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Jamie Thanks Her Mother for Narconon Fresh Start

Jamie thanks her mom for getting her into the Narconon Fresh Start program to help her beat her meth addiction. Jamie has been living a successful, drug-free life since 2006.

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Watch Debra’s testimonial video.

Video Transcript

Jamie: Thanks for never giving up on me. Thanks for being my momma.

Debra: I love you.

Jamie: I love you.

Kiss

Jamie: Thanks. I really appreciate everything that you have done for me and not giving up.

Debra: You did hard work. You came back and I’m grateful forever.

Debra: Everyday that your child is addicted brings them closer to an untimely death and a bigger loss than anybody should ever risk. Narconon Fresh Start saved my daughter’s life and I’m grateful forever.

Learn more about meth abuse.

About Meth…

Meth AbuseWhile meth is not the number one drug of abuse in the U.S., it is one of the most addictive and most destructive ones. Knowing the signs and symptoms of meth abuse is important in the effort to keep your loved one drug-free.

What does meth look like? This drug is often a white or light brown crystalline powder. Meth may also be found in clear chunky crystals that resemble broken pieces of ice or shards of glass; in this form it is known as Ice. It can also be found in liquid form too.

How do people take meth? When meth users take the drug there are a variety of different ways they can ingest it. Meth can be swallowed, snorted, injected or smoked. As a concerned love one, if you are looking for indications of meth use you may come across small bags of white powder or crystals and possibly syringes. Other meth use paraphernalia include crumpled aluminum foil, soda cans with a hole in the side or the shafts of inexpensive ball-point pens that have been used to snort the drug.

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Often, meth users do not sleep for long periods of time. They will use the drug over and over again; it is a form of binging known as a “run”. During this time they may ingest the drug every few hours until they have gone through their supply or have become too incapacitated to keep using.

Physically, meth causes the user to lose their appetite. This in turn causes them to lose a large amount of weight often over a short period of time. As this continues they become sickly looking and often appear emaciated. The meth user may appear unusually active and can seem nervous and anxious. Many users become paranoid of being watched or followed. Repeated meth use may result in irregular heartbeat, rapid heartbeat, mood disturbances, violent, aggressive, paranoid behavior, confusion and insomnia.

Unfortunately, many meth addicts refuse help when it is offered. It may take some time, effort and multiple interventions to get the person into a treatment program. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are able to help even the most severe cases of meth addiction. Their rehab methods drug-free, educationally based and includes a total body purifying program that effectively eliminates future physical drug cravings.  7 out of 10 people who enroll and complete the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program stay sober when they return home, even the most long-term and extreme cases.

The cornerstone to Narconon Fresh Start’s success is their New Life Detoxification program. This program utilizes dry sauna therapy to help the program participant flush out the residual meth toxins left behind in their fatty tissues. This phase combines time in a low-heat sauna, daily exercise and a specific nutritional supplant regimen. Once completed, the client will have improved mental clarity and significantly reduced, if not all-together eliminated their physical cravings for meth.

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A Sense of Peace

The New Life Detoxification Program was incredibly helpful. I know that being in the sauna has not only cleared my mind and body, but allowed me to feel a sense of all around peace. I am ready for the next step in the Fort Collins New Life Center’s drug rehab program. I’ve always struggled with learning new information; so the Learning Improvement Course is going to be a great benefit for me. I can’t wait to complete my program and return back home. I plan on re-enrolling in college and getting the diploma that I was so determined to get before meth became my whole life and I stopped trying at anything else.
L. A.

The Addictive Personality

Have you been told that you or someone you care about has an “addictive personality”? Perhaps a member of your family is struggling with an addiction problem and you’ve heard that it may be caused by their “genetics”. With so many questions about the origin of a person’s addiction problem many people take on a defeatist point of view and choose to do nothing about their dependence issues since it is supposedly “in their genes” or a “disease” that has no cure.

The current definition for the term addictive personality is: “one which is characterized by or susceptible to addiction”. What makes a person “susceptible to addiction”? For a proper understanding of why one individual would be more susceptible to addiction than another we must first realize that all drugs (this includes alcohol!) have one element in common, they are all basically pain killers. All drugs work to kill the physical and emotional pain a person is experiencing, numbing them and becoming a crutch to lean on instead of handling the problem at hand.

A person who becomes addicted to prescription pain medicine was trying to numb their physical pain, a young person who is bored may experiment with drugs to numb their mental and emotional discomfort, someone in a difficult relationship may turn to alcohol or other drugs to relieve their stress and change how they feel. When you look at substance use from this point of view, everyone is “susceptible to addiction”.

Today, false information is another reason why more and more people (young and old) are developing addiction problems. The media would have us believe that just about everything can be “fixed” by taking a pill. Children who are considered too active and unable to focus are given medications to subdue their impulses (whereas previously parents would have ensured their child got enough exercise and waited for them to mature instead of medicating them with toxic chemicals), a person with a headache takes a pill instead of addressing the root cause of their physical discomfort, in a bad mood – take a pill to cheer up, feeling shy – take a drink for a little “social lubricant”. Unfortunately, many people use substances that are prescribed and touted as “safe” to solve their problems believing that they will not suffer any ill side effects (i.e. substance abuse, substance addiction and withdrawal symptoms).

As they continue to rely on these substances their body and mind develops an attachment to them and will cry out if they attempt to stop using. This is known as a drug craving and is a key component of the drug personality. Cravings for drugs or alcohol stem from drug residues, toxins and metabolites accumulated and stored in the person’s fatty tissue. Science has proven that when the individual experiences a time of stress, physical activity, weight loss, etc. these drug toxins are released back into their blood stream triggering physical cravings. This sets in motion the recovering person’s strong desire to use and propels them into a relapse.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs dispel the myth of the “addictive personality”. Through the use of the New Life Detoxification program, clients are able to effectively eliminate their physical cravings by flushing them out. The detox protocol offered successfully removes all types of substances, everything from cocaine, heroin, Xanax, PCP, amphetamines, crank, crystal meth, methamphetamine, ecstasy, alcohol and medicinal drugs such as narcotic painkillers, tranquilizers to sleeping pills.

Narconon Fresh Start’s detoxification and body purification program consists of a protocol of medically supervised exercise, combined with dry sauna therapy and scientifically formulated nutritional supplements targeted to rid the fatty tissues of the stored drug metabolites, eliminating the physical cause of cravings and relapse. Program participants see benefits from the New Life Detoxification Program within just a few days to a week. Clients regain color back in their face, have brighter and clearer eyes, increased energy and are sleeping better at night. Program participants who struggle with emotional stability find their mood swings subside, decreased feelings of depression, lowered anxiety, a general feeling of being more centered and balanced and overall feeling more like themselves as a sober person than they have up unto that point in their recovery. Narconon Fresh Start includes life skills courses that give the recovering individual the ability to face life, with its joys and pain without escaping to drugs or alcohol. When the program is complete, the recovered individual if fully prepared to live a drug-free life.

Drug Detox is Only the First Step

Narconon Fresh Start Drug DetoxificationDrug and alcohol detox is the first step in any comprehensive addition treatment program. No matter what the drug of choice is: alcohol, heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, prescription drugs, a combination of several, etc. stopping use and going through the withdrawal process is necessary. The type of detox (non-medical vs. medical) that will be necessary, most effective, and favorable depends on the client’s drug of addiction. The goal for each style of care is the same – physical and mental stabilization.

Narconon Fresh Start has a New Life Detoxification program that clients go through during their time in treatment. This portion of the program removes the drug residuals from the cells of the body, thereby eliminating the urge for drugs on a physical level. This process takes a several weeks, and it will help eliminate the source of the drug or alcohol cravings, so the program participant can focus on finding and confronting the source of his or her problems during the remainder of the program. Some program participants find that as drug residuals are being flushed out of the body they become triggered by them and can experience severe mood swings. But, as time in the sauna program continues, they will start to feel markedly better and improvements will be very noticeable in skin tone, sleep patterns and overall wellbeing.

All research shows that no matter what type of drug detox method one goes through, it is vital that it is followed up by drug addiction treatment. Enrolling in one of Narconon Fresh Start treatment centers addresses the different effects of addiction on the mind, body and spirit. Program participants are able to move past physical dependence and begin to sift through the psychological reasons for their initial addiction issues while learning effective coping skills for handling similar emotional struggles in the future – without turning to alcohol or drugs of any kind.

Hundreds of program participants graduate from our programs every year, becoming productive members of their families, work force and communities. Our program graduates no longer refer to themselves as addicts, are not obligated to attend meetings and are empowered with the knowledge that they have gained in the Narconon Fresh Start program. They have learned much more than how to refrain from drugs and alcohol, they now have the ability to communicate, to be comfortable with themselves, to control themselves, to be honest, to be responsible for their actions, to choose the right friends and to confront and overcome problems. Our program graduates are not only rehabilitated from substance abuse, they are now equipped with the tools necessary to be successful in the many other facets of their life.