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Go at Your Own Pace

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.”

What it takes to Truly Recover from Addiction

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.

Feeling like a winner!

Short day today in course, very chill day! I’m just happy I am living a good sober life and thankful for another day being alive. I’m missing my family but I’ve got to be strong and independent. Feeling like a winner!
S. C.

Recovery from addiction is a long and difficult process. But, once completed has a life changing effect the recovered person could have only dream of before. For many people enrolled in long-term programs being away from loved ones for several months is challenging. However, it is necessary so that the addicted person can focus their attention on their recovery instead of day to day issues that arise back at home.

Because Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are long-term residential treatment programs they are a safe sanctuary away from one’s day to day life; allowing the recovering person the ability to focus solely on their rehabilitation. During a program participant’s time at one of our rehab locations they will go through the entire recovery process, leaving no stone unturned and ensuring that when they return home they have been completely rehabilitated.

Graduates of Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers do not have to attend meetings or take drug substation therapy to maintain their sobriety when they return home. They have acquired all the necessary relapse prevention and life skills to ensure their ability to make healthy, positive choices in their day to day life so that they remain sober and become a productive member of their family and community.

I am 11 weeks sober today!

When I first arrived at Sunshine Summit Lodge I never thought I would be able to stay. I figured that I would take it day by day but at some point I would get the overwhelming urge to split and I would take off like I’ve always done from other programs. This time I feel different. I think it is a combination of the staff, the programs philosophy on addiction recovery and the sauna detox program. Without the awesome staff here I would have left within the first few weeks. They have been here for me every step of the way and encouraged me on my worst days to stick it out and keep going.

The fact that I’m not being told I have a disease is helping me view my addiction in a different light. The other rehabs that I’ve been in always told me that I had a life-long disease I would have to learn to live with and manage. I hated thinking of attending meetings for the rest of my life and the prospect of doing so made getting sober that much more overwhelming. Here at Sunshine Summit Lodge they have me working on what drove me personally to use heroin and the other drugs I was addicted to when I arrived. I’m digging deep into myself to discover the areas of my life that need to be addressed so that I can build myself up stronger and no longer need drugs to get escape.

The other thing that is so different here is their detox program. No other center has had such a complete and thorough detoxification program. I hear that by the end of it I’ll no longer suffer physical cravings and will be fully detoxified on a cellular level. My friends who are further along in their programs seem to have really benefited from the detox process. 11 weeks sober and I’m feeling better than I have in years. This program has changed me in so many wonderful ways, I’m grateful to be here getting a “second” chance at sobriety.
G. W.