The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program offers an escape from this grim master -- heroin.
Making it Through Heroin Withdrawal
The first thing a heroin addict has to face is withdrawal. After all, if an addict can't get through withdrawal successfully, he or she will just resort back to heroin use as the only solution to the extreme pain and discomfort.
The Narconon program offers a tolerable withdrawal experience for most recovering heroin addicts. First, the well-administered use of nutritional supplements such as B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium go a long way to alleviating some of withdrawal's symptoms.
Heroin addicts entering recovery are very often in a debilitated condition after months or years of using this toxic drug and not taking care of their personal needs. The nutrition provided as soon as the person walks in the door of a Narconon drug rehab facility begins to heal the damage and make it possible for withdrawal symptoms to be lightened somewhat.
Further, Narconon staff work with every recovering heroin addict to alleviate the pain and sickess through light exercises that draw the person's attention away from the body and onto the environment or that enable the body to relax, thus easing the healing process. Many heroin addicts who go through the Narconon withdrawal phase find it tolerable, signaling a great stride forward toward lasting sobriety.
Fully Recover from Heroin Addiction
Once through withdrawal, a recovering heroin addict has additional steps to take before he realizes that he can deal with life without escaping into heroin use.
One of the most significant is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a thorough process involving time spent in a dry-heat sauna, moderate exercise and a strict regimen of nutritional supplements.
When recovering addicts follow this strictly controlled program, their bodies are able to flush out the metabolites of past heroin use. Metabolites are the residues that are left behind after heroin is broken down by the liver and other organs. Experience has shown that metabolites that tend to lodge in the fatty tissues where there is less circulation can be involved in the triggering of cravings in certain conditions. Heavy exercise, stress, excitement, anger, sweating -- these have been shown to have the ability to trigger cravings when these residues are present.
But when they have been flushed out, not only does the recovering addict think clearer and feel brighter but they are also much less prone to drug cravings. When cravings are not triggered, a person has a better chance of long-term sobriety.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is exclusive to the Narconon drug rehab program.
Skills to Help Build a New Life
Once the cravings are reduced, the recovering person must regain the self-respect and integrity that is often lost during addiction and learn how to make drug-free decisions, even in moments of stress. These aspects of recovery are covered in the remainder of the Narconon drug rehab program. Step by step, the Life Skills components of the Narconon program walk each participant through the rebuilding of a new drug-free life. The completeness of this innovative address to addiction has been proven over a forty-five year period of development and use.
At some drug rehabs, successes are counted when a person finishes the program. At Narconon, the only success that matters is for a person to stay clean and sober after they graduate and go home. Seven out of ten Narconon graduates succeed in this goal after they leave the program. With that success rate, we have confidence in offering this program to any family who wishes to help one of their own who has lost their battle with addiction.
Sauna Detoxification Program
Why Choose Narconon?
Our Program is Non-Traditional
There are few corners of the world that are not plagued by heroin use and addiction. In 2009, there were 375 metric tons of pure, uncut heroin consumed. That's the equivalent of 826,000 pounds of dope. Across the United States, China, Pakistan, Iran, India, the UK, Italy France and East, West and Central Africa, heroin consumption levels are high. With effective drug rehab for those already trapped, it's not necessary for people to feel that once they are addicted, they are as good as dead. And with drug education to prevent young people from starting to use, it is possible to eliminate this worldwide curse from our midst. With solutions for both drug rehab and drug education, Narconon offers the world a comprehensive solution to addiction to heroin as well as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drug and methamphetamine addiction, among others.
In one form or another, opium and its derivatives such as morphine and heroin have been with us for thousands of years. There's archeological evidence that opium poppies were cultivated 6,000 years ago. While the substances have performed a useful function in alleviating pain during surgery within the last couple of centuries, they have also been disastrous for millions of human beings.
The refining of opium into heroin enabled traffickers to ship more drugs in smaller space, as heroin is more concentrated and thus less bulky to ship. In today's world, heroin shipments makes their way from Afghanistan and Southeast Asia to Europe, Africa and even the Western US, and from Mexico and Colombia to the US.
As with all addictive substances, it is easy to get addicted to heroin but it's not so easy when a person wants to stop using it. Heroin will wreak its vengeance in the form of "dope sickness," severe flu-like symptoms with deep muscle and bone pain, sweating, vomiting and nausea. Heroin withdrawal is bad enough to prevent many people from being able to face getting clean and sober again. Heroin addicts may feel that they are trapped in a never-ending cycle of having to find heroin, smoke it, snort it or shoot it, experience the high and then find more before the high ends in relentless cravings.
To help those who have become addicted in every corner of the world, Narconon centers offering the innovative drug rehab program can be found on six continents. For help in finding a location close to you, contact a Narconon drug rehabilitation counselor.
- Ref: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/WDR-2011.html -- UNODC: World Drug Report 2011
- Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin#Production