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Cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug that can cause permanent damage to the heart or even cause a heart attack.

The Cause of Addiction

The cause of one’s addiction problem varies depending on the individual. Over the years there has been a lot of controversy over the root cause of addiction sighting societal problems, lack of willpower, poverty, moral weakness, anti-social personalities, mental illness, genetics and family socialization. Many people believe that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a disease; however, the minimal scientific evidence to support the disease theory of addiction is weak at best.

The substance a person chooses to use is known to be part of the cause of their addiction. While some substances are not considered very physically or emotionally addictive, others are exceptionally addictive. This is due to the pharmacology of the substance and how it affects the user’s mood when they ingest it. A drug that provides instant gratification is going to become very valuable to the drug user quickly. They know that if they take the substance, (e.g., heroin) they will almost instantly feel better and the problems they are looking to escape from will seemingly go away.

How a person views themselves is also one of the causes of addiction. Research has shown that individuals with low self-esteem or who feel bad about themselves have a higher rate of addiction than a person who thinks well of themselves. A person with low self-esteem will use drugs or alcohol to enhance or create pleasure in their lives or to decrease the emotional turmoil they live with. The ratio of how good an individual feels about themselves directly correlates with how likely they are to use or abuse psychoactive substances. When society as a whole is unclear on what is “acceptable” regarding the use of psychoactive substances, has easy access to drugs and chooses to blame one’s drug or alcohol abuse on genetics or a disease instead of a personal choice the rate of addiction rises.

Lastly, the environment one lives in plays a role in the cause of addiction. Today’s biochemical society sends mixed messages about the use of psychoactive drugs. There are some drugs such as tobacco and alcohol that are accepted and then there are other drugs such as heroin and cocaine deemed “hard drugs” that are not socially acceptable. Movies, T.V. shows, music and other forms of media have glamorized the use of many different substances, continuing to blur the line between what is “normal” and what is going too far when it comes to public intoxication. The more people see the lines blurred when it comes to socially acceptable substance use and intoxication the easier it is for them to view drug use as “normal” and choose to experiment with substance use too.

The Addictive Personality

Have you been told that you or someone you care about has an “addictive personality”? Perhaps a member of your family is struggling with an addiction problem and you’ve heard that it may be caused by their “genetics”. With so many questions about the origin of a person’s addiction problem many people take on a defeatist point of view and choose to do nothing about their dependence issues since it is supposedly “in their genes” or a “disease” that has no cure.

The current definition for the term addictive personality is: “one which is characterized by or susceptible to addiction”. What makes a person “susceptible to addiction”? For a proper understanding of why one individual would be more susceptible to addiction than another we must first realize that all drugs (this includes alcohol!) have one element in common, they are all basically pain killers. All drugs work to kill the physical and emotional pain a person is experiencing, numbing them and becoming a crutch to lean on instead of handling the problem at hand.

A person who becomes addicted to prescription pain medicine was trying to numb their physical pain, a young person who is bored may experiment with drugs to numb their mental and emotional discomfort, someone in a difficult relationship may turn to alcohol or other drugs to relieve their stress and change how they feel. When you look at substance use from this point of view, everyone is “susceptible to addiction”.

Today, false information is another reason why more and more people (young and old) are developing addiction problems. The media would have us believe that just about everything can be “fixed” by taking a pill. Children who are considered too active and unable to focus are given medications to subdue their impulses (whereas previously parents would have ensured their child got enough exercise and waited for them to mature instead of medicating them with toxic chemicals), a person with a headache takes a pill instead of addressing the root cause of their physical discomfort, in a bad mood – take a pill to cheer up, feeling shy – take a drink for a little “social lubricant”. Unfortunately, many people use substances that are prescribed and touted as “safe” to solve their problems believing that they will not suffer any ill side effects (i.e. substance abuse, substance addiction and withdrawal symptoms).

As they continue to rely on these substances their body and mind develops an attachment to them and will cry out if they attempt to stop using. This is known as a drug craving and is a key component of the drug personality. Cravings for drugs or alcohol stem from drug residues, toxins and metabolites accumulated and stored in the person’s fatty tissue. Science has proven that when the individual experiences a time of stress, physical activity, weight loss, etc. these drug toxins are released back into their blood stream triggering physical cravings. This sets in motion the recovering person’s strong desire to use and propels them into a relapse.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs dispel the myth of the “addictive personality”. Through the use of the New Life Detoxification program, clients are able to effectively eliminate their physical cravings by flushing them out. The detox protocol offered successfully removes all types of substances, everything from cocaine, heroin, Xanax, PCP, amphetamines, crank, crystal meth, methamphetamine, ecstasy, alcohol and medicinal drugs such as narcotic painkillers, tranquilizers to sleeping pills.

Narconon Fresh Start’s detoxification and body purification program consists of a protocol of medically supervised exercise, combined with dry sauna therapy and scientifically formulated nutritional supplements targeted to rid the fatty tissues of the stored drug metabolites, eliminating the physical cause of cravings and relapse. Program participants see benefits from the New Life Detoxification Program within just a few days to a week. Clients regain color back in their face, have brighter and clearer eyes, increased energy and are sleeping better at night. Program participants who struggle with emotional stability find their mood swings subside, decreased feelings of depression, lowered anxiety, a general feeling of being more centered and balanced and overall feeling more like themselves as a sober person than they have up unto that point in their recovery. Narconon Fresh Start includes life skills courses that give the recovering individual the ability to face life, with its joys and pain without escaping to drugs or alcohol. When the program is complete, the recovered individual if fully prepared to live a drug-free life.

Accomplishing Lasting Sobriety

Drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t have to control your life any longer. It may sound impossible, but you can have a life completely free from substance use of any kind. The new life you create for yourself can be filled with wonderful, healthy highs and a sense of purpose you probably don’t feel at this moment. I can imagine that if you are struggling with an addiction problem right now your sole purpose is to get the drugs you feel you need. After that, the only drive you probably feel is to use them in an attempt to feel the “high” you keep chasing and so desperately want to feel. You may even be struggling with achieving the feeling you are looking for because your drug use has escalated and you tolerance has increased. It may be nearly impossible for you to find pleasure in the little things in life (a shooting star, a beautiful rainbow after the storm, etc.) any longer because they seem so unimportant and meaningless.

I know how you feel; I’ve been there myself. While I have over a decade of sobriety under my belt I still vividly remember the feelings, thoughts and emotions that I struggled with during the darkest days of my addiction to cocaine and a laundry list of other substances. I had become a shell of my former self and was so completely unhappy with my life that I didn’t respect myself physically or emotionally. I put myself in very dangerous situations, sometimes intentionally with no care as to whether I would walk away from the experience. My days were spent sleeping and recovering from the previous night. My nights were filled with chaos and fuelled by constant drug use; everything from marijuana, ecstasy, acid, pills to cocaine (my drug of choice).

When I finally took a long hard look at myself and the life I was living I realized that I was so miserable. I wanted out of it all. I tried several times to stop on my own but… one thing led to another and there I was doing another line like I promised myself I wouldn’t. It was disappointing and made me feel ashamed of my lack of willpower. As a side note, I later learned that it wasn’t a lack of willpower that kept me from staying sober. It was the changes in my brain from continual drug use that sent non-stop messages and urges to use; these messages from my brain told my body that it didn’t feel “normal” unless it had a substance in it.  I also realize now that I hadn’t developed any healthy ways to handle stress or day to day problems that arose. My answer for everything was to get high and escape.

I tried outpatient treatment but only managed to gain some new drug using friends and new techniques on how to get high out of the experience. I was still using and hadn’t accomplished my goal of ending my drug addiction problem. I reached out to my parents and they did some research on the internet. With their help I was put in touch with an amazing counselor at one of the Narconon Fresh Start programs. She was the voice on the other end of the phone that knew what I was going through. She understood my trepidation and made me feel like if put my trust in the program and applied myself I could get off cocaine and everything else. I headed out the next morning with my parents and made the drive over to California.

When I arrived I received a warm welcome and was taken on a brief tour of the facility with my parents. Withdrawal was difficult to say the least, but luckily for me cocaine isn’t physically addictive. I had completed the withdrawal process in a few days and was ready to begin the program. The changes I saw in myself were great but the changes my parents and friends heard in my voice and saw in the pictures I sent were even more amazing. The New Life Detoxification Program was able to help me flush out the remaining drug toxins from my years of substance abuse and put an end to my cravings. The drills and learning exercises I took part in made me come to realize my shortcomings so that when I graduated I wouldn’t be vulnerable to peer-pressure any longer. I found my voice and learned everyday skills that I somehow had never known. Being part of a group and doing things to better the greater good of the group and community gave me a sense of pride and purpose I’d never felt before. The experience changed my life in more ways that just getting off drugs; it helped me become an adult.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are located in various settings, chosen for their scenic beauty and ability to provide people in recovery an ideal sanctuary from the temptations and restimulative environments that they have previously known. The philosophy of all Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers is that drug and alcohol addiction is not a disease and that a person is not powerless over their substance use. Their treatment philosophy is to treat drug and alcohol addiction for what it really is; a physical and mental problem that must be overcome with underlying issues that need to be addressed and resolved. Using holistic treatment methods, clients achieve lasting sobriety without the aid of replacement drugs or prescription medications. If you think about it, using replacement drugs or prescriptions to help a person recover only draws out their recovery process and causes them to be controlled by yet another substance. Instead of that approach to drug rehabilitation, Narconon Fresh Start utilizes their New Life Detoxification Method (a body cleansing and purification process) combined with Cognitive Behavioral Modification (addressing dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and contents through a number of goal-oriented, distinct systematic procedures) to achieve a very high success rate of true rehabilitation.

Narconon Fresh Start programs are designed to address each client’s addiction problem in its entirely. A graduate from any Narconon Fresh Start program has fully recovered from their drug and alcohol addiction and now has the tools and life skills to face the world head on meeting each challenge without turning to substance use as an escape. Their programs have over 45 years of successful graduates who continue to live healthy, happy and drug-free lives after completing treatment, I know because I’m one of them!
– 2001 Narconon Fresh Start Graduate

Physical Cravings for Drugs and/or Alcohol

A person who uses drugs or alcohol day in and day out for an extended period of time almost always develops an addiction to the substance. Their body and mind become conditioned to having the substance present and when it isn’t there their body and mind go into withdrawal. Most people, including drug rehab centers believe that when the individual’s “active withdrawal” symptoms are through (flu like symptoms, anxiety, sleep issues, mood swings, etc.) the person is “detoxed”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. From the moment the individual stops using they will likely have 60 to 90 days of drug or alcohol using thoughts, urges, cravings, dreams and compulsions. The good news is that with time, the person’s mind and body will return to that of a drug-free individual. However, many people in recovery or who have recently completed rehab have a difficult time getting to the 60 or 90 day point without giving into their cravings.

There is a second part to a person’s physical cravings for drugs and/or alcohol that stems from the damage their organs have been through. The damaged organs of the addicted person are unable to breakdown and process the substances effectively and end up depositing the impurities and toxins from the drugs and alcohol into their liver and kidneys. Most people are familiar with the damage alcoholism does to a person’s liver (cirrhosis of the liver) yet, they overlook the fact that the liver and other organs have stopped functioning normally long before cirrhosis sets in. This goes for the damage other drugs cause the user’s liver, kidneys and vital organs. Drugs such as Crystal Meth, Opiates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Crack, Pain Killers, Marijuana, Sedatives, Tranquilizers and Hallucinogens are also toxic and cause liver and kidney damage.

Narconon Fresh Start and their network of drug rehab programs address their client’s physical cravings for drugs and alcohol through the New Life Detoxification Program. This body cleansing and purification program has helped countless recovering addicts as well as rescue workers including firefighters, paramedics, police officers and sanitation workers who were working to save lives on September 11, 2001. The New Life Detoxification Program flushes out drug metabolites (and other harmful toxins) from the participant’s fatty tissue. If left behind, the remaining drug metabolites can cause drug cravings, depression and a host of other physical and emotional stressors when they become dislodged and are released into the person’s blood stream. This process is a cornerstone of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program and is considered to be the key factor in our clients having such a low relapse rate. The Narconon Fresh Start program has a very high success rate of total and lasting rehabilitation. The program has been helping clients get off drugs or alcohol and regain their lives for over 45 years.

“When I started the New Life Detoxification Program my body and my mind was so cluttered from thirty-five years of drug use and exposure to numerous toxins. The whole experience has been something I’ll never forget. I feel so much better; it’s hard to put it into words! I’ve haven’t felt this healthy in a long time. I realize this is just the beginning of the drug-free life I’ve only dreamed of.”
G. A.

“I’m happy to complete the New Life Detoxification Program. It feels like I have a new clean body and mind. I’ve rid my body of all the damaging drugs I have put in it and that leaves me feeling like a new person.”
E. B.

“The sauna part (New Life Detoxification Program) of this program (Narconon Fresh Start) is all it’s supposed to be. I have cleared all the toxins from my body. I thought it was hot in the box; however, I learned to mentally block out the heat and focus on my thoughts. I have also learned to work and function on a schedule. The sauna supervisor was a good friend and did a great job, I had a good time.”
D. R.

Drug Detox is Only the First Step

Narconon Fresh Start Drug DetoxificationDrug 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.