I Have Learned How to Confront My Problems

Narconon Colorado Graduate: Matthew

Getting through an addiction treatment program takes a lot of hard work, self-reflection, and dedication. Some days are more difficult than others but when done correctly, the end results are well worth the time and effort. One of our recent graduates shares his story about overcoming his addiction.

My life before drugs was pretty amazing. I participated in theater work at the Lance Armstrong Theater and worked on Peter Pan and Music Man. These moments were really the best times of my life, full of fun and enjoyment.

Drugs affected my relationship with all my family members because I put wanting to “feel good” through drugs first, rather than feeling good naturally and spending time with my parents and family members. Because of this, I lost my parents’ trust.

I had an intervention with my parents about coming to Narconon because I had been using pills to “fix” my anxiety and I decided to go there to see what it would do for me.

When I first arrived, I was pretty anxious about how people would treat me, whether I’d make friends and overall how the program would work.

The staff were truly awesome. From the moment I got picked up at the airport, I knew I was in good hands. All the staff had such a positive and upbeat attitude. Thanks to the staff and students, I wanted to stay. A giant win I had from the program was achieving a better ability to communicate. I can now comfortably talk to people without getting anxious and now conversations with people just flow.

Another big win was being able to confront my problems rather than push them away. I now know how to deal with them and not be upset if something doesn’t go my way. Another great win was an improved awareness of my surroundings. I can enjoy the little things in life, like the sound of birds chirping and all the beautiful natural life around me.

I am very excited about graduation. Being able to accomplish my goal of finishing this entire program makes me so confident in myself and I know I will do great things in life thanks to Narconon. I am so looking forward to spending time with my parents, going to school and making good choices in my life such as having clean, healthy and sober people around me.

“The relationship with my family is better than ever. I can now utilize all the knowledge I’ve gained in the program to maintain a healthy and drug-free life.”

The relationship with my family is better than ever. I can now utilize all the knowledge I’ve gained in the program to maintain a healthy and drug-free life. I am now slowly earning back my parents’ trust and I can’t wait to go enjoy a movie with them, take a walk, go to the beach and just enjoy doing positive activities with them. Most of all, I look forward to making both them and me proud in the process.

Narconon Colorado Graduate: Matthew



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.