I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity of sharing what I've been through with you today. I’ll begin by congratulating those who have graduated from the program today. It has been a long and frustrating journey, but a few months of hard work is much more rewarding than a slow agonizing death living with an alcohol or drug addiction for years!
I don’t want to take up too much of your time today so I’ll make this note as brief as I can. Like many of you here today, I too was in recovery 26 months ago, that’s 781 days or 18 744 hours ago. That’s how long it’s been for me since my last taste of alcohol and drugs. During these past two years, I’ve been researching information to understand more clearly these addictions that were destroying my life and putting my family through hell.
I was on my way to destruction and trying to drag my loved ones down with me, without even realizing it. I've narrowly escaped several times during my addictive lifestyle. This research that I’ve been doing brought me to understand that withdrawal and cravings were the two major components of why it was so difficult to stop using.
I researched these two problems on the Internet and lo and behold… up popped the Narconon web site. It had all the information I was looking for, so I contacted them and asked if I take a training program to learn of this technology that was so new to me. Luckily, they obliged my request and here I was for the next 7 months. My goal now is to open a similar facility back in my province of Manitoba, in which I am going to get started upon my return home.
So it’s been a long road for me as well, being away from my family and community for this amount of time. I wanted to share all of this with you at last week's graduation but they got me by surprise when they called me to receive my Withdrawal Specialist Certificate. This shocked all that I wanted to share with you right out of me, sorry! I had to share it in this letter, because I will not (physically) be with you today (but will be in thoughts).
I want to thank all those who’ve made my visit and studies here somewhat more comfortable. Thank you to Sylvain Fournier for making the arrangements for me to take this training, to Réjeanne Fleury and Marc Bernard for your encouragement and support, and to Joseph Parent and Reynald for helping me to understand this technology. Thank you Sylvie — Case Supervisor — for safely monitoring my progress in my studies. I would also like to thank Sue and Priscilla for your support and encouragement as well, to Helene for providing me with my accommodations, a tasty thank you to the ladies who provide us with meals each day. A very special thank you to Will who took it upon himself to help me get through what I felt was the most difficult part of my training — THE TR’s. A very appreciative and important thank you to Carole, who was a great advisor and wonderful friend to me during my stay here.
I have met a great amount of wonderful people here, both staff and students, and I am deeply honoured to have met you all. You have all played an important part of my stay here and I appreciate your kind, encouraging and supportive words, in understanding why I was here.
For those students that I did work with in Withdrawal, I used what I’ve learned here to help you in starting your recovery program.
Now, I must take these same skills back home to help my people there. My recovery path has switched now from helping myself to helping others. My family and community is proud of what I’ve done here. So to conclude, I wish you all the very best in your recovery program and journey towards a new drug-free life!