Tag: Life Skills Courses

I Feel a Sense of Freedom that I so Longed For

I Feel A Sense Of FreedomFirst off, I am successfully 68 days sober and clean. The Personal Values course has taught me so much about myself. Some good, some bad and some things I never thought I would even think about. I used to think survival just meant to survive and stay alive, but this book explained how to exist in the world without failure and not just doing the bare minimum to get by. It showed me how to apply ethics in my life and right from wrong. I can say honestly that after O/W’s. I feel so much better about my past, my present and myself. In general, I feel a sense of freedom that I so longed for. I don’t feel like a slave stuck in my own head anymore. It made me realize that the main person you hurt by withholding things is yourself and I am done hurting my self and ready to start living an honest life drug-free.


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Confident in My Sobriety

I feel successful in my program here at Narconon Fresh Start so far. I am two months in and my focus and determination has improved drastically. I am much more relaxed and confident in my sobriety. I am less withdrawn and more present centered and aware.


It Doesn’t Get Much Better

Everyday at Narconon Fresh Start is a success. I’m surrounded by awesome staff, I’m sober and I’m happy. Every day here is a good day. It doesn’t get much better than that.


I Can Actually Sleep on My Own While Sober

I learned how to deal with different personalities while in sauna. Usually I would have lost my temper and done something I regret. Also while in sauna, I have learned that I can actually sleep on my own while sober.


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I Can Think Clearly

I learned so much about my body by following the program. I can think clearly and my body is finally clean and healthy. The people and staff around me have helped me so much. I can’t thank everybody enough for all the support. I’ve gained a lot from this program.


Ready to Move on

I completed objectives last week and I completed Overcoming Ups and Downs today. I also handled all of the people that are in my life and I feel really good about the letters I have sent to them. I’m ready to move on to the next part of my program.


The Relief I experience is Awesome

I am experiencing a lot of relief from writing up my O/W’s. It’s difficult to confront some things, but once I’m able to do it and get it written up, the relief I experience is awesome.


I’m Learning a Lot of Social and Anti-Social Personalities

I am currently on the Overcoming Ups and Downs and I’m learning a lot of social and anti-social personalities. I am happy to be able to apply these to my life and get rid of the anti social personalities in my life.


I Am Glad that I Came to Narconon Fresh Start

I am glad that I came to Narconon Fresh Start. I needed the extra help to get me sober. It also helped me in ways i didn’t think about before. It brought me to present time and gave me the patience to do the tasks asked of me. At first I didn’t think confronting the things in my past would help me, but after doing it, I felt better and could accept what I have done.


I Feel Good and Got a Fresh Start to Life

Sauna helped me sleep better. Objectives helped me to deal with my surroundings. I’m going to use my Conditions as a tool to better my self. I feel good and got a fresh start to life. Thanks to the students and staff members.


I Realize the People that are Healthy for Me to Have in My Life

Course has successfully helped me realize which people in my life are anti-social and social. I realize the people that are healthy for me to have in my life and the ones that are unhealthy. I am extremely glad that I have realized this to help me clear out all the negativity in my life.


I Have a Solid Foundation Now to Move on

I found the Narconon Fresh Start program extremely challenging overall. It tested both my patience and perseverance. I do feel a great sense of accomplishment having completed the course. The sauna, I felt, prepared me physically for what lied ahead, Objectives brought me back to center, and I felt more in-touch with my environment. The course work really allowed me to reflect on the damage I have caused on not only myself, but my family and the world around me. I feel that I have a solid foundation now to move on with the rest of my life.


I can Really Apply what I’ve Learned in My Life

I feel so much better since I’ve been here. Not only do I feel better, but I met a lot of good people. I enjoy being here and I feel I’m getting better at the same time. At first I thought objectives was going to be weird, but I found that I can really apply what I’ve learned to my life.


I am Satisfied with all that I Have Learned

Objectives are helping me in more ways than I expected them to. I have learned patience; I have learned to be in present time and have no focus on the past. I have also learned that I can control the objects in my environment. I have also developed a great relationship with my twin. I am glad I got the opportunity to do objectives and I am satisfied with all that I have learned. Lastly – The staff here is awesome – they make it more enjoyable for sure!


I Have the Tools to Achieve and Prosper

I had a great, fresh happy, positive outlook when I got to Narconon Fresh Start. I have cut ties with people and have a better understanding of who I want in my life. Narconon Fresh Start helped me learn how to go about working on myself and all the areas of my life. I have had a lot of buildup throughout the years and was able to be upfront and honest with myself. I also learned how much I have been missing out on by being stuck in the past and expecting more out of my future. I know now how to make the most and focus on the present so my future will be positive and drug-free. I realized how much I have affected people and myself when I thought everything was alright. I was so wrong. As much as I hate to say it with all my complaining I think I have gotten a lot of this program. Looking around and seeing a bunch of strangers going through the most uncomfortable part of their lives and getting along and working together is something I will never forget. I am nervous, but very positive that I have the tools to achieve and prosper. I realize how much work goes into the present time and how much energy I was using in the past. Thank you Narconon Fresh Start and all the staff for putting up with me and my bad attitude because I am so proud and happy I completed this. I learned more than I thought I would.


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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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Keeping Families Together After Drug Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start

Keeping Families Together at Narconon Fresh Start

Drug addiction, more often than not, tears families apart. The addicted person will usually start to act differently and isolate his or her self from the family and begin to cause a lot of pain and heart break among their loved ones from the poor choices that are being made while under the control of drug addiction.

We help individuals understand the hurt and pain that they caused to their family and society through their addiction by getting them to take a look at the past decisions they made. Once they recognize how their actions affected others, they are able to go in and start repairing the damage that was created.

We see families truly being restored everyday here at Narconon Fresh Start even after all of the heartache. Here are what some parents have to say about how Narconon Fresh Start helped their family.

Restoring Families After Drug Addiction

Video transcript of parents who share their testimonial about how the Narconon Fresh Start program helped bring their family back together.

Debra’s Daughter, Jami, Overcame Her Methamphetamine Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2006

“The biggest gift for me is that, for years Jami was kind of disengaged. We didn’t communicate nearly like we had when she was younger. And now she’s back. She spends a lot of time here. She has an avocation. She makes incredible cakes. And she does them all here so whenever she has a cake to make, she’s over here for several hours. It’s just fun. It’s a joy to have her back in my life and to see the person she has become and continues to become. It’s a huge gift for me. I can’t imagine her not in my life.”

– Debra

Faith and Jim’s Son, Michael, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2007

“Narconon Fresh Start saved our entire family. Saved our lives and made us all one big happy family again.”

– Faith

Brenda’s Daughter, Jessica, Overcame Her Meth Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2008

“My family is clean again so to speak. We’re back together again as a unit. Even though we were never arguing or split apart in that way, they helped bring Jessica back into the family bond. And that
had gotten misplaced.”

– Brenda

Lynn’s Son, Nick, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2006

“He was once again loving, wanted to be involved in the family and didn’t want to leave. He was there with us. And we were all ready to have him back again too – the whole family. He was that sweet kind child that we knew before drugs entered his life.”

– Lynn

Lisa’s Son, Brandon, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2007

“We had our family unit back together and Brandon was happy. He talked with us. He would sit and watch TV with us. He would eat dinner with us which had long been gone for so long.”

– Lisa

Pete’s Son, Neil, Overcame His Drug and Alcohol Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2010

“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.”

– Pete

Susan’s Daughter, Jessica, Overcame Her Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2010

“What Narconon Fresh Start has done for our family is given us our family back. Gave us our child back. There’s just no other way to say that.”

– Susan

Ofelia’s Son Overcame His Cocaine Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2006

“Our family looks forward to Holidays now. Christmas, we are all together. Thanksgiving, we spend them all together. We will laugh around the table. We will talk about childhood things.”

– Ofelia

Diana’s Son, Myles, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2010

“We have our family back. And even the interaction between the boys is even better than it was before. And just to have that is just great and I am so thankful for it.”

– Diana

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I Never Would Have Thought I Could Ever Feel This Good Again

I Never Would Have Thought I Would Ever Feel This Good AgainI never would have thought I could ever feel this good again. I feel like I did in high school before I began my drinking escape. Narconon Fresh Start has helped me so much in a variety of ways. I know how badly I was damaging my body, I know I was hanging out with the wrong group of people who were only bringing me down. I have successfully cut the toxic people out of my life and have begun repairing my relationship with my family. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity and can’t wait to use all of the things I have learned in my daily life.


A Sober Life with Myself, My Son, Friends and Groups Alike

I know through this program, I will continue to have realizations, reflections of myself to continue a sober life with myself, my son, friends and groups alike. I have nothing but gratitude for all those who have given me support throughout this process. Thank you all.


This Program has Helped Me Get Back On Track

I have done my best to be honest with myself. I am very excited for my future and whatever that holds. I am feeling very strong and very motivated. This program has helped me get back on track once again.


I Feel So Much Better and It’s Only Day 1!

I had my first day in sauna today. I actually feel so much better and it’s only day 1! I’ve been told that it will help me sleep and help with restless legs. I love the sauna and the whole reason for it.


I have Been Sweating all of the Toxins Out of My Body and I Feel Great

So far sauna has been a success. Everyday I am feeling better. I have been sweating all of the toxins out of my body and I feel great.


I Can Better My Life With Narconon Fresh Start

I’m almost done with Objectives and so far between sauna and objectives, I’ve gotten a lot out of the program. I can better my life with Narconon Fresh Start and I’m thankful for that.


I can Again be a Healthy Contributor to Myself, My Family and Society

I read and filled out exercises in the Personal Values book. I believe the success part of this for me is that I understood it. The action part is what will make this a success for me. In other words, using the knowledge I gained from this part of the program when I leave. I realized from the readings, I am a pretty moral and ethical being, but because I have had problems in the past, perhaps confronting situations in an unhealthy manner, and withholding have become a piece I need to do without to stay sober and continue a healthy lifestyle that I know and love. This course has given me the opportunity. I will continue to go back and read the material in this book as a reminder so I can again be a healthy contributor to myself, my family and society as I have been in the past, and can be again with these reminders.


I Feel Better About Myself

Course is helping me confront my overall issues that I never recognized before. It is good to write about it and feel some sort of closure. I feel better about myself.


I Am Truly Happy Within Me for Once

I am pleased with how far I have come since I got here. This program has not only taught me so much about myself, but it has taught me to love myself again. I am truly happy within me for once. Thank you so much to the whole staff for pushing me to keep going and being there for me.


I Am Excited to Move on With My Life and Have a Second Chance

During my Objectives course, I took my time and I got a lot out of it. Currently I am on my OW’s and am definitely getting a lot out of it. I am excited to move on with my life and have a second chance to do things right and move in the right direction.


I Know at the End I will Feel Like a Weight has Been Lifted off My Shoulders

I feel really good writing all of my transgressions. I feel a lot better getting the things I did wrong out even though writing them is really hard. I know at the end I will feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m taking this very seriously and am making sure I write down everything.


Sauna Got Me Feeling Healthy Again

Sauna got me feeling healthy again. I started to workout and run again. Objectives got me thinking more clearly. Narconon Fresh Start has given me the foundation to get my life back!


I Will Be Better Equipped to Handle Stressful Situations When They Arise

After starting the objective course I now realize that the skills I have learned in this course will help me in my day to day life when I re-enter society and I will be better equipped to handle stressful situations when they arise.


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Focusing on the Positive

Focusing on the PositiveNarconon Fresh Start helps individuals learn how to spot anti-social personalities so that they can choose friends and associates that are more likely to have a positive impact on his or her life and who do not use drugs. This course is called, Overcoming Ups and Downs In Life. Here is a success story from one of our students who completed this course.

“Course has successfully helped me realize which people in my life are anti-social and social. I realize the people that are healthy for me to have in my life and the ones that help me clear out all the negativity in my life. Now I only focus on the positive.”

– Aubrey


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