Throughout my life I have been faced with a variety of difficulties that I have not always had the courage or strength to deal with. I was weak at times and often turned to using methamphetamine to help me get through my days and to lessen any of the worries and stress that arose in my life. I honestly thought that meth was the best thing for me and that it helped me solve all of my problems. I operated on this mentality for many years and in all reality it did no good for me whatsoever. The only thing it did was help me block out reality and numb myself to a point where I felt like life was good. My life went on a downward spiral after years of smoking and shooting meth. It absolutely devastated all of my relationships and everything that I cared about. It was only once I had lost everything that I came to the realization that I needed help and that I had a horrible addiction that was destroying my life. When I made the decision to get help I was not fond of going to any religious based programs nor did I want to do a 12 step program. I wanted a program that would help me find out why I used and allow me to regain the control and power over my life. A friend of mine suggested the Narconon program and after some research and talking to their counselors I decided that it was the best place for me. I went to California and started my program at Sunshine Summit Lodge and began my journey on recovery a little over three years ago. As soon as I arrived I knew that I was exactly where I needed to be. The staff was amazing and from the minute I started they helped me with everything and anything. The program really made sense to me and it didn’t subject me to turning my life over to a god or submitting to the idea that I was diseased. It taught me that I had some deficiencies in my decision-making process and that I was lacking some life skills. I went through the program and began to learn more about myself than I ever had. I saw that I had some underlying issues with some friends and family members that wore heavy on me and caused me a lot of stress and frustration and triggered me into wanting to use. I was able to fully confront those issues and deal with them in a constructive way. I then learned a lot about the importance of being an honest and responsible individual and the value of making rational and sound decisions. I learned so much about my life and what I was lacking and I was able to make changes for the better. I got my life back and I felt myself become an entirely different person in a much better way. I graduated the program and I did not have one inkling of ever wanting to use again. To this day I am a clean and sober individual who applies the tools that I learned from the Narconon program on a daily basis. I am proud of my recovery and I wouldn’t trade what I have now for anything in the world.