Using NO DRUGS: First and very importantly, the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program uses no drugs. In fact, there are no drugs used anywhere in the entire Narconon drug rehabilitation program.
This phase of recovery utilizes the following components:
- Carefully planned program of nutritional supplements
- Moderate daily exercise
- Gradually increasing time spent each day in a low-heat sauna
- Careful supervision of nutritional intake, exercise, water and time in sauna as well as review of any phenomena related to the process.
This combination has been tested and proven to create a flushing of drug residues that tend to lodge in the fatty tissues of the body.
Part of the puzzle solved: It's these stored residues that resolve the mystery of the "sudden, inexplicable" reversion to drug use, even after years of sobriety. Because drugs tend to be attracted to and bond to fats, they can be hard to eliminate from the body. There is less blood circulation in fat and these drug residues do not easily break their bond with the body fat. If the person has a thin body, there is still internal fat in which these residues can be stored.
When this fat is needed for energy as in the case of strenuous exercise or high stress such as an argument or other conflict, the body may draw on these fat reserves -- releasing these residues back into the bloodstream. At this time, some people may once again feel a compulsion to use drugs that overwhelms their hard-won sobriety, even after months or years.
Doing a detoxification the Narconon way results in these residues being flushed out, meaning a much lower rate of reversion to drug use. Those completing this phase often state that their drug cravings reduced as the residues were flushed out. Some people even say that their cravings are gone completely just doing this step of the full Narconon program.
As proof of the effectiveness of this regimen, it is common for people in this detoxification process to report that they briefly feel the effects of drugs that were taken months or even years ago. Persistence in the procedure results in these signs passing away and being replaced with a brighter outlook and clearer thinking.
This is how you create a person who can stay sober, who can create a long-lasting productive, enjoyable life. The unique detoxification phase of the Narconon program has proven to be an essential component in drug recovery, enabling seven out of ten graduates to retain their sobriety.
What Can Happen if You Don't Do the Narconon Sauna Step? What can happen without this detoxification help is that one day, the person is doing fine and the next, he is suddenly back to using crack, Ecstasy, OxyContin, alcohol or some other drug. There is no warning. It may be that he's the only one who knows what triggered these cravings but it may also be that he has no clue.
Find out how this detoxification can figure into your drug-free future. Contact the intake counselors at your nearest Narconon center.
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There are a few different types of detoxes. Alcohol detox involves the use of medication to ease the person through the worst of withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol detox after a period of heavy drinking can trigger high fevers, seizures, coma and even death so close monitoring in a hospital setting is recommended. Clonidine is a antihypertension drug that is often used as part of detox, or benzodiazepines like Valium or Xanax may be used. Ref: Three Methods of Opioid Detoxification in a Primary Care Setting - A Randomized Trial
A Rapid Detox utilizes general anesthetics to make a person partially or fully unconscious while other drugs initiate a rapid withdrawal process from the person's drug of choice. It is so hard on a body that some people have died from the process. Some state governments have banned any financing for this form of detox and recommend it not be used. For example, the state of Vermont recommends not using this practice due to its poor outcomes. Ref: Vermont buprenorphine practice guidelines
These detox processes do not really detoxify. They merely help a person step down from his usual level of intoxication. The other problem with these detoxes is that they still override the natural processes of the body with strong drugs. While every person is different and the outcomes of these different detoxes will vary, these detoxes can be very harsh on the body's systems. Ref: Narconon Holistic Addiction Treatment