How Narconon Taught Me
How to Save My Own Life

Matt J. - Narconon Colorado graduate

The first steps towards sobriety can at times be unnerving, but as can be seen in Matt’s story of recovery, they’re definitely worth it.

“I was a bit apprehensive when I got on the plane headed for Colorado, as I imagine most people would be in similar circumstances to mine. I was 29 and addicted to Heroin, I did my last dose before I stepped onto the plane and I was off.
I spent a couple of weeks in the withdrawal section of the building, taking lots of vitamins and doing exercises of the mind to keep it off of my cravings and focused on recovery. It was probably the most difficult segment of the rehab as it is for most, I'm sure. Once I left the withdrawal area, I was introduced to all the other individuals who were just like me, wanting to get help with their addictions. Those were some of the most genuine people I ever met, caring, supportive and people I will never forget.
As time went on, I worked the program and felt stronger in my sobriety with each passing day. When it came time to leave because I had completed Narconon’s comprehensive recovery process, I didn't want to go home. I wanted to stay and help others as the staff at Narconon had helped me.
I was shown how beautiful life could be, without the blur and constant want for drugs. My depression faded, my anxiety as well, I literally felt as if I could do anything. I think about my time in Colorado often, and I miss it, it gave me my life back and proved to me that I don't need mind altering substances to enjoy life because under the cloud of addiction you really aren’t enjoying life at all. Narconon didn't save my life; it taught me how to save it on my own. I will never forget those 3 short months, and will forever be in debt to Narconon and the amazing staff!“

Matt J.—Narconon Colorado Graduate



After overcoming her own addiction in 2012 Julie went on to become certified as an addiction counselor in order to help others achieve a life of recovery. She worked in the addiction field for 8 years and now uses both her personal and professional experiences with addiction as an influence for her writing.