Successful Graduate

Successful Graduate

Atlanta, GA, Nov. 18, 2009 A Narconon Drug Rehab graduate will be enjoying time with his family- a family, which, for three years, didn’t know if he was alive or dead.

Michael, a likable, happy, outgoing construction supervisor, had fallen to prescription drug addiction, cutting all ties with family and friends.

For the past three holiday seasons Michael’s family did not even know he was dead or alive. They spent holiday time with family and friends, pretending to be happy and telling others that Michael was off doing construction jobs. In their hearts, they felt that he was dead.

They dreaded when the phone rang at night, expecting the worst. They called police departments and hospitals throughout the country to no avail. Even the private detective came up with no leads. The trail was cold.

But Michael’s parents continued to send emails to his e-mail address. As his mother told counselors at Narconon Drug Rehab of Georgia: “Even though we did not know if he was getting the emails we would write and say how much we missed him and give him news about the family. We told him how much we loved him and how much we cared and begged him to just let us know if he was alive.” But there was no word.

Meanwhile, Michael was busy trying to feed his drug addiction, which had led him to darker places than he ever believed he would visit. He was too ashamed to call his family and describes himself as “out of my mind with Oxycontin and Xanax. My goal was to become comatose.”

One day Michael’s father e-mailed to tell him that his grandmother was dying. The doctors said there was no physical reason why she should still be alive, but felt she was hanging on, out of concern for her grandson. More than any other family member, Michael’s grandmother had a sense that he would someday come home.

To their surprise, they got an e-mail from him asking for help. He had taken so much Oxycontin and Xanax that he was sick and fearful he would be dead before they got word. He was tired of living but something inside told him to not give up yet. His last hope was that his family would listen to his pleas.

Overjoyed, Michael’s mother spent 13 hours on the computer looking for the right addiction treatment center for her son. “Of all the places that I called, Narconon of Georgia was the first to get back to me. The intake counselor even offered to go pick my son up in another city. We chose this program because of its success rate and the caring attitude of the staff.”

The next day her son arrived at Narconon drug rehab, and months of hard work found him recently graduating his drug addiction recovery program.

For the first time in years, Michael is going to be with his family over the holidays.

His mother says, “It is so great to have the old Michael back. He is very thankful for the help he received from us. He has a sense of humor and looks us in the eye. I have always known there is so much good in Michael.”

His father adds, “In the past years I would cover up for Michael. I would say he was off doing construction, but my friends really knew something was wrong.

“Now I am proud to describe what he has accomplished by going through Narconon Drug Rehab of Georgia. What he did in the past may have been an embarrassment to him, but when I look at him today I am proud of what he has accomplished and how the Narconon program has helped him so much in such a short amount of time. His whole life is going to be turned around now – he has a whole lifetime facing him. His whole future is there. He is ready to face the world.

Christmas has already happened for us.”

Contact Mary Rieser, Executive Director of Narconon Drug Rehab Georgia at 1-800-311-4407 or

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