He was a raw-boned type, looking like he’d spent years in the Texas oil fields or herding cattle. Dark hair, tanned and good looking despite the weathered skin and a certain reticence. This was V.C., survivor of decades years of drug use and addiction and a recent graduate of the Narconon drug rehab program. Quietly and calmly, he told his tale in a Texas twang.
He Started Smoking Marijuana at the Age of 14
At fourteen, he’d started smoking marijuana that a friend of his had brought around. When he started driving and had more mobility, he graduated on to “speed” or amphetamines. Once speed entered his life, the floodgates were wide open to any drug he encountered but he conjectured that if he had not started with marijuana, he would not have progressed to other drug use. Once he first used marijuana, he wasn’t scared of drugs any more so he wasn’t afraid to use anything else he ran into.
Once he started using harder drugs like speed, he soon began to feel exhausted and sick and so gave up these but continued to smoke marijuana. He got married and had children — all the while, continuing to smoke grass. Things weren’t too bad for awhile, despite the marijuana use — until crack cocaine arrived on the scene in the late 1980s.
Hooked on Crack After the First Try
His friends told him good things about this new drug and he thought it over. “Well,” he told himself, “it’s just smoke. You’re already smoking marijuana.” He decided to try it when he got the chance. That was a fateful decision. As soon as he got a good taste of the drug, “it nailed me at the first lick. It was five minutes of pleasure and eighteen hours of agony behind it. You’d almost do anything to get another hit.”
Getting more of the drug justified anything he did — he hocked and pawned everything of value, telling himself he would get the things back when he got some money. But when the money came in, he bought more crack.
Then He Started Shooting Up
In those days, he and his friends were making their own crack out of powder cocaine, calling it “freebase.” Before long, he was converting some of his cocaine to crack and shooting the rest.
Commited Criminal Activities for more Drugs
For the next 26 years, about half the time he was abusing cocaine and the other half he spent in jail. The jail time was never for drugs, but for all the criminal activities he did to get the drugs: thefts and burglaries.
He never dealt crack because if he had it, he was going to use it. There was never any extra.
21 Day Rehab Didn’t Help
He tried a couple of 21-day rehabs in Texas and a detox. In his twang, he explained that the rehabs “just gave me 21 days of sobriety, other than that, it didn’t help me none.” He’d clean up some and put back on some weight he’d lost. It wasn’t until he found the Narconon program that he learned to get clean and get honest work once again. Soon after he graduated the program, he was back with the wife he had left four years before and making a new, sober life for himself.
Freed from Crack Addiction at Narconon
The Narconon program was the tool V.C. found that enabled him to break the grip of decades of crack addiction.
Get the whole story on the way Narconon drug rehab helps long-term cocaine and crack addicts.