Living My Life Drug Free and In the Present
I was born in Aden, South Yemen and I was raised in India.
I had a wonderful life before I started doing drugs. I was a very successful entrepreneur from age 15 in India. Then I started here in the UK with a number of successful businesses and we ran a number of businesses in food and drink, including food exports.
Some of the happiest moments in my life I can remember before I started doing drugs were getting married and having children and living a good life.
I started using drugs because I got mixed with the wrong friends. It was 20 years ago. It was in 1999 that I started. I started because my house caught fire on a one-day firemen strike and I lost everything.
Due to using drugs I lost my entire family, my children, my wife, friends—I lost everyone, and I still don’t have my children back. Everything got out of hand when I sold my business and retired. I had a busy life for 45 years and after retirement I got bored—I started drinking and using more and more. What led me to come to Narconon was that my wife left and she wasn’t coming back until I sorted myself out and my brother brought me to Narconon. If I wouldn’t have come, I would have died. I had a week left. I was at the last stage.
I was looking for the programme that would help me learn how to be in the present, because I was always in the past or future and my brother and a doctor friend of his found it.
In November last year, the best thing that happened to me was I found Narconon. And with Narconon I got my life back, got my family back and I became a totally new version of myself—even better than before. I now have a new way of life—staying in the present all the time, before I didn’t know how. Thanks to the staff in Withdrawal. They made it so simple for me. They were there for me 24 hours a day. It was really rough.
The best thing that I did was the Objectives at Narconon—this brought me to present time. I’m so grateful, to have gone through this lovely programme. No one else provides this to my knowledge. Although it was very tough to go through Life Skills, thanks to the Narconon staff, that step was a wake-up call for me. Without the Narconon staff, I wouldn’t have made it through Life Skills. It was good to do an exit plan, to have things to do when I got home, and to put things into practice. Continuous support after the programme was also very helpful and I had a good relationship with the staff and it was easy to talk to them after getting back home. Narconon saved my life, I was about to die. This is my second life. I am very pleased with the programme. I am willing to come to Narconon at any time to help.
The biggest win I had on the programme was staying in the present. I started to believe and love myself and the recognition of the past in the sense that, I accept the fact whatever has happened has happened. I don’t want to forget about it. I’m not sorry about what happened but learnt to live with it. I don’t want to forget my past so I don’t make the same mistakes.
“To have a graduation at Narconon, that was one of the best achievements in my life.”
I felt very excited about my Narconon graduation. I was not educated before. I never had a certificate in my life. To have a graduation at Narconon, was one of the best achievements in my life.
I’m looking forward to living and leading a good life.
My relationship with my family is very good, my children, they are going to take time—apart from my son and daughter, I have everyone back. The first time we met, yesterday, I spent the whole day with my grandchildren.
My favorite thing about being drug free now is I’m aware of everything, what’s around me, the best awareness I’ve had in years and it’s easy to make decisions about everything.
The advice I would give someone who is in active addiction now is, I would suggest that they straight away come to Narconon and stay there. It isn’t easy to stay there for 3 months away from family, but don’t give up. Think about yourself and it becomes so easy to get your family back. Without Narconon, I would be in the streets. If anyone out there needs help, don’t try and go anywhere else, Narconon, without medication, does what I haven’t heard anyone else do. It works if you want it to work. If you want to get your life back and live a happy life, Narconon is the only way. Basically, the whole programme is easy but difficult, but works.
B.P., Narconon United Kingdom Graduate