Category: Drug Addiction

Drug addiction causes people to do things that they wouldn’t normally do. You can usually tell if someone is addicted to drugs by some of the signs and symptoms they show. Narconon Fresh Start can help someone who is suffering from drug addiction.

Recovery After a 20 Year Nightmare of Using Meth

We interviewed Jennifer, a Narconon Fresh Start graduate, about her life on meth and what she got out of the program. We put together a short video using her vocals from her interview in the background.

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Video transcript

When I was 12, me and my brother went over to my dad’s house one weekend and we got high on meth. I always wanted to do it after that and I kept on doing it.

I’ve been getting high for 20 years. I started using the needle. I had track marks all over my arms. I was not healthy. I weighed 98 pounds. I was always in the hospital because I had kidney infections and getting beat up by my boyfriend. My house has been raided by the police. I spent time in jail. My parents didn’t want to see me because I was always such a basket case. Me and my sister had a bad relationship. I was a mess.

I think Narconon Fresh Start is the best thing I ever done for myself. When I started the sauna at Narconon Fresh Start, I could actually feel it coming out. I actually started to feel like myself, like when I was 12 years old, before I started using drugs. I got energy, I actually liked communicating with people that were around me. I felt like a real normal person. I was happy with myself and with who I saw when I looked in the mirror.

I have really found out who I am and they taught me a lot about life in general and how to get your values back in life and how to respect yourself and respect your family and the people that you want to talk to and the people that you don’t want to talk to. I think it’s an awesome program. The staff there are really helpful. I really appreciate them and I am very, very thankful for them.


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If you or a loved one need help with methamphetamine abuse or any other substance abuse, call Narconon Fresh Start today at 855-734-2223 to get help. We offer free consultation services.

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How Narconon Fresh Start is Different from a Twelve-Step Program

One Day at a TimeTwelve-step drug and alcohol recovery programs are known throughout America and around the world. People may know the program as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous).

Members pay no dues, but must simply commit to stop drinking or using drugs. Members seek to achieve sobriety one twenty-four hour period at a time and attend meetings frequently, even daily, to support their desire to stay clean and sober. The Twelve Step guidelines are published in “The Big Book,” the essential core materials of the program. Participants follow through each of the 12 steps that are listed in the book.

Two Steps that Make Narconon Fresh Start Different

Here are two steps out of the 12 Step book that makes the Narconon Fresh Start program different.

1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol (or our addiction) that our lives had become unmanageable.

Over and over again, we see graduates go on to live successful lives without ever having to turn to drugs. In their addiction, they were powerless and their life became unmanageable, but after coming to Narconon Fresh Start their personal values and integrity are restored and they learn how to take control of their life and make drug-free decisions. In other words, they are no longer powerless over their addiction.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Narconon Fresh Start is a secular program, meaning it is not a religious program. But students on the program are free to believe in any religion that they want and are even encouraged to continue their own faith. Our goal is to help individuals understand why they started using drugs in the first place and to increase their awareness and abilities and help them gain their own purpose in life so that they choose to stay drug-free.

Attending Meetings

Another aspect that makes the Narconon Fresh Start program different is that graduates of our program do not have to continue going to meetings to maintain their sobriety. They leave the program with the life skills needed to succeed and achieve their goals and maintain their own sobriety.

Effective Sauna Detox

Narconon Fresh Start Drug DetoxAside from the Narconon Fresh Start Life Skills courses that help individuals to live a successful life without drugs, our sauna drug detoxification program is an innovative way to rid the body of toxic residues that drive drug cravings. With the use of a dry-heat sauna, exercise and an exact regimen of nutritional supplements, participants find that they can think more clearly and that they feel more energized. Many students say that they feel like they never even did drugs.

True Recovery

At Narconon Fresh Start, it is the belief that addiction can be overcome and that an individual does not have to always be an addict. We help individuals to free themselves from their guilt and their cravings and provide them with the tools necessary to live a stable, responsible and successful life without having to turn to drugs. By doing so, they are free to progress and live their life with confidence that they will never use drugs again without the constant reminders of their past addiction.

If you or a loved one need help with drug or alcohol addiction, call 855-734-2223 to speak with a specialist today.

Reasons Why People Might Not Seek Drug Rehab

Drug and Alcohol AddictionOut of millions of addicted or drug-dependent people, only about one in ten go to rehab each year. The rest of the people have their own reasons why they don’t find a rehab program.

The final result of addiction is either sobriety, prison or death. Once addiction sets in, drug cravings are so strong that most people need help to overcome their addiction. Even with a strong desire to quit, will power is not enough for most people to just quit. It takes an effective rehabilitation program to help them break free from their addiction.

But why do people not seek help?

Here are some common reasons why some people do not seek drug rehabilitation:

  • I don’t have health coverage and can’t afford private care.
  • I’m not ready to stop using drugs or alcohol.
  • I can handle this problem without treatment.
  • I don’t have transportation to get to treatment or it is inconvenient.
  • I don’t feel like I need treatment right now.
  • I don’t know where to go for treatment.
  • The neighbors or community might think less of me.
  • It might have a negative effect on my job.

Though these reasons might seem sensible, they are not reasons why a person should not get help. Breaking free from drug addiction far outweighs any excuse to not get help.

Get off Drugs at Narconon Fresh Start

Addiction to drugs and alcohol contributes to or directly causes illness, disability, broken families, loss of productivity, crime and death. The destruction from drugs or alcohol spreads through families, businesses and our communities affecting individuals one way or the other.

Learning Life SkillsThe long-term Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program helps those who become addicted to drugs or alcohol get their life back. Our program uses a safe and natural holistic approach. It starts with a drug-free withdrawal that helps individuals to get off drugs as painlessly as possible using nutritional supplements. The next step involves using a drug detoxification method to flush out drug residuals that can drive cravings. This is followed by life skills training courses that help individuals recovering from addiction learn how to take control of their life and handle the problems in life that may have driven them to use drugs in the first place. These life skills courses also help them learn how to obtain goals, choose friends more wisely and live a more stable, successful life without drugs. The end result? Approximately seven out of ten graduates report staying drug-free, staying out of trouble and returning to a productive life six months or more after they return home.

If your loved one continues coming up with reasons as to why they can’t get into to a drug rehab program, call a Narconon Fresh Start rehab specialist today at 855-734-2223 to take the first step in helping your loved one their life back.

Learn more about how Narconon Fresh Start can help save you or a loved one’s life.

Changing an Addict’s Behavior through Life Skills Courses at Narconon Fresh Start

Changing Addiction BehaviorDrug addiction changes the way a person thinks and acts and can even change their morals and values that he or she once lived by. In a video interview, parents talk about how their child’s behavior was during drug use compared to their behavior after going through the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses and graduating the program. Overall, the bottom line is that these parents have noticed that their kids are taking responsibility for their own life, reaching their goals and staying drug-free.

See how the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses has helped these parent’s child transform their lives into more responsible and successful individuals who know how to live a more responsible life without drugs.

Teaching Addict’s how to Live a Successful Life Without Drugs

Video transcript

Brad and Lisa
A drug addict, it becomes all about them. Everything is about them and they stop seeing how they’re actions are affecting everybody else. How his actions were affecting his brother, his mother, his grandmother, his aunt, his uncle, his cousin, everybody. But they don’t see that when they’re just so into the drug that all they seek out is their next fix.

There was no respect for himself. He lost all touch with reality and respect for others and just being conscientious of life.

He was just a different person. I could trust him before. And now the trust level was, he would say, “I’m going to do this or do that” well that just wouldn’t happen. Or he would just sleep all day and couldn’t keep a job.

As a social worker and as a mother who has gone through this, I have to tell you that people don’t change their habits in 30 days. They have to learn new habits. They have to learn. They have to grow up. They have to start maturing and that doesn’t happen in any set period of time. The Narconon Fresh Start program appealed to me because it wasn’t a set time program. It was going to be as long for him as he needed in order for him to finish the program.

The courses that he took at Narconon Fresh Start were excellent. They teach them self esteem, day-to-day living, daily problems, how to say no, what to say yes to, how to deal with problems and how to progress. How to get back on track. How to finish what you start and complete what you start. Morals, self esteem, values, everything that I’m sure every parent has taught their child. It brings them back down to earth. What reality is, what your goals are and how to achieve them.

It taught my son to be more level headed, more caring, more responsible and to this day he’s been going on almost five years now that he’s been sober and it never comes across my mind that he’ll ever go back on drugs. He’s just not gonna do it.

I would be shocked today if Ed even thought about using drugs. They taught him wonderful skills. He now owns his own business and I know he uses those skills for successful business.

Brad and Lisa
It’s not just as simple as, “say no to drugs.” It’s all these tools that I’m going to walk through life and I’m going to be offered drugs, I’m going to meet people I used to do drugs with. Do I want something different for my life? And they tear that down and they build that up and they reteach them and they rebuild them and they come out of here. My son, he’s ready to face the world with the tools that he has. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

He’s learned life skills, management skills, communication skills, I don’t think I even as his parent would have been able to teach him as well as they’ve taught him. So that is a savings grace that I will just be thankful for my entire lifetime and more because again, it’s just so hard to put into words where we’ve been and where we’ve come and how grateful we are for what they’ve done, the staff there and for the program itself is just phenomenal.

You know Jana couldn’t tell a lie when she was a little girl, I mean not that she wanted to, but she couldn’t. When she was in her addiction, she certainly could. But today, that’s back. You know, honesty, forthrightness, dependability, I presume all of those things were emphasized within that program because they came back. Those kinds of skills that when I was in education, we called success indicators. Success skills – they’re back! They’re there and she practices them daily. Not only with us, but in her work and with her friends. I think this program is very responsible for her coming to that point in her life where she’s got this as a lifestyle.

This is what I tried to teach my children, what my husband and I tried to teach them from the time that they were babies. Is how to live a good life. But a good life includes a moral life, it includes an ethical life and it includes being able to look yourself in the mirror and appreciate the image that looks back at you and be proud of the image that looks back at you. And that’s what Narconon Fresh Start did for my son. It gave him that opportunity.

The life skills that she learned have become second nature because she’s raising children now. It isn’t something that she has to process and think how should I react to this or what life skill do I pull from for this. It’s just natural how she deals with her children and the responsibility that she has for her children.

It gives them the tools to know how to live, to take responsibility for their lives. So they can be successful in their lives. It’s not just about getting sober. It’s about learning how to live without drugs, without alcohol and to live successfully – happily.

He quit smoking. When he comes home, I have to make sure that I have things like sprite int he house or something that doesn’t have any caffeine. You know, it’s just a whole lifestyle change. And it’s all attributed to what they taught him – clean, healthy living. Narconon Fresh Start is just what it says it is. It’s a “fresh start.”

It was just amazing what they did for him. And not only gave him a sense of being, you know, they just gave him so much. He matured so much there. They gave him the tools to deal with certain things in life when he hits certain road blocks, he would know how to handle those things. If somebody offered him something, he would know how to say no or walk away from it. These are the things that the other programs could not teach him. These are the things that made the big difference in his life and in our lives and brought our family closer together. Now he wanted to spend time with us, do things with us, have dinner with us and he’s just more respectful of us. All these things just made a big difference in our family life.

He got out on his own. He got a job, he started paying his phone bill, he started buying his own groceries and he was just independent whereas he wasn’t before – he relied upon us. He wanted to start giving back to others.

It gave my daughter her life back. She engaged in life. She’s become a wonderful parent, a good employee, a great teacher and she’s now making a difference in other people’s lives. Nothing could be better. She got her life back.

Danny’s been drudger since 2006. He is now a happily married man. He’s with his own business. He gets up every morning, happy to be alive, happy to work in his business and he is constantly bragging about how well he is doing. He is always happy. He’s that joking person, laughing all the time and looking forward to another challenge. He wants to open another business.

They take lives that are shattered and they help them see and give them hope as to what they can become. That they don’t have to stay here. There’s hope in their life and they can change it around and they teach them that. And it starts from the very first day they go down there.

Because Narconon Fresh Start taught her the life skills, I see in her face and in her body and in her personality that she’s going to stay drug-free. I have no worries any more. And it’s wonderful. I never thought I would see that in her, but they taught her all the life skills she needed to apply them everyday to her life and it’s so exciting.

Video Interview Participants

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If you or someone you love need help with drug addiction, call 855-734-2223 and get help today.

Keeping Families Together After Drug Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start

Keeping Families Together at Narconon Fresh Start

Drug addiction, more often than not, tears families apart. The addicted person will usually start to act differently and isolate his or her self from the family and begin to cause a lot of pain and heart break among their loved ones from the poor choices that are being made while under the control of drug addiction.

We help individuals understand the hurt and pain that they caused to their family and society through their addiction by getting them to take a look at the past decisions they made. Once they recognize how their actions affected others, they are able to go in and start repairing the damage that was created.

We see families truly being restored everyday here at Narconon Fresh Start even after all of the heartache. Here are what some parents have to say about how Narconon Fresh Start helped their family.

Restoring Families After Drug Addiction

Video transcript of parents who share their testimonial about how the Narconon Fresh Start program helped bring their family back together.

Debra’s Daughter, Jami, Overcame Her Methamphetamine Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2006

“The biggest gift for me is that, for years Jami was kind of disengaged. We didn’t communicate nearly like we had when she was younger. And now she’s back. She spends a lot of time here. She has an avocation. She makes incredible cakes. And she does them all here so whenever she has a cake to make, she’s over here for several hours. It’s just fun. It’s a joy to have her back in my life and to see the person she has become and continues to become. It’s a huge gift for me. I can’t imagine her not in my life.”

– Debra

Faith and Jim’s Son, Michael, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2007

“Narconon Fresh Start saved our entire family. Saved our lives and made us all one big happy family again.”

– Faith

Brenda’s Daughter, Jessica, Overcame Her Meth Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2008

“My family is clean again so to speak. We’re back together again as a unit. Even though we were never arguing or split apart in that way, they helped bring Jessica back into the family bond. And that
had gotten misplaced.”

– Brenda

Lynn’s Son, Nick, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2006

“He was once again loving, wanted to be involved in the family and didn’t want to leave. He was there with us. And we were all ready to have him back again too – the whole family. He was that sweet kind child that we knew before drugs entered his life.”

– Lynn

Lisa’s Son, Brandon, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2007

“We had our family unit back together and Brandon was happy. He talked with us. He would sit and watch TV with us. He would eat dinner with us which had long been gone for so long.”

– Lisa

Pete’s Son, Neil, Overcame His Drug and Alcohol Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2010

“Now he wanted to spend time with us, do things with us, have dinner with us and he’s just more respectful of us. All these things just made a big difference in our family life.”

– Pete

Susan’s Daughter, Jessica, Overcame Her Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2010

“What Narconon Fresh Start has done for our family is given us our family back. Gave us our child back. There’s just no other way to say that.”

– Susan

Ofelia’s Son Overcame His Cocaine Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2006

“Our family looks forward to Holidays now. Christmas, we are all together. Thanksgiving, we spend them all together. We will laugh around the table. We will talk about childhood things.”

– Ofelia

Diana’s Son, Myles, Overcame His Heroin Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start and Has Been Drug-free Since 2010

“We have our family back. And even the interaction between the boys is even better than it was before. And just to have that is just great and I am so thankful for it.”

– Diana

Watch more Narconon Fresh Start testimonial success stories.

Get help with drug addiction today by calling 855-734-2223.