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My Days in the New Life Detoxification Program

Narconon Fresh Start Success StoryDay Five: Sauna allowed me to become much clearer headed. I am also sleeping and eating better, as well as having much more energy…

Day Ten: Today I was very tired at the start of sauna, but I toughed it out and now I’m feeling rejuvenated and great!

Day Fifteen: I am moving on up in the New Life Detoxification Program and feeling great; very used to it. I’m very glad to clear out my body.

Day Twenty-nine: I have attested sauna and the New Life Detoxification Program! I feel brighter, better, and stronger than ever before both physically and mentally. I am excited to continue to grow in this program.
J. R.

Almost every aspect of going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation is difficult. The Narconon Fresh Start New Life Detoxification Program is considered to be one of the most physically challenging experiences for our program participants next to their withdrawal process. Per medical approval, clients participate in the body cleansing and purification protocol of supervised exercise, time sweating in a dry sauna and consumption of scientifically formulated nutritional supplements targeted to rid the fatty tissues of stored drug toxins. This program eliminates the physical cause of drug and alcohol cravings and immensely decreases the client’s chances of relapse in the future.  

End Your Downward Spiral Into Addiction

If you are looking to end your downward spiral into drug addiction or alcoholism but have no idea how to stop using on your own, you are not alone. As a former addict, I know how difficult it can be to want to stop using, yet continually feeling the urge to get high – calling your dealer – and then realizing you messed up again when you had just promised yourself you wouldn’t. For me, it felt like I just couldn’t win. No matter how hard I tried to stop, I couldn’t stay away from my drug of choice. That is, until I went to Narconon Fresh Start.

Their program is unique in many significant ways. 1. They are able to help people addicted to all types of substances: pain medications, narcotics, heroin, meth, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, prescription drugs, etc. 2. Their program is entirely drug-free. This is because helping a person end one addiction just to become dependent on prescription medication(s) leaves them controlled by a substance(s) and not living an entirely drug-free lifestyle.*note 3. They teach valuable life skills that help program participants learn to function without drugs in difficult situations. Learning to confront uncomfortable issues while sober, learning how to effectively communicate with others and learning how to improve their condition in life (e.g. repairing past relationships, regaining one’s status at work, etc.) are just some of the skills I learned while going through the program.

*As a side note, even program participants who have taken psych medications for years find that with proper treatment and the help of medical professionals they are able to discontinue taking the medications because their emotional/mental conditions have cleared up. This is due to the client getting off the addictive substances they have been abusing, learning the intrapersonal and life skills Narconon Fresh Start centers teach and working hard on addressing their underlying problems that drove them to choose substance abuse as a way of solving their issues.

As a graduate of the Narconon Fresh Start program with over a decade of sobriety, I can tell you that their drug rehab program is one of the most effective methods of total rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction. They cover every aspect on a person’s recovery from withdrawal, detoxification, counseling, life skills courses, relapse prevention to creating a battle plan for one’s future. The reason their programs are so comprehensive is because to truly be rehabilitated from an addiction problem the person needs time and a great deal of change within themselves. Just as they didn’t develop their addiction overnight, their recovery is not going to happen overnight.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are long-term, residential treatment centers. Most program participants complete the program in around three months. Another unique aspect of this drug rehab program is that they believe that recovery “takes as long as it takes”, so they do not rush their program participants through to completion before they are truly ready. Knowing that you get to work at your own pace through one of the most challenging and difficult tasks of your life eases the tension of going through the process of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

When a person completes the Narconon Fresh Start program they are able to return home and set into motion the battle plan they (along with the Narconon Fresh Start staff) have developed for their future. They do not take any substation medications, they do not need to attend any meetings and they do not think of themselves as an addict any longer. They now possess all the life skills, relapse prevention techniques, self-esteem and determination necessary to live their life as a clean and sober member of their families and communities.

Drug Relapse

Why is it that even when an addicted person has stopped using drugs for some period of time they still seem disoriented and separated from their life? They are uncomfortable in their skin, unable to handle everyday emotions, unable to function in day to day life, unable to focus on their future goals, unable to remain in stable relationships or handle responsibility. These issues often lead to frustration for the newly sober individual causing them to feel failure and disappointment within themselves. These negative feels often lead to drug relapse. The person has not developed the interpersonal skills and life skills necessary to solve problems without resorting back to substance use. All drugs are essentially pain killers, numbing the user to the realities of life. Once a person stops using drugs or alcohol the numbness and disorientation their substance use brought into their life doesn’t dissipate, even when the individual has been clean for some time.

This is why phase three of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program works on breaking past the impulsive behaviors common among addicted individuals. Using a unique set of drills (i.e., Objective Exercises or The Advanced Communication and Perception Course), the program participant becomes more in touch with their environment, improves their concentration and exerts control over their environment and themselves. When this phase of the program is complete the program participant is able to accurately perceive what is going on around them and handle the situations in their lives effectively without turning to drugs or alcohol.

Relapse is NOT part of Recovery

Unfortunately, many other drug rehab programs assume that a majority of their clients will likely experience a relapse after their time in drug rehab. Many even state that “relapse is part of recovery”. These drug rehab programs teach their clients that they should accept failure because once an addict, always an addict. Sadly, this extremely negative idea of relapse being part of one’s recovery process has been ingrained into most traditional drug rehab programs. Potential program participants of Narconon Fresh Start are often pleased to hear that our programs provide them with a permanent solution and an actual way to break the cycle of drug addiction or alcoholism. The success that Narconon Fresh Start has achieved in providing their clients with true rehabilitation has won our program many accolades from numerous leaders in the field of addiction recovery including: governors, mayors, US congressmen, US senators, state assemblymen, schools, churches, city councils, county board of supervisors, fire departments, sheriff’s departments, police activities leagues, The Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America as well as many others. A huge percentage of our graduates go on to live drug-free, healthy, stable, ethical and productive lives once they complete our program and return to their daily life. Our graduates, whether they have been drug-free for 5, 15, 25 or even 40 years are living proof of how remarkable the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program truly is.

Stages of Relapse

What many people (recovered addicts and those who care about them) do not realize is that relapse is a process, not a solitary event. To prevent relapse you need to understand the stages of a relapse before it happens. A drug or alcohol relapse actually begins weeks or even months before the actual event of relapse to substance use. The person will experience emotional issues, mental distress and unease followed by the actual physical event of relapse.

When a person has stopped using drugs or alcohol and has completed a drug rehab program e.g. Narconon Fresh Start (Fort Collins New Life Center, Lone Star Victory Ranch, Rainbow Canyon Retreat or Sunshine Summit Lodge) they are no longer an addict. This means that they now have all the necessary tools and skills to remain sober no matter what ups or downs life throws their way. While this is all well and good in theory, sometimes a person’s emotions are not as clean cut as that. A graduate who experiences undesired emotions and chooses not to properly handle them is setting themselves up for a possible relapse in the future. Because this is the first stage of relapse it is also the easiest to pull back from. Acknowledging these emotions and addressing them as soon as possible will likely be all that is needed to put them behind you. Common signs of an impending emotional relapse include:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Defensiveness
  • Intolerance
  • Isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Not asking for help
  • Poor eating habits
  • Poor sleep habits

When a person begins to start having mental distress or unease it feels as though there is a war going on in their mind. A part of them wants to use, but part of them doesn’t. During the beginning phase of mental relapse issues the individual is just idly thinking about using. However, in the later phase they are definitely thinking about, probably even coming up with plans on how they can get the drugs and where and how they are going to use them. Signs of mental unease leading to relapse include:

  • Fantasizing about using
  • Glamorizing your past use
  • Hanging out with old using friends
  • Lying
  • Planning your relapse around other people’s schedules
  • Thinking about people, places, and things you used with
  • Thinking about relapsing

As the recovered person begins to think more and more about the act of using it doesn’t take long for their thoughts to become actions. Before they know it they are putting themselves in situations where drugs and alcohol are present, driving to the liquor store or headed over to their dealers. It becomes extremely difficult to stop the process once it has gone this far. Putting effort in at this point is no longer “recovery”; it is strictly attempting to get the person not to use through brute force. Recognizing the early warning signs, understanding the symptoms and taking action before the individual is already out the door on their way to use is the only way to prevent a relapse. Once it has taken place the drug user will need to re-evaluate their recovery and likely need additional time in treatment. At the very least, they will need to speak with a professional about what issues drove them to use. This way the issue does not develop into a pattern and a continual excuse for the substance user to relapse.