Alcohol Recovery
Part III – The New Life Detoxification

Withdrawal vs. Detoxification

Having gotten the alcoholic through drug-free withdrawal we have him to the point at which he can think in a reasonably straight line. He is no longer ruled by the need to procure his next drink. He can communicate with others and, more importantly, is at a point where he is willing to communicate. He actually has accomplished something else, something most people would not recognize to be the case. In real terms, he is no longer a ”using” alcoholic, nor is he medicated to camouflage the desire.

But he has not had a drink in at least a week or more. He is no longer using medications to mask alcohol effects.

You often see an amazing transition. He will brighten up, cheer up and want to talk.

He is now a former alcoholic in real recovery, that is on the road to full recovery. We don’t call him or her an alcoholic, but simply a “student”.

And he is with this, ready for the next step.

drug residues in the body

First, let us classify terms. There is a common misconception that withdrawal is the same as detoxification. They are not the same thing. Withdrawal is simply the process of coming off drugs or alcohol and getting the body used to not ingesting the substance on a regular basis. Full alcohol recovery requires more than that. The next thing that is needed is detoxification, which is the process of cleaning the body, ridding it of the poisons, toxins, drug residuals and other garbage that it has been accumulating over the course of a lifetime. You would be shocked (and disgusted) if you could see the amount of garbage that the average individual has actually stored in the fatty tissues of his body. The fact is that, in the case of drugs and alcohol, those toxins can actually leach back into the body under stress, weight loss, during illness, or any other time fat is metabolized. When this occurs, the person can experience a wide range of sensations, from feeling like he is drunk to turning on a craving for alcohol. Until the late 1970s, there was really no way of cleansing the body of these toxins. Fortunately, there is now.


The Narconon New Life Detoxification

One of the signal features which marks the Narconon alcohol recovery program as different from other programs is the Narconon New Life Detoxification. It is unique to the Narconon program and is an essential portion of the recovery process.

This program combines sweating in dry-heat, well-ventilated saunas with a supervised strict regimen of exercise, vitamin and mineral supplementation and the addition (or increase in amounts) of certain foods (like raw vegetables and vegetable oils). It is based on the fact that toxins and drug residuals are actually stored in the body’s fatty tissues. This program causes the body to replace the “polluted” fat with new, clean fatty tissue, and to sweat or otherwise release the toxins and chemical residuals from the body.

When the former alcoholic has completed this program he is free from the continuing and unpredictable effects that the drug and alcohol residuals and other toxins have created. There is no more leaching of those poisons into the bloodstream. The sensations and cravings that were thus created no longer occur. He is as close to being a physically clean and pristine human being as he was as a young man. Having completed this program, most individuals experience a renewed sense of physical well being, announce cheerfully they can think more clearly, feel more energetic and, in short, are far more able to deal with the process of rehabilitation than ever.

Having completed this phase of the Narconon program, the student is now ready to go to the next phase of the Narconon program, unique exercises called objectives to help bring a person's attention off the past and into the present.

Also in this Series:

Alcohol Recovery, Part I – A Perspective

Alcohol Recovery – Part II – Withdrawal


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.