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Narconon Fresh Start is a drug rehab program where true recovery takes place.

Drug Rehab Treatment

Happy Guy With GroupDrug rehab treatment is when a person with an alcohol or drug addiction problem receives help getting off the substances they are dependent.  Most drug rehab treatment programs are able to help addicts dependent on a variety of substances including cocaine, crack, alcohol, heroin, marijuana, meth, ecstasy, prescription drugs, and the list goes on and on. When an individual enters rehab, they are attending a program that will help them on the road to recovery. Successful programs go beyond simply helping the individual get off the drugs or alcohol they are dependent on, they also addresses the psychological issues that lead to the individual’s drug addiction.

The very first step of recovery from drug addiction is detoxification; also known as drug detox. It is where the drug user stops using the addictive substances they are dependent on and lets their body adjust to learning to function in a drug-free state. For the recovering addict, detox can range from mild to very intense, and at times can even be life threatening; for this reason drug detox should be monitored by a trained professional.

Depending on the type of drug rehab treatment the individual is enrolled in they will they go on to learn how to live a drug-free lifestyle once detox is complete. There are a lot of different types of drug rehab treatment programs available depending on the individual’s needs. Drug addiction rehabilitation ranges from low levels of participation such as outpatient treatment to more intensive types i.e. residential programs. Outpatient drug rehab treatment is where the individual attends meetings and does not change many areas of their day to day life while receiving drug addiction treatment.

The other end of the spectrum would be residential or inpatient treatment. This form of drug rehab treatment is much more intensive for the recovering drug user. The individual stays at the treatment facility while receiving care and is given support and guidance twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This form of drug addiction rehabilitation is considered to be the most successful drug rehab method currently available. Individuals who participate in long-term drug rehab are typically those with serious health/medical related issues as a result of their drug use and/or they have attended other types of drug rehabilitation with little to no success.

Narconon Fresh Start is a network of drug rehab treatment programs that address all aspects of their client’s recovery. Their program has a high success rate and is considered a leader in the field of drug-free addiction recovery. When their graduates complete treatment they are no longer addicts, they are fully recovered individuals able to live their lives without turning to drugs or alcohol to solve their problems.

45 days clean and sober

Narconon Fresh Start Success StoryTo me, success is 45 days clean and sober. My physical well being has improved, I have increased mental capacity, my blood pressure is normal, I have a healthy weight to height ratio, a regular bowel movement, I’m practicing staying on schedule, I’m tolerating social stress all while maintaining my sobriety.
– N. L.

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.

About Cocaine

Cocaine UseWhile cocaine abuse is not as widespread as it once was in the 70’s and 80’s, the use of this drug is still an issue with drug rehab programs across the United States. Cocaine continues to rank among one of the top drugs clients enrolling in treatment are addicted to. As recently as 2008, cocaine addiction ranked 5th for smoked cocaine (crack) and 8th for powdered cocaine. As more and more research on cocaine addiction takes place, we learn more about where and how cocaine acts in the brain; including how the drug produces its pleasurable effects and why it is so addictive.

Using state of the art technology, scientists are now able to see the dynamic changes that occur in the brain as an individual takes cocaine. They can observe the different brain changes that happen as a person experiences the rush, the high, and finally the craving for this addictive drug. They can also identify parts of the brain that become active when a cocaine addict sees or hears environmental stimuli that trigger the craving for the drug. A goal of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) is to interpret what scientists learn from their cocaine addiction research. The hope is that by doing so they will be able to help the public better understand cocaine abuse and addiction and develop more effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of addiction.

Cocaine AbuseCocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine, white, crystalline powder known as: Coke, Big C, Snow, Flake, C-dust, Yay, Yayo and Blow just to list a few of the more common terms. A few of the more frequent terms used when using and/or possessing cocaine include: Holding, Amped, Line, Rail and Geeked Up. Cocaine is processed from the South American Coca Plant. Street dealers often dilute their cocaine supply to make it go further when selling it on the street. They may add inert substances such as cornstarch, talcum powder or sugar. Or, they may choose to add active drugs like procaine (a chemically-related local anesthetic) or other stimulants like amphetamines.

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Offelia’s Son Overcame His Cocaine Addiction at Narconon Fresh Start

Cocaine, more than any other drug of abuse has direct and immediate access to the brain’s pleasure center. It causes disruption in the delicate chemistry that regulates mood, pleasure and a person’s survival drive. This drug is a potent and dangerous Central Nervous System stimulant. It works by blocking the reabsorption of dopamine in the brain (a chemical messenger that assists in normal functioning of the Central Nervous System and is associated with pleasure and movement).

In its powdered form cocaine is sniffed or mixed with water and injected. Another form of the drug has become popular as well; users are smoking a freebase form of cocaine termed Crack (named for the “crackling” sound produced when the mixture of cocaine and sodium bicarbonate is heated).

Injecting CocaineNo matter what method is used to ingest cocaine: injecting, snorting or smoking – the same risks are involved. While all forms of the drug are highly addictive, it has been speculated that the onset of addiction to cocaine may be much more rapid in the smoked form (Crack). When a person uses cocaine they will experience dilated pupils, increased body temperature, constricted blood vessels, increased heart rate and blood pressure. The effects of cocaine that entice the user to take the drug include the euphoria that comes with using cocaine, reduced fatigue, more sociable and a perception of mental clarity. The negative side effects experienced by cocaine users include restlessness, irritability, and anxiety.

When cocaine abuse develops into an addiction problem it can be difficult to give up using the drug. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs have been helping people recover from their cocaine addiction issues for over 45 years and have a very high success rate of long-term continued sobriety for their graduating clients. The Narconon Fresh Start treatment philosophy is unlike other programs where clients are told they are powerless over their addiction, that they have an incurable disease and that they will be addicts for the rest of their lives. The philosophy that Narconon Fresh Start operates under is based on treating addiction to drugs and/or alcohol for what it truly is; a physical and mental problem that can and will be overcome. Their programs help clients physically recover from their addiction while simultaneously addressing the underlying issues that drove them to abuse drugs or alcohol. The methods that their centers use build up the program participant’s self-worth and makes them feel powerful over their addiction problem, not powerless.

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Narconon Fresh Start LogoAs a drug-free, long-term, residential drug rehab program Narconon Fresh Start centers provide their clients with the most effective rehabilitation technology and offer a written guarantee of success for their graduating clients. Their program uses no form of drug replacement therapy or drug substitution therapy to help their clients get off drugs and remain sober once they complete treatment. The purpose of going to drug rehab is to stop using drugs; to use a replacement medication to aid in the process leaves the addict dependent and controlled by yet another substance. The program is long-term, running on average 3 to 4 months to complete. This length of time allows the recovering individual to fully withdraw and detox, learn the program information, put into practice by using the new skills they have acquired and develop a plan for their future when treatment is complete. With thousands of graduates and decades of successful rehabilitation results, Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers will be able to help even the most severe and long-term cocaine addicts find lasting sobriety.

Drug Rehab Length is a Determining Factor in Long-Term Sobriety

Many mislead addicts believe that if they work hard enough and are truly motivated they should be able to successfully finish drug abuse treatment in just a couple of weeks. For drug rehabilitation to be truly effective research has shown that 90 days in treatment is the minimum length needed to make a lasting recovery. In addition to remaining in drug rehab for an adequate amount of time, it is essential that the recovering individual take into consideration follow-up care and support. In a recent study, clients who were treated for at least a year or more were twice as likely to remain clean.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published their findings on drug treatment program lengths. In it they state that individuals who want to have the best chance at a successful recovery should enter a drug rehab program that is at least 90 days long. They also note that through their research a program’s length is one of the most important indicators of whether or not a drug rehab program will be able to help their client achieve a successful recovery.

In addition to the length of the program, the CDC indicates that there are a few other areas that should be reviewed before choosing a program:

  • The drug rehab program should treat recovery as a long-term process that involves a variety of approaches.
  • The drug and alcohol treatment center needs to take into account any physical or mental health issues that may be occurring in conjunction with the addiction.
  • The drug rehab staff should tailor their drug treatment program to the individual client’s needs.
  • Lastly, the program must reassess treatment procedures on a regular basis to ensure they are productive.

In the end, while stating that 90 days is the minimum for achieving sobriety, there are programs that run much longer (18 months plus) and are able to help their clients make the difficult changes necessary to remain clean and sober. Because addiction changes the way a person’s brain functions there are many recovering addicts who require long-term drug rehab programs to “retrain” their brains and truly handle their addiction issues. The process of recovery is typically long and takes a great deal of effort on the recovering person’s part. Remaining in treatment for an extended length of time not only helps the person get off the addictive substances they are dependent on, it helps them learn to embrace a drug-free lifestyle and practice living day to day life as a sober individual.