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Program Highlights from Graduates

We asked several of our graduates in a video interview what was one of their main highlights from the program. We pulled specific clips from each interview to compile an ordered sequence of our program steps to give you an idea of what each step of the program is about and what our students get out of each step.

Program Highlights

Video transcript

What was most important for me was the course supervisors. I felt like they were my friends and I felt like they really really cared. They were always there to talk to me if I needed to talk to them. They were always there to guide me through my courses and to help me out. And no matter how busy they were, someone would always make time and that was really huge for me. There were definitely some supervisors here that have impacted my life that I will never forget. -Meghan

My biggest win on the program was the Communications Course. My communication with my family has gone through the roof. I’ve never dealt with them or coped with them any better than I have now. -Tiffany

The part of the program that has impacted me the most was the detoxification program. Before I came to the program, I was coming off methadone and heroin and it really takes a toll on your body. It makes you drop weight, you’re very unhealthy, your vitamin and mineral levels are completely depleted and going into the sauna program made me get all my physical aspects back into myself. I gained several pounds, I actually got a lot of skin tone and color back into my body and my face. I just felt 100% better after I was actually done with the program. -Brian

Part of the course that really impacted me greatly was part of the program were you learn how to learn again. They broke it down in such a simple way that the person who is very difficult with learning something can understand it. Later after I graduated the program, I took a cardiovascular technologist course. I graduated with 100 average. Being able to learn is so important cause how can you go on with your life if you don’t know how to learn something. -Erin

Part of the program that really impacted me most is the Communication and Perception course. I never realized before the places I was going, the people I was seeing, what my environment did to me and what my effects were on my environment. And this really made me snap into the present time and realize that I am a part of my environment and I am what I make of my environment while vice versa. -Mandi

One of the main parts of the program that really had a deep impact on me was book 5, the Ups and Downs In Life course. This is where I actually got to look and deal with some of the people and situations that really had a negative effect on me. And I had to look at myself in depth in the areas that I couldn’t be around or put myself around anymore and the people that I was hanging around with and how they were affecting my life and putting me in those situations. it really had me look at myself and deal with those people and those scenarios so that I can live a happy, successful life. -Jon

I think the part of the program that definitely had the biggest impact on me was the Personal Values and Integrity course, book 6. Having gone through each of the steps of the program before that, leading up to book 6, it really hit home why I was there, why I was in treatment, why I was doing the things that I was doing before and it made me understand how the things that I was doing before to my family, to my friends, to myself put me in a position that I put myself in. It also gave me an idea of how to prevent that from happening in the future. So that was probably the most influential parts of the program for me. -Vincent

Part of the program that helped me so much was the Changing Conditions In Life. I didn’t know what I was doing most of the time. I like organization, I like structure and so putting my life into almost like a business sense, a model, a plan, how to get through it and how to read what’s going on with me and work my way up through it – that worked wonders for me. -Matthew

I think that some of the things that I got from that book, The Way to Happiness, were to flourish and prosper everyday, something that I’ve always tried really hard to do. I’ve always tried to succeed and do well at what I do to prosper. But reading about it again and what that is and how I can incorporate into my life now that I’m sober and going forward, that felt really good. – Carrie

Some of the highlights of my program were all of the relationships that I built while being here with the friends from all over the United States that have all been through the same things that I’ve been through. We could really relate to each other and help each other out even after we graduate because I lost a lot of relationships with my friends who never used. It was really nice to build relationships with people who may have used, but are also getting their life back on track again. – Sarah

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Narconon Fresh Start Drug Withdrawal Success Stories

Drug withdrawal is difficult and painful for many addicts coming off drugs. But Narconon Fresh Start uses a drug-free, natural and holistic drug withdrawal method that helps individuals get off drugs as painlessly and comfortably as possible.

Taking Mind off Withdrawal Symptoms

Taking Mind off Withdrawal Symptoms

During my time in withdrawal I learned how to focus my mind on other things rather than my withdrawal symptoms. I got my appetite back as well as a sleeping pattern. It was great to be on some sort of schedule that way I felt ready to start my program.

– AG

More Narconon Fresh Start Drug Withdrawal Success Stories

Figuring out Steps in Life

It was really good to clear my head and figure out my next steps in life! Everyone that helped me in withdrawal, I appreciate it!

– CB

Learning Values

My time in withdrawal I learned three essential values that I will continue to use. I learned to be aware of my surroundings. I learned to follow instructions. Lastly, I learned the value of being patient. These things will guide me through the rest of my program and help me to accomplish more goals in the future.

– AO

Amazing Withdrawal

My experience from withdrawal was amazing. Everyone made it calm and peaceful. I enjoyed going for walks and going to the beach everyday was amazing! The food was delicious. The staff were wonderful. They all helped me in a different way and I would like to thank everyone for all of their hard work.

– MS

Controlling Anxiety

My withdrawal experience was a very good one. I was able to learn to control my anxiety by the time I was finished. My sleep got a lot better and I was able to get my appetite back. The staff was great with with getting us out on walks and took us for trips to the beach a lot.

– NA

A New Start in Life

Prior to arriving to Narconon Fresh Start, I had been alone and isolating myself from the rest of society for three years. I was doing drugs and like many others, I was stuck without any answers or outlook for my future. Withdrawal was certainly a positive change which is what I needed for a new start in Life. Thank you.

– CM

Why 12-Step Recovery Isn’t Right for Everyone

Drug TreatmentThere are many who praise the benefits of 12-step recovery programs; for those who do not find sobriety through 12-step meetings there are other more effective options available these days.

While Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous has become a staple among those in search of recovery, these 12-step recovery programs do not effectively treat addiction for most of those who attend. Drug courts mandate attendance to meetings, doctors recommend groups to their patients and “recovering” addicts continue to sing the praises of these self-help groups. Since its formation in the 1930’s AA has become deeply engrained among most American’s as the path to sobriety. However, their low success rate of five to ten percent has many in the field of addiction recovery questioning just how effective this form of addiction rehabilitation really is.

For the remaining ninety percent of individuals who do not benefit from AA or NA, their recovery never fully takes place. They are left struggling on their own; those who are lucky find alternative rehab programs to truly handle and treat their recovery needs. The premise behind AA and NA is that if the steps are followed to completion by the recovering individual they will succeed. If they fail, it is the individual who has fallen short, not the 12-step program. This leaves the recovering person feeling insecure and out of control in managing their sobriety.

The greatest gains for many who find success through these types of programs are from the camaraderie they receive during the meetings and from the support of their sponsor. While these meetings foster a supportive environment where the recovering individual is surrounded by likeminded individuals, it is really more of a “brotherhood” than a treatment program. For some, the structure and supportive environment during meetings and time with their sponsor is what they need to end their addition. Unfortunately, the majority of addicted individuals are unable to stop using simply by being around likeminded individuals and need actual treatment to handle and address their addiction problem.

The ninety percent who do not achieve lasting sobriety through 12-step meetings will need to pursue other forms of recovery to treat their addiction. By enrolling in a long-term inpatient or residential treatment center they will have the time, safe environment and resources they require to truly put their addiction behind them. These types of programs are highly effective at ending addiction because they assess the individual’s addiction problem, create a workable plan on how to treat their physical and psychological addiction and have measures in place to encourage the recovering individual to remain in treatment. With AA or NA, the individual can come and go as they please choosing to attend meetings or not to. When enrolled in an inpatient or residential treatment program the recovering person resides at the treatment facility around the clock to ensure their continued sobriety and focus on their recovery.

An Alternative Approach

One such long-term residential program with exceptional success rates for ending addiction to drugs and alcohol is Narconon Fresh Start. With treatment centers in Colorado, Texas, Nevada and Southern California they have a variety of locations to choose from to handle you or your loved one’s recovery needs. As an alternative and unique approach to addiction recovery, program participants overcome their addiction issues in a drug-free environment. Entirely holistic, the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program delivers a natural approach to addiction rehabilitation through their drug-free withdrawal process, New Life Detoxification Program and Life Skills Courses. Graduates of the program have no need for drug replacement medications, attending 12-step meetings or continued counseling. They have truly become rehabilitated during their enrollment in the program and come away with a sense of self-control and personal responsibility for their sobriety.

For Those Who Have Been Through Drug Rehab before Without Achieving Lasting Sobriety

The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is unlike any other drug rehab you have experienced!

Having been through drug rehab programs before, you probably feel like you know what to expect. The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is unlike any other form of drug or alcohol addiction recovery you have ever experienced. At Narconon Fresh Start we know that addiction to drugs or alcohol is not a disease or an illness you must learn to cope with for the rest of your life. When you complete this particular drug rehab program you will truly be recovered from your addiction; you will have your life back! A life that doesn’t mean fearing relapse, a lifelong commitment to attending meetings or taking drug substitution medications to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Graduates of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation program have taken back control over their lives. They are responsible for their actions and live by a moral code that encourages them to live a healthy and ethical lifestyle.

The rehabilitation method used at Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers is not twelve-step based. Clients are never told that they are powerless over their addiction and that they will be life long addicts living in remission. Program participants are thought of as students learning valuable life skills, not “addicts” or “alcoholics”.  This drug rehab program treats drug addiction and alcoholism for what it truly is; a physical and mental problem that has to be overcome with underlying issues that need to be resolved. The recovery process used by Narconon Fresh Start treatment centers builds you up to make you stronger; it shows you that you are powerful over your addiction, not powerless.

Other drug rehab programs often fall short of being able to fully rehabilitate their clients. While some of the initial work is conducted at their treatment center, they move their clients on to finish much of the harder and more emotionally taxing work to complete on their own or in outpatient therapy. At Narconon Fresh Start, program participants complete every aspect of their recovery during the time they are enrolled in the program. The program lasts three to four months on average for most clients, but individuals who need more time to process and integrate the life skills courses are never hurried through their course work. They progress at their own speed and are able to achieve lasting sobriety in a timeframe that is suitable for them. If you have been through other rehab programs and have not found lasting sobriety, it is time to experience the difference of Narconon Fresh Start.


Handling Stress and Emotions

After recovery, it is critical that you use the skills you have learned at Narconon Fresh Start to handle stress and emotions.

Learning to handle stress and control your emotions is a large part of maintaining sobriety. Before recovery, an addict would turn to their drug of choice to cope with stress or numb themselves from unwanted emotions. Now that they are sober, they have to use the life skills and tools they have learned in treatment to help them manage their stress, decompress and work through their emotions. Graduates of Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs learn these essential life skills and techniques during their time in treatment.

It takes time and effort to learn and develop the new skills and techniques necessary to handle stress and manage one’s emotions. Habitually abusing drugs or alcohol is a habit that wears on the user and becomes second nature when they feel stressed or overwhelmed. To break this habit, the recovering person must repeatedly use the new skills they have developed to handle personal stress and confront their emotions. Only by repetition will these new ways of handling stress and emotions become second nature to them and thoughts of using drugs or alcohol no longer feel like the solution to their problem.

Because the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is a long-term residential treatment method, program participants have the time they need to break their engrained habit to use and develop new, healthy more effective ways to handle stress. During their time enrolled at Narconon Fresh Start, clients become students learning life skills that will help them end their addiction and become the person they were always meant to be before drugs or alcohol took center stage. While at Narconon Fresh Start, students learn the ability to confront, control and communicate with people and the world around them; critical skills to achieving success in life. They also learn how to take personal responsibility for themselves and their actions; this puts the control back in their hands so that they no longer look at themselves as a “victim” of their situation. The majority of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program is dedicated to increasing the individual’s ability to function successfully in life. They learn to make correct decisions, work towards productive goals and how to maintain positive relationships while avoiding destructive ones. When these skills are fully developed, the person no longer needs to hide behind drug or alcohol use because they have all the skills they need to handle life sober.