When a person uses drugs or alcohol, drug residues store in the fat tissue of the body, and can remain there indefinitely. 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 and release 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.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification program results in these residues being flushed out, drastically reducing ones chances 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 after completing this step of the full Narconon program.
This is a major step toward increasing one’s ability to stay sober, and 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.
The New Life Detoxification Program utilizes a combination of exercise, sweating in a sauna, and nutritional supplements which help produce the following results:
- Reduction or elimination of drug and alcohol cravings.
- Reduction or elimination of many symptoms associated with drug addiction and alcoholism. These can include depression, irritability, and fatigue.
- Ability to think more clearly.
- Improved memory and attention span.
- Increased energy.
- Increased sense of well being.
- Enthusiasm toward life.
This process takes three to four weeks on average. It includes:
- Carefully planned program ofnutritional supplements
- Moderate daily exercise
- Gradually increasing time spent each day in a low-heat sauna
- Careful supervision of nutritionalintake, exercise, water and time in sauna as well as review of any phenomena related to the process.
Each person is very closely monitored. His nutritional supplementation follows a precise pattern that is designed to help the body unlock these drug toxins. Every aspect of this program, from minutes of exercise to amount of water drunk while in the sauna, to milligrams of supplements consumed is monitored to ensure an ideal result is attained.
The program has been studied extensively and shown to provide a thorough and effective drug detoxification that goes far beyond what is usually thought of as detox or initial drug withdrawal.Studies on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program
The clean new viewpoint that results prepares a person for next phrases of the Narconon program. Here's what a few people responded after completing this action:
"When started the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, I was tired mentally and physically. By the third week, my mind literally overnight became quite clear and my energy rose to a higher plane and has stayed there. I find myself giddy over just being alive. Everything is brighter and laughter comes easily." G.L.
"Before I started this step, I was always worn out and didn't care about anything. Everything seemed so dead to me. After about a week, it just got better and better. I don't even think about using drugs any more. My head is clearer than it's ever been and I sleep great at night. Colors are even brighter." A.F.
"Before I got into the sauna, I was a total mess. I couldn't sleep at night and thought about leaving the program constantly. Now I am sleeping great at night and waking up energetic in the morning. I haven't had any dreams about drugs in weeks and I have no desire to use them any more. I am happier than I have ever been and I am very, very THANKFUL for this fresh start. My head is clear now and I can finally start living the life I've always wanted." E.E.
What is often referred to as detox in other programs is the initial step of withdrawing from the drug. At Narconon, this is called our Withdrawal phase of the program. This would come after any medically assisted detox a person may need before starting the Narconon program.
Medical detox involves the use of medication to ease the person through the worst of withdrawal symptoms and is sometimes needed the alcohol consumption is at a high level or there is heavy use of certain prescription drugs. 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.
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.
In some cases, such as with heroin use, a person may be put on another drug such as Methadone, which is not a detox at all since they are just replacing one drug for another.
While an initial detox or withdrawal step will help get a person past the agony of drug withdrawal, the remaining drug residues are not yet eliminated from the body. They can continue to affect him or her, making true recovery an ongoing challenge. At a Narconon center, once someone is fully through the withdrawal phase of the program, they will then complete the Narconon New Life Detoxification program to fully rid themselves of the lingering effects of drug residues in the body.