Narconon drug rehab program truly saved my life.”
Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse agrees that drugs can stay in the system for a year or more. In a report on the NIDA website, researchers validate the fact with reports of LSD flashbacks a year or more after taking the drug.
Narconon centers offering effective drug rehab and drug education can be found across the United States and around the world. Visit www.narconon.org or call 800-775-8750 for more information about the effects of drug abuse.