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Rock Musician Getting Out the Message to Kids   PDF  Print  Email 
Charlie Curtis is a young musician who recently trained at Narconon International to be a drug prevention presenter.

Currently, he is in a punk rock band that sets a good example to youth about the so-called "rock and roll lifestyle."

Charlie's band, The Briggs, recently toured Europe and often plays in venues around Hollywood such as the famous club The Knitting Factory.

When asked why he decided to be a drug educator, he said "I feel that having been on drugs and having done the program, I really don't want others to follow the path of drugs."

Here is his story:

"My life was a living hell--from being homeless, to being broke, to losing friends, to losing girlfriends, and even losing my band. It wasn't fun. Well, to be honest, I thought it was fun at the time but that all soon changed when I realized that I wasn't able to pay any bills, go out anywhere or even afford to call somebody from a pay phone.

"Crystal meth was my drug of choice, but there were others too--cheap, easy to get, easy to become addicted to and, of course, easy to use. I tried it once and BOOM! I was addicted.

"One of the main things that this affected was my music career. I had a great band and played great music and had great members who weren't only band members but best friends. That all changed when I started using meth.

"Well, needless to say, that band isn't around anymore. But let me bring you up to speed a little bit closer to present time. I finally realized that I needed to get help because all of my family knew, my friends and some co-workers knew as well.

"Narconon was brought to my attention and I watched the video. I KNEW that that was the answer for me. It just made sense! So basic and simple and so easy to follow the steps to become drug free, and that's what I wanted. That's what I needed.

"So with the help of my family, I made it go right to get down to Narconon Brazil and spent the next 4 months getting my life together and getting off drugs for good! I made some great friends down there and had some major epiphanies [realizations] about my life, friends, family, work, drug usage and, of course, my main thing, music.

"Now, after over a year of being done with the program and almost a year and a half of being drug free, I am in a successful band that's getting bigger by the day and going on international tours. Now I know for a fact that with the music industry comes a lot of barriers, one mainly being drugs.

"Being on some of the tours already, I have encountered some of this nonsense and have not been tempted once!! In fact, when we get done with our European tour, I plan on working with Narconon by giving drug education lectures at schools to help fight this drug problem our nation is having.

"Also, I have never been so close to my family as I am right now, and I've never had as many friends as I do now!"

Charlie Curtis - Narconon Graduate

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