Detox Success Story:
Narconon Program Completion
“My name is Luigi and I am 26 years of
age. I am originally from Galesburg, IL. I started using cocaine
sporadically while I was enrolled as a student at Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale. Over time, my friends and I began to use
cocaine on an every weekend basis. During this time, I felt as though
I was in total control over my usage of the drug, and rationalized
that it was not negatively affecting my life. I graduated with a
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and then went back to Galesburg
to live with my parents and search for the best job.
“While in Galesburg, I found that many
of my old “friends” were using cocaine as well. I began
to use it more frequently, and in larger amounts. I knew that I
was beginning to like the drug more and more, and began to worry
that I might be developing an addiction. I was offered an excellent
engineering position with a company in Venice, FL, and I took it.
I was glad to leave the drug scene in my hometown and excited to
start my new career in Florida. After three months, my career was
looking great and I loved my job. However, some problems soon arose
in my life that I had difficulty confronting.
“I found myself overwhelmed with undesirable
emotions, and in a miserable state of existence. I began to crave
cocaine, and turned towards its use as the solution of my problems.
I soon reverted back to my old behavior, and made friends with those
in the drug culture. I began using cocaine on the weekends, and
periodically during the week. It did not take long before I began
using it on a daily basis, and I knew that I was in trouble. However,
I could not stop no matter how much I wanted to. Cocaine completely
took control of my life, and I was no longer in the driver’s seat.
“The conditions of all aspects of my
life including my career were plummeting. I continued through the
downward spiral of addiction, and distanced myself from all that
was good in my life, including family, friends, and co-workers.
My addiction then advanced to crack cocaine. After nearly being
killed by drug dealers, I finally came to terms that I needed out
and that I could not do it alone…
“My parents tried to help me and I pushed
them away. I took off and maxed out all of my credit cards, liquidated
all of my financial accounts, and sold all of my assets. I needed
cocaine, and nothing was going to get into my way. I spent near
$150,000.00 over two years on cocaine until there was nothing left.
I burned every bridge with friends, and I put my whole family through
a living hell.
“I finally checked myself into a 21-day
inpatient 12-step rehabilitation program. I was miserable the whole
time there, but I put forth my best effort to overcoming my addiction..I
relapsed after 2 weeks. I continued with my miserable existence
of living with friends and family and relapsing every few weeks,
breaking what little trust I had with them over and over.
“…I would have rather died then to
have continued on this way. I went home to my family after a 3 day
relapse with no sleep, and told them that I was going to die if
I did not go somewhere for a long time to handle this. I researched
the internet with my mother for days and contacted a handful of
“One of the inpatient programs that I
was investigating was the Narconon® program at the Narconon
Arrowhead facility. I was especially interested in this program
because it offered a solution to the biophysical aspects of addiction
by means of a sauna detoxification program. It also interested me
because it followed up by handling the mental and emotional aspects
of addiction through a series of courses and counseling rather than
in a group therapy setting…
“My family and I decided that this would
be the best program for me. I completed the Narconon program after
4 ½ months, and I was blown away by the results that I achieved
throughout the entirety of the program. I consider myself to be
a fully recovered addict now, and I am a happier, more stable, and
competent person then I was before my addiction ever began. I never
experience drug cravings, and I tackle all problems that I face
in life head on. I understand myself better, and I no longer carry
around the burden of my horrible past. I almost gave up my will
to live during my addiction, especially after I lost hope that there
could be a solution.
“I am very fortunate to have found this
Narconon Arrowhead Graduate