A New Chance at Life

Alex R.

Born and raised in the small town of Klamath Falls, Oregon, I lived a pretty average life. Hunting, motocross, and 4H/FFA (Future Farmers of America) consumed my life. I was on track to attend Oregon State to get a degree.

During my later years in high school, I started hanging around the wrong crowd. All it took was that one bad apple to turn me rotten. Alcohol and weed took over my ambition. I slowly started to experiment with other mind-altering substances and continued binge drinking. This trend continued for 12+ years. I always had to have a drink in my hand to feel content, but drinking in excess was taking a toll on my body and spirit.

At 30, my eyes began to open after I lost my best friend due to drinking. I realized this isn’t a funny game—I’d had multiple seizures on different occasions myself. My family could see I wasn’t in the best condition. I, myself, could feel what everyone was thinking so I reached out for help. My sister took on the challenge and within a few days, we were on the plane headed for Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma.

“Doing the Narconon program was a game changer. Not only for me but for my friends and family as well.”

Doing the Narconon program was a game changer. Not only for me but for my friends and family as well. I was able to think clearly for the first time. I regained my memory and was able to rebuild lost relationships with friends and family. I gained a new lease on life and a renewed sense of self-worth and ambition.

The program, as a whole, gave me many great tools to use in everyday life. Not only with my addiction but in relationships as well. Sobriety can be a very scary thing to someone who is used to masking emotions with substances, but with hard work and a positive mindset, I was able to gain a new outlook on life and all that it entails.

I have Narconon to thank for the new chance at life.

Alex R.


Jo-Ann Richardson

Jo-Ann has always loved helping people. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and Elementary Teaching credential from California State University, Chico, Jo-Ann worked at non-profits around the United States and the world for more than 35 years. This path led Jo-Ann to Narconon Arrowhead, where she has been the Director of Legal Affairs since 2017.