She Moved to New York With Her Siblings
Giovanna is a lively, attractive 44-year old woman with a strong accent betraying her Colombian origins. With her siblings, she moved to New York City in search of the American dream when she was in her 20s. But her alcoholism threatened to steal that dream away.
She started going to parties on the weekends at first. Every weekend, she was drinking a lot. Gradually, she added Thursdays to the weekend, drinking vodka, tequila and gin, straight up. It made her forget her loneliness after her divorce. But she began to accumulate a DUI every few years and spent a few years on probation after each DUI.
Then She Lost Her License to 3 DUIs
She managed to keep her job as an accountant through most of her alcoholism but then she lost that job when the company moved to China. She started working as a child care provider but then when she lost her license after the third DUI, she lost that job because it involved driving the kids around.
She was estranged from her family who wanted nothing to do with an alcoholic. She tried a few times to get sober through short-term programs but found that all they did was give her some clean time away from the alcohol.
She was gradually but steadily losing her self-respect, consuming four or five bottles of liquor each weekend. She started having blackouts, not remembering trips to the liquor store to get more alcohol.
She Found Narconon
Finally, her DUIs caught up with her and she was looking at three years in jail. She chose the Narconon drug rehab program originally because she needed a long-term residential stay as an alternative to jail time but she as she progressed through the program, she found that it provided a lot more than just an alternative to imprisonment. She found a program that enabled her to get stably clean for the first time in her life.
She Completed the Narconon Alcohol Detox Program
Early in the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, she did the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, the portion of the Narconon program that enables each person to flush out old drug and alcohol toxins that get stored in fatty tissues. Once she had flushed out the residues left over from her drinking, she said, “I felt like new.” Her energy and thinking were better too.
She went on to begin learning the new, drug-free life skills she was going to need for lasting sobriety. One of the unexpected rewards this part of the program provided was relief from painful incidents of the past — things she had done or that had been done to her that she was not able to let go of. This gave her a fresh start in life, free from attention on the past.
A later life skills class taught her how to improve situations that had been damaged by substance abuse. She learned how to make a fresh start with her seventeen-year-old daughter. She was able to repair her relationship with her daughter and show her the new, sober side of herself.
“I’m happy I came here, I could not have gotten stably sober without this program,” she said. “The other rehabs didn’t work for me. This one gave me what I needed.”
Giovanna Graduated Narconon and Went on to Help Others Recover from Alcohol and Drug Addiction
When she graduated from the Narconon program, Giovanna was able to plan an alcohol-free future for herself with her new, sober life skills. Among her other goals was helping others recover from drug and alcohol addiction the same, effective way that she had.
If you would like to read more about the methods Narconon uses to help people like Giovanna recover from alcohol addiction, visit: http://www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/drug-alcohol-rehabs.html