Life After the Narconon Program

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My daily win is that I sleep every day with a clear mind and I wake up with a smile on my face. This is the best feeling anyone can have.

I used to hear that some people wake up happy and smiling every day, but I never thought that this would be me someday. I was one of the Narconon students who got a major win from the program but still not sure why or how, I just woke up one day a different person. We call it being objective instead of being subjective, but all I care about is that I’m happy and I carry my smile with me everywhere I go. The fact that I wake up every day without any withdrawal symptoms or cravings is heaven for me. That I wake up to a simple life and collect a simple check to pay simple bills is the result of hard work and gaining the many realizations that got me to this point.

There is no more looking for pills and making phone calls to different people so I can get some. There is no more meeting shady people in shady places and being in risky situations because I’m running out of pills. There is no more having body shake episodes or having hot and cold flashes all night long. No, I don’t crave drugs or alcohol, I don’t even think about them and they don’t mean anything to me anymore. I spent so much energy trying to score drugs every day for years, but now I can direct that energy to something positive and productive.

My relationship with my family is better than ever. We talk every day about many things, we discuss family matters, we discuss the future and future events like vacations and family gatherings, we discuss our jobs, and I make sure to call each of them on their birthday. We stay connected always, we laugh and we joke about silly things. I never thought that happiness could come easily when I’m sober, and I never knew that a sober life leads to a successful life.

“I have a new view of the world and life keeps giving back.”

I have a new view of the world and life keeps giving back. My relationship with my kids is just magic. I thought it would take forever to be close to my kids again, but it didn’t take forever. To be honest, it was fast. My kids call me every day to tell me about their day and their school, discussing homework and different news. My daughter goes live every day on Instagram and I make sure to watch her every time. She is starting to say “Hi daddy” on her live video and that means a lot to me. She is proud of me and I am super proud of her. This feeling is the greatest joy I get and I’m loving every second of it. Even my ex-wife is back in my life. We used to argue and fight all the time but now we talk and have good conversations about the kids and about us also.

During the Narconon program, I learned to analyze the people in my life and I choose wisely. I don’t have any friends that use drugs or drink alcohol, not even one. All the people around me are sober and they are all a productive group that gives back to the community. My group helps me better myself in all aspects of my life.

I find myself super sharp, organized, and clean, and my memory is just great. I am able to read and enjoy my books. I never understood why someone would read a book, but now I am a reader and it all started when I was doing the Narconon program.

I am getting my driver’s license back after losing it because of addiction. It’s been 4 years without a license so I am super excited about being able to drive again. It’s like I’m 17 again and I’m about to get my license for the first time. It’s a great feeling.

I budget my money and I am able to save now even though I make less money than before. I always have money on me and all my bills are paid. The amount of money spent on drugs before is unbelievable. I could have opened my own rehab center if I hadn’t wasted all that money on drugs.

Going to the right rehab will end your addiction problem and have you ready for the world and all the obstacles that come your way, but you have to decide to make that happen. If you do, the way you react to your problems is different, and you will be able to find solutions. Like they say: “you will see the cup half full, not half empty.”

Life is beautiful, but drugs will kill anything beautiful around you. Drugs are not real and the life you live on them is not real. It’s hard for an addict to see a sober life when he is using, but not getting help is just giving up. Don’t give up on yourself and don’t give up on anyone else. Be the change the world needs and reach out.



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.