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.
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.
I have gained a lot of knowledge about the things I need to acquire to have a life without the crutch of alcohol. Now that I have read book one and spent time in the sauna I feel confident that I am starting on the right foot with the basics so I can get through the rest of the program and have a great outcome.
Drug and alcohol detox is the first step in any comprehensive addition treatment program. No matter what the drug of choice is: alcohol, heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, prescription drugs, a combination of several, etc. stopping use and going through the withdrawal process is necessary. The type of detox (non-medical vs. medical) that will be necessary, most effective, and favorable depends on the client’s drug of addiction. The goal for each style of care is the same – physical and mental stabilization.
Narconon Fresh Start has a New Life Detoxification program that clients go through during their time in treatment. This portion of the program removes the drug residuals from the cells of the body, thereby eliminating the urge for drugs on a physical level. This process takes a several weeks, and it will help eliminate the source of the drug or alcohol cravings, so the program participant can focus on finding and confronting the source of his or her problems during the remainder of the program. Some program participants find that as drug residuals are being flushed out of the body they become triggered by them and can experience severe mood swings. But, as time in the sauna program continues, they will start to feel markedly better and improvements will be very noticeable in skin tone, sleep patterns and overall wellbeing.
All research shows that no matter what type of drug detox method one goes through, it is vital that it is followed up by drug addiction treatment. Enrolling in one of Narconon Fresh Start treatment centers addresses the different effects of addiction on the mind, body and spirit. Program participants are able to move past physical dependence and begin to sift through the psychological reasons for their initial addiction issues while learning effective coping skills for handling similar emotional struggles in the future – without turning to alcohol or drugs of any kind.
Hundreds of program participants graduate from our programs every year, becoming productive members of their families, work force and communities. Our program graduates no longer refer to themselves as addicts, are not obligated to attend meetings and are empowered with the knowledge that they have gained in the Narconon Fresh Start program. They have learned much more than how to refrain from drugs and alcohol, they now have the ability to communicate, to be comfortable with themselves, to control themselves, to be honest, to be responsible for their actions, to choose the right friends and to confront and overcome problems. Our program graduates are not only rehabilitated from substance abuse, they are now equipped with the tools necessary to be successful in the many other facets of their life.
I realize that using alcohol has severe and harmful effect on my survival. I’ve been to the hospital because of it. I could have killed myself in a vehicle because of it. My survival depends on my staying sober.
Because our treatment programs are long-term inpatient facilities clients have the time they need to dig deep in their psyche and discover the many hidden issues that drove them to abuse substances like alcohol. Having such strong realizations does not happen overnight. It often takes weeks, if not months to come to a powerful and life changing realization like the one above. Now that the client above has taken full responsibility for their actions they can begin to set things right in their past and pave the way for a healthy, sober and ethical future.