Here in the United States alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances. Depending on the time of day, it is not unusual to see a large number of patrons at restaurants consuming beer, wine or hard liquor. That number grows experientially at bars and night clubs in the evening when patrons frequent the establishments solely to get a drink and socialize. Even though drinking alcohol is legal for people 21 and older, it is still a drug and an addictive substance. People drink alcohol for a variety of reasons: to relax, have fun, be part of a group, curiosity, to escape from boredom also to alleviate physical or psychological pain.
While the great majority of alcohol users do not develop a problem with the substance, many unfortunately do. For these alcoholics, treatment to end their alcohol addiction usually requires they attend an alcohol drug rehab program. Ending alcoholism takes a lot more than strong self-control and willpower; it takes changing the way the alcoholic functions in the world around them. Conquering alcoholism is something that Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs is able to achieve and has been doing so for over 45 years.
Their long-term residential programs address the client’s issues with alcohol while also uncovering and resolving the underlying problems that drove the person to drink in the first place. While attending one of Narconon Fresh Start’s alcohol rehabilitation locations the program participant will:
- fully withdraw from alcohol and any other substance they are dependent on
- go through a total body purification process like none they have ever experienced before effectively ridding them of future physical cravings for alcohol or other drugs
- learn to live life as a sober individual
- learn key life skills necessary to maintain their sobriety
- create a battle plan for their future
When the program participant completes their treatment at Narconon Fresh Start they no longer consider themselves an “alcoholic” or an “addict” because they have been fully rehabilitated; with over three quarters of Narconon Fresh Start graduates never returning to a life of alcohol or drug use after completing the program. They now have all the necessary tools and skills to remain sober and face challenges without resorting to drinking or using. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs do not use any drug replacement or drug substitution therapy so graduates complete treatment and do not take any prescription medication to ensure their sobriety. Also, they do not need to attend meetings to maintain the gains they have achieved while in drug rehab. Graduates of the Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehab program are able to seamlessly reintegrate into their families, friendships and communities.
During the New Life Detoxification Program I was able to rid my body of all the toxins left behind by drug use. Additionally, my shot term memory seems to be a little better. I will continue the regular exercises that I started during the sauna detox program.
Today I am feeling like I have been reborn. It is a wonderful feeling and I would like to thank the staff at Narconon Fresh Start for helping me understand and realize that there is hope for a new tomorrow. I hope others get the same attitude I did after getting through the rough times. I can’t thank you all enough for giving me my new life back.
Drug rehabilitation professionals are concerned about the steady increase in teen alcohol abuse and the many negative health effects associated with it. Adolescence is a time when a young person undergoes many significant changes (body, mind & thoughts); it can feel overwhelming and unfamiliar them. It is also a time when these young adults begin to associate more with friends and acquaintances beyond their childhood contacts. They feel an increased pressure to fit in or go along with the crowd in order to be accepted socially. Exposing the brain to alcohol during this period may interrupt key processes of brain development, possibly leading to mild cognitive impairment as well as further escalation in drinking tendencies.
A scientific study of short-term memory skills between alcohol-dependent and nondependent teens ages 15 and 16 found that the alcohol-dependent youth had greater difficulty remembering words and simple geometric designs after a 10-minute interval. In this and similar studies memory problems were most common among adolescents in treatment who had experienced alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The emergence of withdrawal symptoms generally indicates an established pattern of heavy drinking. Their appearance at a young age underscores the need for early intervention to prevent and treat underage drinking.
Teen alcohol abuse may have long lasting consequences. People who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence at some time in their lives compared with those who have their first drink at age 20 or older. While habitual underage drinking does not imply that the individual will develop alcoholism, it is a strong indicator that they may have some form of substance abuse and addiction as they get older. Other factors that contribute to a person developing alcoholism include environmental factors; especially in alcoholic families where children may start drinking earlier because of easier access to alcohol in the home, family acceptance of drinking and lack of parental monitoring.
Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers can help address teen and underage drinking. Whether the individual attends one of the Narconon Fresh Start program centers or is put in contact with a facility that specialized in teen alcoholism and rehabilitation, the help they receive will greatly benefit them. Without proper treatment, the young adult will sink further into their alcohol addiction and may suffer physical, psychological and emotional problems that will haunt them throughout their life. Choosing to get treatment as soon as the problem has been detected is the best way of preventing long-term issues from developing. Letting the problem escalate typically means the individual will have to work harder to end their addiction and likely suffer additional withdrawal symptoms.
The term alcoholism is synonymous with “alcohol dependence” or “alcohol addiction”. A person who suffers from alcoholism experiences intense cravings for alcohol and continues to drink despite ongoing alcohol related issues. These alcohol related issues might include losing one’s job, getting into trouble with the law, struggling financially, problems with one’s health, etc. The four symptoms of alcoholism include cravings, impaired control, physical dependence and tolerance.
A craving is when an addicted person feels a strong need or compulsion to drink alcohol. Individuals who are addicted to other substances experience cravings for their drug of choice whether it is marijuana, meth, heroin, cocaine, etc. When a person begins to suffer from impaired control over their ability to limit their drinking they are exhibiting one of the symptoms of alcoholism. At a certain point in a person’s abuse of alcohol their body begins to physically rely on the substance to function “normally”. Without it they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety when they do not have access to alcohol. Tolerance, one of the four key symptoms of alcoholism often becomes noticeable to the addicted person early on. They will find that they need to drink more than they did before to achieve the effect they are looking for. When a couple beers used to do the job now a six pack is necessary to feel “relaxed” or “buzzed”.
We understand how difficult alcoholism is for both you and your family. Fort Collins New Life Center drug rehab program in Colorado is able to help you or your love one put an end to a life filled with chaos and alcohol abuse and help you learn to live a life with direction, purpose and integrity. With over 45 years of successful graduates, our program is a leader in the field of alcoholism recovery. You can have your life back and Fort Collins New Life Center will help you get there.