A Letter from an Aunt

"How do I start? Our family is like most families. We are close and care very much what happens to each other. Being large in number we do have many different problems and challenges. I have 5 brothers and only one sister. My sister and her husband have worked very hard to build their lives and provide for their family. They started with nothing and have built a successful business and family of their own. The rest of the family was so proud and happy for them. They have 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. They have been given much. Their folks wanted them to have what they didn't as children. So yes, they were spoiled, they looked like they had it all and were doing so well.

My niece, Michelle, is their second child, she was so sharp, did well in school, and loved her family dearly.

Why was it she who turned to drugs?

In our eyes she had it all. Remember we are a large family; I have two brothers who use drugs and alcohol. They are lost to the family. They bring heart ache and pain to us all. Sadness and sorrow is felt for them.

It is a hole in the heart of the family.

So when our niece turned to drugs it was devastating to us all.

How, HOW, could this happen? The hurt and loss we were feeling were unbearable. The thought of this evil taking another one of us was so over powering, the hurt so painful. Why do they choose this over us? To see a young healthy, sharp, vibrate girl turn into a sunken, crashed, broken body, what a shame, what a shame on us we thought.

I am not sure quite how it happened, but the choice for her to go to Narconon California was chosen. So far from us all but a choice was made. Hope was in sight and to know she was in a safe place. Narconon California gave us hope and she started the program. We all learned. Not easy, not quick, not even sure, but slowly we got our niece back. We all learned that we can make good choices and live up to them. We are in control of our own lives and bodies. We must be responsible for our own choices and life.

Narconon California to me has brought me back a niece I thought we had lost and didn't know why. I know now choices, responsibility, clean living and to give back.

Narconon California is a program which can teach and relearn the value of life.

Who we are and how to be a productive person in society. Choices and where they take you. Narconon California was that choice that saved my niece and bought her back better to us. She is better then before because she knows the value of her life and how it is intertwined with us, her family. She knows now that she is in charge of her choices and what happens to her body and soul.

The mind is clear; Narconon California has taught her this and has given her, her life back and ours too.

Narconon California does not use drugs to get them off drugs.

They re-teach them to be themselves and to be healthy; to be aware of the reality of life. I have been to the San Diego and Newport Beach facilities, both are safe clean places. NO fancy frills or extra stuff just a place of hope and choices. I am so glad for the choice of Narconon California and again I say I have my niece back, to me, better the before. For she knows her choice and why and I know why too."

Sheila H.
Gillette, WY

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