Tag: drug addict

How Loved Ones Can Help

There are many things a loved one can do to help the person in their lives who are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and/or addiction problems. Here are some suggestions:

Don’t enable the behavior. Don’t make it easy for your loved one to keep abusing drugs. Consider how you might be feeding their habit. For example, a mom gives her teenage son money for lunch and the mall. He kept asking for more money more often. Turns out, he was using the cash to buy drugs.

A loved one also might make excuses for a family member who misses work after a night of drug use. “Covering for the behavior allows it to continue longer than it might”. Let life’s natural consequences take their course. The drug or alcohol abusing individual needs to feel the negative effects of their poor choices so that they can fully realize the extent of the situation they are actually in.

Talk to your loved one – and stick to the facts. When approaching your loved one, be as straightforward and objective as possible. It’s certainly easier said than done, but try to keep your emotions out of the conversation.

“Whether they’re almost or full-on addicted, most people live in denial”. So if you tell someone “I think you’re abusing drugs,” they’ll likely just deny it. Instead, let the facts drive your conversation. Say “I noticed your eyes were bloodshot and you showed up late to work.” Using hard facts and real events will drive home the point much better than being wishy-washy about what you think may or may not be going on with them.

Ask others to step in. If your loved one is in denial, gather support.

Employ leverage. If your loved one refuses help — or again is still in denial —employ any leverage you can (within legal limits, of course). Use the 7 Cs of leverage: cash, credit card, checks, car, cell phone, computer and curfew.

When you have little or no leverage, rely on the law. For instance, while it’s incredibly difficult, if your loved one is facing legal charges, “let the law run its course.” Often, these individuals will be put on probation, which includes drug testing. “any period of enforced sobriety is better than no sobriety.”

Acting on your suspicions: If you suspect that your loved one is using drugs, you should voice your suspicions openly — avoiding direct accusations — when he or she is sober or straight and you’re calm.

This may mean waiting until the next day if he comes home drunk, or if they reek of marijuana, etc.. Ask about what’s been going on — in school/work and out — and discuss how to avoid using drugs and alcohol in the future. If you encounter reluctance to talk, enlist the aid of your loved one’s family members, sober friends, school guidance counselor, family physician — they may get a better response. Also explore what could be going on in your loved one’s emotional or social life that might prompt drug use.

Taking the time to discuss the problem openly without turning away is an important first step on the road to recovery. It shows that loved one’s well-being is crucial to you and that you still love them, although you hate what they are doing to themself.

But you should also show your love by being firm and enforcing whatever discipline your family has agreed upon for violating house rules. You should go over ways to regain the family’s trust such as calling in, spending evenings at home, and improving grades.

Even in the face of mounting evidence, parents often have a hard time acknowledging that their child has an alcohol, tobacco, or drug problem. Anger, resentment, guilt, and a sense of failure are all common reactions, but it is important to avoid self-blame. Drug abuse occurs in families of all economic and social backgrounds, in happy and unhappy homes alike. Most important is that the faster you act, the sooner your child can start to become well again.

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.

Life is great!

I’ve had a very successful day and I feel wonderful. When I think about it, I have not felt this great in years; physically, mentally, and spiritually life is great. I’ve only been in treatment here at Fort Collins New Life Center for a month or so now but the changes I’m experiencing are amazing. When I see new people enter the program these days it breaks my heart. I feel for them but know that they have finally come to a safe, secure place that will help them get off drugs just like they did for me. Looking at the new faces here makes me recognize how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time.

I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m doing my very best to apply all the lessons I’m learning in course to not only myself but to the way I view life. While I still have a long way to go, the difference I feel from the first few days to where I am now is astounding. This program is helping me make the changes I need to finally put my addiction in the past and become the sober, happy person I really want to be.
N. D.

Realizing You’re an Addict

Some people are able to use drugs or alcohol recreationally, meaning that they do no experience negative consequences due to their substance use or develop an addiction problem. On the other hand, there are a large number of individuals who find that their substance use has escalated to the point where it causes them problems at work, home, school and in their relationships. What was once a fun or stress relieving activity has now left them feeling helpless, isolated and ashamed.

For the addicted person, it sometimes seems that it’s as if you wake up one morning and suddenly realize you’re an addict. When this realization hits home and you finally grasp what it means to be so dependent on a substance that you have lost nearly everything you previously valued, it can feel overwhelming. If you personally have developed an addiction problem or if someone you care about struggles with addiction it is important that you know there is help available.

Narconon Fresh Start has several drug rehab programs available to help you or the person you care about find a permanent solution to ending addiction. Their drug rehab programs are located in a variety of settings and provide clients with the seclusion and safety they need while they rehabilitate and recover. With centers in Colorado, Texas, Nevada and California there is sure to be a drug rehab treatment location that meets you or your loved one’s specific needs.

Meet Narconon Fresh Start’s Drug Rehab Centers:

Sunshine Summit Lodge was formerly an executive retreat. Its open spaces, beautiful scenery and fresh country air provides program participants with a healthy change of environment. Located in the picturesque hills of Northern San Diego, this drug rehab center is a safe sanctuary to focus on one’s recovery.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat is one of Narconon Fresh Start centers and is located near Caliente, Nevada. This facility rests on 320 acres and was formerly a dude ranch. Made up of several buildings on the property, the main log cabin style house sits on active cattle and horse grazing land giving the center a country ranch feel. With the closest city 160 miles away, this country retreat is the ideal setting to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Fort Collins New Life Center is located just east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This drug rehab facility provides clients with an accommodating, yet secure residential treatment environment to address their addiction problem. With park-like grounds, mountain views and fresh air – the process of recovering from addiction is made much more amiable.

Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley. This drug rehab program is surrounded by lush farmland and provides recovering clients the peace and quiet necessary during their recovery. Situated on 17 lush acres, this drug rehab center is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. Program participants find Lone Star Victory Ranch welcoming and homey with the ability to take walks or jogs around the lovely fountain and pond or go fishing in the little river that borders the property.

When you or your loved one is ready for help, Narconon Fresh Start intake counselors will are here to assist you in locating a drug rehab program ideal for your personal recovery needs. Each of their treatment centers operates under the same rehabilitation philosophy and treatment methods ensuring that no matter which program you attend you will receive the best quality care available.

What sets Narconon Fresh Start programs apart from other treatment centers is their rehabilitation philosophy. It is not based on the disease model of addiction that dictates a person with an addiction problem will always be an addict with an incurable disease; a disease they cannot ever overcome but only hope to learn to cope with for the rest of their lives. Instead, Narconon Fresh Start uses an education rehabilitation philosophy based on locating, confronting and resolving the root causes of their program participant’s addiction problem and the numerous behaviors associated with it as well.

While clients enter Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs as addicts or alcoholics, they soon become students learning the important educational life skills and tools necessary to become truly rehabilitated. When they graduate from the program they no longer use the labels of addict or alcoholic because they have fully recovered from their addiction problem.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers provide their clients with much more than just helping them get off the addictive substances they are dependent on. These treatment programs teach clients about themselves: why they act and react the way they do, why they choose drug or alcohol use to solve their issues, how to take control over themselves and their environment as well as how to prevent future relapse when they return home. Program graduates learn valuable life skills that benefit them throughout their lives. They strengthen their able to confront difficult or stressful situations without resorting to substance use, they develop effective communication skills, they learn how to stay in the moment instead of sinking back into past thoughts or behaviors and they receive ethics training to help them become a more honorable and moral version of themselves.

Visit www.freshstart.net or call (855) REHAB-CENTER (855-734-2223)
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Living a happy and sober life that I’m proud of

I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the Narconon Fresh Start program. I remember being so scared and afraid of entering the program for fear of what was in store for me. I’d never been in a long-term residential drug rehab program before. Sure, I’d gone to outpatient treatment; but honestly, that was pretty much a joke as far as I was concerned. I was just making my parents happy and doing my best to keep my job at the time. I didn’t take it seriously. Narconon Fresh Start was exactly that, a fresh start for me. I learned things about myself that I never would have realized without their skilled staff. I was able to discover the real issues that made me feel the need to turn to drugs as a way to cope. I not only got off drugs, but actually addressed the personal issues that drove me to want to use.

Their program also included a total body purification process known as the New Life Detoxification Program.  While I hated sweating every day, I did see the benefits almost from the start. I was able to put on weight; much needed as my 5’5 – 95lb appearance was exceptionally gaunt and skeletal. I learned how to eat right, exercise and spent my days in the dry sauna sweating out the drug toxins and metabolites left behind by my years of drug abuse. When this portion of my drug rehab program was complete I had color back in my face, was no longer experiencing drug cravings and was feeling better than I had since I had started abusing drugs.

Thanks to the Narconon Fresh Start program I was able to return home and finish college after my graduation from the rehab program. After graduating from college I found a great job and have been living a successful, productive life. To this day, I still use the life skills training I learned while living at the rehab center. Additionally, I find my communication skills to be extremely beneficial when it comes to my career as a project manager. I count my blessings and will forever be grateful to Narconon Fresh Start for helping me get off drugs and learn to live a happy, sober life that I am proud of.  
M.R.