Tag: Life Skills

Program Highlights from Graduates

We asked several of our graduates in a video interview what was one of their main highlights from the program. We pulled specific clips from each interview to compile an ordered sequence of our program steps to give you an idea of what each step of the program is about and what our students get out of each step.

Program Highlights


Video transcript

What was most important for me was the course supervisors. I felt like they were my friends and I felt like they really really cared. They were always there to talk to me if I needed to talk to them. They were always there to guide me through my courses and to help me out. And no matter how busy they were, someone would always make time and that was really huge for me. There were definitely some supervisors here that have impacted my life that I will never forget. -Meghan

My biggest win on the program was the Communications Course. My communication with my family has gone through the roof. I’ve never dealt with them or coped with them any better than I have now. -Tiffany

The part of the program that has impacted me the most was the detoxification program. Before I came to the program, I was coming off methadone and heroin and it really takes a toll on your body. It makes you drop weight, you’re very unhealthy, your vitamin and mineral levels are completely depleted and going into the sauna program made me get all my physical aspects back into myself. I gained several pounds, I actually got a lot of skin tone and color back into my body and my face. I just felt 100% better after I was actually done with the program. -Brian

Part of the course that really impacted me greatly was part of the program were you learn how to learn again. They broke it down in such a simple way that the person who is very difficult with learning something can understand it. Later after I graduated the program, I took a cardiovascular technologist course. I graduated with 100 average. Being able to learn is so important cause how can you go on with your life if you don’t know how to learn something. -Erin

Part of the program that really impacted me most is the Communication and Perception course. I never realized before the places I was going, the people I was seeing, what my environment did to me and what my effects were on my environment. And this really made me snap into the present time and realize that I am a part of my environment and I am what I make of my environment while vice versa. -Mandi

One of the main parts of the program that really had a deep impact on me was book 5, the Ups and Downs In Life course. This is where I actually got to look and deal with some of the people and situations that really had a negative effect on me. And I had to look at myself in depth in the areas that I couldn’t be around or put myself around anymore and the people that I was hanging around with and how they were affecting my life and putting me in those situations. it really had me look at myself and deal with those people and those scenarios so that I can live a happy, successful life. -Jon

I think the part of the program that definitely had the biggest impact on me was the Personal Values and Integrity course, book 6. Having gone through each of the steps of the program before that, leading up to book 6, it really hit home why I was there, why I was in treatment, why I was doing the things that I was doing before and it made me understand how the things that I was doing before to my family, to my friends, to myself put me in a position that I put myself in. It also gave me an idea of how to prevent that from happening in the future. So that was probably the most influential parts of the program for me. -Vincent

Part of the program that helped me so much was the Changing Conditions In Life. I didn’t know what I was doing most of the time. I like organization, I like structure and so putting my life into almost like a business sense, a model, a plan, how to get through it and how to read what’s going on with me and work my way up through it – that worked wonders for me. -Matthew

I think that some of the things that I got from that book, The Way to Happiness, were to flourish and prosper everyday, something that I’ve always tried really hard to do. I’ve always tried to succeed and do well at what I do to prosper. But reading about it again and what that is and how I can incorporate into my life now that I’m sober and going forward, that felt really good. – Carrie

Some of the highlights of my program were all of the relationships that I built while being here with the friends from all over the United States that have all been through the same things that I’ve been through. We could really relate to each other and help each other out even after we graduate because I lost a lot of relationships with my friends who never used. It was really nice to build relationships with people who may have used, but are also getting their life back on track again. – Sarah

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honesty, forthrightness, dependability, …

Don's Daughter Got Off Meth at Narconon Fresh StartDon’s daughter was addicted to meth. She came to Narconon Fresh Start and got her life back after trying several other rehabilitation programs.

We asked Don in a video interview what were some of the changes that he saw in his daughter Jana after she completed the Narconon Fresh Start program and this is what he had to say.

Success skills – they’re back!

“I’m sure that the program of Narconon Fresh Start is responsible for Jana coming back home to values that she embraced as a young child. Honesty; 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.”

D.W.

Watch a short video interview about how Jana beat her meth addiction at Narconon Fresh Start.


Call Narconon Fresh Start today at 855-734-2223 if you or a loved one need help with overcoming drug addiction.

Narconon Fresh Start Life Skills Success Stories

Success stories from Narconon Fresh Start students who share what they personally got out of some of the life skills courses.

New Amazing Self

Happy and Proud to See Myself in a New, Amazing Way

I have started to confront a lot of issues I’ve had with myself and my image of myself that caused me to use drugs in the past. It has helped me to become so much more comfortable and confident in my own skin. I am about halfway through and have had so many gains in my program. I am happy and proud to see myself in such a new amazing way and who I am again. This program really does amazing things if you let it.

– C.E.


My Chance to Live is Now

I am proud I entered such a personally focused program and have had exceptional role models to help me along with my insecurities. This has enabled me to relax more in my environment and has helped me to realize I can overcome thinking things out way too far in advance. My chance to live is now. Not my usual principle of postponing success and happiness, but realizing it is happening now.

– L.W.


Focused on Me

I feel like I am absolutely in present time and am no longer in my head. I have had a rough year and now I am totally focused on me. Objectives has helped me do that. My twin is awesome and we help each other get through anything we have/need to, both inside and outside of objectives.

– A.M.


Keeping a Positive Attitude

I have been clean for over a month now, which is the longest amount of clean time I have had in years. I wanted to leave so bad when I first got here, but I’ve learned to accept the situation and keep a positive attitude. I can truly tell the difference in my thinking and actions and I know it will only get better as I continue the program.

– F.M.


Communicating Better

I have dramatically improved my patience, teamwork and self-awareness. It’s easier for me to deal with being in situations that may not be ideal, while focusing on what I’m doing instead of what has happened in the past or could happen in the future. I’m better able to communicate with others, and am confident the proper message is getting across. I am sure that the further I get in the program, the more benefits I will get out of it.

– F.M.


Being Comfortable and Having Control

I have many wins. I have realized that I can be comfortable in many situations that I thought were difficult. I have also learned to be more aware of my environment. My communication with others has increased greatly. Communication is not just verbally, but non-verbally as well. I learned that I have control over my body and my actions. I also learned that I can control more things than I thought I could.

– P.K.


Seeing a Bright and Amazing Future

This part of the program has helped me in a lot of ways. Most of all it has helped me get away from my ugly past and into what is happening right here and now. It is giving me the ability to see a bright and amazing future. I am becoming more in touch with myself and all my abilities and all of the things I am capable of. I am proud of myself and a lot happier with myself. This part of the program really does help.

– C.J.

Find out more about how the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses help individuals take control of their lives and stay drug-free.

Our Clients Are Truly Able to Make a Fresh Start

I realize that by staying in the present time that I do not think about my drug problem, I stay focused more on my life here and now. This also makes it a lot easier to handle myself and my objectives. Learning this is a great part of this program.
A. D.

Learning to stay in the present moment helps to keep our clients from constantly reliving their past and feeling the negative feelings often associated with it. Narconon Fresh Start teaches many life skills to their clients that benefit them long after they complete treatment and return back to their daily life. Program participants learn effective communication skills, how to spot individuals who are anti-social and wish to do them harm, appropriate methods to handle negative situations (being around drugs or alcohol, etc.) and how to confront and handle their past indiscretions so they do not haunt them in the future.

While staying in the present time is very important, it is also vital that recovering persons address their past unethical behavior. Narconon Fresh Start staff members guide clients through this part of the program helping them fully realize the extent of their past choices and doing everything in their power to make things right. This helps to keep clients from having to face these past transgressions on their own when they leave treatment. Staff members work closely with program participants to find appropriate solutions to any remaining issues from during using past.

When a client completes the Narconon Fresh Start program they are truly able to make a fresh start because they have addressed and worked through their past issues. The future is theirs to make what they want of it with the only limitation being their own determination to make it happen.

True Addiction Recovery Means Confronting Myself

A person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol often has a hard time looking themselves in the mirror. They will make excuses for their self-destructive behavior and have a laundry list of reasons as to why they are the way they are. It is nearly impossible for an addicted person to be truthful with themselves, let alone with the other people in their lives. Lying, cheating and manipulation becomes a way of life for most addicts who no longer see their unethical behavior as harmful to themselves or others.

At Rainbow Canyon Retreat program participants take the time to acknowledge, confront and handle their past destructive actions. Clients in the program become students learning life training skills that help them move past the things they have done and said. They further develop their self-esteem and self-respect while gaining the ability to confront the underlying issues that caused them to use drugs in the first place. Students learn to become more “causative” over their life and their environment instead of feeling negatively affected by it.

Program participants at Rainbow Canyon Retreat are taught to identify social and anti-social characteristics in others and themselves. This part of the course teaches students how to recognize potential situations that may cause them trouble and what their options are when put in a potentially hazardous situation. When this course is complete the student is able to evaluate behavioral, constructive, and destructive characteristics in addition to using a variety of appropriate methods for handling negative influences.

Through the personal values and integrity course students at Rainbow Canyon Retreat are given the opportunity to clear their conscience of past transgressions and illicit behavior by taking fully responsibility for their actions. While this portion of the program is often difficult for the student to confront because it makes them think back to the many hurtful things they did in their past it is a valuable tool. When their past transgressions have been acknowledged and set right to the best of their ability the recovering person feels a huge weight lift from their shoulders and they are able to face their future without constantly reliving their past. It gives them the power over their future actions and the sense of control over their sobriety that they likely never felt they had.