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Narconon Fresh Start

World-class drug rehabilitation program

As a non-traditional type of treatment program, Narconon Fresh Start is able to help their program participants make real and lasting recoveries from their addiction problems.

September 16, 2014

The greatest difference between Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabs and other more “traditional” treatment centers is our underlying philosophy. Breaking with “traditional” rehab philosophies and treatment centers that tout “addiction is a disease”, we understand that drug and alcohol abuse is simply a solution to a problem that the individual is struggling with. They are suffering with a physical, emotional or spiritual problem that their drug or alcohol use eases and helps them escape from. While their drug use is the obvious problem for why they are seeking treatment, the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program goes deeper than that. Through our New Life Detoxification Program using dry sauna therapy we help the recovering individual handle the physical element of their addiction. By physically cleansing and purifying their body from the inside out they put an end to the physical drug cravings that so often plague recovering addicts and instigate their relapse.

To handle the underlying issues that made drug or alcohol abuse seem desirable the Narconon Fresh Start rehabilitation program incorporates Life Skills Courses. These courses are designed to build one upon the other creating a foundation of understanding and comprehension. Learning life skills such as communication, personal accountability, self control and integrity graduates take fully responsibility for their past and work towards becoming productive, responsible individuals who can make much better decisions in their life. When graduation day arrives, program participants have completely handled their addiction problem physically, mentally, behaviorally and socially. They have no need to attend meetings or take any drug therapy medications because they have achieved true recovery on their own using their newly developed skills and abilities to handle life clean and sober.


In this post we share information about what a speedball is and why this combination of substances is so deadly.

September 15, 2014 

The combination of using cocaine and heroin at the same time is known as a speedball. Users will usually take this combination of substances by either injecting the drugs or snorting them. Those who inject this mix of substances will either combine both drugs in the same syringe or use two separate syringes injecting one in each arm. Originally, the term speedball referred to the mixture of cocaine hydrochloride and morphine sulfate, as opposed to heroin. Speedball is also a term used when users combine pharmaceutical opioids, benzodiazepines or barbiturates with amphetamine derivates.  

When a user takes a speedball they are consuming a stimulant (cocaine) as well as a depressant (heroin). The intention is they will get the rush of euphoria and an intense high from both substances while reducing the negative side-effects common with these substances: anxiety, hypertension, palpitations from the stimulants and the sedation and drowsiness from the depressant. While they may be able to relieve some of the unwanted side-effects of each of the substances it changes their body’s natural homeostasis. When they suppress their body’s natural side-effects to the drugs they are tricking their body and potentially setting themselves up for severe consequences. They may falsely believe that they have a higher tolerance than they actually do for the substances or that they are less intoxicated than they actually are. With these misconceptions they might potentially misjudge their ingestion of one or both of the substances and consume more than their body can tolerate, leading to a drug overdose.  

These two drugs have a wide time discrepancy in their duration of effect. The stimulating effects from cocaine wear off more quickly than the depressant effects of heroin and other depressants. The user is prone to suffering fatal respiratory depression when the stimulant’s effects have worn off and they are feeling the full effects of the heroin overdose. Because of cocaine’s stimulating effects the user may not realize they have consumed a lethal dose of heroin in their speedball until it is too late. It is thought that this delayed opioid overdose effect is the most common cause of speedball overdose deaths.



Why a person who wants to get clean and sober struggles to stop using.

September 4, 2014

I’ve been in your shoes. I’ve struggled with addiction and tried and tried to quit on my own. As with most addicts, the desire to quit takes hold so strongly that you just know you can do it! The problem arises when our body and mind don’t seem to get the memo that we truly want to stop using. We are plagued with withdrawal symptoms, cravings and an overwhelming need to use.

This happens because our brains have adapted to the presence of the drugs we have taken and expect them to be present. When our brain is forced to function with only the residuals left behind by our drug abuse it demands that we give it what wants, more drugs. This is known as a drug craving. It is an extremely powerful compulsion to use drugs despite the agreement we have made with ourselves to stop. Just like you, I would come up with all sorts of “reasons” why I needed to get high in order to justify my continued use. This creates the endless cycle of trying to quit, craving the drug and eventually relapsing.

Additionally, our bodies also hold onto drug residuals that remain trapped in fatty tissue for years after we have stopped using. These drug metabolites become dislodged and are released back into our bloodstream causing cravings for the substance. Even after years of sobriety, microscopic amounts of toxic drug metabolites being released into the bloodstream can cause our brain to react as if we had actually taken the drug again, causing cravings in the recovered addict.

It takes time, but our brain and body has the ability to heal from the onslaught of drugs we have been bombarding it with. The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation program addresses the physical aspect of addiction better than any other drug rehab center with their New Life Detoxification Program. This one of a kind program has the client undergo the most intensive and extensive detoxification process available to rid their body of drug toxins and metabolites. It consists of a protocol of exercise, combined with dry sauna therapy and a special combination of nutritional supplements targeted to rid the fatty tissues of the stored drug metabolites, eliminating a main physical cause of cravings and relapse. With one of the highest success rates in the field of addiction recovery, Narconon Fresh Start credits their New Life Detoxification Program as the key factor in helping their graduates avoid potential relapse brought on by drug cravings.

As a graduate of their program I have first hand experience doing the New Life Detoxification Program. It was the turning point for me during my recovery process. When I completed this part of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program it was as if a light bulb clicked on. I felt so renewed, so alive and more healthy than I’d ever felt. I waited and waited for those drug cravings to come back but they never did. I no longer had drug using dreams and could sleep soundly at night for the first time in years. Today, I have over a decade of sobriety behind me and have not relapsed. I encourage anyone who has tried to recover on their own or through other programs to enroll at Narconon Fresh Start. Their drug rehab program will make the difference in your life and help you finally end the seemingly never ending cycle of quitting, withdrawal, cravings and relapse.

Narconon Fresh Start reviews motivate and inspire other students to remain focused on achieving their goal of sobriety.

I started the Narconon Fresh Start program here in Southern California two weeks ago. Since then I’ve gotten to meet so many positive and inspirational people here. The staff has helped me adjust to my new routine and made me feel so welcome. I’m glad I came here. I realize that I had a choice to keep using or get treatment. I’m glad I choose treatment and I’m glad it was Narconon Fresh Start. Tonight is graduation for many other students and it’s awesome to hear their stories and realize how far they have come because of this program. I know that if I keep working hard and remain focused on my future instead of my past I’ll be up on that stage with them someday. I can’t wait to hear all the Narconon Fresh Start reviews tonight and celebrate their wins with them!

C. A.

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