How I Find the Right Drug Rehab?

Important things to consider when finding the right drug rehab.

How do I find the right drug rehab? When you are ready to stop your drug or alcohol abuse finding the right drug rehab program is the first step in the process. While the idea of ending your addiction is motivating, without the right help and support from an effective and highly successful drug rehab program you may find yourself spinning your wheels. The process of researching and finding the right program to help you overcome your drug addiction or alcoholism problem can feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack.

To help you narrow your search, let’s go over a few questions. How severe is your addiction problem? For individuals with long-term histories of alcoholism or drug addiction a long-term inpatient or residential program will be your best choice. Remaining in a program for an adequate length of time is going to get you the results you are looking for. Research shows that 90 days in treatment is considered the gold standard when recovering from long-term drug and alcohol addiction.

Do you have any special needs or requirements to ensure your comfort and safety during your recovery? This is an important point for those who have health issues in addition to their addiction problem. Additionally, individuals who struggle with mental illness in combination with their addiction problem will need to address this issue concurrently during their recovery process. Be sure to inquire if the programs you are looking into address mental illness if this is a concern for you personally.

If you are looking at programs close to home find out if you are able to take a tour of the facility. This may help to put you at ease when making a decision about which program will provide the right resources and accommodations to meet your needs. If you’re unable to see the program before enrolling, ask if they can send you any brochures or electronic literature to help you to visualize their facility and the property where the program is located.

Last of all consider how much you are able to invest in a drug rehab program. If you have insurance it is important to contact them to find out what your coverage is for addiction treatment and ask for a list of referrals. While insurance may not cover the entire cost of drug rehab, they may be able to pay part or a significant portion of the enrollment costs. This is a crucial point that many people do not even consider when looking into their drug rehab options; but one that can significantly narrow down your search for a program.

While each program ranges in price based on their services offered, length of stay and location look for the best value for your dollar. As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Choosing to attend a lower cost rehab might mean cutting corners on your sobriety. A program that provides all the rehabilitation services you are looking for and the amenities you like is going to be worth spending the extra money on. In the end, this is one of the most important investments you will ever make in yourself.


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California Drug Rehab

Southern California drug rehab program Sunshine Summit Lodge provides complete physical, mental and spiritual recovery from addiction.

Sunshine Summit Lodge is a California drug rehab program located in Northern San Diego Country. As a former executive retreat, the location was chosen for its rural charm, scenic vistas and therapeutic environment. Situated on forty acres of property, Sunshine Summit Lodge provides clients with a safe sanctuary far removed from over-stimulating surroundings and previous negative influences. This long-term residential drug and alcohol rehab program effectively treats and rehabilitates addicted individuals using Narconon Fresh Start’s unique approach to addiction recovery.

Providing complete physical, mental and spiritual recovery from addiction is what Sunshine Summit Lodge excels at. During the clients time in the program they will address and handle the underlying issues that spurred their substance abuse while developing the necessary life skills to make sobriety possible. Every aspect of their recovery process is completed during their stay at Sunshine Summit Lodge.  Problems in their life that might have hindered their sobriety are handled and personal relationships are addressed so that the transition back to their day to day life is as smooth as possible.

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Predictions about Legalizing Recreational Use of Marijuana

In a recent report, it is estimated that 18 new states may choose to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the next 5 years.

A recent report from a national market research firm predicts that as many as 18 additional states may legalize recreational marijuana markets within the next five years. If this prediction is right, that would potentially make recreational marijuana legal in thirty-six percent of the United States. The legal recreational cannabis industry is just getting off the ground in many states where marijuana has been legalized.

While this is only a prediction, the idea of legal recreational use of marijuana has many worried. Currently a schedule I drug, marijuana is known to have the potential for abuse and addiction problems. In past years, many states have chosen to legalize the medicinal use of THC and synthetic cannabinoids. These changes in medicinal marijuana reform laws are intended to treat patients going though chemotherapy, struggling with HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer pain, and glaucoma.

As of January 2014, marijuana is the most widely abused illicit substance in the United States. Marijuana use, abuse and addiction statistics continue to clime. Forty-seven percent of Americans say that they have tried marijuana at some point in their lifetime, and eleven percent in the past year (2012). As American’s attitudes and perception about legalizing marijuana continue to shift there is a strong belief that in the long run this substance will legalized. While today there is only a slim majority, fifty-two percent of Americans agreeing that the drug should be made legal, this percentage is predicted to increase as more states choose to reform their laws on marijuana.

The debate continues, but the facts on this drug have not changed. Marijuana is known to have a potential for abuse and addiction. Many individuals in drug rehab programs across the country site marijuana as their primary reason for enrolling in treatment. Those who enroll due to other substance addictions note that they have either used marijuana in the past or were concurrently using marijuana with other drugs.

Daily marijuana users develop the same respiratory problems as cigarette smokers including daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis and frequent chest colds. They are also more likely to develop lung injections such as pneumonia. Additionally, daily marijuana smokers are exposing themselves to cancer-causing chemicals – the very same that are found in cigarette smoke. The side effects of habitual marijuana use can affect the user’s brain function. Their ability to complete complex tasks becomes compromised as well as diminishing their determination to pursue academics, careers and other life goals. Studies have shown that long-term use of marijuana can affect the user’s mental health. Habitual users are at an increased risk of developing psychosis and delusions. The odds of suffering from mental health issues brought on by regular marijuana use increases exponentially if the individual carries a genetic vulnerability to such mental health issues.

At Narconon Fresh Start it is our hope that the nation takes an in-depth look at the many consequences of marijuana use and the potential problems that will be generated by legalizing the recreational use of this drug. Known as a gateway to harder drugs, marijuana is not a benign substance. After helping thousands of individuals end their marijuana addiction problems we understand the devastation this Schedule I drug can have on the addicted individual and those who love and care about them.

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Narconon Fresh Start is an All-Inclusive Drug Rehab Program

As an all-inclusive drug rehab program clients only need to bring their clothing, personal hygiene products and perhaps their music and reading material to the rehab center; everything else is provided for them in their admission fee.

The Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is an all-inclusive addiction treatment facility. There are some additional personal items that are not included in the admission fee and they are the responsibility of the client. During the program participant’s time in our drug rehab we provide three healthy delicious meals per day as well as snacks during breaks. Program participants are supplied with vitamins, bed linens, bath towels, laundry detergent and access to television and movies. When you arrive you should bring your clothes and personal hygiene products. Additionally, program participants can bring a portable music player, books and other such items. We ask that you leave valuables and larger scale items at home as they are not needed during your time in recovery. A physical examination and TB test are included in your admission fee to determine your overall health and ability to participate in the New Life Detoxification Program (our dry sauna therapy). All the rehabilitation services (books, learning materials, etc.) delivered by Narconon Fresh Start are covered by your admission fee and included during your stay at the treatment center.

“Arriving at Narconon Fresh Start’s Sunshine Summit Lodge I found that I had everything I needed at my disposal. I brought a few of my favorite books and magazines as well as my mp3 player to use during sauna and at free time. The food here is actually really good! Now that I have my appetite back its nice to be able to enjoy a healthy meal that isn’t fast food. Their facility is well stocked and if I find I need something I didn’t bring with me the staff is always willing to work with me to find a way to get ahold of the item. A lot of the time it doesn’t feel like I’m in rehab, but rather college. The grounds are really nice and I’ve been enjoying the fresh air and walking paths. Out of all the places I considered enrolling in, I know that this is the right place for me.”
M. T.
Narconon Fresh Start Review 2015


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Why 12-Step Recovery Isn’t Right for Everyone

There are many who praise the benefits of 12-step recovery programs; for those who do not find sobriety through 12-step meetings there are other more effective options available these days.

While Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous has become a staple among those in search of recovery, these 12-step recovery programs do not effectively treat addiction for most of those who attend. Drug courts mandate attendance to meetings, doctors recommend groups to their patients and “recovering” addicts continue to sing the praises of these self-help groups. Since its formation in the 1930’s AA has become deeply engrained among most American’s as the path to sobriety. However, their low success rate of five to ten percent has many in the field of addiction recovery questioning just how effective this form of addiction rehabilitation really is.

For the remaining ninety percent of individuals who do not benefit from AA or NA, their recovery never fully takes place. They are left struggling on their own; those who are lucky find alternative rehab programs to truly handle and treat their recovery needs. The premise behind AA and NA is that if the steps are followed to completion by the recovering individual they will succeed. If they fail, it is the individual who has fallen short, not the 12-step program. This leaves the recovering person feeling insecure and out of control in managing their sobriety.

The greatest gains for many who find success through these types of programs are from the camaraderie they receive during the meetings and from the support of their sponsor. While these meetings foster a supportive environment where the recovering individual is surrounded by likeminded individuals, it is really more of a “brotherhood” than a treatment program. For some, the structure and supportive environment during meetings and time with their sponsor is what they need to end their addition. Unfortunately, the majority of addicted individuals are unable to stop using simply by being around likeminded individuals and need actual treatment to handle and address their addiction problem.

The ninety percent who do not achieve lasting sobriety through 12-step meetings will need to pursue other forms of recovery to treat their addiction. By enrolling in a long-term inpatient or residential treatment center they will have the time, safe environment and resources they require to truly put their addiction behind them. These types of programs are highly effective at ending addiction because they assess the individual’s addiction problem, create a workable plan on how to treat their physical and psychological addiction and have measures in place to encourage the recovering individual to remain in treatment. With AA or NA, the individual can come and go as they please choosing to attend meetings or not to. When enrolled in an inpatient or residential treatment program the recovering person resides at the treatment facility around the clock to ensure their continued sobriety and focus on their recovery.

One such long-term residential program with exceptional success rates for ending addiction to drugs and alcohol is Narconon Fresh Start. With treatment centers in Colorado, Texas, Nevada and Southern California they have a variety of locations to choose from to handle you or your loved one’s recovery needs. As an alternative and unique approach to addiction recovery, program participants overcome their addiction issues in a drug-free environment. Entirely holistic, the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program delivers a natural approach to addiction rehabilitation through their drug-free withdrawal process, New Life Detoxification Program and Life Skills Courses. Graduates of the program have no need for drug replacement medications, attending 12-step meetings or continued counseling. They have truly become rehabilitated during their enrollment in the program and come away with a sense of self-control and personal responsibility for their sobriety.


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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

Through the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program graduates learn to handle life clean and sober.

The decent into drug addiction or alcoholism often happens gradually. The substance user is unaware of how they begin to rely more and more on their drug of choice and less on their own ability to handle life on their own. As each day passes, their body and mind begin to rely more and more on the gratification they receive from their substance use and less on their own ability to find productive solutions in a healthy substance-free manner. As their use progress they no longer feel as though they have a choice to use or not. This transformation from recreational use to abuse and eventually addiction happens for most in such a way that it feels as though their addiction overtook them at some distant point in their past. They are at a loss on how they became the addict they see in the mirror today wanting sobriety but having no idea how to achieve it.

The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation program can help break the cycle of addiction. Making the decision to get treatment is the first and biggest step an addict can take to change their life. By enrolling in a Narconon Fresh Start program the individual will begin the process of uncovering the issues that drove them to substance use and handle these problems during their time in the program. Their drug rehab program effectively addresses the physical aspect of addiction, while also working through the unresolved issues of the person’s past and developing their ability to live life on their terms – clean and sober. As a comprehensive long-term residential drug rehab program, Narconon Fresh Start treats and fully rehabilitates the recovering individual during their time in the program. Graduates are no longer “addicts” or “alcoholics”, but fully rehabilitated individuals who have all the skills and resources they need to remain clean and sober for the rest of their life. Every aspect of the program participant’s recovery is handled during their time in the rehab so that when they return home they can begin building the life they have planned for themselves. By breaking the cycle of addiction the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs restores the addicted individual to a healthier sober person, ready to tackle life drug-free.



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Drugged Driving

Drugged drivers are a serious public safety and health threat that must be addressed.

Over the past several decades there has been an increased focus on drunk driving and the many dangerous associated with it. There is an additional issue that is just as serious but has often been overlooked by many, drugged driving. Driving while under the influence of drugs is a significant public health and safety threat that must be brought to light. In a recent study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse it was found that driving after ingesting marijuana surpassed drunk driving among college students and high school seniors. The study showed that among college students, one in three marijuana users drove after using the drug and approximately one in two rode with a driver who had been using marijuana. High school senior statistics showed that one in eight drove after using marijuana and one in five rode with a driver who had used the drug. Statistics reveal that seven percent of college students drove after drinking while thirty-one percent drove after using marijuana. Additional studies on the topic of drugged driving show that up to thirty-three percent of fatally injured drivers during 2009 with known drug test results came up positive for drugs other than alcohol.

This topic has garnered some attention recently and the Institute for Behavioral Health’s White Paper on Drugged Driving has released a number of recommendations. Their recommendations include:

  • an evaluation and improvement of impaired driving laws
  • evaluation and improvement of drugged driving data collection
  • improvement in drugged driving education
  • identification and evaluation of promising models for drugged driver identification
  • creation of standardized drugged driver testing
  • more drug impairment and behavioral research
  • more related drug treatment research

As a leader in the field of addiction recovery and prevention programs, Narconon Fresh Start is spreading the word about this dangerous public health and safety issue. It is our hope that by increasing awareness of the numerous dangers associated with drugged driving we can prevent future auto accident fatalities. With increased emphasis on drugged driving through education and a change in impaired driving laws our nation can work to decrease the number of fatalities caused by drugged driving.


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Heroin Addiction on the Rise

Nearly every state has seen an increase in heroin addiction cases as addicts are switching from costly and hard to come by prescription drugs to heroin.

Across the country heroin abuse and addiction cases are on the rise. While many people are aware of the country’s escalating prescription drug problem, heroin use, abuse and addiction problems have not received the same coverage. In Arizona, the increase in heroin overdose deaths has risen by ninety percent over the past decade. Prescription drug addiction is considered to be the present gateway to heroin addiction. This is because heroin is cheaper, and in some areas of the country easier to obtain. Due to prescription opioid medications being harder to obtain legally or on the street many addicts are making the switch to heroin to satisfy their addiction.

Heroin overdose deaths are claiming more lives with each passing year. The drug if often extremely pure or laced with other powerful narcotics and the user is often unaware of exactly what they are taking. Additionally, many overdose deaths have been connected with user’s having a low tolerance for the drug after completing rehab and unintentionally taking more than their bodies can tolerate. Addiction to this dangerous drug is happening all across the country. Middle-class suburban families who once felt “safe” are now struggling with the nightmare of their son’s or daughter’s heroin addiction.

The greatest increase in heroin addiction cases are among young adults between the ages of eighteen to twenty-five. In 2007, it was estimated that there were 373,000 heroin users in the United States. This number increased to 669,000 by 2012 and continues to rise. First time users of the drug nearly doubled over a six-year period (2006-2012) from 90,000 users to an estimated 156,000 users.

In Ohio, hospitals have experienced many “drive-up, drop-off” cases of heroin overdose victims. Users are dropped off at state hospitals where medical staffers have to work quickly to assess and treat the individual. Due to so many of these cases, staffers have become quick and efficient at delivering a dose of naloxone (an opiate-reversing drug) to patients. While many heroin overdose patients are revived, some have to be put on ventilators and there are those who do not make it; succumbing to death brought on by their heroin overdose.

Despite the fact that some states are so inundated with heroin addiction cases that they have a six month wait list, help is always available at Narconon Fresh Start. Our skilled staff members are able to assess and begin a treatment plan with you or your loved one and start the process of recovery. At Narconon Fresh Start, program participants overcome their addiction issues while regaining a sense of self-control, personal responsibility and the skills they need to end their addiction and be successful in their lives.


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Patching Things Up With Family

A portion of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program focuses on helping the recovering individual with their family and personal relationships.

“After being here at Rainbow Canyon Retreat for several months I feel more like myself than I have in years. I’m healthy for the first time and able to exercise and take good care of myself. The meals here are delicious and I’m gaining healthy weight. The skills I’ve learned have helped me to work things through with my family and they have welcomed me back to their home. It’s a huge step for them and one that I’m really happy about. To know that because of the hard work I’ve done here I’m going to get to have a safe place to live when I return home makes things so much easier for my continued sobriety. I think that they are even going to attend my graduation in a couple weeks! With my sobriety and new view on life I know that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.”
P. T.
Narconon Fresh Start Review 2015

Through the Narconon Fresh Start program in Nevada this client has been able to finally get clean and sober as well as rebuild their relationship with their family. While a lot of the recovery process focuses on helping the individual overcome their addiction problems, there is a portion of the program dedicated to helping reestablish family dynamics and personal relationships. This helps to pave the way for graduates to reenter their family environment in a way that is positive and beneficial for all members of the household, including the loved ones of the recovered individual.



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For Those Who Have Been Through Drug Rehab before Without Achieving Lasting Sobriety

The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is unlike any other drug rehab you have experienced!

Having been through drug rehab programs before, you probably feel like you know what to expect. The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is unlike any other form of drug or alcohol addiction recovery you have ever experienced. At Narconon Fresh Start we know that addiction to drugs or alcohol is not a disease or an illness you must learn to cope with for the rest of your life. When you complete this particular drug rehab program you will truly be recovered from your addiction; you will have your life back! A life that doesn’t mean fearing relapse, a lifelong commitment to attending meetings or taking drug substitution medications to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Graduates of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation program have taken back control over their lives. They are responsible for their actions and live by a moral code that encourages them to live a healthy and ethical lifestyle.

The rehabilitation method used at Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers is not twelve-step based. Clients are never told that they are powerless over their addiction and that they will be life long addicts living in remission. Program participants are thought of as students learning valuable life skills, not “addicts” or “alcoholics”.  This drug rehab program treats drug addiction and alcoholism for what it truly is; a physical and mental problem that has to be overcome with underlying issues that need to be resolved. The recovery process used by Narconon Fresh Start treatment centers builds you up to make you stronger; it shows you that you are powerful over your addiction, not powerless.

Other drug rehab programs often fall short of being able to fully rehabilitate their clients. While some of the initial work is conducted at their treatment center, they move their clients on to finish much of the harder and more emotionally taxing work to complete on their own or in outpatient therapy. At Narconon Fresh Start, program participants complete every aspect of their recovery during the time they are enrolled in the program. The program lasts three to four months on average for most clients, but individuals who need more time to process and integrate the life skills courses are never hurried through their course work. They progress at their own speed and are able to achieve lasting sobriety in a timeframe that is suitable for them. If you have been through other rehab programs and have not found lasting sobriety, it is time to experience the difference of Narconon Fresh Start.


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