A Look at the Success of a Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

A Look at the Success of a Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

The Ket to SuccessFlight attendant gets her life back after addiction.

In her early 20s, Valerie Hartman Nichols began her career as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. She loved her job, and the company loved her back, as she was recognized for being a competent employee who could be counted upon to do good work. It was in 1991 that she started working for the airline, and things were great until several years later. Tragically, Valerie lost two members of her family to a violent death. After this, she began taking pharmaceutical drugs that were prescribed to alleviate the emotional pain that she was suffering. At first, the medication seemed to be working and she was able to carry on with her life, but this remedy was only a temporary one. The drugs shortly stopped being her salvation and soon led to her downfall. As she became accustomed to popping pills in order to feel better, Valerie began to augment her prescription by self-medicating with alcohol and cocaine. 

Eventually, she was not only using illegal street drugs, but was also lying to the doctor in order to continue to receive prescriptions. Her life became consumed by her drug addiction, to the point where she spent her days lying to those closest to her and going to great lengths to cheat the company drug testing policies. While this was going on, she was wracked with guilt over the fact that she was being dishonest with her employer and forcing her fellow crew members to pick up the slack on flights. Even worse, she became progressively more cut off from her family and friends, even spending an entire eight-month period without seeing her young son.

Unfortunately, Valerie could not bring herself to admit what it was that was actually causing her problems. Like so many other addicts, she found reasonable-sounding excuses to justify her circumstances, blaming her problems on her difficult conditions in life, on other people and even herself — anything except for the drugs she was abusing on a regular basis. Finally, a superior at work confronted her about her increasingly-noticeable drug use, after which Valerie finally decided that it was time to turn things around. She did the normal thing at this point, which is to check into a 28-day rehab program. This program, however, did not achieve the results she was expecting, and Valerie was still addicted to drugs. Determined to beat her addiction, she enrolled in a second 28-day program. Then a third. After none of these programs worked, she was given a recommendation from a co-worker to try something different. Here is what Valerie has to say about what happened when she followed this recommendation: “I have my family back, am happy on a daily basis and found a way to leave all of the things that happened to me in the past, I am able to set goals for myself now and have spent the last year helping other people find suitable treatment for their addictions.” What approach did the co-worker try that was so effective that Valerie says it saved her life?

“Narconon…worked when nothing else did”

The rehab program that finally got Valerie over her addiction was Narconon. Specifically, she checked into the flagship Narconon Arrowhead center in Oklahoma. She recently shared her story in an op-ed published in the magazine for the Southwest Airlines employees’ union. So impressed was Valerie with the changes that she made during her time in the Narconon program, she wanted to tell all of her former co-workers about it.

In the letter, she describes in detail the ways in which Narconon is different from traditional addiction rehab programs, including the unique sauna detox program that cleanses the body of the deeply lodged residues from past drug use, as well as the many life-skills courses that address the underlying reasons why a person is addicted and bolsters his or her ability to succeed and live happily. The employees of Southwest are her former co-workers because Valerie has made a career change and is now working on the staff at the Arrowhead center in the admissions office, where she helps others to get enrolled in the program. After turning her own life around and finally beating her drug addiction, Valerie has chosen to dedicate her life to assisting other people to make the same types of changes that she did.

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