Tag: alcoholic

A Sunshine Summit Lodge graduate is someone who is…

  • Not left with the urge to relapse
    The New Life Detoxification Program offered at all Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers (e.g. Sunshine Summit Lodge) addresses the physical aspect of relapse prevention. Clients go through a total body detoxification and purification process that flushes out the remaining drug residuals left behind by their substance abuse. The release of these drug toxins can happen at any point in the person’s recovery process or even years after they have been clean and sober. If not removed, these remaining drug metabolites will cause cravings when they are released into the client’s blood stream.Another part of Sunshine Summit Lodge’s drug rehab program is helping the program participant develop techniques that will aid them in avoiding relapse. Learning how to communicate effectively, how to focus on the present and future and not remain stuck in one’s past, developing the ability to confront the underlying issues that caused them to turn to drugs and provides them with the opportunity to clear their conscience of past transgressions and illicit behavior by taking full responsibility for their actions.
  • Able to live day to day without the use of medication
    Sunshine Summit Lodge’s drug-free withdrawal, detoxification and rehabilitation procedure utilizes methods developed by Mr. Hubbard and is officially recognized in many countries as the most effective drug addiction treatment available. 
  • Brought back to life
    Within just a few days to a week of doing the New Life Detoxification Program (body cleansing and purification process), the participants have color back in their face, their eyes are brighter, their energy level increases and they are sleeping well at night, waking up the next morning feeling refreshed. The mood swings from anger to depression and general uncomfortability and anxiety levels diminish and many will say they feel more centered and balanced and more themselves again. Many of the participants will say that they have not felt this good, healthy, and alive since some earlier pleasurable time in their life when they were playing sports or other athletic activity.
  • Confident
    Sunshine Summit Lodge uses Narconon Fresh Start’s life skills courses to educate their client’s on the communication skills necessary to confront and overcome the day to day problems associated with living drug-free. It gives the program participant the ability to be comfortable and confident within one’s self.
  • In control
    During the program participants time in the course room they learn specific actions to repair the past and present conditions in their life. They are given the tools with which they can continue to improve their conditions and situations in their future.
  • Able to achieve their goals without the use of drugs
    Sunshine Summit Lodge drug rehab is completely drug-free and does not use any drugs or medications to help their client’s achieve sobriety. Drug substitution is taking the addicted person off of one or multiple drugs and putting them on to other drugs that control their mood, sleep, anxiety level, energy level, etc. When it is all said and done, the person is still “controlled” by drugs.

For millions of individuals personally caught up in the trap of substance abuse or alcoholism, and the millions of others who are also directly or indirectly affected, Narconon Fresh Start such as Sunshine Summit Lodge drug rehab centers provide a real and workable route back to freedom from drug and alcohol abuse.

Becoming an Alcoholic

Becoming an alcoholic is a process that doesn’t happen the very first time the person takes a sip of alcohol. Often, it is a development that happens over a long period of time. The individual initially uses alcohol recreationally, socially to have a good time with those around them. As they enjoy themselves, the way the alcohol makes them feel, they want to recreate that feeling again. Perhaps they are bored, maybe they are feeling stressed or they just want to relax and unwind – they choose to have a drink and it does the trick. They have found a solution to the issue they were having and they now know that when they feel that way they can turn to alcohol to make them feel better.

Overcoming Alcoholism

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Alcohol AbuseThe person will begin to rely on alcohol more and more to solve their problems…in turn creating additional problems in their life caused by their drinking. They may receive DUI’s, have problems in their relationships or family life and/or their career.  As the individual continues to drink their body becomes used to the alcohol. This is called tolerance and is the primary reason why one person feels tipsy after one glass of wine, and for another it takes several more to feel the effects of the alcohol.

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A person who continues to drink and gets drunk regularly will likely suffer from blackouts. A blackout is when you do not remember part or all of the time you were intoxicated. The next day you forget what you said the night before or how you got home. This startles the drinker in the beginning, but later on he or she deals with it with a sense of indifference. This is the downward spiral into addiction; the person turns a blind eye to the symptoms of their alcohol abuse and continues to use despite the negative consequences.

Due to the excessive amount of alcohol the person consumes they begin to experience problems brought on by their drinking; these can be physical and social problems. They may lose touch with their non-drinking friends and associates, may experience issues at work or school and will likely have some degree of financial problems. The question “do I drink because I have problems, or do I have problems because I drink?” becomes the question. The answer, it is likely that you drink because you are using an ineffective method (alcohol) to solve your problems.

Entering an alcohol drug rehab program will help to end your problem drinking. Programs such as Narconon Fresh Start are equipped to address the specific issues of alcoholism as well as other substances. Their programs have some of the highest success rates in the field of recovery; A profound amount of their graduates achieve lasting sobriety after completing the program. In addition to their superior success rate, they also provide a written guarantee to the graduates of their programs. This ensures that if for any reason in the six months after completing treatment a graduate experiences any need to return to the center they attended they may do so for an advanced treatment review. For over 45 years their drug rehab programs have been helping people get off the addictive substances they are dependent on and regain the life they imaged they would be living before their addiction took hold of them.

Also read: What you May Not Know About Alcohol Abuse

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True Recovery

What does it look like to truly be recovered from drug addiction or alcoholism? A person who is fully recovered from their addiction doesn’t need to take medication, doesn’t need to attend meetings and doesn’t refer to themselves as an addict any longer. They have conquered their physical addiction problem in addition to addressing the underlying issues that drove them to use in the first place. A person who is fully recovered from their substance dependence is able to stand on their own two feet and face life’s challenges, life’s ups and downs and tests to their sobriety without faltering.

Narconon Fresh Start is a drug rehab program unlike other traditional rehabs. Graduates of their drug rehab centers do not go to meetings for the rest of their life, they do not take any drug replacement therapy and they do not think of themselves as addicts any longer. With an extremely high success rate for lasting sobriety their treatment programs are leaders in the field of helping addicted individuals put their substance use behind them and set out to create the drug-free life for themselves they have always envisioned.

What is an alcohol intervention?

Drug and Alcohol AddictionAn alcohol intervention is a process used to address a loved one’s problems with alcohol. The primary goal is to get the alcoholic or problem drinker to acknowledge their addiction and realize that they need help to stop drinking. A successful intervention is when the addicted person realizes that they have a serious alcohol addiction problem and that their drinking is hurting themselves as well as those who care about them. They come to realize that in order to stop their drinking they need to enroll in an alcohol drug rehab in order to achieve lasting sobriety.

When an alcoholic is deep in their addiction they will often be oblivious to how serious their problems with alcohol really are. They may look at their friends and acquaintances and feel as though their drinking is not problematic or out of control and that they have no reason to put down the bottle. This is why holding an alcohol intervention can be an important part of getting your loved one the help they need. By speaking with them about their self-destructive behavior you are opening up the lines of communication and showing them that their problems with alcohol need to be addressed.

When you are ready to hold the alcohol intervention there are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • the timing
  • your tone
  • ultimatums
  • treatment options

It is vital to hold the intervention when the person is sober. It may be challenging to find just the right moment when your loved one is clear-headed and the other people who are supporting you in the intervention are available; do your best. If the addict is intoxicated there is no point in trying to reason with them and address their addiction issues. They will likely blow you off, not remember the intervention or become confused and hostile; find another time.

How an Intervention can Save Your Loved One’s Life

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When you speak with your loved one about their problems with alcohol you need to be mindful of your tone. Your tone should be non-judgmental, non-critical and empathetic. Think of it this way, no one likes to hear bad things about themselves and the way they have hurt others; it is likely that your loved one will become standoffish and defensive at first. This is normal and should be expected. Keep your cool and do not engage in an argument or become hostile towards them. Talk to them about how you remember the way they were before alcohol became a problem. Let them know how much you miss the “old” them. Tell them that you are there to support them and look forward to the future when they will sober.

Another part of an alcohol intervention is using your positive influence to change your own behavior and that of the addict. Before the intervention think of the ways that you enable them to continue with their self-destructiveness:

  • do you loan them money
  • do you give them a place to stay
  • do you make excuses for them
  • do you drive them to purchase alcohol when they are too intoxicated to do it themself

Set ultimatums that you are willing to hold firm to and let them know that you will no longer help them in that manner. You will need to pick actions that you can truly follow through with, otherwise it is wasted time if the addict knows that you say one thing but are easily persuaded to do what they want. Remember, if your loved one does not stop drinking and get the help that they need you will need to follow through with the ultimatums you have stated.

One last key part of preparing for an alcohol intervention is locating alcohol drug rehab options that are available the very day of the intervention. This helps to ensure that the alcoholic has a place to go if they agree they are ready to stop drinking and get help. Call around and do your research. Ask lots of questions about the treatment programs:

  • how long have they been in business
  • what is their long-term success rate
  • what are their treatment methods
  • are they drug-free or do they use prescription medications during their rehabilitation process
  • what is their treatment philosophy
  • do they carry the appropriate accreditation
  •  can you speak with any graduates or parents of graduates
  • do they have any type of guarantee

Also, be sure to let them know that you are going to be holding an alcohol intervention; they may even have some tips or helpful advice as well to make the process go even smoother.

When the time comes to hold your alcohol intervention, be strong and supportive towards the addict. It is helpful if you have other family and friends to assist you and provide loving examples of how the addict’s drinking is causing problems. Employing loved ones can also help to keep the addict sober before the intervention, help to get them to stay at the intervention (should they want to leave) and get the alcoholic to open up if they begin to shut everyone out.

If your loved one does not choose to stop drinking on the exact day of the alcohol intervention it does not mean that it was unsuccessful. Some addicts need time to think about what their loved ones have communicated to them. It may only take days or weeks before they come around and acknowledge that they need and want help to stop drinking. Those who don’t will still benefit from hearing what those who love them think about their drinking and it will plant the seed in their minds that they may have a drinking problem.

Happy Halloween!

Here’s hoping that you have a happy and safe Halloween = ) While so many people dress up tonight taking on the persona of witches, zombies and ghosts… there are many real life people who feel so disconnected from themselves that they might as well be wearing a costume year around. The individuals I speak of are drug addicts and alcoholics. I know because I used to be one.

When I looked in the mirror years ago during the darkest days of my addiction to cocaine I didn’t even recognize myself any longer; the dark circles under my eyes, the cracked lips and raw and irritated nose were outward signs of my inward problems. I wasted away to 95 pounds, and at 5’5 that’s pretty thin. I was shopping in the juniors section because adult clothes didn’t fit any longer. I’d lost contact with all my non-drug using friends and was feeling so terrible about myself that I was putting myself in very dangerous situations because I just didn’t care anymore.

Now, years later I have over a decade of sobriety behind me and I’m celebrating Halloween with my two boys this evening. I never thought I’d be here; a happy, stable and sober person = ) I credit Narconon Fresh Start with my sobriety. It is because of the time I spent in their drug rehab program that I was able to stop using drugs and develop new ways to handle my stress and anxiety. Their program saved my life and helped me become the person I am today.