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From around the world, these graduates of the Narconon program explain how it has helped them adopt a new, sober lifestyle.

Graduates offer their successes

Amanda was an athlete and active in many of her school activities until she began using drugs. Gradually, she became consumed with using and selling drugs. About her time at Narconon, she said, “Narconon gave me my life back. I realized the damage that I created in my past and it was solely because of the decisions I was making.”

Jara encountered drugs in college. At sorority and fraternity parties, she was introduced to both alcohol and cocaine. At first, she thought the drugs would help her get through school but when she began to fail in her education, her parents found Narconon. “While I was going through the program, something like really clicked for me. I began realizing and feeling that I am in control. It was actually empowering.” After completing the Narconon program, Jara returned to school and finished her degree with straight As while working at the same time.

Don ran into some people who were selling methamphetamine and that was the beginning of him losing everything he valued. He went to more than one rehab and wasn’t able to stay sober after leaving. So he began to look for something different. He found what he was looking for at Narconon. “Narconon has not only changed my life, it’s elevated it. It’s exciting to really be alive again,” he said. At the time of his interview, Don had been clean for three years.

Pierpaolo completed the program at Narconon Argo in Italy in early 2015. When he arrived at the center, he said, “I immediately felt comfortable, understanding that it was the right place and the staff was the right one. Slowly I began to feel alive, to laugh and joke, to be happy. Now I feel free, I am no longer addicted. I have once again become a responsible person with values. Thanks to all of you for saving my life and for what you do every day.”

Alessandro began using drugs in Italy when he was just 13. As with so many people, his drug use started with marijuana. He moved on to ketamine and finally discovered heroin. Once he used heroin, he was lost. He said, “Ever since I made ​​my first shot, what little control I had over my life was lost.” He soon lost everything precious, including the respect of his family. Ironically enough, it was a policeman who helped him find Narconon. “This center has given me everything I was looking really: a new life, a future. I regained my relationship with my parents which I had lost years before. Nothing is impossible, you just have to want it. “

When a person gives up control to a drug, the good things in his (or her) life are quickly destroyed. Even when addiction has gone on for years, it’s possible to rebuild trust and healthy relationships again. The Narconon program helps graduates recover their honesty and integrity and that is the core of a new, healthy life. For fifty years, Narconon has been helping the addicted come back to life, in some fifty centers around the world.

Antonio, who completed the Narconon program at Narconon Il Gabbiano in the “boot heel” of Italy, told the story of the changes he went through. This rehab program reaches deeply into a person’s life and helps him recover his real personality, enables him to set new goals in life. Many people graduating from this program have said that they no longer struggle every day with the idea of being an addict – they simply begin living an enjoyable, productive life after they go home. antonio-gabbiano-SM

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Pesaro, Italy

Pesaro, Italy

From Narconon Alfiere near Pesaro, Italy comes Mattia’s story of recovery from addiction. After many years lost to addiction, Mattia’s family found Narconon. He found a reason to fight for his sobriety and soon, he began to recover himself and his life. Here’s his story.

“My addiction started in 1998 and I arrived at Narconon in February of 2015. For too long, I had betrayed my family, I betrayed friends, I betrayed myself. I said to myself, ‘Mattia, win this fight for your father, your mother.’ Soon, I was saying, ‘Mattia, do it for yourself.’

“I started walking down this road and began to learn to deal with the problems of my life. I started on the sauna detoxification step and when I finished 25 days later, I did not recognize myself. I felt the enthusiasm of a child.

“Day after day I felt different, I feel more capable, more confident in my choices. I became become more methodical and had many realizations.

“I achieved a physical and mental well-being and ethics, honor, morality — that is priceless. I decided that this wealth will not go away anymore.

“A sweet mother, a father I respect so much, two people that despite all the mud that I have thrown still believe in me. And Valentina, it’s time to let her enjoy the calm after the storm, it’s time to show her that ‘I love you’ are not just words, it’s time to get in action. Soon we’ll get married. Thanks to this place, I feel ready, I feel reborn.

“Thanks to all the staff– in this difficult period, you have all contributed to my success and my rebirth. I want to thank you from my heart – thank you for everything.”


From Narconon Alfiere in Italy comes this lovely and heartfelt statement of accomplishment on the Narconon drug rehab program.

“When I started this program, I was fearful and worried. With the help of the staff and every single person here who supported me, I began to overcome my fears.

“The greatest fear that weighed on me like a boulder was that I would want to quit drugs and not be able to do it. Some small part of me still felt the power addiction had over me.  At the most unexpected moment came the realization that I did not need the stuff to be happy. It makes us slaves and consequently we’re like leaves blowing in the wind. Being addicted to something is not living, but being a slave. Drugs put us behind invisible bars and deprives an addicted person of the most beautiful thing in the world: freedom.

shutterstock_169487486“Being able to get up in the morning, look in the mirror and say ‘I have it made’ is priceless.  Being able to appreciate the little things that everyday life offers us together with the affection of our loved ones is priceless. Life is worth living but this is not possible if you are in chains.

“Today, I finally got back what I was and I am proud of myself because I live for me and for my loved ones. In short, today I am finally happy because today, I’m beginning to live.”

Narconon Alfiere is located on the eastern coast of Italy, just a stone’s throw from the Adriatic Sea. From all over Italy, the addicted come here to get their lives back.

EmilianoAs Emiliano graduates from Narconon Piedmont in Italy, he tells this story: “It’s been more than five months from the day in March when I decided to come to Narconon Piedmont to learn how to live without drugs. They were hard months, but also beautiful where I experienced some beautiful emotions, learned to communicate honestly with others and learned to ask for help. Now I am going to leave the ‘little house’ with so much nostalgia. I take away a suitcase full of memories and life stories, I feel changed, improved, full of certainties! In recent months I have restored the relationship with my parents, which in recent times had vanished. I have a lust for life that I had not felt in years. I feel that the best is coming. This is because of the beautiful people who have decided to dedicate their lives to save people. They do it with passion and success! I thank all the staff of Narconon Piedmont.”

In the image, you will see the “little house” he refers to – the Narconon center where he recovered his ability to live without drugs.

When an addicted person arrives at a drug rehab, they are very often still affected by the drug that addicted them. Many people will drink, smoke or inject their drug of choice in the airport on the way to rehab. So when they arrive at rehab, their very first step is to detoxify from these substances.

In this context, detoxing refers to the process of coming down off the drugs or alcohol one was using, until they are through withdrawal and fully sober. This may or may not require close medical supervision to ensure safety. The goal of the process is simply a sober person.

Each person arriving at a Narconon drug rehab center will go through this same process when they arrive, carefully monitored until they are fully sober. Then, their next step is something completely unique to this program: the New Life Detoxification Program.

A Detox after Detox?

Yes, each person has had time for his (or her) body to detoxify from past drug use. But now, the New Life Detoxification Program will take this process a very big step further: Old residues of past drug use stored in fatty tissues will now be flushed out, enabling each person to achieve a bright new outlook.

Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and LSD have what’s called “lipophilic” qualities which mean they “like” and are attracted to fat tissues. Residues of these drugs tend to be stored in fat after the main part of the drugs are broken down and eliminated. These residues are capable of affecting a person’s mood and thinking, even years later.

To improve a person’s ability to think clearly and regain a bright outlook, the New Life Detoxification Program uses a strict regimen of nutritional supplements along with a carefully supervised schedule of exercise and time in a low-heat sauna. Gradually, the body’s ability to deeply detoxify is enhanced and these old residues are washed away through sweat, urine and feces.

Graduates Talk about Their Improvements from this Detox

In recent interviews, several graduates described what happened to them as these old residues were eliminated from their bodies.

This young man’s comments revealed that removing these residues let him feel as good as he had before he started using drugs: “The sauna for me was a great experience. When I went through the sauna I realized that I had forgotten what it felt like to feel normal – to wake up in the morning and have energy and sleep really well. After going through the sauna, I kind of felt like I had before I had done any drugs. It was a pretty life-changing experience.”

Like many other people, this woman found that detoxifying old drug residues enabled her to stop craving drugs: “Before I went into the sauna, I wanted to do coke really bad. The cravings were horrible, hikingI was constantly thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep. And when I [finished the detoxification], I felt so much better. I was sleeping good and not craving any more, it was awesome. After I completed, I wanted to do things, go hiking, go outside. I was so happy with my life.”

This fellow was also energized when he finished detoxing these old residues: “I got the feeling of how I felt when I was 13 years old, I had more energy, I was able to do anything I put my mind to. It was pretty much getting myself back for the first time since I began using drugs and alcohol.” 

In this story, a woman described what she felt like before she started the New Life Detoxification Program and compared that to how she felt when she was done: “When I went into it, my body felt sort of wooden. I was very tired all the time. I didn’t feel like doing anything, I didn’t have much energy. I wasn’t sleeping well. I did the program and when I got toward completion, my energy level was through the roof, I noticed I could smell things better. I felt like I could see things better, my thinking was clearer. I had much more energy, I was sleeping better at night, I just felt like a whole new person.”

As the fogginess and dullness of drug use fall away from a person on this step of their Narconon rehabilitation program, they are must better prepared to learn the skills they will need to stay sober despite life’s challenges. And a brighter outlook helps them participate in their own recovery and begin building a new life to replace the old life of addiction they have now left behind.

Shawnda recently graduated from the Narconon program at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. She said when she arrived, she was “extremely nervous. I remember being really scared and very resistant to the program. The staff was very patient and kind with me.”

Her first step on the Narconon program was the New Life Detoxification Program. At the end of this step, she said, “I felt a tremendous amount of relief throughout my body. All the powerful urges to use drugs that had been haunting me for some time were finally gone.”

Perhaps most remarkable of all was this change she experienced: “The end result of this program for me was a very powerful realization that life is beautiful and I can really start living it.”

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Every Narconon center in the world administers the same drug rehabilitation program. On six continents of the world, those who lost their way to addiction are finding stable recovery at Narconon centers. Their locations are as diverse as the east side of Taiwan, the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy and Melbourne, Australia.

In Russia, one person wrote a glowing success story after they completed an early step of the program, the New Life Detoxification Program. This step utilizes exercise, nutritional supplements and time in a low-heat sauna to wash away old stored drug toxins. It’s been found that eliminating these toxins provides a bright, fresh new viewpoint and greater mental and physical energy. These benefits provide a strong foundation that enable a person to make improved progress through the life skills education that follows.

shutterstock_79630489Roma wrote: “I am very glad that I have completed this step of my program. It wasn’t that easy, but I overcame this difficulty. I want to give a huge thank you to all those who helped me! I am very happy to be alive now. As the toxins have started to leave me, my awareness about life changed. I was able to assess the life taking place around me and I said to myself: ‘I really want to live!’ Now, this step has completely cleared toxins from my body. My mind is clear. Thank you to my parents, they are most beloved and holy!”

If you care for someone who has struggled with drugs or alcohol, the Narconon program and the New Life Detoxification Program can be the turning point they dreamed of. Call us today to learn more.

In Northern Italy, Narconon Alfiere sits on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Like other Narconon centers around the world, this is where people struggling with addiction find help and lasting sobriety. From Narconon Alfiere comes this success story from a recent graduate.

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He said, “I’m done now with the Narconon program. I feel something explode inside me. My heart is pounding and I can hardly hold back the tears. Today is the biggest day of my entire existence. I did not believe it could happen to me to feel so happy. Before I got here, I did not understand how to get what I really wanted. The years passed and I grew up not knowing how to achieve a satisfactory life. I could not learn from my mistakes.”

That frustration led our graduate into drugs to ease his unhappiness. Of that time, he said, “I was stuck, helpless and suffering.”

As he completed the Narconon program, he described himself very differently. “Today, I have regained confidence and the will to live. Today is the best day of my life because today I decided to stay healthy.”

He ended by thanking those at Narconon Alfiere who helped him learn these valuable lessons in living. “Thanks for all you do. Helping a person to achieve these new insights into the life is enormous. You have all my respect, without reservation. “

The story of Antonia and Valentina started when they were just 14 and 15 years old. When they met, they had never used any drugs. That soon changed when they fell in with other young people who were using drugs. Soon, they began smoking marijuana without ever realizing where it would lead them.

Antonio-e-Valentina-successo-PiemonteAfter marijuana, came hashish and soon after that, cocaine, a drug that unfortunately, they grew to love. The years passed and their drug use continued. “Our parents did not suspect anything, so when we decided to get married, they supported us,” Antonio said. “Then, we were husband and wife, but the madness and desire to use drugs continued. We were married and even had children, hoping that the necessity of caring for children would save us from their desire to use drugs.”

It was not enough. “We found ourselves even more toxic, with responsibility for special children who needed a special mother and a special father.”

Of course, over time, things were only going to get worse. Antonio continued, “Our love was going up in smoke. The only thing we had in common was the desire to get away from everything by using drugs. We thought our children never suspected anything despite our ups and downs, quarrels and disagreements. Actually, our children suffered and pretended not to see the problems.”

Finally, enough was enough. They came to Narconon Piedmont. And at the completion of their program, Antonio said, “At this Narconon center, we were reborn. Now, we are able to live without using drugs or alcohol. Every time we look out at life, we see something indescribable. And we know that we will soon be two parents worthy of our very special children.”