With humble beginnings, the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program has grown into one of the most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in the world.
The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program stems from the initial Narconon program first created by Mr. William Benitez in 1966. At the time, Mr. Benitez was an inmate in Arizona and found inspiration to end his own drug addiction through the writings of Mr. Hubbard in his book Scientology: Fundamentals of Thought. While this book was not written specifically about ending drug addiction, it inspired Mr. Benitez through its varying approaches to solving life’s problems. The principle concept in the book that struck Mr. Benitez to utilize this literature as a means to end his addiction problem was that by raising one’s abilities, a person can solve any and all problems.
Mr. Benitez had tried numerous other existing methods to end his addiction problem with no success. Choosing not to give up on himself, he read Mr. Hubbard’s book and drew the necessary concepts and precepts from the literature to finally achieve lasting sobriety. While in the Arizona jail, Mr. Benitez decided to found an addiction rehabilitation program based on the concepts he had used to rehabilitate himself and named it “Narconon” (for “no drugs” or “no narcotics”). Writing to Mr. Hubbard about his personal success ending his addiction to drugs using techniques he learned though Mr. Hubbard’s book, he reached out to ask for help establishing the fundamental concepts and research needed to get the Narconon program up and running. Mr. Hubbard gladly provided all the conceptual information and research needed to support Mr. Benitez’s addiction rehabilitation program.
The first Narconon residential drug rehab center opened in Los Angeles, CA. In 1972 Mr. Benitez legally incorporated the Narconon program as a 501©(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. As the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program grew over the years, Mr. Hubbard continued his research into drug addiction and recovery. The Narconon program utilized Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries into their rehabilitation process, improving the program and the long-term success of their graduates. A few of the most pertinent discoveries added to the program include the use of the dry, adjustable-heat sauna as well as an exercise and nutritional regimen as a way to address the physical and mental effects of the client’s accumulated toxic residuals connected with drug and alcohol abuse.
Today, the Narconon network of drug rehabilitation programs spans the world. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers follow the procedures and standards of performance while delivering the Narconon program according to the standardized manuals published worldwide in the early 1990’s. Narconon Fresh Start has helped thousands of individuals truly end their addiction problems and become successfully rehabilitated.
- Not left with the urge to relapse
The New Life Detoxification Program offered at all Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers (e.g. Sunshine Summit Lodge) addresses the physical aspect of relapse prevention. Clients go through a total body detoxification and purification process that flushes out the remaining drug residuals left behind by their substance abuse. The release of these drug toxins can happen at any point in the person’s recovery process or even years after they have been clean and sober. If not removed, these remaining drug metabolites will cause cravings when they are released into the client’s blood stream.Another part of Sunshine Summit Lodge’s drug rehab program is helping the program participant develop techniques that will aid them in avoiding relapse. Learning how to communicate effectively, how to focus on the present and future and not remain stuck in one’s past, developing the ability to confront the underlying issues that caused them to turn to drugs and provides them with the opportunity to clear their conscience of past transgressions and illicit behavior by taking full responsibility for their actions.
- Able to live day to day without the use of medication
Sunshine Summit Lodge’s drug-free withdrawal, detoxification and rehabilitation procedure utilizes methods developed by Mr. Hubbard and is officially recognized in many countries as the most effective drug addiction treatment available.
- Brought back to life
Within just a few days to a week of doing the New Life Detoxification Program (body cleansing and purification process), the participants have color back in their face, their eyes are brighter, their energy level increases and they are sleeping well at night, waking up the next morning feeling refreshed. The mood swings from anger to depression and general uncomfortability and anxiety levels diminish and many will say they feel more centered and balanced and more themselves again. Many of the participants will say that they have not felt this good, healthy, and alive since some earlier pleasurable time in their life when they were playing sports or other athletic activity.
Sunshine Summit Lodge uses Narconon Fresh Start’s life skills courses to educate their client’s on the communication skills necessary to confront and overcome the day to day problems associated with living drug-free. It gives the program participant the ability to be comfortable and confident within one’s self.
- In control
During the program participants time in the course room they learn specific actions to repair the past and present conditions in their life. They are given the tools with which they can continue to improve their conditions and situations in their future.
- Able to achieve their goals without the use of drugs
Sunshine Summit Lodge drug rehab is completely drug-free and does not use any drugs or medications to help their client’s achieve sobriety. Drug substitution is taking the addicted person off of one or multiple drugs and putting them on to other drugs that control their mood, sleep, anxiety level, energy level, etc. When it is all said and done, the person is still “controlled” by drugs.
For millions of individuals personally caught up in the trap of substance abuse or alcoholism, and the millions of others who are also directly or indirectly affected, Narconon Fresh Start such as Sunshine Summit Lodge drug rehab centers provide a real and workable route back to freedom from drug and alcohol abuse.
Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs begin with a drug-free withdrawal; this is because our programs are entirely drug-free and holistically based. Graduates of our programs do not take any form of drug therapy or drug substitution treatment during their rehabilitation process. Once they complete the Narconon Fresh Start program they are able to stand on their own two feet and meet challenges head on without using any substances to maintain their sobriety. During the program participants drug-free withdrawal they are provided with specific supplementary vitamins and minerals to minimize the physical problems associated with the initial stopping of drug use. Additionally, special and quite unique procedures developed by L. Ron Hubbard, called “assists,” are used to further ease the discomfort of withdrawal.
Additionally, graduates of our programs no longer consider themselves addicts. They have fully recovered from their addiction and do not attend meetings or counseling to maintain their sobriety. During their time at Narconon Fresh Start they will have learned, practiced and mastered all the necessary life skills and relapse prevention techniques.
The program participant then undergoes a total body detoxification regimen known as the New Life Detoxification Program. Our detox program is unique in the drug rehabilitation field and has been created as being the basis to the Narconon Fresh Start programs success rate of lasting sobriety. The detoxification program consists of an intensive sauna and exercise program, carried out in conjunction with carefully administered vitamin and mineral supplementation. Also developed by Mr. Hubbard, the New Life Detoxification program enables the body to rid itself of drug metabolite residues lodged in fatty tissues. This is crucial because the release of such substances back into the bloodstream when a person becomes anxious, excited or physically active, even years later, causes the recovered individual to again feel cravings to take drugs.
A part of the Narconon Fresh Start program addresses the program participants emotional and behavioral issues brought on by their substance abuse. Commonly, heavy drug abusers will lie, steal, and degrade themselves in order to procure additional drugs or simply because the impact of the drugs on them emotionally serves to make them unfeeling and uncaring of others. The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation program addresses this and the fact that, to a greater or lesser degree, the addict resorted to drugs due to an inability to successfully handle situations in their life. That the drugs then became their own reason for further drug use does not change the fact that the detoxified addict still has a need to learn life skills.
For these reason the Narconon Fresh Start program includes a series of courses and practical exercises utilizing technologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard. These provide the program participant with tools and abilities needed to deal successfully with life situations and interact positively and responsibly with loved ones, associates and in the community as a whole.
As the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation program fully addresses the multiple ways in which drugs and/or alcohol impacts the individual – graduates of the program find that they are released from the chains of addiction. No longer trapped with bodies that physically repeat the demand for further drugs, and no longer needing a refuge from aspects of life that seem “too difficult” or “too unfair” to deal with. Narconon Fresh Start graduates become truly free and able to contribute to their communities and to set out to create the life they desire.
As with most things in life, a person progress at their own pace and can only take in so much new information at a time before becoming overwhelmed. While some people have a higher threshold for learning new things, others need more time, personal attention and perhaps even different learning styles to fully comprehend the information they are asked to learn. For these reasons and many more, it is vital that drug rehab programs are not created as a one size fits all.
Narconon Fresh Start understands how different each addicted individual’s recovery process is going to be; this is why their programs do not have a set timeframe for completion. They operate under the idea that true rehabilitation from addiction takes as long as it takes and is not a process that can be rushed. While most program participants complete the Narconon Fresh Start program in 90 days (give or take), there are some who need to remain in treatment longer. Before each program participant is approved to graduate from the program they work closely with their case supervisor to demonstrate that they fully learned all the necessary life skills and are able to apply these new skills to themselves, their life and their future once they complete treatment and return home.
“Other drug rehab programs that I’ve been through always had a set period of time that I was supposed to complete a portion of their program in. If I didn’t, then I fell behind or was quickly rushed through it. Going to Narconon Fresh Start was a change from that way of drug rehab treatment. I was told that I had as long as I needed to fully read, comprehend and practice the new life skills I was going to need when I graduated. I never felt rushed or pressured to hurry up during my program. It took just over 3 months to complete the Sunshine Summit Lodge drug rehab program and I’m glad I took my time. During the final review of the program I was able to draw on all my time studying in the course room and I was able to thoroughly demonstrate my knowledge of the life skills I was taught. With three years of sobriety now, I’m still using those same life skills day in and day out to help me in life and maintain my sobriety.”
“The last drug rehab I was in had me doing most of my recovery on my own. It was a short-term program, and while I was able to withdraw from the drugs there, I didn’t have time to do much more than that. At Narconon Fresh Start I’ve been able to not only go through the withdrawal process, I’ve completed their New Life Detoxification Program and been able to flush all the remaining drug residuals out of my system. That part of the program has left me feeling better than ever and energized to complete the remaining parts of the program. I know that I don’t have to feel hurried to graduate and that my case supervisor is looking out for me and watching over my progress. I’m enjoying the classroom like atmosphere of the course room and find myself enjoying the time I spend learning each day. While the information is not difficult to get through, it can be a challenge to fully comprehend all the new skills and techniques they are teaching. Yet another good reason that this is a self-paced program. This drug rehab is unlike any other I’ve gone to and that is what is making it the best drug rehab program by far! I’m actually learning about addiction, about myself and addressing the issues in my life that lead me to use. No other rehab center has been this in-depth and complete in their recovery methods.”
To truly recover from drug and alcohol addiction the addicted individual has to go beyond just stopping their substance use. It takes major changes in their day to day life, their coping mechanisms, their interpersonal skills and the way they view themselves. Recently, Narconon drug rehab programs were acknowledged for choosing to incorporate both the physical recovery and the cognitive skills education necessary to fully rehabilitate an addicted person.
Since 1966, Narconon programs such as Narconon Fresh Start have been operating based on the need to help the recovering individual develop life skills in addition to ending their physical addiction problem. This concept of working on the addicted person’s cognitive skills during their time in drug rehab is now garnering increasing validation from both national and international health organizations. A recent report noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have released statements acknowledging the necessity to target life skills, e.g. cognitive and social skills during a patient’s time in drug rehab.
The Narconon International website has recently added an area where families can review the importance of life skills in addiction recovery. Narconon Fresh Start incorporates these life skills courses into their programs and understands the importance of educating the recovering individual and their loved ones on constructive ways to handle life’s problems. To achieve lasting sobriety the recovering person needs to repair the damage their addiction has wrought on their lives and the lives of those who care about them. Without repairing one’s past damage, each day will continue to be a struggle.
The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program addresses the client’s physical cravings through their New Life Detoxification Program. But, if they do not go any further in their rehabilitation process the individual is drug-free but has not developed any solutions to prevent them from returning to their former way of coping. Narconon and Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs know that the recovering person must find relief from their guilt and develop the ability to solve problems without turning to drugs or alcohol. This is where the Narconon life skills training and courses play a pivotal role in the individual’s recovery and lasting sobriety.
The Life Skills Courses that Narconon Fresh Start cover range from developing the ability to effectively communicate with those around them to developing one’s own moral compass that will help guide them in creating an honest life for themselves when they graduate from the program. Because Narconon Fresh Start’s drug rehab centers are long-term, residential treatment programs they provide the recovering individual with the necessary time and drug-free environment to truly focus on their recovery.
Each center is located in specifically chosen settings ideal for their tranquility and serenity. Fort Collins New Life Center is located in Colorado and provides clients with park-like grounds, fresh air and mountain views. Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley and surrounded by lush farmland. Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Nevada was once a dude ranch and sits on 320 acres; it is still an active cattle and horse grazing land. Sunshine Summit Lodge in California was a former executive retreat with a rural location that lends itself to self-discovery and a healthy change of pace for the recovering program participant. With treatment centers located in a variety of different settings Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs will help you or your loved one put an end to addiction once and for all.