Tag: sober

Now I’m really living

I didn’t know what living was until I had completed the Narconon Fresh Start program at Lone Star Victory Ranch. Sure, I’d had 25 years on this earth but I hadn’t really enjoyed or appreciated it. I had spent most of it in a cloud of smoke or high on something; anything to escape from my day to day life. Now, with nearly 6 months of sobriety after graduating I feel like I’m finally living my life. I’m clear headed and using the tech to better my position in life. I’ve got a great job and I’m able to apply myself each day instead of just trying to get by. My paychecks are going to more than just drugs and alcohol and I’m saving for a place of my own. While I don’t have it all figured out, I’ve got a plan for the next few months and an idea of the goals I want to accomplish in the coming year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to prove to my parents and those who love me that I’m gonna make it. Each day is a gift and I no longer take it for granted. Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you and those you love much happiness and personal success = )
T.M.

Saying Goodbye to 2013

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.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat Breaks the Chains of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Rainbow Canyon Retreat, part of the Narconon Fresh Start network of drug rehab programs address all aspects of drug addiction and alcoholism. Their results, along with the other Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are exceptionally higher than other addiction treatment programs. Many of those graduating from Rainbow Canyon Retreat are drug-free two years later; this is in contrast to the 16%-20% of more traditional rehabilitation treatment.

Because drug addiction and alcoholism are more prevalent in today’s society than in the past, drug rehab programs such as Rainbow Canyon Retreat must be effective at helping their clients get off drugs and learn to live a drug-free lifestyle. The grip of addiction knows no boundaries; affecting young and old, male and female, rich and poor. It is not uncommon for drug users to abuse multiple substances at the same time, becoming addicted to a combination of lethal drugs. Families suffer huge losses while the drug addict steals, lies, gets arrested and goes to jail. Many go through rehab, only to relapse after a short time.

An addict faces many hurdles on the road back from the insanity of drug addiction. So many in fact that, most drug addicts become overwhelmed along the way and fall back into using. Cravings, guilt and depression are the primary barriers that a drug addict encounters. These barriers are almost impossible to break free of, and cause him to remain in the enslavement of drug addiction.

One effective alternative method to recovery is the life skills training and moral inventory used by Narconon Fresh Start in all of their drug rehab centers including Rainbow Canyon Retreat. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation and education services provide a specific course of treatment which includes training in communication, a full body detoxification process, counseling in problem identification and solving, as well as counseling in personal values and integrity. Narconon Fresh Start programs assist individuals in accomplishing heightened moral standards and sobriety with an improved quality of life.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat breaks the chains of drug and alcohol addiction. Becoming drug free is only the first step of a long journey; the real task is helping the individual acquire the skills necessary to live life comfortably without drugs. We know the journey to recovery is not complete until the individual has a firm grasp of how to set and accomplish their goals. Rainbow Canyon Retreat drug rehab center provides the life skills necessary to become a contributing member of society again.

Located in a valley meadow beneath the beautiful layered colors of Rainbow Canyon, near Caliente, Nevada this drug rehab program is the ideal distraction free environment for addressing drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Narconon Fresh Start (i.e. Rainbow Canyon Retreat) programs are long-term inpatient drug and alcohol rehab centers for people from all over the United States and the world. Completing the Narconon Fresh Start program can take anywhere from 3-5 months and lasts forever. It is our professional opinion that the time it takes to complete our program is beside the point because each individual is different. We require that our graduates accomplish what it is they set out to do – handle their addiction problem forever!

Help for Drug Addiction

If you think you have a problem with drug addiction, there is a lot of help out there for you. You have already taken the biggest step to recovery–admitting there is a problem. The next step is figuring out how to beat the addiction. The first thing you should do is get your addiction assessed. Every person is different, and every addiction is different. In order to ensure that you attend the right type of program to meet your recovery needs you should speak with an addiction counselor. Locating an addiction counselor can be accomplished by contacting your insurance company, conducting a search on the web, speaking with your primary physician for a referral or even contacting a prospective drug rehab program you are considering attending. When you speak with the counselor it is imperative that you are forthcoming with the details of your drug use. You will have to describe any and all effects the addiction has had on your life and the lives of others. This can be a very intimate and revealing process, but it is essential to making your way to recovery. This helps the counselor to make an accurate judgment as to what level and duration of care is necessary to help you end you cycle of addiction.

Narconon Fresh Start Can Help

We here at Narconon Fresh Start understand what a difficult situation you going through. We know that you have tried and attempted solutions within the family to end the addiction, we know you have been through a lot and have different feelings about what to do and how to go about doing it. As one of the most successful drug rehab programs in the country we will help you change this movie that has been playing for too long now and transform it to a better movie for you and your family that does not have the addiction cast into it. Many of us have been through and overcome addiction ourselves. We want you to know, while every person and family is different, there is one thing you all have in common – you can have your life back and we will help you get there. Contact us today to speak with our addiction counselors and see how our program will help you achieve sobriety.

Our programs are considered the most effective form of addiction rehabilitation, with a high number of our graduates remaining sober after their graduation. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are residential, long-term, drug-free, holistically based rehabilitation programs able to address all forms of substance abuse and addiction. Clients enter our centers addicted to all different substances including alcohol, meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, over the counter medication, synthetic drugs (spice, bath salts, etc.) and are able to fully recover from their addiction and go on to live the life they imagined for themselves before their addiction took hold.

Using Caution to Maintain Sobriety

While getting sober from drug addiction or alcoholism is an important first step, it’s only the beginning of one’s recovery process. Once the individual achieves sobriety, their brain continues to need time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while they were addicted. During the early days of sobriety cravings can be intense; as a newly sober individual you can support your continued sobriety by making a conscious effort to avoid people, places, and situations that trigger the urge to use:

• Avoid bars and clubs, even if you don’t have a problem with alcohol. Drinking lowers inhibitions and impairs judgment, which can easily lead to relapse. Drugs are often readily available and the temptation to use can be overpowering. Also avoid any other environments and situations that you associate with drug use.
• Use caution with prescription drugs. Stay away from prescription drugs with the potential for abuse. Drugs with a high abuse potential include painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety medication.
• Be up front about your history of drug use when seeking medical treatment. If you need a medical or dental procedure done, be up front about your history and find a provider who will work with you in either prescribing alternatives or the absolute minimum medication necessary. You should never feel ashamed or humiliated about previous drug use.
• Make a break from old drug buddies. Don’t make the mistake of hanging out with old friends who are still doing drugs. Surround yourself with people who support your sobriety, not those who tempt you to slip back into old, destructive habits.