Narconon, a new outlook on life
After 8 rehabs I thought it was hopeless...D.D.
I was a heroin and pain killer addict for over 10 years. My family had given up on me and thought I was going to die and I felt that same way. I finally realized that I was finished if I did not get some help, but it seemed hopeless after I had already done eight rehabilitation programs without success.
I spent some time with the help of some family members looking for an alternative program to 12 steps. I found Narconon and considered it a last chance. I ended up there in December of 2000. It was the best decision I had ever made. When I arrived I was very excited to see what it had to offer for someone like myself who had traveled many paths trying to reach sobriety. I no longer have any desire what so ever to use drugs or be associated with people who use drugs.
Not only did the program give me a newfound outlook on life but also it helped me to achieve my full potential in life. All my relationships are much better and I have much better communication with the ones I love. I now have my family back and a creating better relationship with them all the time. When there was nothing else in the world that could help me the Narconon program was there, not to save me, but to help me save my own life. I have accomplished so much since then and am now a happy productive member of society.
D.D. Narconon Graduates
Ending Drug Addiction The Narconon Way
The Narconon drug rehabilitation program, first established in 1966, is unique. It is a proven "get off and stay off drugs" program. The Narconon program has been used successfully by thousands of people around the world to rid themselves of the need for drugs and regain control of their lives.
The Narconon program, unlike more traditional treatment, deals with both the physical and mental problems brought about by drug use. Our goal is to assist the addict, both mentally and physically, to become a whole and sane person capable of dealing with life's many and varied challenges. The end result is a success rate that is 3 to 4 times that of other programs. None of these solutions involves the use of any drug.
William Benitez, founder of the Narconon program, recognized that drug addiction was a type of disability. The Narconon program is comprehensively designed to overcome the disability of addiction by working to restore and develop the natural abilities of the addicted person.
A combination of physical detoxification, unique forms of cognitive and objective therapies, and life skills training, the Narconon program is delivered in phases where our students complete a series of distinct courses designed to complement and expand on each other.
When a person uses drugs over a period of time, the body becomes unable to completely eliminate them all. Drugs are broken down in the liver. These metabolites (the substances the body converts the drugs into), although removed rapidly from the blood stream, become trapped in the fatty tissues. There are various types of tissues that are high in fat content, the one thing in common and the problem that needs to be addressed is that these drug residues remain for years. Tissues in our bodies that are high in fats are turned over very slowly. When they are turned over, the stored drug metabolites are released into the blood stream and reactivate the same brain centers as if the person actually took the drug. The former addict now experiences a drug restimulation (or flashback) and drug craving. This is common in the months after an addict quits and can continue to occur for years, even decades.
When the addict initially tries to quit, cells in the brain that have become used to large amounts of these metabolites are now forced to deal with much decreased amounts. Even as the withdrawal symptoms subside, the brain demands that the addict give it more of the drug. This is called drug craving. Craving is an extremely powerful urge and can cause a person to create all kinds of reasons they should begin using drugs or drinking again. He is now trapped in an endless cycle of trying to quit, craving, relapse and fear of withdrawal.
Eventually, the brain cells will again become used to having lowered drug metabolites.
But, because deposits of drug metabolites release back into the bloodstream
from fatty tissues for years, craving and relapse remain a cause for concern.
Left unhandled, the presence of metabolites even in microscopic amounts cause
the brain to react as if the addict had again actually taken the drug and can
set up craving and relapse even after years of sobriety
The Narconon Program Resolves Drug Cravings
While drugs and their metabolites quickly become undetectable in blood and urine, some as rapidly as 3 days after last usage, drug metabolites remain stored in fatty tissues for years. That these accumulated drug residues continue to cause adverse symptoms led to the development of a program aimed at reducing levels of toxins in the body to assist in recovery.
The graph depicts cocaine metabolites being excreted in the sweat and urine of clients participating in the Narconon® New Life Detoxification Program. Levels of drug metabolites are not detectable in clients prior to the start of this program, then increase dramatically and slowly taper off as the program is continued. This supports the argument that drug residues remain in the fatty tissues and that the correct treatment can mobilize and remove them through the bodys excretory systems.
The New Life Detoxification Program utilizes a combination of exercise, induced sweating in a sauna, and nutritional supplements to produce the following results: