A sincere thank you Narconon and all the wonderful people who are involved with this organization
I was struggling with drugs for ten years. I was addicted to marijuana, cocaine and alcohol. By age 11 I was smoking marijuana and a heavy drinker by age 21. I tried cocaine for the first time at 21 and by the time I was 25 I was addicted to crack cocaine. I still managed to function while I was using drugs though.
The whole time I was killing myself. It was a slow process and without visual effects on my body. Once I started smoking crack my life was no longer manageable became a person who cared about nothing but the drug. I managed to stay alive long enough to loose everything that meant anything to me. That included my family, my morals, my beliefs, my belongings, pride and most importantly my ambition to succeed in life. I was robbing my family blind and managed to find myself in jail for the first time at age 22.
I managed to ruin everything I came in contact with. The effects that smoking crack had on my life was at the least, devastating. I had two felony charges by the age of 26 and numerous misdemeanor charges. Those misdemeanor charges included two DWI's. I managed to make it through several rehabs for alcohol and drug abuse. I was spiritually and mentally drained by the age of 31. I tried moving away to no avail, and I tried locking myself in my house for weeks at a time because I couldn't get away from the cravings of the cocaine.
I found out about Narconon after I finally ran out of places to hide and went to my family for help. I locked myself up in a hotel and I was at the end of my rope. Nothing mattered to me except finding someone or something to relieve me of the misery I had been living in for 10 years. My family immediately took action to help me. It wasn't even a day and they had found out about Narconon.
I came to Narconon on Feb. 13 2003. It was the best decision I have ever made. I finished the program in three months and I have never been more motivated to live life just the way it was meant to be. Narconon has given me purpose in my life. The staff at Narconon has been a home and more importantly, a family to my new existence and me. I have learned to stand up to the demons that haunted me before and I have learned to face any situation head on and without reservation.
I owe Narconon and the staff more than I can ever repay in a lifetime. They have given me back the motivation to obtain all that was lost in my addiction. Thank you Narconon and all the wonderful people who were and are involved with this organization.
R.H. Narconon Graduate
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: