Drug and alcohol addiction means the addicted person is controlled by the substances they are dependent upon. They rely on them to regulate their senses, emotions and consciousness. Without them the addicted person may feel “sick” (due to withdrawal symptoms), they may feel out of sorts or may even show a whole other side of themselves becoming hostile and possibly violent. To help a person truly recover from their addiction problem they need to come off these toxic substances completely.
This is why all Narconon Fresh Start programs like Sunshine Summit Lodge and Rainbow Canyon Retreat use a holistic, completely drug-free approach to addiction rehabilitation. Clients go through a medically assisted withdrawal process if necessary and then begin the Narconon Fresh Start drug-free withdrawal process when they return to the treatment location. No drug substitution therapy is ever used in any of Narconon Fresh Start’s treatment centers. Drug substitution therapy is when the person is taken off the drugs they have become addicted to and given other drugs instead to control their mood, sleep, anxiety level, energy level, etc. When you look at drug substitution therapy in the bigger picture, it is simply replacing one drug with another.
While many rehab programs utilize this therapy technique, Narconon Fresh Start chooses to help their clients get healthy without resorting to using toxic pharmaceuticals. Their holistic approach to recovery means that their clients complete treatment and go on to live happy, completely drug-free lives when they return home.
One of the greatest things about the Narconon Fresh Start program is that when I returned home I didn’t need to take my prescription medication for depression any longer. I was able to come off it while in rehab and have not needed to take it since. In fact, knowing what I know now I would NEVER take a prescription like Paxil or Zoloft again. As a recovered addict I am very careful about what I put into my body, this includes prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs too. The way I look at is this, just because my doctor writes me a prescription and I can pick it up at the pharmacy doesn’t mean that I NEED to take it or that it is what is BEST for me. I put a lot of thought into every choice I make when it concerns my health and wellbeing. Because of the Narconon Fresh Start program I have maintained my sobriety for over a decade and I look forward to living the rest of my life in the same healthy way!