- 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.
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.
While getting sober from drug addiction or alcoholism is an important first step, it’s only the beginning of one’s recovery process. Once the individual achieves sobriety, their brain continues to need time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while they were addicted. During the early days of sobriety cravings can be intense; as a newly sober individual you can support your continued sobriety by making a conscious effort to avoid people, places, and situations that trigger the urge to use:
• Avoid bars and clubs, even if you don’t have a problem with alcohol. Drinking lowers inhibitions and impairs judgment, which can easily lead to relapse. Drugs are often readily available and the temptation to use can be overpowering. Also avoid any other environments and situations that you associate with drug use.
• Use caution with prescription drugs. Stay away from prescription drugs with the potential for abuse. Drugs with a high abuse potential include painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety medication.
• Be up front about your history of drug use when seeking medical treatment. If you need a medical or dental procedure done, be up front about your history and find a provider who will work with you in either prescribing alternatives or the absolute minimum medication necessary. You should never feel ashamed or humiliated about previous drug use.
• Make a break from old drug buddies. Don’t make the mistake of hanging out with old friends who are still doing drugs. Surround yourself with people who support your sobriety, not those who tempt you to slip back into old, destructive habits.
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.
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The 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.
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.
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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.
The primary part of a drug rehab program is to help individuals get off the addictive substances they are dependent on. The second, which is just as important, is to teach individuals how to stay drug-free when they return to their day to day life. Knowing how to remain sober and prevent a relapse from taking place is a crucial part of the recovery process. Without it, the newly recovered person is essentially defenseless against their own inner compulsions, cravings and the influence of others around them.
While not everyone who completes treatment will feel compelled to use again, a majority of newly recovered people usually feel a slight internal struggle to continue to make healthy choices the first few months (or even year) after they complete their drug rehab program. This is a very strenuous time for the newly recovered individual. This period of their sobriety is centered on putting into practice all the new life skills and relapse prevention techniques they learned in treatment.
Remaining sober is not a static situation; it is actually an ongoing process with many ups and downs along the way. If a relapse takes place it is likely because the individual’s thoughts, attitude and behavior have reverted back to how they were before treatment. While a relapse can occur at any point in a recovered person’s lifetime, it is more likely to take place earlier in their sobriety. This is because earlier in one’s recovery process the habits and attitudes needed for continued sobriety, skills required to replace substance use, and the ability to identify with positive peers are not firmly set in stone. This leaves the recovering individual vulnerable to relapse. Relapse does not need to be part of one’s recovery process to find lasting sobriety; but if one stumbles during the months or years after treatment they should not be ashamed or embarrassed.
When a person succumbs to relapse it is not something that happens in the blink of an eye; they are not suddenly struck drunk or stoned on drugs. There are numerous warning signs to watch out for before a relapse actually takes place. Drug rehab programs like Narconon Fresh Start include the common relapse warning signs and prevention techniques in the education they teach their clients during their time in treatment.
Narconon Fresh Start programs teach their program participants how to recognize relapse warning signs and what they can do to address them before they develop into larger problems. Generally speaking, there is seldom just one warning sign. Usually a series of warning signs build one on the other to create the perfect storm for an alcohol or drug relapse. It is the cumulative effect that wears the individual down; the final warning sign is simply the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Unfortunately many individuals who relapse think it is the last warning sign that did it. As a result they do not look for the earlier and more subtle warning signs that set the stage for the final disaster.
When it comes to relapse prevention, several situations may lead to relapse; social and peer pressure or anxiety and depression.
A person may experience a relapse because:
- of their desire to test personal control over drug or alcohol use
- they put themselves in “high-risk situations”
- they lack the necessary skills to deal with interpersonal conflict and/or negative emotions
- do not have the skills to deal with social pressure to use substances
- they experience physical or psychological reminders of past drug or alcohol use (e.g., drug paraphernalia, drug-using friends, money)
- they have recurrent thoughts or physical desires to use drugs or alcohol
If you or a loved one is struggling with sobriety, call a Narconon Fresh Start specialist today to find out how we can help you break free from addiction.