My name is Sarah. I Am a Narconon Graduate! 

Sarah, Narconon Arrowhead Graduate
Sarah, Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

My name is Sarah, I am 36 and I grew in Virginia. Before I went to Narconon, I was a total mess and it seemed like the well of despair in my life had no bottom. The losses kept piling up. It was a never-ending flood of destroyed business opportunities and relationships. When I thought that it couldn’t get any worse, I found myself serving time. When I had finished serving my time, I thought I would finally start on the right path, but once again I was mistaken. I began to use again and, in the process, I broke the little bit of trust with my family that was left.

My Dad had done the Narconon program years ago and was the one who called them to get me some help. I was honestly too broken and consumed with anger and pain to fight it. My family had no idea what I was really going through because I was good at hiding it and pretending like I was alright. The truth was, I figured anything had to be better than what I was going through inside. I didn’t know what was broken, but I did know that whatever it was, I didn’t know how to fix it.

I got on the phone with Narconon Arrowhead and two days later I was there! I am not sure how they did it, because I was pretty good at procrastinating and coming up with important reasons why right now was not a good time but, somehow, they got me there quick, and I am forever grateful that they did.

When I arrived there, one of the first things I tried to do was leave! I told them that I had made a mistake and that I needed to return home and get some affairs in order, and then I would return once those things were handled (lol). I remember how genuine and understanding the staff was. They never told me that it was not important or that I was making excuses, they found a common ground that we shared and created an understanding with me that helped get me thought those first couple of days.

After that, my program was filled with growth and challenges. Everything I did produced a positive change in me, and each change led to the next thing, and although I didn’t see what was happening at the time, they were all building on each other. It was very clear to me that I was making progress. My mind was clear. My ability to think and process things skyrocketed. I was feeling good physically. I was no longer stuck in the pain of the past and was actually living in the present. I was able to look at the damage I did to others and to myself, and to take responsibility for those actions. I learned how to improve the quality of various areas of my life and so much more.

Individually these are all good things. What makes it special is the sequence of how they do it and the way they do it. It is what made all the difference in my life.

I realized that drugs and alcohol were not my real problem. They were a desperate solution. Narconon helped me figure out WHAT they were a solution to, and how to find real lasting solutions to the problems I faced in my life.

When I graduated from the program, it was wonderful. Having a chance to reflect on the progress I made and what I went through to get it was really cool.

“After I graduated, I decided right then that I wanted to return and help other people like Narconon helped me.
So that is exactly what I did.”

After I graduated, I decided right then that I wanted to return and help other people like Narconon helped me. So that is exactly what I did.

Getting to see and learn how the Narconon program works on the other side was enlightening. There is so much that goes into every little detail of each individual student behind the scenes that I was not aware of when I did my program.

I have gone through some tough things since I graduated my program including the death of someone very close to me that did and always will mean the world to me. What I learned here taught me that I don’t have to run away or try and escape my problems, but that I can face them with confidence.

There are many things that I continue to work on, but the progress is clear and I keep moving in the right direction, the direction toward success and a better life. My off days today are better than my best days of the past.

Today I work with other families and people who are in the dark place that I was in. I get to help them get into this program. I get to help them get through this program, and I get to see what happens for a whole entire family when you change just one person’s life. I thank God for what he has done for me and what he helps me do for others!

My name is Sarah. I am a Narconon Graduate!


Brenden Sagherian

Brenden works with families and addicts to assist them to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of true rehabilitation and onto a successful and productive path in life through the Narconon program. A graduate from the Narconon program in Louisiana, Brenden uses his own experiences to help others overcome addiction.