Tag: Drug Addiction

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It Has Been An Honor to Go Through This Program

Proud of ProgramI’d like to take this opportunity to express gratitude for this program. I’m near the end of this journey. I feel confident in the next phase of my life. I look forward to applying all that I have learned here to whatever it is that I do. Each day, I become stronger and more emotionally stable. It has been an honor to go through this program. I feel fortunate to look back on this experience. Thank you to all the staff and students who have helped me along the way.


I Don’t Get Night Sweats Anymore

I have been sleeping a lot better since starting sauna. I don’t get night sweats anymore either. I feel overall a lot better than I did when I got here a week ago.


Feeling More Alive

The more time I spend sweating in the sauna, the more alive I feel.


Feeling A Lot Healthier

So far in sauna I have started to feel a lot healthier. I’m sleeping good, and my appetite is coming back.


Sleeping Better

Eating Better. No sweats at night and sleeping better.


Feeling More Like My Old Self

I am more aware of my body and surroundings and am overall more happy in general and feeling more like my old self.


Objectives Has Opened Up My Mind and Eyes

Objectives has opened up my mind and eyes to my surroundings. I know it will help me a lot and to be more respectful for when I return back to society. Thank you to all staff and students for this experience.


I Really Learned A Lot About Myself

Course is great. I really learned a lot about myself and the people in my life and how to deal with everything. I’m looking forward to applying everything I learned into my daily life.


I Can Handle Life and Anything that Comes My Way

I’m on the Changing Conditions course and I feel great to know that I can handle life and everything coming my way.


Confident in Pursuing a More Healthy and Conscious Life

Course for me so far has been therapeutic. I have been able to face so many things in my life. I feel very confident in pursuing a more healthy and conscious life.


Getting these Events off My Chest

So far writing about groups is making me see how I impacted some of my friend’s lives. I’m glad I’m getting these events off my chest.


I Feel Good About Myself

I feel good about myself. I realize I’m not a complete loser after all. Yay me!


I’m Just Glad I’m Sober and Happy

I feel inspired today. I am happy that I am still alive and have this opportunity to get my life back. It feels great to be sober and be able to wake up and fall asleep everyday without being sick. I am very happy to have support from my family and the staff members here. Being on Groups in course makes me realize how many relationships I’ve damaged because of my addiction whether it be friends, co workers or bosses, and how much drugs have taken a toll on my life. I’m just glad I’m sober and happy.


I Have Found Course to be of Great Value to Me

I have found course to be of great value to me. It has made me think about people, places and things that I haven’t thought about for quite some time. Course has forced me to confront my long held feelings and memories. It has been positive.


Beneficial Course Work

Throughout the Handles course work and Analyzing Personalities course work, I found it really beneficial. Not only did I disregard how others influenced my decision making in the past, but I disregarded how these anti-social personalities were influencing me to do the wrong thing, such as drinking or drug use.


Feeling Much Better

I’m feeling much better than I was. Eating more and I have gained 10 lbs. I’m 158 now. Sleep is coming back too.


Feels Good to Get Things Off My Chest

When I first started course it was difficult to start writing at first. As this being my 5th day, it has gotten much easier and feels good to get things off my chest. I am taking my time and getting it done slowly.


Is the Holiday Season a Good Time to Get My Loved One Into Rehab?

depressed-holidaysEvery holiday season there are families that face a series of problems that stem from drug abuse; Family problems, strained relationships, financial difficulty and many other heart breaking situations.

Each family’s situation is different, but the pattern of drug addiction remains the same.

Maybe last holiday season, your loved one said he or she was going to quit using and here it is a year later and nothing has changed. In fact, things have probably gotten worse.

The unfortunate truth is that things will probably never change unless your loved one gets some real help. It’s hard for addicts to quit using on their own and even if they were to quit on their own, it might not take long for them to relapse.

Reasons People Relapse

There are reasons why people relapse. The feeling of sickness and painful drug withdrawal symptoms are one of the reasons that addicts continue to use. An addict might try to quit using, but the painful withdrawal symptoms drive him right back to using so he or she can feel better.

Another reason people relapse is because of drug cravings. When drugs are used, drug residuals get stored in the body fat. If a person quits using drugs without getting the drug residuals out of his or her body, the residuals can be released back into the bloodstream and trigger cravings even years later after drug use has ceased.

Apart from drugs and alcohol being addictive, they can also be a lifestyle. Someone who has been using for some time will develop a particular lifestyle around their drug use. And if they quit using, certain things in their environment can trigger urges and make them want to start using again. Addicts have to be taught a new way of life and given the tools necessary to progress through life and stay sober.

Should I Get My Loved One Into Rehab for the Holidays?

You should always get your loved one into a rehab as soon as possible at anytime just because addiction really is a life or death situation. If you asked your loved one if he or she wanted to go to rehab for the holidays, you would get many excuses to not go to rehab. You may even tell yourself the same excuses. But, there are just as good of reasons to get your loved one into rehab for the holidays as there are excuses that your loved one will give you to not go to rehab for the holidays.

Some excuses that you may hear for why your loved one doesn’t want to go to rehab for the holidays:

  • “I was looking forward to the holidays.”
  • “I want to be around my loved ones for the holidays.”
  • “I don’t want to spend our holiday money on myself.”
  • “My kids will miss me.”
  • “I’ll quit for my New Year’s resolution.”
  • “I need to keep working.”
  • “People will wonder where I am.”

Some reasons you can give to help get your loved one into rehab for the holidays.

  • “You can start a new year with a fresh start.”
  • “You can do this as a gift for our family.”
  • “Rehab will help you keep your New Year’s resolution.”
  • “We want you to be around next year for the holidays. We don’t want you to lose your life to drug or alcohol addiction.”

Confronting Your Loved One

Sometimes it’s not easy to confront your loved one about his or her addiction. It can be a touchy subject especially around the holidays. The best thing to do is to call a Narconon Fresh Start counselor and they will assist you on what steps to take in order to ensure your loved one gets the help that is needed.

Your loved one will start to get the help that is needed in order to fully overcome addiction the day he or she arrives to Narconon Fresh Start.

We first help them get off drugs as painlessly as possible using vitamins and minerals. Once their off the drugs, they start a drug detoxification process that helps to get rid of all of the drug residuals in the body that drive drug cravings. And once they have completed the detoxification step of the program, they start a series of life skills courses that teach them how to take control of their life and progress and live a happier life without drugs.


Get your loved one back this holiday season. Don’t wait. Call Narconon Fresh Start today to find out more about our drug rehabilitation program which uses a methodology that has been truly saving lives since 1966.


Should I Wait to Find a Drug Rehab for My Loved One?

Drug Rehabilitation SignIt’s never too late to get your loved one into a drug rehab, but waiting to see if rehab is needed puts your loved one at grave risk.

One of the worst pieces of advice to tell someone who is seeking to help a loved one with drug addiction is, “wait until he hits rock bottom.” Rock bottom could be death.

It’s easy to put off finding a drug rehab for your loved one when he keeps saying, “I’m going to quit”, or, “This is the last time”, because you believe him. Deep down the addict probably does want to quit and may even try, but the drug cravings or withdrawal pains drive him right back to using.

Statistics show that the chances of an addict getting off drugs on his own are very slim. It’s hard for someone who doesn’t struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction to understand that so this is another factor of why someone keeps waiting to get their loved one into a rehab.

Waiting to get your loved one some help could cost him his life, job, relationships and everything else that is dear to him. Drug addiction never gets better. It only gets worse. When a person is in their addiction, they aren’t their self. They will eventually start to give up almost anything and everything to get their next high.

If you suspect that your loved one is using drugs or needs help, the time to act is now. Call a counselor and get some advice on how to go about getting your loved one some help. Narconon Fresh Start offers free consultation services so feel free to call 855-734-2223 and speak to one of our counselors.

The Narconon Fresh Start Program

Learning Life SkillsThe Narconon Fresh Start program uses one of the most successful and effective drug rehabilitation methods in the world and is unlike any other drug rehab program. We help individuals get off drugs naturally, which is different from some other rehab programs who use drug substitutions. And our drug detoxification program is very unique. It actually flushes out drug residues that drive drug cravings. And the final stage of our program takes individuals through a series of life skills courses that teach a person how to take control of their life. They learn how to communicate more effectively, confront problems, choose friends more wisely and make ethical decisions. These life skills courses help bring about changes in their behavior and increase their awareness and abilities so that they can reach their goals and live a stable and successful life without turning to drugs.

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Changing an Addict’s Behavior through Life Skills Courses at Narconon Fresh Start

Changing Addiction BehaviorDrug addiction changes the way a person thinks and acts and can even change their morals and values that he or she once lived by. In a video interview, parents talk about how their child’s behavior was during drug use compared to their behavior after going through the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses and graduating the program. Overall, the bottom line is that these parents have noticed that their kids are taking responsibility for their own life, reaching their goals and staying drug-free.

See how the Narconon Fresh Start life skills courses has helped these parent’s child transform their lives into more responsible and successful individuals who know how to live a more responsible life without drugs.

Teaching Addict’s how to Live a Successful Life Without Drugs

Video transcript

Brad and Lisa
A drug addict, it becomes all about them. Everything is about them and they stop seeing how they’re actions are affecting everybody else. How his actions were affecting his brother, his mother, his grandmother, his aunt, his uncle, his cousin, everybody. But they don’t see that when they’re just so into the drug that all they seek out is their next fix.

There was no respect for himself. He lost all touch with reality and respect for others and just being conscientious of life.

He was just a different person. I could trust him before. And now the trust level was, he would say, “I’m going to do this or do that” well that just wouldn’t happen. Or he would just sleep all day and couldn’t keep a job.

As a social worker and as a mother who has gone through this, I have to tell you that people don’t change their habits in 30 days. They have to learn new habits. They have to learn. They have to grow up. They have to start maturing and that doesn’t happen in any set period of time. The Narconon Fresh Start program appealed to me because it wasn’t a set time program. It was going to be as long for him as he needed in order for him to finish the program.

The courses that he took at Narconon Fresh Start were excellent. They teach them self esteem, day-to-day living, daily problems, how to say no, what to say yes to, how to deal with problems and how to progress. How to get back on track. How to finish what you start and complete what you start. Morals, self esteem, values, everything that I’m sure every parent has taught their child. It brings them back down to earth. What reality is, what your goals are and how to achieve them.

It taught my son to be more level headed, more caring, more responsible and to this day he’s been going on almost five years now that he’s been sober and it never comes across my mind that he’ll ever go back on drugs. He’s just not gonna do it.

I would be shocked today if Ed even thought about using drugs. They taught him wonderful skills. He now owns his own business and I know he uses those skills for successful business.

Brad and Lisa
It’s not just as simple as, “say no to drugs.” It’s all these tools that I’m going to walk through life and I’m going to be offered drugs, I’m going to meet people I used to do drugs with. Do I want something different for my life? And they tear that down and they build that up and they reteach them and they rebuild them and they come out of here. My son, he’s ready to face the world with the tools that he has. And we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

He’s learned life skills, management skills, communication skills, I don’t think I even as his parent would have been able to teach him as well as they’ve taught him. So that is a savings grace that I will just be thankful for my entire lifetime and more because again, it’s just so hard to put into words where we’ve been and where we’ve come and how grateful we are for what they’ve done, the staff there and for the program itself is just phenomenal.

You know Jana couldn’t tell a lie when she was a little girl, I mean not that she wanted to, but she couldn’t. When she was in her addiction, she certainly could. But today, that’s back. You know, honesty, forthrightness, dependability, I presume all of those things were emphasized within that program because they came back. Those kinds of skills that when I was in education, we called success indicators. Success skills – they’re back! They’re there and she practices them daily. Not only with us, but in her work and with her friends. I think this program is very responsible for her coming to that point in her life where she’s got this as a lifestyle.

This is what I tried to teach my children, what my husband and I tried to teach them from the time that they were babies. Is how to live a good life. But a good life includes a moral life, it includes an ethical life and it includes being able to look yourself in the mirror and appreciate the image that looks back at you and be proud of the image that looks back at you. And that’s what Narconon Fresh Start did for my son. It gave him that opportunity.

The life skills that she learned have become second nature because she’s raising children now. It isn’t something that she has to process and think how should I react to this or what life skill do I pull from for this. It’s just natural how she deals with her children and the responsibility that she has for her children.

It gives them the tools to know how to live, to take responsibility for their lives. So they can be successful in their lives. It’s not just about getting sober. It’s about learning how to live without drugs, without alcohol and to live successfully – happily.

He quit smoking. When he comes home, I have to make sure that I have things like sprite int he house or something that doesn’t have any caffeine. You know, it’s just a whole lifestyle change. And it’s all attributed to what they taught him – clean, healthy living. Narconon Fresh Start is just what it says it is. It’s a “fresh start.”

It was just amazing what they did for him. And not only gave him a sense of being, you know, they just gave him so much. He matured so much there. They gave him the tools to deal with certain things in life when he hits certain road blocks, he would know how to handle those things. If somebody offered him something, he would know how to say no or walk away from it. These are the things that the other programs could not teach him. These are the things that made the big difference in his life and in our lives and brought our family closer together. Now he wanted to spend time with us, do things with us, have dinner with us and he’s just more respectful of us. All these things just made a big difference in our family life.

He got out on his own. He got a job, he started paying his phone bill, he started buying his own groceries and he was just independent whereas he wasn’t before – he relied upon us. He wanted to start giving back to others.

It gave my daughter her life back. She engaged in life. She’s become a wonderful parent, a good employee, a great teacher and she’s now making a difference in other people’s lives. Nothing could be better. She got her life back.

Danny’s been drudger since 2006. He is now a happily married man. He’s with his own business. He gets up every morning, happy to be alive, happy to work in his business and he is constantly bragging about how well he is doing. He is always happy. He’s that joking person, laughing all the time and looking forward to another challenge. He wants to open another business.

They take lives that are shattered and they help them see and give them hope as to what they can become. That they don’t have to stay here. There’s hope in their life and they can change it around and they teach them that. And it starts from the very first day they go down there.

Because Narconon Fresh Start taught her the life skills, I see in her face and in her body and in her personality that she’s going to stay drug-free. I have no worries any more. And it’s wonderful. I never thought I would see that in her, but they taught her all the life skills she needed to apply them everyday to her life and it’s so exciting.

Video Interview Participants

Learn more about the Narconon Life Skills courses.

If you or someone you love need help with drug addiction, call 855-734-2223 and get help today.

How do I Find the Right Drug Rehab?

Important things to consider when finding the right drug rehab.

How do I find the right drug rehab? When you are ready to stop your drug or alcohol abuse finding the right drug rehab program is the first step in the process. While the idea of ending your addiction is motivating, without the right help and support from an effective and highly successful drug rehab program you may find yourself spinning your wheels. The process of researching and finding the right program to help you overcome your drug addiction or alcoholism problem can feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack.

Finding Drug RehabTo help you narrow your search, let’s go over a few questions. How severe is your addiction problem? For individuals with long-term histories of alcoholism or drug addiction a long-term inpatient or residential program will be your best choice. Remaining in a program for an adequate length of time is going to get you the results you are looking for. Research shows that 90 days in treatment is considered the gold standard when recovering from long-term drug and alcohol addiction.

Do you have any special needs or requirements to ensure your comfort and safety during your recovery? This is an important point for those who have health issues in addition to their addiction problem. Additionally, individuals who struggle with mental illness in combination with their addiction problem will need to address this issue concurrently during their recovery process. Be sure to inquire if the programs you are looking into address mental illness if this is a concern for you personally.

If you are looking at programs close to home find out if you are able to take a tour of the facility. This may help to put you at ease when making a decision about which program will provide the right resources and accommodations to meet your needs. If you’re unable to see the program before enrolling, ask if they can send you any brochures or electronic literature to help you to visualize their facility and the property where the program is located.

Last of all consider how much you are able to invest in a drug rehab program. If you have insurance it is important to contact them to find out what your coverage is for addiction treatment and ask for a list of referrals. While insurance may not cover the entire cost of drug rehab, they may be able to pay part or a significant portion of the enrollment costs. This is a crucial point that many people do not even consider when looking into their drug rehab options; but one that can significantly narrow down your search for a program.

While each program ranges in price based on their services offered, length of stay and location look for the best value for your dollar. As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Choosing to attend a lower cost rehab might mean cutting corners on your sobriety. A program that provides all the rehabilitation services you are looking for and the amenities you like is going to be worth spending the extra money on. In the end, this is one of the most important investments you will ever make in yourself.