Changing an Addict’s Behavior through Life Skills Courses at Narconon Fresh Start

Changing Addiction BehaviorDrug addiction changes the way a person thinks and acts and can even change their morals and values that he or she once lived by. In a video interview, parents talk about how their child’s behavior was during drug use compared to their behavior after going through the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses and graduating the program. Overall, the bottom line is that these parents have noticed that their kids are taking responsibility for their own life, reaching their goals and staying drug-free.

See how the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses has helped these parent’s child transform their lives into more responsible and successful individuals who know how to live a more responsible life without drugs.

Teaching Addict’s how to Live a Successful Life Without Drugs

Video transcript

Brad and Lisa
A drug addict, it becomes all about them. Everything is about them and they stop seeing how they’re actions are affecting everybody else. How his actions were affecting his brother, his mother, his grandmother, his aunt, his uncle, his cousin, everybody. But they don’t see that when they’re just so into the drug that all they seek out is their next fix.

There was no respect for himself. He lost all touch with reality and respect for others and just being conscientious of life.

He was just a different person. I could trust him before. And now the trust level was, he would say, “I’m going to do this or do that” well that just wouldn’t happen. Or he would just sleep all day and couldn’t keep a job.

As a social worker and as a mother who has gone through this, I have to tell you that people don’t change their habits in 30 days. They have to learn new habits. They have to learn. They have to grow up. They have to start maturing and that doesn’t happen in any set period of time. The Narconon Fresh Start program appealed to me because it wasn’t a set time program. It was going to be as long for him as he needed in order for him to finish the program.

The courses that he took at Narconon Fresh Start were excellent. They teach them self esteem, day-to-day living, daily problems, how to say no, what to say yes to, how to deal with problems and how to progress. How to get back on track. How to finish what you start and complete what you start. Morals, self esteem, values, everything that I’m sure every parent has taught their child. It brings them back down to earth. What reality is, what your goals are and how to achieve them.

It taught my son to be more level headed, more caring, more responsible and to this day he’s been going on almost five years now that he’s been sober and it never comes across my mind that he’ll ever go back on drugs. He’s just not gonna do it.

I would be shocked today if Ed even thought about using drugs. They taught him wonderful skills. He now owns his own business and I know he uses those skills for successful business.

Brad and Lisa
It’s not just as simple as, “say no to drugs.” It’s all these tools that I’m going to walk through life and I’m going to be offered drugs, I’m going to meet people I used to do drugs with. Do I want something different for my life? And they tear that down and they build that up and they reteach them and they rebuild them and they come out of here. My son, he’s ready to face the world with the tools that he has. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

He’s learned life skills, management skills, communication skills, I don’t think I even as his parent would have been able to teach him as well as they’ve taught him. So that is a savings grace that I will just be thankful for my entire lifetime and more because again, it’s just so hard to put into words where we’ve been and where we’ve come and how grateful we are for what they’ve done, the staff there and for the program itself is just phenomenal.

You know Jana couldn’t tell a lie when she was a little girl, I mean not that she wanted to, but she couldn’t. When she was in her addiction, she certainly could. But today, that’s back. You know, honesty, forthrightness, dependability, I presume all of those things were emphasized within that program because they came back. Those kinds of skills that when I was in education, we called success indicators. Success skills – they’re back! They’re there and she practices them daily. Not only with us, but in her work and with her friends. I think this program is very responsible for her coming to that point in her life where she’s got this as a lifestyle.

This is what I tried to teach my children, what my husband and I tried to teach them from the time that they were babies. Is how to live a good life. But a good life includes a moral life, it includes an ethical life and it includes being able to look yourself in the mirror and appreciate the image that looks back at you and be proud of the image that looks back at you. And that’s what Narconon Fresh Start did for my son. It gave him that opportunity.

The life skills that she learned have become second nature because she’s raising children now. It isn’t something that she has to process and think how should I react to this or what life skill do I pull from for this. It’s just natural how she deals with her children and the responsibility that she has for her children.

It gives them the tools to know how to live, to take responsibility for their lives. So they can be successful in their lives. It’s not just about getting sober. It’s about learning how to live without drugs, without alcohol and to live successfully – happily.

He quit smoking. When he comes home, I have to make sure that I have things like sprite int he house or something that doesn’t have any caffeine. You know, it’s just a whole lifestyle change. And it’s all attributed to what they taught him – clean, healthy living. Narconon Fresh Start is just what it says it is. It’s a “fresh start.”

It was just amazing what they did for him. And not only gave him a sense of being, you know, they just gave him so much. He matured so much there. They gave him the tools to deal with certain things in life when he hits certain road blocks, he would know how to handle those things. If somebody offered him something, he would know how to say no or walk away from it. These are the things that the other programs could not teach him. These are the things that made the big difference in his life and in our lives and brought our family closer together. Now he wanted to spend time with us, do things with us, have dinner with us and he’s just more respectful of us. All these things just made a big difference in our family life.

He got out on his own. He got a job, he started paying his phone bill, he started buying his own groceries and he was just independent whereas he wasn’t before – he relied upon us. He wanted to start giving back to others.

It gave my daughter her life back. She engaged in life. She’s become a wonderful parent, a good employee, a great teacher and she’s now making a difference in other people’s lives. Nothing could be better. She got her life back.

Danny’s been drudger since 2006. He is now a happily married man. He’s with his own business. He gets up every morning, happy to be alive, happy to work in his business and he is constantly bragging about how well he is doing. He is always happy. He’s that joking person, laughing all the time and looking forward to another challenge. He wants to open another business.

They take lives that are shattered and they help them see and give them hope as to what they can become. That they don’t have to stay here. There’s hope in their life and they can change it around and they teach them that. And it starts from the very first day they go down there.

Because Narconon Fresh Start taught her the life skills, I see in her face and in her body and in her personality that she’s going to stay drug-free. I have no worries any more. And it’s wonderful. I never thought I would see that in her, but they taught her all the life skills she needed to apply them everyday to her life and it’s so exciting.

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