Drug Addiction Program Provides a Path to Recovery

woman standing in sunset

The beautiful young woman had glowing eyes and very long, shiny black hair. Her smile was bright and ready. She claimed a French and Czech background but could have passed for Native American.

She had just completed the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and was making plans for her future life. She paused to answer a few questions about how she had ended up needing drug rehab.

The drug that started her downfall was cocaine – shared with her mother when she was just thirteen years old. She progressed on to opiates, abusing OxyContin and Opana.

After several years of addiction, she tried a drug rehab in Florida but started using drugs again a few months after completing the program. She found that she could manipulate the people around her and get them to help her get more drugs or leave her alone so she could continue to use drugs. When she tried to stop using drugs, the crushing depression that would set in would make it too hard to stay sober. Her guilt at how she used her family for her own ends also kept her trapped in addiction.

Her worst guilt came from sharing a package of Opana – a prescription opiate – with her mother. They each consumed half the amount purchased and the young woman went out to join her friends. When she returned a couple of hours later, she found her mother cold and blue. The Opana had depressed her mother’s respiration to the point that she had passed away. Despite the young woman’s attempts to revive her – undertaken despite the fact that she knew it was useless – it was too late to bring her mother around.

For months afterward, she was never able to look at her mother’s picture without crying.

When she finally discovered the Narconon drug addiction program, she found a solution to this guilt and depression. She also found an answer for the cravings that never quit for a minute from the time she became addicted.

She discovered in the Narconon program a different approach for a drug addiction program. She commented that the other rehab she’d been to seemed to focus on the past but that the Narconon drug rehab focused her attention on the future – an approach she found much more positive.

The life skills training she went through as part of this addiction program strengthened her ability to face the present and the future so that she could enjoy life again. She found that she could bring her mother’s picture out of hiding and put it out in her apartment where she could see it every day. It didn’t make her cry anymore.

The Narconon program made the difference in this young woman’s life and it can help you or someone you know who is struggling with addiction. For a greater understanding of what elements make an effective drug rehab program, continue reading here:

(To preserve privacy, the photo does not show an actual Narconon student or graduate.)


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.