I’m Going to Enjoy Each Moment Like It Is My Last

Edward—Narconon Colorado

Overcoming addiction is an amazing accomplishment. Although it is a challenging experience, the end results are well worth the effort needed to regain control of one’s life. Two of our recent graduates share their experiences below:

“For the first time in my life, I finished something that I started. Looking back to three months ago, I would have said this was not possible. Since the first day in withdrawal, I was able to sit still and process what I have done wrong and why I am here.

“My win from sauna was being able to sweat out all of the poison I had put into my body over the years. When I completed that, I felt like a new person. I was able to do the ’be there’ and ’confront’ drills with ease due to having a clear mind.

“The training drills helped me become a better person going forward. I will use the tools I have learned here to handle everything life may throw at me. I have never been so happy in my life and I am excited to see what is next. Until then, I’m going to enjoy each moment like it is my last.”

—Narconon Colorado Graduate: Edward

“Before Narconon, I thought I knew what happiness was and how to handle the problems in my life—I was very wrong. I was using alcohol to solve all my problems and to try to make me happy. I realized that I really didn’t know what happiness was. You can’t find it at the bottom of a bottle. I can now see that this was a terrible idea.

“Narconon showed me that I don’t need substances to be normal. I can be happy and healthy without putting chemicals into my body. I have been sober now for 139 days and I feel great! I am no longer dependent on alcohol. I don’t feel the need to wake up and have a beer. I don’t need to finish my day with a shot. I wake up in the morning clear-headed, no longer foggy, and start the day with zero regrets and worries about what I might have done to myself or my loved ones. It feels great to no longer need that crutch!

”As far as the program goes, it has been quite a journey. I arrived having to use a wheelchair, with very limited mobility due to injuries. I gradually worked my way to a walker and then I started walking on my own. I spent my time in withdrawal with four amazing staff members that helped me with anything that I needed. I spent time in the sauna sweating out the impurities in my body before moving on to the Life Skills courses. In that time, I have learned a lot about myself.

“I have learned more productive ways of managing the problems in my daily life as they arise. I am a lot more confident in how I approach things. I also found out how good it feels to help other people. I have done quite a lot of that here, and that is probably why my program has taken as long as it has. I wouldn’t change any of it though. I’m going to miss the people here, but it’s time for me to tackle the world!”

—Narconon Colorado Graduate: Chris



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.