Laci’s Story

“For the first time, I was able to understand
my insecurities 
and why I had them.”

When I was 20 years old, I started drinking alcohol for “fun.” Part of it was to fit in and the other part of it was a way to gain enough courage to break out of my shell of insecurities. At that time in my life, I had everything going for me: a new car, an excellent job, goals and a great relationship with my family. 

Laci, working  at the program that saved her life
Laci  became a member of the Narconon staff and helped others for years. Here she welcomes another student to the program. 

During that time in my life, I had started a new relationship and alcohol slowly took more control of my life. Alcohol was my security blanket, the ice breaker for conversation and part of my daily activity. Six years later, alcohol had done its damage and I now had no job, a totaled car, 2 DUI’s (within a month), a messy divorce, no driver’s license and prison time or death was knocking at my front door.

After getting the DUI’s, I moved home to live with my parents, looking for some kind of help. I tried several things to stop my addiction: anti-depressants, counseling and AA meetings. Nothing was working. I always seemed to find a way to get drunk, whether it was sneaking a bottle into my parents’ house or finding some so-called friends that wanted to just get drunk with me. My parents were heartbroken, finding me completely passed out in their house several times and having to pick me up at random places after days of being missing. This was not the daughter they raised or their daughter that they knew 6 years ago.

I remember one day my parents asking me…”What is wrong with you? I did not know. I did not have an answer for them. All I knew was that I didn’t even know who I was anymore and that I didn’t know how to stop — just couldn’t. About two weeks after that, I was on a weekend binge and had texted my mom for help. She came and picked me up, scared to death and my family began to search for help. My dad and aunt had come across Narconon Nevada in their search. This was the answer! My mom and dad presented me with an option to go to treatment explaining to me that this was more than just treatment, this was my way out and they were right.

Now, I count my blessings daily. I am so thankful for my family and Narconon. The program was not just about my alcohol addiction, it was about my whole life and why I did the things that I did. After getting through the detoxification program, I confronted all areas of my life and for the first time, I was able to understand my insecurities and why I had them. I graduated the program with a new outlook on life, goals for my future and for once a purpose. I participated in Narconon’s aftercare program, where I was given a chance to really start to build my foundation for my future. I got my driver’s license back, bought a car, paid off my court fees and continued on my path to sobriety.

The day I came into the program, I was given some intake paperwork and one of the questions was what are your goals? My goal that day, which is still my goal today…is to have a family. Today, I have that and so much more; I have myself back; my family can sleep at night; and I have a great relationship with my spouse and a beautiful daughter. With the tools that I learned from the program, I am able to secure my sobriety and my future as a mom, a wife and a daughter!               — Laci T.

Narconon Nevada helps people of all ages overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol. With a caring staff and the right technology, we aim to offer the best chance to succeed and become drug free—for life.

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Tony Bylsma

Tony Bylsma has been working for Narconon as a counselor, administrator and educator in various areas of the US for many years. In addition to helping people overcome their addictions and live drug-free lives, Tony has spoken to over six hundred thousand students, parents and professionals regarding drug abuse and effective abuse prevention. This year Tony is celebrating his 40th year of sobriety!