I Know I Can Stay Clean

Man in the nature

I had so many wins on the Narconon program that it’s a little absurd. I went from a 190-pound horribly depressed, defeated alcoholic, stuck in a vicious cycle of self-doubt and sabotage to a 155-pound happy, alert, helpful, creative Narconon graduate.

I am in present time 95% of my day and all my chronic pain is gone. The most amazing thing to me is how much clearer my memory is. I’m not stuck a mental fog anymore.

“The most amazing thing to me is how much clearer my memory is. I’m not stuck a mental fog anymore.”

I started drinking when I was 13 around my older friends. I enjoyed how it felt and it seemed to make social interactions easier. This was the groundwork for what would be a very badly-made, windy, and rocky road.

In the year 2017, I was 27 and polishing off 5-6 handles of 100-proof vodka every 2.5 days. I had a severe mental breakdown and ended up moving from California back to Colorado where I was born. I managed a brief sober state for about 9 months, but that didn’t stick. Long story short, my parents brought an interventionist (Bobby, the coolest and sweetest man ever) over to our house on Feb 28th, 2022. I felt I had two choices: (1) going to a Narconon center, bettering myself and returning home, or (2) being homeless and likely dead within the next year (mainly due to my severe depression). So, off I went that day to Narconon Arrowhead.

First was a 3-day detox in Texas, then the drive to Oklahoma. When I started the Narconon Withdrawal, I was scared, anxious, and angry as all hell, but Jason, Heni, Kris, and Elaine were always there to help. New Life Detox was great, Objectives brought the real me back, Changing Conditions in Life helped me see what happened and raised my responsibility level, and got me to face things I ran from or justified for years.

I’m starting over now. This has been a shower for my soul and thanks to the Narconon program, I know I can stay clean.

—Joseph K., Narconon Graduate


Heni Azzam

Heni earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Houston and went on to work in the media for 16 years, eventually becoming an Operations Manager for a television station. Having witnessed the harm that drugs and alcohol wreak on people’s lives, he is now utilizing his skills to spread awareness about drug and alcohol addiction and to bring hope to families and individuals who are battling addiction.