Monday, August 18, 2008

I am grateful that I am a Narconon Graduate.

I am happy and truly grateful that I am a Narconon® graduate. I am the happiest I have been since I got my first pet hamster Crystal when I was 11 and having the best days of my life. A year ago my perspective was far from blissful. I was drinking 30 beers a day and swilling half a gallon of dark rum a day. I was waking up with nightmarish delirium tremens oblivious to the night before. After losing lucrative employment as a stockbroker, my family, friends, cat and condo I was living at an extended stay motel paying rent weekly simply to afford my drinking career. In hindsight, I am aghast at the squalid lifestyle I had and it makes my stomach churn in disgust. My family brought me to Narconon when they received word that I was in a coma at Allen Presbyterian Hospital in Texas because of alcohol poisoning and a futile effort at wrist dismemberment.

As we approached the Narconon campus, I saw the breathtaking vista of the main building against the backdrop of the glistening lake Eufaula. It is one of the few things I recall but at that moment I was overwhelmed by the intuitive happiness of knowing that everything was going to be alright. My severe withdrawal symptoms were mitigated by the care I received from the withdrawal staff. The drug-free withdrawal step coupled with a regimen of potent vitamins and minerals, was precisely the raw material my body needed to nourish itself back to rejuvenation. Book one empowered me to develop poise and focus my attention so that I could make the most of the program to come. In Sauna I felt my body revitalize and the mind sharpen as a decade of residual alcohol and assorted toxins came pouring out. My biggest wins came from objectives when I learned that the key to long-term happiness is the awareness of knowing that the seeds of depression can never spawn in a grateful heart. I also learned that time management is life management and life is no more than a string of present moments. The key to living a full life is to be perpetually engaged in the present moment –and be comfortable there. What makes me happiest is the knowledge that the best is yet to come.

I was recently selected as one of ten lucky individuals for the University of Oklahoma ‘s prestigious Legal Scholar Program. A 5-year accelerated program that leads to a baccalaureate and a law degree. Yes! The future looks bright indeed. It is high time to break out the sunglasses.

Dean S. Daredia
Narconon Arrowhead Graduate February 2008

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