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Alternative Recovery Resources

It’s true that drug or alcohol addiction is a condition not only the mind but also of the body. Bodies become dependent on drugs. As their tolerance grows, it takes more of a drug or alcohol to create the same effect that used to be created by a smaller amount. When the drug is withdrawn, the body goes through aches, pains and sickness as it tries to adjust back to its normal physical processes without drugs.

An individual becomes accustomed to dealing with life’s problems by drinking or using drugs. When high or drunk, it is harder to feel pain, fear, stress or anxiety. After a person becomes addicted, they may or may not feel particularly high after using drugs and may simply continue to use them so they can feel “normal” and continue to function.

To recover on both the physical and the mental sides of addiction, many people choose alternative recovery resources like non-conventional drug rehabilitation services. This may be after conventional services failed to provide help or it could be that the services they normally found did not match their own philosophies of recovery. Some people do not agree with professing that they will always be an addict or that they are helpless against addiction. These concepts may serve some people but others may need something different.

Narconon Recovery Programs

The Narconon drug recovery programs located on six continents around the world provide a thorough, alternative and drug-free approach to drug recovery. Addicts have been recovering using this system for more than forty-five years. Since seven out of ten recovering addicts stay sober after graduation from a Narconon program, the approach has been proven to be far more effective than most other rehabs. When asked, most conventional rehab programs will state a recovery rate of 16% to 20%.

Narconon uses Holistic Approach

The Narconon program is holistic, meaning that it addresses the whole person, the weaknesses that may have initially led to substance abuse, the damage created to both body and mind by the drugs, and the life skills needed to stay sober when back in life again. This repair does not happen overnight. It takes three to six months to effect this recovery. Some people take longer but when this happens, the cost does not increase. Each person moves through these recovery steps at his or her own rate. This way, they don’t go home before they have had a chance to master each skill that will be required to stay sober.

Get all the details on the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Find out how this program can fit your needs if you are looking for an alternative resource. Talk to the Intake Counselors at the international headquarters of Narconon and tell them about your own situation needing help. Whether you are seeking help for a loved one or for yourself, this confidential, compassionate interview can answer your questions about alternative recovery for your situation. Call today and discover how it can relieve your stress and increase your hope to find an effective solution to addiction.

There are also Narconon school drug education presentation programs available in many of the Narconon centers worldwide. If you would like to schedule a drug education presentation, call today.

Rehab for Club Drugs

“Club drugs” refers to a category of drugs that are often used at parties, nightclubs, dance clubs and large musical events directed at young attendees. This class of drug includes mostly synthetic drugs of recent origin, while more familiar drugs like cocaine, marijuana and alcohol are also widely used at these venues.

The most popular club drugs are ones like Ecstasy, GHB, mephedone and ketamine. Older drugs like LSD and PCP may also be used but less often.

Ecstasy is the most popular and well-known drug. It is addictive, sometimes quickly so, and can cause death when a person overheats. It is a similar stimulant to methamphetamine, and as a stimulant, causes an increase in heart rate and body temperature. Party venues know this and offer bottles of cold water at high prices and even “chill rooms” with lower temperatures where dancers can go to bring their temperatures down.

One of the biggest problems created by Ecstasy is that the user experiences increased tactical pleasure and a false sense of closeness to others. This very often leads to unplanned, risky sex with a person the user only just met. One young woman would go to dance clubs where a man would give her Ecstasy. She would soon feel like she loved the man and he was “the one” for her. She would sleep with him and then the next morning, wonder why she had done that. But because the drug was addictive, the next night, she would repeat the pattern.

GHB is a dissociative drug, meaning that one loses touch with one’s surroundings and the people in it. It’s ironic that one of the nicknames for the drug is “Grievous Bodily Harm.” A video available on the internet showed a young man on GHB flailing his body around on concrete without regard for injury, while his friends stood by and watched, simply stepping out of the way when he rolled his body in their direction.

There’s one additional problem with these drugs. As they are synthetics, all a chemist has to do is change one molecule of the formula and they have a slightly different drug that may circumvent the laws. For the moment, that drug may be legal. Legislatures in many US states and European countries scramble to keep up with the chemical formulas, sometimes just resorting to outlawing classes or types of drugs so they don’t have to outlaw every single formula as it comes on the market.

Achieve a Lasting Drug-free Life at a Narconon Drug Rehab Center

Just like with heroin and cocaine or alcohol, when a person becomes addicted to club drugs, they need drug rehab. For most people recovering from addiction, a long-term program provides the best assurance of lasting sobriety. Experience at Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers has shown that drugs are not needed for a complete recovery. The club drug addict can achieve a lasting drug-free life when a thorough program like the one at Narconon facilities addresses the cravings, shattered life skills, destroyed self respect and replaces them with integrity and the ability to achieve sober goals. There are no Narconon meetings to attend. We do not believe addiction is a disease.

If you know someone who is using club drugs or any other drugs, call a Narconon drug rehab center today. You can help them to get back on the right track.

How Tim Got Off Meth

First Tried Meth

Tim is a big man with a calm and humble air. But he told a rather startling story about substance abuse, addiction and drug trafficking in Texas.

He started using marijuana and alcohol in high school but they were never used so much that they were problems. The drug that did bring him to his knees was methamphetamine, a drug that was destructive not only for him but for his entire home town in Texas.

He was in his early 20s when he first used methamphetamine. A friend brought the drug to his bachelor party. He didn’t touch it for another couple of years but then when he started using it again, his use became continuous.

He ran into the drug this time on an oil rig in West Texas. A salesman for the oil company, he was working long hours and was exhausted that night. A worker on the rig told him he had something that would wake Tim up — methamphetamine. That was the turning point for his whole life — for the worse.

Tim Lost Everything He Had

He went from being well off financially with good credit to losing everything he had. It got bad enough that the drug finally owned him.

Meth Tore Family Apart

Meth tore his whole family apart. His family was lost trying to understand what the problem was and how to handle it. He continued to use methamphetamine and started selling it in his community to finance his habit. He joined in with other groups who were helping distribute methamphetamine that was coming across the border from Mexico.

He avoided his family as much as possible but showed up for a few holidays. His mother would cry when he would nod off at dinner after not having slept for days. She would beg him to please stop using drugs but he wasn’t able to quit without help.

He tried using a short-term program to get off meth but in the end, it was not the program that he needed to help him. He commented that it did not give him hope to consider that he had a disease, he felt that it was his bad choices that had got him into trouble.

Finally, in 2010, after eight years of addiction, he was working on a ranch, building a fence and thinking over his life. He realized how much he needed to recover from the addiction, that nothing else was as important and nothing else would go right until he did. With the help of his family, he made his way to the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

He found that through the Narconon program, he could understand why he had made the bad choices that had got him into trouble and he could find his way out of those choices into a new sober life.

Tim Gives Back to Help Others After His Recovery

Tim Recovered from Meth

After his recovery, he knew he needed to give back, to help others recover from the same situation he had been through. He decided to stay at the Narconon center where he found recovery and use his understanding of addiction to help others win the battle.

“Recovery is all about regaining control of your own life,” he said. “I don’t believe that addiction is a disease. It’s a choice. The end result of addiction can only be one of three things: death, penitentiary or sobriety. By working here, I can help others find sobriety instead of the other two outcomes.”

Tim added that his new sobriety taught him how to be a better Christian. What he had learned about himself and the new discipline he gained “made me a more spiritual person,” he said.

Get off Meth

If there is someone you want to help recover from addiction to drugs or alcohol, call anyone of our Narconon rehab centers and one of our counselors will assist you.

Seeking Recovery for Crack Cocaine Addiction

When crack cocaine roared through the American landscape in the late 1980s, it tore many people away from their productive, enjoyable lives and their families. Crack is a toxic drug, very harsh and quickly addictive. Those who became addicted to crack in many cases quickly lost everything and resorted to criminal actions to support their habits. Men may resort to criminal acts like theft and muggings and some women may use prostitution as solutions.

When a person is at their worst in the midst of crack cocaine addiction, it may seem like an impossible dream that they would ever be able to recover from the addiction and be restored to that enjoyable life again. The Narconon drug and alcohol recovery centers around the world are places where this dream can and does come true.

The Narconon program starts out by helping a person withdraw from crack cocaine addiction without the depression, intense cravings and physical crash that can result without this support. As soon as the crack cocaine addict enters a Narconon center, he or she is given generous doses of the nutritional supplements that provide the body with real energy and stability. Years of crack cocaine generally rob a body of the resources it needs to generate strength, requiring these nutritional supplements to prevent a crash.

This phase is followed by a sauna detoxification program that again uses nutrition plus moderate exercise to flush out the toxins left behind after crack cocaine addiction. This detox has proven over decades of experience to relieve cravings, opening the door for each individual to be able to focus on the recovery of drug-free life skills. While cravings and depression haunt one severely, it is difficult if not impossible.

The Narconon life skills component addresses the loss of ability to communicate and to make drug-free decisions. In addition, each person must find relief from the guilt of acts committed while addicted and know how to maintain personal integrity in the future. The Narconon program provides techniques to teach each recovering person these skills. The result is a person who knows how to operate successfully, who understands and can steer clear of future pitfalls to long-term sobriety.

In rehab centers around the world, the Narconon program has enabled many thousands of cocaine or crack cocaine addiction sufferers to find lasting relief and sobriety. If you are the family member of a person seeking recovery from crack cocaine addiction, contact the Intake Counselors at the international offices of Narconon. They will help you find the closest Narconon center to your location and help you work out how to get your loved one started on this program.

You don’t have to suffer the pain of their addiction any longer. It can be over, without relapse after relapse. Contact Narconon now to learn all the details of the holistic, drug-free recovery program. Call now and get the relief of knowing that the future can be much better than the past for both you and your addicted loved one.

Brandon’s Pain Relievers Lead to Addiction

BMX Bike Rider

As a teen, Brandon was a BMX rider — bicycle motocross or stunt riding — and that led to him tearing ligaments in his knee. The injury resulted in his being prescribed opiate pain medication and that started him on the road to addiction.

Today, Brandon shows his BMX roots by sporting a knit cap pulled low with wild dark strands of hair flying every which way. Now in his early 20s, he still has a boyish look, with glossy dark eyes and a couple of piercings here and there. Brandon has just finished recovering his sobriety at one of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

When he hurt his knee, he had to have reconstructive surgery. He took the opiates after the surgery and then kept taking them after the knee had healed because he realized that he felt better than when he didn’t take them. He never knew they were addictive.

Pain Pill Use Becomes Pain Pill Abuse

He kept hurting himself after that so kept being prescribed more pain medication for awhile. When he was finally taken off the drugs, he felt sick and didn’t realize he was in withdrawal.

His friends at the time were abusing opiate pain medication so he began to abuse them at social events. While he was sixteen years old, he began to snort OxyContin. Every time he did, he didn’t feel bad or sick any more. He was also drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

His parents took notice and sent him to a ninety-day rehab when he was seventeen. It might have helped if Brandon wanted to quit but he didn’t. He didn’t yet see the problem that others saw. As soon as he got out, he was smoking marijuana and drinking and soon gravitated back to pain pill abuse.

Brandon Makes the Switch to Heroin — and Hard-Core Addiction

He was a senior in high school when he started snorting heroin. There was plenty of heroin in the Richmond, Virginia area where he was living. After a month of snorting heroin, his friends told him that injecting it was “the way to go.” That was the beginning of his hard-core addiction.

From time to time, he’d get himself into a rehab program that would give him buprenorphine in the form of Suboxone. That would get him off heroin and prevent withdrawal sickness. He didn’t really give any thought to the fact that he was still on an opioid drug every day. He just knew that he felt all right and thought that meant he was doing better than when he was on heroin.

But then there were always the friends using heroin. He kept slipping back into heroin use and would sell his Suboxone while he was using the heroin. Or he’d take some Suboxone in the morning so he could maintain while he was at work hanging drywall for his father and then when he got home, he would use heroin. While doubling up on opiates like this can bring about an overdose, he was just too lost to think about it or care.

Only Purpose in Life: Getting More Heroin

His only purpose in going to work was so that he could continue to buy drugs. Friday nights and Saturdays were devoted to partying with drugs but by Sunday his money would be gone.

About the time he turned 21, there was a break in the addiction when he went to a long-term rehab for young people. But even this eleven month break did not give him what he needed. Just a few weeks before he was due to graduate, he and another person at the rehab drove away in one of the rehab’s vans and got drunk. Brandon left this rehab the next day.

The alcohol abuse continued after he left but then progressed to heroin use within a month. The next two years were devoted to heroin abuse. He would get a prescription for Suboxone from a doctor but didn’t take it unless he could not get his hands on heroin. He was always “scheming and scamming,” as he put it, figuring out how to get money for heroin.

The Day Finally Comes that Brandon Knows He Needs to Get Clean

He finally realized that he needed to beat the addiction. With his family, he found the Narconon program on the internet. He chose this program from among several he and his family were looking at and together, they made it happen.

Even though he chose this program, he wasn’t really sincere in his efforts to get clean at first. It took hearing other students talking about how much better they felt for him to start to give the program his best efforts. It wasn’t long until he began feeling good about himself for the first time in a long time. “I started having a natural happy feeling — I hadn’t felt that in so long,” he said.

As he progressed through the program, he began to let go of old resentments about things that had happened years before. He said he finally began to mature while he was on this program.

The Narconon program was the first rehab he ever finished and he was very proud of himself for the accomplishment and for finally getting sober. He decided to stay on at the Narconon rehab center to help other people get through their own recoveries. He’d tell other students who might be having a hard time at the beginning of their rehabs, “Dude, if I can do it, you can do it.”

You Can Get Off Drugs

He concluded with this statement: “I’m glad I did this program. With my experience in rehabs, I don’t think people could find a better place to be.”

If you know someone who needs help with drug addiction, call a Narconon drug rehab counselor today. We’re here to help.

Kate’s Way Out of Drug Addiction

Kate was young, attractive and almost elfin. She had a pleasant briskness to her movements and spoke quickly and clearly. She was once again studying marketing and graphic arts after a lapse of several years since her last days in college, now planning to use these skills in her new job. You would never think that she had spent several months living in her car, shooting heroin and trying to stay warm in a Wisconsin winter before she finally found a rehab program that would provide her with lasting sobriety.

Her first use of an addictive substance was eight years before, when she was 13 years old. A disruption in her family provided her with an excuse to abuse cold medication. She followed this with steady drinking and marijuana use. Her mother finally found out about the drug abuse and confronted Kate with it. The only result was a physical fight between Kate and her mom, after which the substance abuse continued — indeed, expanded to include Ecstasy, mushrooms, cocaine and OxyContin.

A year later, Kate was shooting heroin. Because Madison, Wisconsin is close to Chicago, there was plenty of heroin available in the area.

By the fall of 2008, Kate had been abusing several drugs for some years and had been abusing OxyContin daily for a year. She realized by then that she was fully addicted. At first she was working two jobs but later, to support her drug habit, she learned how to steal small items to get the money. Eighty milligrams of OxyContin were needed each day to keep the addiction going.

But in many areas, heroin is cheaper than OxyContin, which explained the switch. Shooting heroin gave her a bigger kick than snorting OxyContin too, so she figured she got more for her money. By this time, she was 17 years old.

She was going to an alternative high school. She says that all the other kids in the school were also drug users so they all got along well.

In 2009, she began to be kicked out of her home, so she started bouncing back and forth between friends’ homes, her grandparents’ home and her parents’ home. She tried to get clean by going to a methadone clinic for a few months but that just kept her taking opiates.

In the summer of 2010, she began living in her car, having no other choice. She kept stealing items to get her drug supplies and without any of the usual facilities of a home, would go months without bathing or brushing her teeth. She was so high all the time that she didn’t care.

After seven months, it was a Wisconsin winter and she was forced to find someplace else to stay. She finally found a friend who did not mind her opiate use who would give her temporary housing. But after a few month at the friend’s house, her friend said she refused to come home and find Kate dead of an overdose. She’d already lost friends to heroin overdoses and didn’t want to go through that again. So Kate was out on the street again, just as she was planning to start up at the methadone clinic for the second time. This time, she didn’t even have a car to get to the clinic and home again.

Her mother, looking for a final solution to this difficult and persistent problem, found the Narconon program on the internet. Over the years, Kate had been to a couple of short-term rehabs and had even been prescribed Suboxone for awhile. None of it helped her get sober. The Narconon program turned out to be different for her.

Gradually, as she progressed through the Narconon program, the numbness of all the years on opiates began to wear off. It was challenging to go through all the changes required to recover from the addictive lifestyle but she stuck with it with help from the staff and supervisors. The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program flushed the residual drugs out of her system, helping her feel more alive again and preparing her to make progress from the rest of the program.

She learned about the people in your life who can be damaging and identified the people in her past who had not been good for her. The anxiety she had suffered from much of her life — that had been obscured by the opiates — finally faded away. The life skills component of the Narconon program provided her with a way to let go of old, painful experiences, helping her heal and start looking forward to the future.

Now, she’s using her college graphic arts skills, doing photography and learning page design. She’s looking forward to perhaps going to school again. She’s a hard worker now, earning her way instead of relying on theft like she did when she was a heroin addict. “The Narconon program is just phenomenal,” she said, noting the extreme difference between the homelessness of just a few months before and her sober lifestyle now.

If you know someone who is suffering from addiction to heroin, OxyContin or any drug, contact an Intake Counselor at a Narconon rehab center to find out how they can find help. Call 800-775-8750 today to get all the details on the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

What to do When Someone You Love Needs Drug Rehab

There’s no way of telling who is going to need addiction treatment. When a child is growing up or in his or her teens, there’s no definite sign of who will be an addict or who will not.

Addiction claims victims from all levels of society, all income levels, all education levels, all intelligence levels. Kind or not, handsome or not, none of that matters.

One person may use some drugs, drink beer, whiskey, vodka, even experience alcohol poisoning and then leave it all behind. Another person will abuse the same substances and be lost to addiction.

What really matters is that when you need addiction treatment drug rehab, you find the drug rehab service that you need to bring about sobriety again.

Addiction Recovery Can Be an Elusive Goal

However, finding drug rehabilitation services does not automatically mean that sobriety will be achieved. It would be ideal if this were true. But not all drug rehab programs result in sobriety. In fact, many do not even promise this result. If you ask, many rehab staff will state that “relapse is part of recovery.” Meaning that they expect the recovering addict to return to rehab over and over again before he or she learns to live sober.

How to Achieve the Goal

When someone you love needs help for a substance abuse habit that has spiraled out of control, you must find an effective rehab center. The reason you should do this before talking to the addicted person is that a good drug rehab program will help guide you through the process of getting the addicted person through the doors of the rehab facility. They will help you through every step of the process, even helping you understand what you are looking at and how the person became addicted in the first place.

When talking to addiction treatment drug rehab centers, ask them about their success rates. In the US, for example, most programs state a success rate of 16% to 20%, with the additional comment that “relapse is part of the recovery.”

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has a success rate of over 70%. One of the ways it achieves this high rate of success is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This portion of the overall rehab program uses generous nutritional supplements, a low-heat sauna and moderate exercise to enable a person’s body to flush out toxins that remain in the fatty tissues after drug or alcohol abuse. A body can retain residues from substance abuse for years; these have been shown to be involved in triggering cravings for more drugs long after substance abuse stopped.

By combining nutrition, exercise and time in a sauna in a carefully controlled program, each person has a chance to eliminate these stored toxins. With them, cravings usually go or reduce for most people. Some people even say cravings are gone.

The Narconon drug recovery program continues with services that help each person restore personal integrity and self-esteem, and learn drug-free life skills. There are no Narconon meetings that follow the program because it has been found when a person truly restores his or her own integrity and self-respect, constant meetings are not needed to maintain sobriety.

Effective addiction treatment drug rehab can be found at any Narconon program located on six continents. To find a Narconon center, call today: 1-800-775-8750.

Even as Early as College, Some May Need Drug Rehab

Curious about alcohol use in colleges? There’s an amazingly easy way to find out if this is a popular activity. Just follow this simple procedure.

Decided on a well-known college. Go to Facebook and look for people attending that college. Look for profile pictures where young people are crammed together, grinning widely for the camera. Select a few of these people and check out the photos they have posted to their Facebook pages. It will not take long to find photo after photo that endorse the collegiate habit of abusing alcohol.

Facebook alcohol endorsement may be supporting and furthering the alcohol consumption that has been ruining academic careers and even resulting in the deaths of more than seventeen hundred college students per year. Hundreds of thousands more suffered effects like injury, assault or unwanted sexual encounters while drunk.

According to the Surgeon General, more than 12% of 18 to 20 year olds meet the criteria for alcohol dependence. With dependence goes destruction to one’s life, college career, studies and more.

When Careers are at Risk, Addiction Treatment Drug Rehab is Called For

Families watching their young members may grow concerned, and with good reason. The right choice can be alcohol recovery programs, even this early in life. Many colleges will work with a young person who needs rehabilitation by giving them a leave of absence for such a program.

So then the focus becomes choosing the right addiction treatment drug rehab center for the purpose of helping this person achieve long-term goals.

Choosing Conventional or Alternative Drug Rehab

When it comes to making a choice of rehabs, this can be difficult for families facing it the first time. Without experience with rehab, it can be hard to decipher the real meanings of rehab offerings. Here’s a simple way to start: ask the center for their success rate. Then ask how they measure their success. And listen closely to see if anyone says “relapse is part of recovery.” If the recovery rehab is less than 50%, or if they measure their success by any other statistic than the number of people who remain sober after going home, or if they tell you to expect relapse, move on to the next center.

Narconon Centers Around the World Help Scholars Return to Accomplishment

Narconon rehabilitation programs are alternative programs, meaning they do not utilize conventional methods. But they do have a success rate of more than 70%, as evidenced by two years of followup surveys and compilations of results from Narconon centers around the world. Since 1966, the Narconon technology has been helping people recover from alcoholism or drug addiction, no matter what age they are.

Each person going through the program has a chance to eliminate stored drug toxins that have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after drug use stopped. While bodies do break down drugs and eliminate them, some residues are left in the fatty tissues of the body, and time in a low-heat sauna, moderate exercise and generous nutritional supplements are the key to flushing them out.

In addition to lowering or eliminating cravings, this step, the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, helps lift the foggy feeling that can remain after substance abuse. This brightness plus recovered self esteem and the right life skills to make drug-free decisions helps anyone return to a productive, enjoyable life. A long string of Narconon meetings after graduation turn out not to be needed when one has goals in sight and the skills to accomplish them.

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What Do You Do When Someone Says They Don’t Need Drug Rehab?

It is one of the worst ironies of addiction that drug abuse itself lowers the awareness of the problem a person is having with drugs. In so many cases, a person may refuse help recovering from drug addiction, may reject the idea of drug rehab, because he or she can’t see the damage. The family may be frantic, trying to revolve the obvious problems and get no cooperation from the addict.

There are several responses addicts may make to an appeal to get help for the drug abuse problem. One is that they feel hurt not to be believed when they say there is no problem. Another is that any problem they are having is because of other people, in particular, the person making the appeal – somehow the tables get turned back on the person trying to help. A third response is that the drug abuser will state that he is going to get this problem under control by himself. He definitely doesn’t need rehabilitation at a treatment center! He will cut back, wean himself off, stop using. There may be profuse promises, even tears and regret expressed.

If the addicted person then gets busy and figures out how to do just that and then does so, all is fine. If this isn’t the next thing that happens, you can assume one thing: The addiction is in control, not the person. In fact, it might help if you were to assume that it was the addiction doing the talking, not the person. It’s as though the addiction wants to protect itself.

So the Person Promised and Then Didn’t Deliver

What’s next after this broken promise? It is pretty safe to make the firm assumption that the person needs help to get clean and sober.

But here is what often happens instead. The family tries to work with the addicted person over and over again. He or she promises to quit again and again. But as time goes on, there’s more and more legal and medical expenses, the person loses jobs again and again, there needs to be loans for rent, car accidents, items are lost from the family’s homes, the possessions of the addicted person disappear as they are converted intro drugs. This goes on very often for years until the family is too bankrupt to get the person addiction treatment drug rehab.

The Other Trap

The other trap families fall into is assuming that every program offering addiction treatment rehab is the same as every other. This is far from the truth. Some result in recovery and some result in repeated trips to rehab – three, four, five or more without an effective result.

Narconon Residential Programs Result in Sobriety in 70% of Cases

When you want to escape the trap of believing the addict’s promises or of investing in an addiction treatment drug rehab that does not get a result, find out about the Narconon program. After forty-five years of success on six continents, Narconon programs help addicts recover from cravings by offering a phase of recovery called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase offers a critical component of recovery – reduced cravings – by helping each person flush out stored toxic residues of drug abuse.

As a person abuses drugs, toxic residues are attracted to and lodge in the fatty tissues of the body. There they will remain, helping to trigger cravings even years later, until the right combination of sauna heat, moderate exercise and nutritional supplements enables the body to dislodge them.

Pair a fresher, clearer viewpoint with improved life skills and self-respect and you have a former addict who is now ready to live a clean and sober life.

For details on the Narconon program, call now Narconon International: 1-800-775-8750.

Mick’s Recovery from Drug Addiction

A few beers stolen out of the fridge at home when he was a kid didn’t create any particular attraction for Mick. He avoided any drug or alcohol use during high school – he didn’t even smoke cigarettes.

In the end, he and a friend decided that should try out these substances that everyone else was using, so they used some LSD as their first drug experience. He enjoyed the experience so much that he thought he should try some of the other drugs he had been missing. That was a fateful decision.

In his second year of college in West Virginia, he began to really make up for lost time. He started drinking at parties and smoking marijuana pretty consistently. To make money and keep his drug supply adequate, be began to sell marijuana. A couple of years later, he discovered cocaine and heroin. It was heroin that created the most destructive effect on his life.

Heroin Begins the Downward Slide

One day, he started snorting heroin and didn’t stop for a week. When he tried to stop at the end of the week, it didn’t quite go like he expected. Heroin had him addicted.

He had been trading his marijuana for heroin and now, to keep the heroin supply adequate, he and a friend were driving into New York to get supplies of marijuana and heroin and then heading home to West Virginia.

Mick found that his whole life began to gradually enter a dwindling spiral, as his heroin addiction created more and more damage. For a while, he could sell drugs and have enough money for his own habit and his living expenses. Later on, however, he was scrounging just to maintain his habit. He had to start living with friends because he had no place to live and no money for one.

His brother let Mick stay with him as long as he entered a methadone program. That worked okay until Mick’s drug tests at the clinic showed that he was still using heroin. And then his drug dealing caught the attention of his brother’s roommates. Mick was out on his own again, looking for places to stay with people who might owe him favors from his drug-dealing activities.

Eventually, he got back on methadone even though he really wasn’t that interested in being drug-free. He’d drink or use cocaine while he was using methadone.

To get a job in California, he transferred his methadone treatment out west. He thought this might be an opportunity to get things together but after a year, his drug use was just the same as it had been when he arrived.

A Friend’s Overdose Death Starts to Change His Perspective

Back home, his former girlfriend overdosed on drugs and died. Her death put things in a new perspective. Mick was starting to see that drugs were ruining the lives of people he knew as well as his own. He got himself through a detoxification and a drug rehab program and got fully clean for the first time in a long time.

After the program was over, he continued going to meetings but he felt like something was missing from his life. He managed to stay clean for a couple of years and began building a career based on the artistic activities he had left behind years before. But the fact that his life felt flat and boring still bothered him.

The Same Trap Awaits Followed by More Alcohol and Another Rehab

A little marijuana use led to some drinking that eased his way into social situations. Life was a little more fun and interesting again. Not surprisingly, his reliance on marijuana and alcohol led into a similar trap as the one heroin had created before. He began to behave in ways that bothered him, that he regretted. He felt empty inside, despite some fair success in his artwork and setting up art shows. “I thought I should feel good, but I didn’t,” he said.

He tried to quit drinking after that but just managed to go from constant drinking to binge drinking when he had the money. He began consuming more at one time now, drinking vodka straight until he could not drink any more. At his mom’s urging, he went to a short-term rehab to try to get sober. When he finished, he got his own place to live and started drinking soon after. Still determined to get sober, he went into a very long-term program that would support him and help him get some practice being sober. He was in this program for almost a year.

Now, a Completely Different Kind of Rehab Provides New Hope

But once he left this program, the same trap awaited him. He was sober but bored and unhappy. Alcohol was once again the solution. There was another rehab and another relapse followed by a medical detox to get off the alcohol. But this time, he looked for something completely different to help him get sober. “I had been through so many rehabs that had not worked that I was hoping there was a different kind of program out there for me,” Mick commented. He began to look for a rehab that was not based on meetings as he had been to hundreds of meetings over the years. He found Narconon.

“I liked the idea of the sauna detoxification program that is part of this rehab,” Mick said. “And I liked the fact that there weren’t meetings where you talk about what you’ve done. In earlier programs, I found it was possible to be so glib that I got nothing out of the meetings.”

As he progressed through the Narconon program, Mick found that it was possible to finally let go of bad experiences from the past and start looking forward to the future. He learned to look at his life from a new perspective. As he worked through examining and repairing parts of his life that had been damaged by his years of addiction, he began to feel lighter and freer.

“I found that I learned how to live a drug-free life myself, not from someone else telling me how to do it,” Mick observed. “And I think the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program in the sauna would help anyone who had been using drugs.”

If you or a loved ones needs help with drug addiction, contact a Narconon rehab center right away. Our counselors are here for you.