Recovered from Alcohol Dependence

Started drinking at 12 years of age

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He’s 26 now but he started drinking when he was twelve years old. He always ran with an older crowd in Bossier City, Louisiana. It became a way of life for him and his friends – stealing beers and the remainders of half-full liquor bottles out of the home. Of course, he got in trouble with his parents when they found out but it didn’t do anything to stop him. They could never have anticipated that the boyish pranks would turn into a full-blown alcohol dependence that would require a long-term drug rehab to overcome.

He wasn’t doing anything all his friends weren’t doing. It seemed like a rite of passage to get falling-down, passing-out drunk regularly – before and through his teenage years.

Lost 6 Good Friends to Alcohol

When he got tired of getting in trouble with his parents, he and his friends had someone buy liquor for them. Once he got his driver’s license, he began to accumulate DUIs.

Even when he lost six good friends to alcohol, he didn’t stop drinking. He just went to their funerals drunk.

Used Xanax, Marijuana and Cocaine by age 15

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Of course, his drug abuse didn’t stop with alcohol. By the time he was fifteen, he had progressed to Xanax, marijuana and cocaine use. Then he lost his best friend to an overdose of methadone and Xanax. In a moment of twisted logic, he thought at the best way to remember his friend was to become the same kind of person his friend had been – a hell-raiser. He finally became known as a hellion himself that other parents warned their children to stay away from.

Couldn’t Walk Away from Alcohol and Lost His Daughter and Wife to a Divorce

When he was seventeen, all the drug abuse and alcohol dependence were habits he could not walk away from anymore. By then, he had also added steroids to the mix.

The next several years were times of loss and pain. He was married and had a daughter but then lost both of them to divorce. He said he entered a dark hole in his life.

Tried a Rehab in Louisiana that Fed Him Lots of Drugs to Suppress the Withdrawal Symptoms

He tried a drug rehab in Louisiana and stayed for three months. They gave him lots of drugs while he was in the rehab to suppress the symptoms of withdrawal, keeping him from fully getting clean of the influence of drugs.

Started Using Oxycontin Again Within 3 Months

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That drug rehab had too much emphasis on the past, he said, on all the wrong he had done to people who deserved better. It didn’t work for him. Within a few months, he was using OxyContin – his primary drug right before going to rehab.

Then, through a partner of his father’s, he found the Narconon drug rehab. The Narconon drug recovery program isn’t about what he has done, he explained, it’s about what he can become. Now that he had graduated from the Narconon program, this drug rehab had given him back his confidence and everything he lost during the alcohol dependence and addiction to drugs.

His Dad Found the Narconon Program and it was a Success

The simple but effective tools used in withdrawal kept him from introverting on the changes he was going through and alleviated the worst of the physical discomforts. The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, utilizing exercise, sauna and nutritional supplements, brought back the energy and enjoyment of life he’d had as a child. And the cravings he’d experienced for years without a break were no longer an issue.

Now, he said, he feels more like his true self than he ever has before. Now he’s making plans to see the daughter he had to leave behind while he was an addict and learning to become the father she deserves.

Man after Narconon Program in the Morning

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AUTHOR

Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.