Narconon Gave Me My Life Back

The Goods
Jason with his family

Before Narconon, I lost everything to my addiction. Despite my loving parents and idyllic childhood by the time I was 20 years old, I had a growing addiction to cocaine and opiates. Looking back I realize my parents had little to do with my addiction. I was a happy, talkative and inquisitive kid and my parent's had their hands full raising me. I did well through high school and graduated near the top of my class. However, when I went to college I began experimenting with drugs almost immediately. Within the first 5 days of being on campus, I was probably offered 7 different types of drugs from weed to ecstasy to Xanax and everything else in between. Despite my parent's best intentions, I was ill prepared to deal with the sheer number of mind-altering substances being offered.

The first time I tried cocaine, I was at a formal event for my fraternity. While getting ready in the hotel room, my date pulled out a small bag of coke. She sat at a table and set out a line for her and myself. She asked me if I wanted some and without a second thought, without thinking of all the lessons I had been taught about drugs, without considering the dangers and possible I consequences, I grabbed the rolled up bill in her hand and snorted that line and at that very moment, I severely altered the course of my life.

I immediately knew I was addicted. All of my self-esteem issues disappeared and my low self-confidence went away. I finally felt good. I was talkative and social and wondered where this drug had been all my life. I had found the answer to all my problems, so I thought.

The next day I went out and bought an 8-ball (1/8 of an ounce of cocaine) and finished it within hours. I found myself completely out-of-control fairly quickly and my life spiraled out of control. I was stealing, lying, ripping people off, and doing a slew of other things I said I’d never do. I finished college and went back home to Massachusetts to run away from the debts I owed, the relationships I had ruined and the wreckage I caused. I stayed clean for maybe 3 weeks until I started using again. Someone I used to get high with taught me about Oxy’s, heroin and how to smoke crack, so I became a crackhead and an IV heroin addict. That friend of mine is now dead, by the way.

Three months later I had committed countless crimes, including being caught for credit card fraud and I wound up in the first of many rehabs. I bounced from rehab to rehab only to relapse within hours of being discharged. I went to 6 different treatment centers in a little over 2 years. Nothing worked. Not the 12-steps, not the shamanic journeys through my third eye, and definitely not the wilderness programs.

I eventually found myself completely relapsed in a crack-hotel being held hostage by a bunch of dealers. I owed them a bunch of money and they wouldn’t let me leave. They had taken everything from me. I somehow found a phone and called my parents who had just returned from a vacation. Nice welcome home. I told them I wanted help. To this day I don’t know how I escaped from this situation, but somehow, I did. My parents bought me a one-way plane ticket and told me they had found a non-12 step treatment center and if I didn’t make it work, never to call them again.

I’ll never forget that Narconon is the first place
where a counselor looked me in the eye and said:
“You’re going to be okay. There’s nothing wrong with you.”

I arrived at Narconon in the dirty clothes I was wearing, lips burned from a crack pipe and track marks everywhere. I was beaten down and ready for change. I’ll never forget that Narconon is the first place where a counselor looked me in the eye and said, “You’re going to be okay. There’s nothing wrong with you.”

I got through the drug-free withdrawal which I had been dreading, but it was the easiest withdrawal I had ever had and there was always someone there to help me with the physical and emotional discomfort. When I say the sauna detoxification changed me forever, I mean it. Within 2 weeks in the sauna, all of my cravings for drugs completely went away. I wasn’t thinking about them, dreaming about them, or talking about them. I NEVER thought that was possible. I had been a craving-driven addict. The main reason I could not stop useing after I started was because my cravings were so bad. And just like that, they were gone. I had both my mind and my power of choice back. The me I had lost many years before, I found again. Doing the Objectives was amazing. I always felt like I was being controlled by life, instead of me controlling it. I always felt like a victim of circumstance and that things were always happening to me. I learned that I control my life and I’m the captain of this ship.

After the life skills courses and counseling, I had a confidence that I’ve never had before. I felt good about myself for the first time in my life. I felt like I could accomplish anything and was on top of the world.

Narconon gave me my life back. Most people thought I would die before I ever got sober. Other rehabs I had been to told me I was a “throw away client” and told my parents to not expect much from me. And here I am. Years later with a life beyond my wildest dreams.

I have Narconon to thank for that.

Jason—Narconon Graduate

AUTHOR

Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.