What is drug withdrawal? It is the experience that a person who is addicted to drugs goes through at the outset when quitting. A drug addict may also face withdrawal symptoms when he or she can’t get another fix and has gone longer than normal without using the drug. If you have ever been a regular coffee drinker, you can get some idea of what drug withdrawals are like when you think of how you feel when you skip your morning cup. You might feel a headache, or perhaps you get irritable and snappy with your family or co-workers. This example, however, does not fully measure up to the actual experience of withdrawals. Continue reading
Yea, I was addicted to heroin for 12 years and I found Narconon.
Especially what done it for me with Narconon was the fact that they didn’t use drugs to bring me off the drugs I was already on because I’ve been in medical detoxes since I was addicted to methadone. I’ve been to countless number of doctors for Valium. And none of it worked. I was just putting more poisons into my body.
Narconon basically saved my life. It helped me restore my creativity. It helped me develop as an artist. And it helped me live a better clean life, you know.
You’re so desperate that you will do anything for anything. And I’ve ended up and I’ve woke up with Doctors around me. I’ve od’ed basically 3 or 4 times. I’ve od’ed and had to be brought back to life. You just don’t have any respect for yourself to do that. I didn’t have any consideration. I’d wake up in the hospital. I didn’t care. Whatever. They said, “Well you nearly died. You almost died. You could have died.” What ever. I didn’t even have consideration at all. Didn’t care. I just wanted to get out of the hospital and get my next fix. And that was it. And that was all that mattered to me. And that was all that mattered to me. It was what I lived for. It’s what heroin addicts live for.
The drug problem in the UK, what I experienced, is heroin and coke/cocaine. That seems to be the drug of choice for artists these days. The sauna detox is an amazing part of the program. It rids your body of all the toxins that stored up in your fatty tissues over the years through drug abuse and other chemicals that have gotten in there some way. And basically, to keep it short, by the end of the sauna your going to feel like a fresh, new born baby.
Now I’m creating music, where when I was on drugs, I was never able to create music. I was always succumbing to the effects of the drugs thinking that drugs were making me a better artist.
The staff here, they don’t treat you as an addict. They don’t treat you as another number. They actually care. I went to countless number of doctors and countless number of counselors. I was in medical detoxes and all I was doing is pumping my self with all of these poisons and making the problems worse for myself because after my medical detox, I actually got hooked on valium and that was to come off heroin. So now I have a heroin addiction, a methadone addiction and I was also addicted to diazepam. And plus sleeping tablets on top of that. So I had like 4 or 5 different addictions all because I wanted help.
You know. With Narconon, I loved what I read. I read about it. It said it didn’t use drugs. It used vitamins. That’s how they take people off of drugs. There’s a lot more to it and what they do. I was excited about that. It’s what I needed. It was change. And to tell you the truth, with everything that I’ve tried in the past, it was actually the easiest. It was the easiest withdrawal I’ve ever done. I was coming off methadone, diazepam, and heroin. I live a clean life now. I’m happy. I’m confident. I’m making music. And that’s what I wanted to do. That’s all I ever wanted to do all my life. And without what I’ve learned at Narconon. I don’t know how I would have been able to do that. You know. Really. Because it’s gave me that confidence in my self t o actually be handling this.
Well thank you Marc. Thank you for sharing with us.
If you know anyone with a drug addiction, get them to Narconon because it saved my life and it saved countless people’s lives.
Here’s another Narconon drug rehab graduate video.
MEDICALLY SUPERVISED WITHDRAWAL
Withdrawing from any substance to which one has become addicted is not easy. In fact, it is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. No inquisitor of the middle ages could have devised a torture which is actually worse than withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. In addition to the pain, anguish and suffering which can be caused by drug withdrawal, withdrawal from certain substances can actually cause effects which are harmful or, at the extreme, potentially fatal. Any legitimate rehabilitation program will take this into account, and will include procedures to insure that the addict is not placed in a situation which could cause injury. Of course, not all addictive substances, upon withdrawal, create these potentially harmful effects.
To be sure, alcohol recovery is not always physically dangerous. Factors such as the length of time one has been drinking, the amount that one drinks on a regular basis and the physiology of the individual alcoholic all play a part in the course which alcohol recovery will take. Only a qualified physician can adjudicate whether the alcoholic has a significant risk of developing dangerous symptoms.
When an alcoholic decides to come to a Narconon center for rehabilitation, he or she is examined by a physician who, after examination and interview, makes a determination as to whether the alcoholic needs to undergo medically supervised withdrawal. Medicine Plus, a service of the National Institutes Of Health, states,
“People with moderate-to-severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may need inpatient treatment in a hospital or other facility that treats alcohol withdrawal. You will be watched closely for hallucinations and other signs of delirium tremens.”
(Note: Delirium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or nervous system changes. Same reference).
While medically assisted withdrawal is not administered at a Narconon center, we are aware that some of those entering our program run the risk of undergoing physically dangerous withdrawal. We firmly believe that, if medically assisted withdrawal is advised, it should be done with a minimum amount of medication. The alcoholic is coming to Narconon to get OFF drugs. It would make little sense to dose him up with large quantities of potentially addictive chemicals only to have to withdraw from THEM. With that philosophy in mind, Narconon centers have established close working relationships with physicians expert in chemical withdrawal and facilities which provide this essential service, physicians and facilities that rely on medications only where they are absolutely essential.
THE NARCONON PROGRAM – FIRST PHASE
Once the alcoholic has safely completed the few days of a medically supervised withdrawal, he or she is ready to take up residence in a Narconon center and to begin the process of full drug-free withdrawal. For the alcoholic who did not need a medically supervised withdrawal, this is the first step – the step in which he or she will come off alcohol and will be prepared to proceed with the actual “meat and potatoes” of the Narconon program. For the alcoholic who did require medical withdrawal, this is the phase in which he or she will come off the medications which were used to safely take him or her off alcohol.
This phase makes use of vitamins and minerals, good nutrition, moderate exercise and actions designed to keep the recovering alcoholic mentally extroverted and emotionally calm, not dwelling on his problems, but concentrating on feeling better. We remove all distractions. We feed him. We give him vitamins minerals. We take him for walks. We give him physical therapy-types of help, called assists. We talk to him and, more importantly, we give him someone he can talk to. Twenty-four hours a day.
To attempt to take someone who has been addicted to alcohol and immediately start to work with him to handle his addiction while he feels ill and is in physical pain is foolish and usually unsuccessful. A person who is physically ill and in pain cannot possibly be expected to face the sorts of things one has to face in the process of rehabilitation. Give him some space. Give him good food. Let him rest. After a week or so, when he is free from the pains and sensations of withdrawal, you will have the real person sitting there, someone who can begin to put his life back on the rails. If you are a loved one or a friend, after this phase you will begin to see, once again, the person you loved before alcohol took over his life. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of his own destruction, the alcoholic is coming back to life, ready to face the challenges – and the triumphs – which lie ahead.