Approximately 27.8 million children in the United States are affected or exposed to a family alcohol problem, prompting the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) to promote Children of Alcoholics Week, February 12 – 18, to increase public awareness of the plight of these children.
“We appreciate the National Association for Children of Alcoholics for their commitment to children affected by parent’s alcohol abuse and join them in their tireless efforts to raise awareness of this tragic problem,” says Cathy Steiner, Executive Director, Narconon Riverbend Louisiana.
To celebrate this year’s Children Of Alcoholics week, Narconon Riverbend graduated four more fully recovered drug-free students from their program and gives a brief glimpse into one students journey through life with alcoholic parents, her own addiction and how she subsequently overcame the loneliness and fear of her youth.
“I realized my parents were different when I was 4 years old because every time I saw a glass bottle in their hands, they acted different, becoming mean and more disconnected towards me. I would often get yelled at and even pushed around by my father. When I got scared at night, they would lock me in my room so they wouldn’t have to bother with me,” says C.N.
She went on to explain how her parent’s alcoholism made her feel lonely with no one to talk to, resulting in her starting to move away from her parents and toward people who used drugs and alcohol. The patterns of her parents became second nature as she traveled the same road as them. “As I got in a car to leave a party, I noticed how drunk the driver was. While he drove, he looked down at his phone and lost control of the car, running off the road, through a guardrail and down a ravine toward the river. The car flipped several times and we stopped 50 feet into the ravine. I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Had there not been a tree to stop us, we would have gone into the river and both drown,” says C.N.
Since alcoholics use alcohol to solve the problems of life instead of control, reason, prediction of consequences and ethics, life will continue to get worse and eventually spirals out of control.
“That accident changed my life…it drove me further into being an alcoholic. I disconnected from everyone. I was depressed and began using heron,” says C.N. “Since I have been at Narconon Louisiana, my life has gotten better. I’m not going to lie through, it’s been tough… Facing my life and my choices and taking responsibility is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I know I can overcome my past and look toward a future!
The Narconon alcohol and drug rehabilitation program prides itself in their 75% success rate. This success is attributed to its unique drug-free rehabilitation program, not using drugs or medications to solve the problems caused by drugs, but use nutrition and nutritional supplements as an important component of its delivery. Drug cravings are handled during the Narconon New Life Detoxification program that helps remove the drug toxins that are stored in body. These steps are then followed by life skills courses that locate why a person starting abusing drugs in the first place and provides the skills needed to make better choices.
About Narconon Riverbend of Louisiana
Narconon Riverbend in Louisiana, located in Denham Springs, is a non-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation center licensed by the State of Louisiana. The Narconon drug rehabilitation and education program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez and uses the drug-free rehabilitation and social education methodology based on research developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. They are dedicated to eliminating drug abuse and drug addiction through drug prevention, education and rehabilitation. If you know someone struggling with alcohol addiction or drug abuse and would like more information visit http://www.drugabusesolution.com or call 877-340-3602. Any questions you have in the matter can be addressed in confidence.
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Narconon East US is a group of Narconon Centers in the East US that offer the Narconon non-profit drug rehabilitation program dedicated to eliminating drug abuse and drug addiction through drug prevention, education and rehabilitation.