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FAQ About Narconon Fresh Start

  • What does the word “Narconon” mean?
    • The word Narconon comes from two Greek words. The first being “Narco” meaning drugs and the second from “Non” meaning no. When combined they make the word Narconon = “Drugs-No!”
  • What is Narconon Fresh Start’s philosophy on addiction?
    • At Narconon Fresh Start we believe that the addicted person can accomplish complete rehabilitation and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction through the application of our Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program.  Unlike 12 step programs, we do not tell our clients that they are powerless over their addiction. Instead, we treat addiction for what it really is; a physical and mental problem that has to be overcome with underlying issues that must be resolved. We have successfully proven this for over 45 with an extremely high percentage of our graduates going on to live a life of sobriety.
  • How did the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program begin?
    • The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program was founded by Mr. William Benitez in the Arizona State Penitentiary back in 1966. At that time, Mr. Benitez was a heroin addict who was struggling to kick the habit using traditional methods. Using the techniques of researcher and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, Mr. Benitez was finally able to break his heroin addiction problem once and for all. He went on to help other inmates get off drugs.  This is the beginning of the Narconon Fresh Start program we now see today. Currently, the Narconon network of drug rehabs have over 50 drug rehabilitation centers around the world.
  • What does it mean to be a “non-traditional” drug rehab?
    • While most other drug rehab centers use a combination of 12 step recovery and group therapy, we do not use either of these typical rehab techniques. Our drug rehab programs are not based on the disease model of addiction which dictates that a person with an addiction problem will always be an addict with an incurable disease. We approach addiction by confronting and locating the specific causes of addiction and the many behaviors associated with it and resolving them. While our clients enter our drug rehab facilities as addicts, they become students learning life skills throughout their program. When they graduate from the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program they are no longer “addicts”, they have fully recovered from their addiction issues. Throughout our program we do not utilize any drug substitution medications or replacement drugs ensuring that our graduating clients are no longer controlled by any substances whatsoever.
  • What makes the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program so exceptional?
    • Our high success rate is a result of the very structured, step-by-step sequence of program components.We approach physical detoxification in a way that no other drug rehab program comes close to. The long-term use of addictive substances causes a buildup of drug toxins and metabolites in the user’s body. If left behind, these drug or alcohol toxins will remain in the recovering person’s body for years to come causing the person cravings to use and inspiring relapse. Using the New Life Detoxification Program, Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabs effectively flush out the remaining drug toxins and metabolites. The detox program consists of program participants taking in specific nutritional supplements proven to aid in the flushing out of drug toxins from their fatty tissue, participating in supervised exercise and time sweating in the dry sauna.

      Program participants are taught life skills during their time Narconon Fresh Start. Because many people mistakenly believe that the common abilities (getting along with others, confronting situations, handling stress) and life skills (communication, learning, discovering social and anti-social personalities, etc.) a person uses everyday are instinctual they never take the time to learn, practice and perfect them. Life skills are an area most addicted persons struggle with and are often found to be deficient in. Just a few of the life skills the recovering individual is taught while at Narconon Fresh Start include effective communication skills, how to confront situations in a drug-free way, how to be accountable for one’s actions and how to change one’s perception of themself.

      In addition to the life skills courses the program participant takes part in a number of therapeutic procedures completely unique to the Narconon Fresh Start program. These one of a kind therapeutic procedures are designed to free the individual from their guilt, remorse and regret of past actions while restoring their self-control that was sacrificed when they become addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Are Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers covered by insurance?
    • While every insurance plan is different, most companies will pay for part (in some cases all) of the Narconon Fresh Start program; provided that the policy is not an HMO plan.
  • Are Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers accredited?
    • Yes, all of our drug rehab facilities are fully licensed by their respective States.
  • Does Narconon Fresh Start use medical physicians?
    • Yes, each program participant sees a licensed medical physician before they begin the Narconon Fresh Start program as well as at several points during their program to address any medical conditions that might exist.
  • How long does it take to complete the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program?
    • Most program participants complete the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program in three months, give or take a few weeks. Because we are a not for profit treatment organization we are able to provide our clients with a time variable approach to their rehabilitation. We understand that recovery takes as long as it takes and that it is not a process that can be rushed. Each program participant progress at their own pace and works closely with their case supervisor on determining their timeline for moving forward in the program.
  • What type of clients does Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabs treat?
    • Our drug rehab program helps individuals from all walks of life, both males and females and younger and older. While we boast a great diversity in our program participant population, age ranges are usually between 18-65 with a ratio of 40% female and 60% male.
  • Where are the different Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabs located?
    • We have drug rehab centers in several different western states.
      -Sunshine Summit Lodge in Southern California: A former executive retreat located near the famous Warner Hot Springs in the beautiful hills of Northern San Diego County, which offers a very accommodating yet therapeutic environment for addressing drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
      -Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Nevada: Located in a valley meadow beneath the beautiful layered colors of Rainbow Canyon, near Caliente, Nevada, offering the perfect distraction free environment for addressing drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
      -Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas: This drug rehab rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley about thirty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounded by lush farmland, this center offers the peace and quiet so conducive to the recovery journey.
      -Fort Collins New Life Center: Located near Colorado State University just east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, offering an accommodating yet secure residential environment for addressing drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Drug-Free Withdrawal: Finally Getting Clean Once and For All

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.