The family dynamic is the inter-relationship between and among individual family members. It is also regarded as the forces at work within a family that result in particular behaviors or symptoms. When addressing substance abuse, it is never just the addict alone who is affected; family members tend to be the people who are most impacted by the addict and the consequences of the addiction lifestyle. This is one such story.
Substance Abuse and Family
This life story is relayed by one woman who was fortunate enough to experience the benefits of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation at Narconon Arrowhead, a long-term residential rehab center located in Southeastern Oklahoma.
Prior to arriving at Narconon Arrowhead, her life was miserable; she was disconnected from her family and doing a lot of drugs. She was involved with the “wrong people, wrong places, and wrong times.”
There was a point in time when her daughter just got up—and left. Her daughter moved to live with her parents. As a mother abusing drugs, she was too afraid to go to there. Despite the fact her family was concerned and worried about her and what was happening in her life, she “ran as far from them as I could.”
It is not difficult to understand how much of a hardship and a source of worry and emotional pain such a situation would cause a mother, her own parents, and her own child.
Restoring the Family Dynamic
At Narconon Arrowhead, she finally found the place that was going to help her not feel the way she was feeling. It was going to help her take care of her drug issues,her personality problems, and the things that had always bothered her throughout her life.
She found herself excited to be there, but nervous at the same time. “But I knew that it was the best thing for me,” she says.
When first arriving at Narconon Arrowhead, she found that she was excited to be able to interact with other people. The staff was there to help her wholeheartedly. They helped her get through withdraw and made her comfortable to be there.
“I was just glad to be here. I was safe.”
She shares with the reader a life-changing experience she had while on the drug-free Narconon rehab program. There was a certain part in the program where she just changed. “It just changed exactly who I was and what I was doing,” she says.
“I started believing in myself and putting things in my life I was going to see in my future.”
She found herself happy to be alive and to be who she was. She says she just came totally out “of this little ‘shock’ that I was in”, and now she just lives her life free and easy—and she loves it.
Now that she has completed the Narconon program at Narconon Arrowhead, she has built a bond with her family. She has succeeded in her job. She has grown as a person and learned all sorts of things she did not know that she knew about herself.
She wants the reader to know that all of those things she learned and was able to confront in doing the Narconon program made her a person who is happy to be alive.
“I love who I am. I love what I do. And I love sharing it with others.”
It is a given that in the restoration of herself, her life, and her love for it all, encompassed and restored the family dynamic which is important to all who belong to it.