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Paul's Story

I was born in 1968 in a small town. By the age of 7 I began to notice drug use in my family and actually began using alcohol and marijuana. When I turned 17 I was using drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and alcohol on a daily basis. I had become desperate and was using whatever drugs I could get my hands on.

In 1990 I moved to Miami, Florida at the height of the South Florida drug scene. I began smuggling drugs of all kinds into the country. Drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, anything that I could get into the country and make money on. I had absolutely no concern for others or myself, which landed me in jail for the first time. I was arrested and convicted at age 22 for possession of 28 pounds of marijuana.

By 1993 at 25 years of age I began to use heroin and by the age of 28 I had lost everything that I had worked for. My mother found out about my addiction and tried to help me on her own to no avail. Within a year I was back on heroin and was actually arrested and convicted twice for possession of heroin. I was sent to jail for 9 months and was released in 2000. I actually did well for about a year after prison and did not use any drugs or alcohol. Then my drug use began to resurface. I was drinking regularly and had also begun to use marijuana and speed again.

In 2002 I decided to fully handle my drug addiction. My mother actually knew of a program in Oklahoma that had a very high success rate. I quickly hoped onto a plane and started the Narconon program. Within a couple of weeks I could tell that this program was going to make a huge impact on my life and that I would never have to use drugs or alcohol again. I graduated from the program in 4 months time and have never looked back since.


Sarie's Success

December 2005

Dear Family & Friends,

This past year has been the most life changing experience for me. I have found my purpose in life and I don't know that I ever really knew what purpose meant – I mean what it really meant. I have taken several steps forward, not looking back unless it was going to help prepare for the huge steps forward that I was fixing to take.

I'm thankful for the purpose in life that God has shown me and the ability to put it into action. I remember praying and asking God why me - why did I choose to use drugs, I hated drugs and saw what it did to people I care a lot about. This is what he showed me - it can take over your life and ruin it in the blink of an eye. You can lose family members and never be able to go back. Through my use I was destroying the person that I was and quickly becoming someone that I didn't like. I didn't know how to love myself and therefore I hurt the ones I loved the most. But through using drugs and now being 14+ months clean and sober, I am a person with a PURPOSE. I love who I am, I pray to God without shame, I help others to get off drugs, and I live life to its fullest. You see the first 33 years of my life, before I ever tried a drug, I didn't feel that I had a purpose. I was doing for others, helping others, hurting others without realizing it, feeling down on myself, low self-esteem, and feeling less than - well NOT ANY MORE. I'm grateful for my past and even more grateful that it has had a lesson to learn to be able to help God to help others with a cruel addiction that is overflowing our country. Never feel down on the people that have such addictions - they are good people with an illness. Just take the steps to help them - especially if they come to you and say they have a problem and they need the help. I used to dream of being a nurse like my grandmother and work at a nursing home. But God had a different plan for me - I'm working at a drug rehab - who would have ever thought - me? God did and my family and my daddy who knew exactly what recovering from addiction and helping others was all about.

I came to Narconon on Oct. 26, 2004 to help get off meth. My clean date is Oct. 1, 2004, but I was having the cravings, I new that if I didn't get help I would be back on meth fast. I had already gotten myself into legal trouble and I knew that if I was going to have any kind of chance at life - I needed help fast. My mother, daughter, aunt & uncle pulled together to get me to Narconon. The cost of legal issues and the cost of rehab didn't come cheap but my family will tell you that it didn't matter the cost if it gave me life - and boy did it! I graduated Narconon on Feb. 11, 2005 - my daughters 19th birthday - she said it was the best birthday present she could ever have - her mommy back. I came back full force, intention without reservation. I have repaired the damage with my family and friends and my legal issues by working my conditions. I have made a decision on which side of the fence I am on. I have worked on my fair exchange and abundance exchange with my family. I have my ethics in. I have worked hard to show by my actions that I have changed and I carried that on to the courts. Back on Sept. 2, 2005 - I went open before the judge on 4 felony counts. I had family and lots of friends by my side that day, the judge voted in my favor - no jail time is necessary - I got the minimum of 5 yrs probation, I report by mail and was granted the right to return to Narconon to train to become staff. I came back to Narconon on 9/26/2005 and in 5 weeks - I made staff. I am working in withdrawal - the first step in helping people come off drugs - drug free. WOW - it's amazing the work I put into it and the results that come from it. I now realize that I had to take the steps I had to take to get where I am today and for that - I AM TRUELY GRATEFUL.

So thank you all for standing by me and praying for me - I promise to be the best me I can be and live the PURPOSE that God intended for me to live.

With Love,

Sarie Day

Heroin Addiction Treatment Heroin addiction falls under the heading of opiate addiction, which is the second leading addiction in our society; following alcohol addiction. Heroin is noted for having the highest euphoria potential of all opiates and is, therefore, prone to cause psychological addiction even if the user were to not become physically addicted. Heroin Addiction is defined as a state of physiological or psychological dependence on a drug liable to have a damaging effect.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Even though many law enforcement policies and officials refer to cocaine addiction as a narcotic addiction, this is incorrect. Narcotics is a term used to refer to those substances that bind opiate receptors and produce morphine-like effects. This
includes the entire class of opiates and some other drugs as well. Cocaine addiction is the addiction to a stimulant. Derived from the coca leaves.

Crystal Meth Addiction Treatment Crystal Meth addiction and abuse has three patterns: low intensity, binge, and high intensity. Low-intensity abuse describes a user who is not psychologically addicted to the drug but uses crystal meth on a casual basis by swallowing or snorting it. Binge and high-intensity abusers are psychologically addicted and prefer to smoke or inject Crystal Meth to achieve a faster and stronger high. Binge abusers use crystal meth more than low-intensity abusers but less than high-intensity abusers.

Crack Addiction Treatment Cocaine is usually sold on the street as a fine white powder and is generally either sniffed into the nose or injected by needle into a vein, with the latter being the type of administration that is most common with cocaine addiction. When cocaine is boiled or cooked with sodium bicarbonate, it is converted into a freebase form called crack cocaine and is more addictive than before and is relatively cheap per dose.

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