It is a statistical fact that the world that has become drug-saturated. Along with alcohol, tobacco products and illicit drugs, there are also hundreds of FDA-approved medical drugs. It is not uncommon to hear about someone responding to stress, anxiety, headaches or backaches with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Drugs become a way for the individual to shut off parts of their life that become difficult to face or deal with, a move that is not dissimilar to putting a bandaid over a broken arm.
Depending on the type and amount of drug an individual is abusing, he can suffer from a wide range of dangerous side effects. Most individuals who abuse drugs experience a reduction in physical and emotional sensations, weakened immune system and regular physical illness, anxiety, depression, anger and more. As the problems from drug abuse build up, the individual’s solution is to take more drugs in an attempt to drown out the new problems. As their tolerance builds, the individual may take higher quantities of the drug or experiment with taking other, more potent drugs. This can lead to drug overdose and potentially fatal complications.
Effective drug education is the first step to preventing and resolving drug abuse. While many individuals may have heard that “drugs are bad”, this is no more effective in preventing use than “don’t eat cookies” will prevent a child from raiding the cookie jar. The individual needs to understand what drugs do to the body, and the long-term effects of drug use. The individual needs to learn the causes and phases of drug addiction and how it can destroy their physical, mental and emotional health. Such education can be even more potent if it comes from an individual who himself has experienced and resolved an addiction to drugs.
Helping Others After Having His Own Life Saved by Narconon
John was the Narconon Arrowhead Director of Drug Education. For over five years John and his team have traveled the Midwest, educating over one-hundred fifty thousand students in the truth about drugs. He has organized drug-prevention groups and events, partnered with community leaders in the fight against drug abuse and much, much more. For John, this is more than just a job, this is a career to which he is passionately devoted because of his own experiences with addiction.
In March 2006, John faced his drug addiction by admitting that he had a problem and needed help. He enrolled in the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and immediately felt that things got easier because he’d done something about his problem with addiction in reaching out for support and help.
It took John awhile to get through the full Narconon program, eliminating drug residues from his body, taking responsibility for his drug use and the damages it caused for himself and others, and learning valuable life skills that would enable him to move forward into a productive, drug-free future. John noticed a dramatic change in his own behavior – he became more honest and more willing to see things from others’ views. He became more himself, instead of the person that drugs had turned him into.
Responsibility & Recovery
As soon as John completed his Narconon program, he turned himself in to for an outstanding warrant. He knows beyond any doubt that without having completed the Narconon program he would never have been able to take responsibility for his past actions. As soon as he finished serving his sentence, John returned to Narconon to begin his training as a Drug Education Officer.
John now enjoys the responsibility of his new position in life. Where once his life was the effect of drugs, he now educates others in the dangers of drugs so that they can make the wise choice to abstain from or resolve drug use. John’s family, once highly distrustful of his every action due to continual lies and betrayals, is now very proud of the work he does. John says, “Life is not only worth living, it is the ultimate game for me where every day I end up a winner.”