It’s New Year’s Eve! This is a time to think back and reflect upon the last 365 days. What changes have you made in your life? What accomplishments have you succeeded in? For individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol it is likely that their answers will not be very positive.
Perhaps you have attempted to stop using on your own and found that your dependence on your substance of choice is much more powerful than you anticipated. Ending addiction to drugs and alcohol often requires help from professionals. While you may be able to stop using for a period of time on your own, maintaining sobriety without understanding: addiction, why you choose to abuse drugs or alcohol, addressing the reasons for your substance use and developing ways of preventing future drug use will result in your return to drug and/or alcohol use to solve your problems.
Maybe you stumbled on difficult times in your life and wound up relapsing? Losing your way on the road of lifelong sobriety doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to regain the footing you once had. For recovered addicts who have relapsed, it means that you know how to achieve being sobriety and must work on ways to maintain it: learning new stress management tools, relapse prevention techniques, being able to identify individuals who will cause harm to your sobriety and developing a plan for your day to day life as well as a long-term plan for your future.
Planning each day as well as what you want to accomplish in the future gives the individual something to focus on. Creating structure in one’s day is valuable to everyone, no matter if they are a recovering addict or someone who is struggling with depression (or any other psychological issues). Planning and scheduling one’s time helps them to know what is expected of them each day and their free time will be filled with enjoyable, healthy activities (reading books, watching movies, spending time with supportive friends and family). Having a plan for the future gives the person achievable goals to work towards and by accomplishing these goals gives the person a sense of success and pride; two very powerful emotions that will motivate them to continue on the road of sobriety instead of returning to a life of substance use.
Narconon Fresh Start and their staff at Fort Collins New Life Center in Colorado, Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas, Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Nevada and Sunshine Summit Lodge in Southern California wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.
I feel really good about my sauna program this time. The New Life Detoxification Program has helped me in the past when I first came to Rainbow Canyon Retreat years ago. I know that the benefits I achieved then have been accomplished them time around and that I am toxin free again. I wish I hadn’t relapsed but…I did and going through the dry sauna program again has helped me back on my road to lasting sobriety. This time around, I took my time and did it right. I didn’t hide any of my reactions during the detox process. I became very in tune with how my body reacts to different things and how my body functions overall. This is a very empowering feeling and I’m so glad I did it.
I’m glad to have had the opportunity once again, to rid my body of drug residuals and metabolites. The New Life Detoxification Program has helped stop the drug cravings, which had been troublesome. I feel like sweated out more toxins than I had in previous sauna. This time I stayed in for longer sessions, drank more water and was sure to take all my vitamins and minerals regularly. I feel ready to move forward to the next step.
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.
Today, physicians across the country are seeing patients who suffer from a combination of drug addiction and mental health problems. Current research shows that as many as 60% of the people struggling with one of these conditions are likely wrestling with both. This is probably due to the fact that having either a mental health problem or a substance abuse problem makes the individual more susceptible to the other. A person who has a family history of mental health issues yet is not currently suffering with one may find that a condition develops if they choose to abuse drugs or alcohol. This is because having a biological or genetic susceptibility to any type of mental health problem, large or small, can be triggered by substance abuse.
This begs the question which came first, the mental health problem or the substance abuse problem? Many people who develop mental health issues while they are abusing drugs or alcohol likely had the mental health issue all along; it was merely brought to the surface because of their substance abuse. Because so many addicted persons are suffering with both substance abuse and mental health issues a new field of research has begun to explore these issues in combination. This field of research and addiction recovery is known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.
Specialized drug rehab centers have been created to handle individuals with co-occurring disorders and have found great success at treating both concurrently. While handling the physical issues (withdrawal and detoxification) brought on by substance abuse is the initial objective, addressing the mental health issues alongside one’s recovery from drug or alcohol addiction has shown to effectively rehabilitate persons with co-occurring disorders.
Finding lasting sobriety is possible for people with dual diagnosis. However, their struggle may be more challenging as they need to maintain stable mental health and avoid a substance relapse. Having supportive family, friends and recovery specialists on hand will make the persons chances of success that much greater.