Embracing A New Dawn: Paolo’s Striking Metamorphosis from Addiction to Recovery

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Hello, my name is Paolo, and I was born and raised in Brescia, a beautiful province in Northern Italy, on the 5th of May, 1992. Before I began using drugs, life was peaceful and filled with passion. I was active in sports, had a close-knit circle of friends, and had many hobbies to keep me engaged. Life was blissful, and I was genuinely happy.

One of the most memorable moments of my early life was when I found my first love. That moment instilled in me a sense of belonging and intimacy that I had never felt before. It was an ecstatic phase of my life that I often think back on fondly.

However, at the age of 15, I was introduced to weed and alcohol by some older friends. I was young, impressionable, and eager to fit in, so I decided to try it. I wanted to be perceived as ‘cool’ and ‘mature,’ just like them. But little did I know, that decision would mark the beginning of a difficult journey.

Drugs gradually consumed my life. I lost a significant amount of money, distanced myself from my friends, ruined my relationships with girls, and was on the verge of losing everything. My addiction led me down a path of despair and isolation, leading to constant judgment and bad thoughts. It was a dark period, a stark contrast from the vibrant life I once led.

But amidst this turmoil, there was a turning point. Exhausted and desperate for change, my mother found Narconon, an addiction recovery center, on the internet. Seeing no other alternative, I decided to give it a try.

Upon my arrival at Narconon, I was instantly drawn to the tranquility of the place. The serene garden and the calming lake provided a sense of peace that I hadn’t felt in a long time. The staff were welcoming and understanding, which made my transition easier. Though the initial phase was tough, I found solace in the center and decided to stay.

During my time at Narconon, I experienced several ‘wins’ that helped change my perception of life and drugs. The sauna sessions at the center played a significant role in cleansing my body, making me feel stronger and healthier. I felt a noticeable shift in my mental state as well, and I became more calm and perceptive. Most importantly, I learned how to live without drugs, and I realized that a life free of substances wasn’t only possible but also infinitely better.

Graduating from the program felt like a rebirth. I was excited and proud of myself for completing the journey and taking the first step toward a new, healthier life. Since then, I’ve been looking forward to opening my restaurant, spending quality time with my girlfriend, starting a family, and simply living a happy, fulfilling life.

Today, one of my proudest accomplishments is taking back control of my life, something I thought was impossible during my days of addiction. My relationship with my family has significantly improved, and even though I still have a long way to go, I am confident about the future.

“Being drug-free now feels like a breath of fresh air. The freedom of not having to think about procuring drugs every day and the ability to spend money on things I genuinely enjoy is incredibly liberating.”

Being drug-free now feels like a breath of fresh air. The freedom of not having to think about procuring drugs every day and the ability to spend money on things I genuinely enjoy is incredibly liberating.

To anyone out there struggling with addiction, I want to say this: Life without drugs is so much better. It may seem like drugs are the solution, but they’re not. It took me years to understand this, but I assure you, the sooner you realize this, the better. Remember, you don’t need drugs to live a good life. Be brave, seek help, and embrace the journey to recovery. Trust me, it’s worth it.


Jacky Buensoz

Jacky Buensoz from Switzerland is responsible for the services and the quality of the Narconon Europe. He is here to help the students of Narconon to become drug free. Feel free to contact him via Facebook if you need any help from him. Jacky Buensoz de la Suisse, il est responsable de la qualité et des services à Narconon Europe. Il est là pour aider les étudiants de Narconon à devenir libérés des drogues. Vous pouvez le joindre par Facebook si vous désirez une aide quelconque.