An individual’s physical and mental health, career and interests are not the only things that suffer from the effects of their substance abuse. Their personal relationships with others, including friends and family members, can also suffer extreme consequences. In some cases, individuals are essentially removed from their family after causing damages to those that they once loved, supported and protected.
When an individual first chooses to use drugs in order to suppress an unwanted problem, sensation or emotion they have encountered in their life, it is the first and last time that they are completely in control over drugs. Once introduced to the body, drugs interrupt and change the normal operations and functions of various systems, and quickly move from being foreign to being tolerated and then being demanded by the body. These demands create the intense physical cravings that dominate the individual’s every thought and action, driving the individual toward one simple goal: staying high. It is for this reason alone that an individual will destroy their health, their career and their relationships for drugs.
Rehabilitation can be the answer, but only when it is done right. Imagine that a car was damaged in an accident. You would expect that the insurance company’s job, and duty, is to restore the car to the condition it was in prior to the accident. You would not accept as fully repaired a car that still had a crumpled hood or shattered windshield, and you would be right to demand full remediation. An individual who is participating in a treatment program to address and resolve their problems with substance abuse has the same right to demand and expect full rehabilitation. This includes not only handling their own physical and mental health, but also fully repairing the damages they caused in their life and in their relationships with others.
Restoring the Mother-daughter Bond
Out of all the people in C.D.’s life, her mother was her closest friend and the one she loved the most. That is, until C.D. became addicted to drugs. All the priorities, interests, passions and relationships C.D. had were pushed aside as she focused on one thing: getting high with her boyfriend.
C.D.’s mother realized what drugs were doing to her daughter, and desperately tried to reach out to the child she once knew. C.D. remembers her mother calling her on the phone, sobbing as she tried to reach her daughter through the fog that was C.D.’s substance abuse problems. At the time, C.D. had no idea how much pain and suffering her substance abuse was causing her mother, and simply pushed her even farther away.
At Narconon Arrowhead, C.D. was finally able to come out of the deadly spiral she had been trapped in and confront her life and the damages she had caused for herself and others. It was at this point that C.D. realized just how much she had hurt her mother and how hard she had to work to repair this important relationship. Now C.D. calls her mother every day, and takes comfort in the fact that doing so brings her mother great joy and happiness. C.D. knows that her mother is able to see her “real daughter” coming back as C.D. once again has a positive, happy attitude and laughs frequently.
While C.D. knows that she can never take back all of the pain she caused her mother, the tools she has gained at Narconon have allowed her to confidently rebuild the relationship to where it is now stronger than it has ever been. She takes the time to find out how her mother is doing and share her own progress and successes at Narconon. C.D. is glad that her mother no longer has to worry about where she is or what she is doing, and she has decided that no matter what the future holds for her, she will never again let anything she does cause her mother pain or anguish.