Narconon Saving Lives in Louisiana through Drug Rehab

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Louisiana has a unique personality, with its Cajun and Creole cultures and the state’s contributions to music, cuisine, and literature. Likewise, Louisiana has an unusual profile of drug trafficking and use. Still, in this state as in every other one, lives are being damaged and destroyed by drugs.

The Need for Drug Rehab in Louisiana

Louisiana’s need for drug rehab escalated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Thousands of people were displaced from Southern Louisiana to the Houston area. Since strong drug trafficking channels were already built into the Houston area due to its proximity to the border, those channels stretched to the New Orleans area when displaced Louisianans moved back home. Communities that had not been besieged with drugs like synthetics and prescription drugs found that they were soon losing loved ones to these and other drugs.

Responding to this need, Narconon Louisiana drug and alcohol rehab center was established in Denham Springs. For a decade, the addicted have found a safe haven for recovery where they are supported through a tolerable withdrawal and where they can regain their self-respect and desire for a drug-free future.

The Narconon program itself has helped tens of thousands of people recover from addiction. In locations as diverse as Moscow, Russia, Melbourne, Australia and Madrid, Spain, more than a thousand people in the last year graduated to new productive and enjoyable lives.

Full Rehabilitation: Detoxification thru Life Skills

Each step of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program prepares a person to establish a new, productive and sober life. To start with, each person must get through the Narconon Drug-Free Withdrawal and then they move on to the next step to find relief from the burden of drug toxins left behind in the body after years or even decades of drug or alcohol abuse. While the body does its best to eliminate these toxins, some residues are left behind. These traces are likely involved in the triggering of cravings, even years later.

To wash away these residues, each person completes the New Life Detoxification. First, an individual exercises moderately and then spends time in a dry-heat sauna. The addition of a specific regimen of nutritional supplements activates the body’s ability to flush out these residues. Each person is carefully monitored while in the sauna and after leaving for the day, to ensure that the correct procedure is followed for optimal results.

The results are worth the time spent on this step. Those completing it talk about how much brighter they feel and how they have lost the slow, foggy thinking of their drug-using days. Some people even comment that they feel the way they used to feel before they started using drugs or drinking heavily. For most people, physical cravings are now manageable and for some, they are even gone.

This improvement makes it more possible for a person to begin to concentrate on his (or her) recovery. Now he has the focus to learn how to create a new sober life.

The next step is the objectives. This is a series of procedures to help each individual leave trauma, pain and fear behind and start living in the present again. As each of these exercises is completed, his present environment begins to come to life again. The fears of the past begin to fade away. He becomes more capable of making rational choices again. He learns how to control his actions and even his thoughts much better.

This is a major improvement for each person in recovery. For years, drugs or drinks have been making the decisions, it seems. Now, he takes back control and can use it to benefit himself and his loved ones.

Teaching the Necessary Life Skills

It’s not quite time to go home and begin dealing with situations one left behind. First, it’s vital for a person to learn how to deal with the kinds of factors that drove him into drinking or drug use. Once he knows how to control these factors, his sobriety is greatly strengthened.

First, he studies the characteristics of the type of person that might have turned him toward drug use in the first place. Not every person is a safe associate or friend—the individual in recovery needs to learn who is safe and who isn’t and how to deal with each type. His future success in life and sobriety depends on this skill.

A young woman experiences relief from guilt at last.

Next, he learns how he yielded his own personal integrity and how he can regain it. As he puts this skill to work and feels his own self-respect flooding back, the relief is enormous.

Finally, he needs to know how to address problems and conflicts he will face when he gets home or new ones that might come up. Once he learns these problem-solving skills, he turns what he has learned into a specific plan of action to be implemented when he gets home.

Louisiana’s Drug Problems Drive Many Other Social Problems

As in other states, drug use and addiction drive other problems like property crimes, child and domestic abuse, workplace crime, the spread of disease and high incarceration costs. In Louisiana, one study found that more than half of newly-sentenced prisoners were convicted of drug possession.

Powder and crack cocaine still drive high levels of crime. Heroin is not the threat in this state that it is in many others, but one factor could mean a greater problem in the future than in the past: In 2015, there were more prescriptions for opioid painkillers written than the state has residents. When an addicted person runs out of money to buy pills or a doctor cuts a patient off, that person is likely to turn to heroin, which is much cheaper.

In a troubling trend, it appears that young Louisianans often don’t start their substance abuse with marijuana and alcohol like they do in many parts of the U.S.—many start with pharmaceutical drugs because they are easier to obtain.

A map of Louisiana

From Shreveport and Monroe in the north to all the towns along the Interstate 10 corridor, drug trafficking and use pose threats to communities and families. Louisiana families need a choice for lasting recovery and that is what is offered by Narconon Louisiana in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

Drug-Free from Beginning to End

There are no drugs ever administered during the Narconon program because none are ever needed. Each recovering person has been strengthened so he can build a new sober life, resolving challenges that might come up. He knows how to deal with life without relying on any substances. He’s able to depend on himself and his own skills for his sobriety.

If someone you care about needs help with a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, then call us. We can help you understand both the problem and the solution. Call us today at 1-800-775-8750. We look forward to helping you and your family.

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