I came to work at Narconon Arrowhead as a receptionist a little over a year and a half ago with very little knowledge about the Narconon Program. The thing that impressed me most about Narconon Arrowhead was the closeness and caring of the students for each other and the staff. The people at Narconon were actually happy.
The longer I have worked at Narconon Arrowhead, the better acquainted with the program I have become. As a receptionist, I heard many stories of how drug and alcohol abuse had devastated many families. Little did I know that the very thing was about to happen to my own family. My own son, K., had been dabbling in drugs for several years, but always assured me that it was nothing serious. Things began to snowball for him legally and also with his drug usage. He had been court ordered to another rehabilitation program a few years earlier for a month but had relapsed and gotten into the drug scene much deeper. He finally was arrested for possession and probation violation. He knew he was possibly facing up to ten years in prison this time and had finally hit bottom. After some prodding, I finally got him to call Narconon Arrowhead himself to find out about the program. I felt that Narconon Arrowhead was the best place for him to come, but I wanted him to make the decision for himself. It took a few months to get him to come, but he finally did come.
K. entered the program and seemed to blossom as a person as he progressed in the program. He had a real desire to learn and strived to do the best he could in the program, something he had never done in the past. He developed a sense of pride in himself and what he as accomplishing through the program. He learned that he was a worthwhile person and had the respect of others. His desire was to stay at Narconon Arrowhead and become a staff member.
Life After Narconon Arrowhead
K. was unable to stay at Narconon Arrowhead and train for a staff position at this time. He has had to face the legal problems his addiction created before he come to Narconon and is now serving 18 months in prison. K. has stated many times that he feels Narconon Arrowhead saved his life and how grateful he is for having the opportunity to go through the Narconon Arrowhead program. He has faced that he has to pay for what he has done and is doing it with a very up-tone attitude, something he would not have been able to do before Narconon. He has shared with others he has come into contact with in the county jail and prison what he has learned from Narconon Arrowhead. He says that he is using the skills he learned at Narconon to help him get through the situations he is now facing in his life. Years later he returned to Narconon Arrowhead to join staff and had remained clean through his jail term, thanks to the facility.
As a mother of a Narconon Arrowhead graduate, I feel very strongly that K. is right. Narconon Arrowhead has saved his life and he has become a much better person because of it. The rest of his family and I look forward to the time when he is able to achieve his goal of returning to Narconon Arrowhead, but this time a member of the staff, working to help others overcome their addictions and sharing what he has learned from his experiences using the tools the program has provided him.
V.W. – Mother
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