Many times an addicted person who truly wants to get off the substances they are dependent on continues to abuse them because they are unable to handle the myriad of withdrawal symptoms that will come in when they stop using. Depending on the substances that are being abused the recovering person’s physical withdrawal symptoms may range from anxiety, lack of appetite, and nausea to extreme body aches and pains. The psychological withdrawal symptoms can also be overwhelming for many going through this process. These may range from psychological fear of coming off the drugs, depression and anxiety to more severe mental health issues such as thoughts of suicide. Just the thought of these physical and emotional symptoms can derail even the most determined individual from stopping their drug or alcohol use.
The Narconon Fresh Start’s network of drug rehab programs use an entirely drug-free approach to drug and alcohol withdrawal. With a variety of treatment locations including Colorado, Texas, Nevada and Southern California clients enrolled at Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs receive the drug-free withdrawal and the most effective addiction rehabilitation treatment no matter where they choose to attend rehab. Using Narconon Fresh Start’s safe, nutrition-based approach to ending drug and alcohol addiction (providing the client is medically cleared for treatment) the program participant is able to fully come off the substances they have been dependent on for so long. In other drug rehab programs when a client is going through withdrawal or experiencing problems related to the drugs they have been addicted to the doctor on staff will prescribe them a substitute medication to help with their withdrawal symptoms. The client eventually becomes dependent on the new medication they have been prescribed and their withdrawal process begins again. Take methadone for example; methadone stops heroin’s withdrawal symptoms yet the withdrawal symptoms from methadone are several times worse than what heroin withdrawal symptoms actually are. Narconon Fresh Start believes that only by actually getting off all drugs* can the program participant begin the rehabilitation process and truly end their addiction. *This does not include essential prescription drugs i.e. blood pressure medication, insulin, etc. drugs that are not permitted include addictive medications such as painkillers.
The highly skilled staff members at all Narconon Fresh Start centers have several tools at their disposal to help clients through the difficult process of drug and alcohol withdrawal. The first tool is helping the client take in proper nutrition. When a person is abusing drugs they usually put eating healthy and getting enough sleep at the bottom of their priority list. Science has shown that many of a recovering addict’s withdrawal symptoms are actually symptoms of vitamin deficiencies. All program participants going through withdrawal is provided with a substantial yet safe dose of high-quality nutritional supplements. Because key vitamins and minerals are depleted because of one’s substance use the nutritional treatment Narconon Fresh Start utilizes works to significantly reduce even the most severe withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, there are several gentle re-orientation exercises Narconon Fresh Start staff use which work to reduce the program participant’s anxiety and increase their objectivity drug withdrawal. To help calm the client’s body and reduce muscle spasms and crams physical assists are also utilized. Going through withdrawal by oneself is usually a painful and emotionally draining process. Narconon Fresh Start’s tight knit group of drug rehab programs has had phenomenal success at helping addicted persons get through drug-free withdrawal with only minimal pain and discomfort creating a much smoother transition into the rest of their rehabilitation program.