I Found the Desire to Live Again

Irene, Narconon Graduate

My name is Irene. I was born and raised in Emilia Romagna, in the province of Modena.

I honestly don’t remember much of my life before drugs because I was very young. Some of my best memories that I remember were when my parents were still together. It was a beautiful and carefree time when we all lived together. We spent every Sunday morning together. My mother cleaned and sang, although she couldn’t carry a tune, and my father danced with us.

Then things started to change at home, and at the age of 11, I started using drugs. Next to my school, there was a park with older boys. I noticed them every day. I felt attracted to them, and I remember one day, when I was passing by on foot, they called out to me. They were smoking marijuana. One of the boys said to me, “Take this and smoke it. You’ll be fine.” I didn’t want to, but I wanted to be like them. I wanted to be a rebel. And from there, my downward spiral began.

I started skipping school and lying to my family. I had no idea where this would land me years later. After fighting with my family for years, I lost everything: dignity, trust and the essence of life.

Four years later, I returned home. I was sent to a government rehab, and from there, a new type of torture began! After two years of medication and hospitalization, I asked for help.

My aunt did what she could to help me, and after some research, she found Narconon. I was desperate for help, and without giving it a second thought, I went to see the place.

I arrived at the centre in the evening. The staff was all nice, but by the time evening came, I was very sick. I wanted to escape, but that didn’t happen—the staff assisted me 24 hours a day.

The methadone withdrawal was hard to overcome, but the staff did a great job, and thanks to their help and care, I got over the withdrawal quickly.

I weighed 38 kg, I could not stand up easily after withdrawal. But after two days in the sauna [New Life Detox], I began to feel more alive, and that will to live grew. When I finished the sauna, I was 56 kg.

I had a dazzling smile, and I felt inside me the desire to live again. I no longer thought about the bad things in the past. I could only think about the present and the future.

“I finished the Narconon program five years ago, and I can say that I have been able to rebuild my life, and now I am happy.”

I finished the Narconon program five years ago, and I can say that I have been able to rebuild my life, and now I am happy.

I have a job, I have excellent relationships with my family, and above all, I am the one who makes the decisions for my life.

I want to build a family, rebuild my house, and I want to meet and help other people who are most in need.

I have achieved many goals, and for that, I am grateful to the Narconon program because it has given me the will and the strength to succeed.

I can finally look my family in the eyes. Now I am a person worthy of trust.

I am finally acting for the best, and it is me who is doing it. Drugs no longer dictate my actions, and this makes me feel like I am in control of my life.

Irene, Narconon Graduate


Jacky Buensoz

Jacky Buensoz hails from Switzerland and is the director of Narconon Europe. He is dedicated to helping the students of Narconon Europe become Drug free. For good. 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.