I Am Looking Forward to Showing My Kids and My Wife the New Me

Sober man in a sunny morning
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I was born in Argentina, lived there till I was nine years old and then moved to Australia. My life before doing drugs was a happy childhood with strong family ties. I had great parents, great siblings and a safe environment at home. One of the happiest moments before doing drugs was when we bought our first family home in Australia.

I first started using drugs when I was 15 years old. With a couple of schoolmates, I started smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol on the weekends. By the age of 17, I moved on to ecstasy, speed and cocaine. This continued up to recently, and during this time, I also got addicted to methamphetamines for five years.

Drugs made me more isolated as a person. They made me get into many fights and put me into some very dangerous situations. I became a habitual liar and a person who could not be trusted.

I hit rock bottom in my life, I got arrested and ended up in the hospital, and I was seriously questioning my own sanity and needed change.

I knew about the programme, and I knew someone who had completed it, so I reached out to him and then I called the Narconon helpline.

My arrival was good. I was nervous but looking forward to the challenge, the staff were very professional and very friendly from the get-go, and I was made to feel at home instantly, which comforted me. The reasons why I stayed was because, with every step I completed, I could see and feel an improvement in myself.

My three biggest wins were to attain control of my life again, to feel a sense of direction to the point where I understood what I needed to do to stay off drugs and after the detox, I felt really sound in mind and body.

I feel very excited about graduation, and I am ready to go back into society.

I am looking forward to seeing my kids and my wife and showing them the new me.

My proudest accomplishment is that I stuck it out, that I believed in the programme and believed that I could make it and get better.

“My wife has got trust in me again, even though I need to show it to them, and my family are extremely proud of
what I have accomplished here.”

My wife has got trust in me again, even though I need to show it to them, and my family are extremely proud of what I have accomplished here.

My favourite thing about being drug-free now is to think with a clearer mind and not live a life that’s full of lies.

The advice I would give to someone who is in active addiction now is to seek help and really confront their issues and problems.

N.R., Narconon United Kingdom Graduate



Alice is passionate about helping others get off drugs at Narconon UK.