While a great deal of people still believe that becoming an addict is a choice, a sign of weak morals or a character flaw – it is not. Developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol is an unintentional process that happens over time, very gradually. The individual initially starts out choosing to abuse the drugs for whatever reason: boredom, stress, relationship issues, problems at work or school, etc. but overtime they begin to rely on the substance more and more.
Every substance: alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription pills… changes the way the user’s brain functions in its own way. While each substance acts differently on the user, they all create similar effects in the user’s brain. These effects range from changes in the molecules and cells that make up the brain to mood and memory processes to the user’s motor skills such as walking and talking. In time, the substance becomes the single most important aspect of the user’s life. Their brain is now wired to continue substance use at all costs to ensure that it feels “normal”.
Sunshine Summit Lodge in Southern California has been helping addicted individuals get off drugs and alcohol for many years. Their program has a long history of success and is rooted in one of the most effective treatment models for achieving true and lasting recovery. Based on the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program, Sunshine Summit Lodge has a very high success rate at real addiction rehabilitation. As a long-term residential drug rehab program, they provide their clients with all the amenities necessary to completely withdraw, detox and rehabilitate at the treatment center.
Graduates of Sunshine Summit Lodge do not have any follow-up meetings to attend, no “homework” to work on when they return home. They have applied themselves during their time in treatment and have learned all the necessary life skills and lessons to maintain their sobriety on their own. Additionally, Narconon Fresh Start programs are entirely drug-free and holistically based. This means that when a client completes their time in treatment they do not take any prescription medications or drug replacement therapy to maintain their sobriety. They are free of all addictions and no longer controlled by any outside substances.