Ryan was addicted to opiates and methadone. He compares his personal experience between a medical drug detox and the Narconon Fresh Start drug-free withdrawal. He states that he was still being given medication about 15 days after being in the 30 day program and that by the time he was done, he was still going through withdrawal. Ryan completed the Narconon Fresh Start program and has been living a drug-free life since 2009.
Ryan’s Medical Drug Detox Experience Compared to the Drug-free Withdrawal Method at Narconon Fresh Start
Video transcript of Ryan’s medical detox experience compared to his drug-free withdrawal at Narconon Fresh Start.
Before arriving at Narconon Fresh Start, I had been to two other programs. They were both 30 day 12 Step type programs. And I had been using methadone and benzos. There was a med detox involved in that. It was about 15 days or so that I was still being given medication. By the time I was done and hit that 30 day mark, I was pretty much still going through withdrawal. Not feeling good physically, not really mentally. We would go to meetings here and there, but those kinda just got me down. They were a little depressing and it didn’t really, to me, give me like an answer that I was looking for, any kind of skills to be able to handle life appropriately. And so I pretty much relapsed immediately, both times that I went to these inpatient programs. I also did an outpatient program which just didn’t work at all. I used the entire time I was there and eventually was kicked out for using.
While in drug-free withdrawal at Narconon Fresh Start, I didn’t experience the painful withdrawals that I had normally experienced on my own or in other medical detoxes. Through the vitamins and minerals and different exercises that we did while on the drug-free withdrawal program, it helped me get through the process with very minimal amount of pain and agony that I was used to. There’s a lot discomfort and pain involved with coming off of opiates and benzos. I’ve done it many times and this time around it was no where near as painful and excruciating as some of those other times.
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Those who go through medically assisted drug withdrawal to minimize their discomfort but do not receive any further drug addiction rehabilitation perform about the same in terms of their future substance use as those who never attended a drug rehab. Over the last 25 years, studies have shown that completing a drug rehab works to reduce drug intake and crimes committed by drug addicted people. Researchers have also found that drug abusers who have been through a drug rehab are more likely to have jobs.
One significant goal of long-term drug rehab treatment programs like Narconon Fresh Start is to improve their client’s ability to function in society again. A drug rehab will help minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse. Many drug rehab treatment programs incorporate some type of behavior modification into their program. This is beneficial for the recovering drug user because it helps them to replace their old drug using habits with new healthy ones they can use once they have completed treatment.
Physically addictive drugs such as heroin and alcohol are often accompanied by significant amounts of physical pain and discomfort when the recovering individual stops taking them. This is why Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs conducts a pre-medical evaluation and ensures safe around the clock care resulting in our client’s drug free withdrawal being relatively pain free. Severe physical addiction cases require medically supervised detox outside of our facilities to make certain the client’s physical comfort and safety are maintained. When the client has concluded medical detox they then return to the Narconon Fresh Start facility they are scheduled to attend and continue with their drug free withdrawal process at our treatment location. Every program participant who enrolls in the Narconon Fresh Start program is watched and monitored closely by our detox specialists to make certain their drug free withdrawal is as pain-free and comfortable in addition to ensuring that all their emotional needs are taken care of.
“After being addicted to heroin for years the idea of going through a drug free withdrawal was excruciating. The detox staff and counselors at the center aggressed that I needed some time in medical detox to help with my withdrawal symptoms before starting Narconon Fresh Start’s drug free withdrawal. When the time came to enter the Narconon program itself and begin my drug free withdrawal I was still nervous but felt ready to attempt the challenge. Getting through the first few days was the hardest for sure. Thank God that I had their detox crew there to help when times got rough and I was feeling horrible. The therapeutic techniques they used actually made a difference and helped me out during some of my darkest hours. Now that I’m on the other side of my heroin withdrawal I’m so grateful. I can’t wait to start the New Life Detoxification sauna program that I’ve been hearing so much about. A chance to flush out all the drug toxins still left behind in my body is a welcomed opportunity. –D.W.”
Many times an addicted person who truly wants to get off the substances they are dependent on continues to abuse them because they are unable to handle the myriad of withdrawal symptoms that will come in when they stop using. Depending on the substances that are being abused the recovering person’s physical withdrawal symptoms may range from anxiety, lack of appetite, and nausea to extreme body aches and pains. The psychological withdrawal symptoms can also be overwhelming for many going through this process. These may range from psychological fear of coming off the drugs, depression and anxiety to more severe mental health issues such as thoughts of suicide. Just the thought of these physical and emotional symptoms can derail even the most determined individual from stopping their drug or alcohol use.
The Narconon Fresh Start’s network of drug rehab programs use an entirely drug-free approach to drug and alcohol withdrawal. With a variety of treatment locations including Colorado, Texas, Nevada and Southern California clients enrolled at Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs receive the drug-free withdrawal and the most effective addiction rehabilitation treatment no matter where they choose to attend rehab. Using Narconon Fresh Start’s safe, nutrition-based approach to ending drug and alcohol addiction (providing the client is medically cleared for treatment) the program participant is able to fully come off the substances they have been dependent on for so long. In other drug rehab programs when a client is going through withdrawal or experiencing problems related to the drugs they have been addicted to the doctor on staff will prescribe them a substitute medication to help with their withdrawal symptoms. The client eventually becomes dependent on the new medication they have been prescribed and their withdrawal process begins again. Take methadone for example; methadone stops heroin’s withdrawal symptoms yet the withdrawal symptoms from methadone are several times worse than what heroin withdrawal symptoms actually are. Narconon Fresh Start believes that only by actually getting off all drugs* can the program participant begin the rehabilitation process and truly end their addiction. *This does not include essential prescription drugs i.e. blood pressure medication, insulin, etc. drugs that are not permitted include addictive medications such as painkillers.
The highly skilled staff members at all Narconon Fresh Start centers have several tools at their disposal to help clients through the difficult process of drug and alcohol withdrawal. The first tool is helping the client take in proper nutrition. When a person is abusing drugs they usually put eating healthy and getting enough sleep at the bottom of their priority list. Science has shown that many of a recovering addict’s withdrawal symptoms are actually symptoms of vitamin deficiencies. All program participants going through withdrawal is provided with a substantial yet safe dose of high-quality nutritional supplements. Because key vitamins and minerals are depleted because of one’s substance use the nutritional treatment Narconon Fresh Start utilizes works to significantly reduce even the most severe withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, there are several gentle re-orientation exercises Narconon Fresh Start staff use which work to reduce the program participant’s anxiety and increase their objectivity drug withdrawal. To help calm the client’s body and reduce muscle spasms and crams physical assists are also utilized. Going through withdrawal by oneself is usually a painful and emotionally draining process. Narconon Fresh Start’s tight knit group of drug rehab programs has had phenomenal success at helping addicted persons get through drug-free withdrawal with only minimal pain and discomfort creating a much smoother transition into the rest of their rehabilitation program.
Going through the drug or alcohol withdrawal process is a difficult part of recovery. However difficult it is, it is a necessary step on the road to sobriety. Choosing a program that offers a drug-free withdrawal process means not trading one addiction for another. While it may seem like the easiest option to take a pill or liquid to ward off major withdrawal symptoms you are effectively just picking up a new habit. Your body will being to rely on the new medication to feel normal and the withdrawal process will need to take place all over again to get off the drug substitute medication you are now on.
Narconon Fresh Start programs do not use any form of drug replacement therapy or drug substitution treatment to help their clients recover from addiction. While this may not be the quickest or easiest method, it is the most effective. When their clients complete treatment they do not need to take any prescriptions or medications to maintain their sobriety. They are no longer controlled by any substances and have learned the necessary skills and techniques to stay sober on their own accord. Graduates of Narconon Fresh Start centers achieve true addiction rehabilitation and have the highest success rates in the field of addiction recovery.