Overcoming Alcoholism

Narconon takes a different approach to addiction treatment than traditional 12-step models. At Narconon, we do not believe that relapse has to be a part of recovery. Our goal is not to simply get someone sober but rather to give them the tools to build a better life in which drinking or using no longer becomes a desirable option.

When I first arrived at Narconon Colorado in January of 2011, I was pretty much on my last leg of life. I had lost my marriage, custody of my children, my career and any hope for my future. I had been through three different treatment programs and several stays in the hospital due to my alcoholism.
I felt totally lost, alone and defeated. I boarded an airplane and traveled half way across the United States from Pennsylvania to Colorado in search of a treatment center that could show me a new way of living.
At first, I was skeptical because this program was not like the others I had attended. Here, I did not feel like I was a victim, I was never told that relapse is part of recovery and I did not have to be labeled an alcoholic for the rest of my life. I was shown how to confront my issues and to take responsibility for my actions. I learned to accept my past for what it was and not to dwell on it. I let go of my past and began to focus on what I was doing here and now. I learned to change my way of looking at life and soon into the program I was seeing a positive result. The real me was coming back.
At times it was a struggle but I pushed through with the help of the caring staff who understood where I was coming from and would not give up on me or rush me through it. I began to look back to the beginning of my journey at Narconon and the changes I had seen in myself blew me away. I was physically and mentally healthier than I had been in years; I came out of my shell that kept me down all those years.
I am truly thankful for the experience I had attending Narconon Colorado and to this day I am grateful that I made the choice to leave my comfort zone which had held me back for a long time.
Today I am 6 years sober, I have my children and family back, and I have a great job and a sense of purpose in my life.
Believe me; I have my ups and downs, just like everyone does but, I now have the tools to guide me through any tough times I may encounter.

John V. — 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.