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Alcohol Drug Rehab

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.

Teen Drinking

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.

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.

There’s more to life than living in a haze of alcohol

I have spent the last 4 weeks at Narconon Fresh Start’s Lone Star Victory Ranch and it has brought to my attention that there is much more to life than living in a half-haze due to alcohol. My time here has also taught me that I am not the only person who was affected by the dreaded drug (alcohol). My family went through a very emotional time too, worrying about me (about my health and my mental wellbeing). The people who have helped me get myself together and become a normal functional person have all meant well for me and I will always be indebted to them. Thanks everybody here.
H. C.

Drug Relapse

Why is it that even when an addicted person has stopped using drugs for some period of time they still seem disoriented and separated from their life? They are uncomfortable in their skin, unable to handle everyday emotions, unable to function in day to day life, unable to focus on their future goals, unable to remain in stable relationships or handle responsibility. These issues often lead to frustration for the newly sober individual causing them to feel failure and disappointment within themselves. These negative feels often lead to drug relapse. The person has not developed the interpersonal skills and life skills necessary to solve problems without resorting back to substance use. All drugs are essentially pain killers, numbing the user to the realities of life. Once a person stops using drugs or alcohol the numbness and disorientation their substance use brought into their life doesn’t dissipate, even when the individual has been clean for some time.

This is why phase three of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program works on breaking past the impulsive behaviors common among addicted individuals. Using a unique set of drills (i.e., Objective Exercises or The Advanced Communication and Perception Course), the program participant becomes more in touch with their environment, improves their concentration and exerts control over their environment and themselves. When this phase of the program is complete the program participant is able to accurately perceive what is going on around them and handle the situations in their lives effectively without turning to drugs or alcohol.