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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.

Why 12-Step Recovery Isn’t Right for Everyone

Drug TreatmentThere 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.

An Alternative Approach

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.

Short Term Drug Rehab vs. Long Term Drug Rehab

Short term drug rehab programs typically run 28 to 30 day. The majority of recovering individuals find that the real benefit of going to a short term drug rehab is getting away from the drugs they are dependent on for a month or so. These types of programs are usually designed to adhere to health insurance policies parameters but fall short of helping the addicted individual find lasting sobriety. A short term drug rehab would be an ideal choice for an individual who has not developed a full-fledged drug or alcohol addiction, more of a substance abuse problem. The short term length of the rehab program gives them the break from the drugs they have been abusing and helps guide them back onto the right path. However, for most addicted individuals a short term drug rehab program is simply not enough time to make the difficult changes necessary in their thoughts and actions.

Long term drug rehab programs come in numerous forms including 12-step programs, simultaneous diagnosis of secondary mental conditions to residential treatment centers. This type of treatment can run anywhere from a few months to a year and a half for some of the more intensive and long-term residential therapeutic communities. These types of drug rehab programs are more intensive than short-term programs because the recovering individuals focus on their rehabilitation from addiction around the clock for an extended period of time. Long-term drug rehabs statistically have much higher success rates than short term drug rehabs. Research into the field of addiction recovery has shown that 90 days in treatment is when the great majority of clients begin to achieve real and lasting results from the program they are enrolled in. Any shorter than this and statistically the recovering individual’s chances at lasting rehabilitation are substantially decreased.

Narconon Fresh Start is a group of drug rehab programs that are entirely drug-free, long-term, residential treatment facilities. Their program is neither religious, 12-step nor a medical or psychiatric based method of rehabilitation; the Narconon Fresh Start rehabilitation philosophy is based on confronting and locating the specific causes of addiction and the many behaviors associated with it and resolving them. Their drug rehab centers treat addiction for what it really is and provide their clients with an actual solution to ending the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction. The Narconon Fresh Start program provides true rehabilitation that builds the client up and shows them that they are powerful, not powerless over their addiction problem.