I Have Regained My Family’s Trust

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I was born in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy. It’s a beautiful town, worth visiting and living in.

My life, before I started doing drugs was wonderful.

The happiest moment I experienced, before I started doing drugs was winning a bicycle competition.

My introduction to drugs was smoking marijuana with friends and acquaintances at 14 years old, in the mid-‘90s.

As the years went by, I got more and more involved in using drugs and alcohol, and that affected my life very negatively. I lost everything, as in jobs, money, friends, my driving license and my partner whom I have 2 children with. Drugs impacted my relationships with my family in a disastrous way.

It was the end of my relationship with my partner and the despair that resulted from it led me to enroll on the Narconon Programme, so I could handle my addiction for good.

When I realized I had a serious problem to handle, I reached out to my mother for help, and she found Narconon.

When I first arrived here, I immediately felt relieved, comforted, and not lonely anymore. I felt ready to face my problems, and I was very happy to find there was an Italian fellow countryman on staff that I could talk to. On the same note, all the rest of the staff were very kind. What convinced me to stay was my desire to overcome my addiction for good.

Doing the Narconon programme gave me three significant wins: I rehabilitated my memory, trust in myself, the know-how to handle lows in life and the ability to evaluate information and situations. My perceptions changed in the sense that I have become aware of the people that I’m better off avoiding and situations that I shouldn’t get into. I can see and perceive everything around me clearly. Having these new skills, I can remain drug-free.

I’m really happy with my completion of the programme, and I’m also proud of myself.

I’m really looking forward to spending time with my children and my parents, and I can’t wait to get back to work.

What makes me the proudest is not depending on drugs and alcohol anymore, and having regained my parents’ trust as well. In addition to this, I’m also taking steps to get my driving license back. Being allowed to drive again is an accomplishment I can’t even put down in words.

I re-established my relationship with my family again, and most importantly, they all trust me now.

“The best thing about being drug-free is that I can take my responsibilities, I’m able to hold a job and
I can finally look after my kids.”

The best thing about being drug-free is that I can take my responsibilities, I’m able to hold a job, and I can finally look after my kids.

The advice I can give to someone who’s still in the grip of addiction right now, is to quit immediately and to seek help, as doing it on your own can be extremely difficult.

A.R., Narconon United Kingdom Graduate



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