The Personal Values Course
“Doing the Personal Values Course helped me reflect on what kind of person I am and how I see the world around me. I came to look how I behaved in the world objectively and realize that I did a lot of things I would not want other people to do in society. I feel relief that that type of behavior is behind me and that I will leave here with the knowledge that I can be a positive influence on the world, not a negative one. I also realize that using drugs was not as victimless as I thought and that it was preventing me from doing positive things for society.”
-Carter, Narconon Colorado Graduate
“Writing about my transgressions was harder for me than I expected. I have always been able to remember most everything in my life, but when trying to work on my Personal Values Course I hit a block as I realized I could not distinguish each day, week, and even month from the others during my use. That scared me. The fact that whole months and even better parts of full years are now just pieces of a jumbled memory is terrifying.
“It was very relieving to do so as I have never been more motivated to stay sober as I am now. I do not and cannot lose any more of my life like that.”
But by getting out what I did remember and even remembering some things I forgot and wanted to forget, I was able to confront my addiction fully. Since being at Narconon I have been able to bounce back from my use with little to no barriers. This was the first sight of real damage done I had to confront. It was very relieving to do so as I have never been more motivated to stay sober as I am now. I do not and cannot lose any more of my life like that.
The Personal Values Course made me take responsibility while letting go of my guilt for what I did to myself. I knew what I did and that I am responsible but I don’t have to live with that guilt and have it weigh me down. I can move on. Thank you.”
-Timothy, Narconon Colorado Graduate
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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.
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