The severity of heroin dependency is such that those who become addicted to the powerful opiate quickly develop an inability to function without it. Soon enough, such individuals become a liability to their family, friends and loved ones.
Heroin itself is physically debilitating to its users, ravages the the body of its normal functions. The cycle of drug use, abstinence, withdrawal symptoms and relapse is perhaps seen to be devastatingly evident in heroin users.
Addicts are known to use heroin multiple times per day just to avoid opiate withdrawal symptoms. The obstacle alone can make it extremely difficult users to get and stay clean, let alone hold a job or manage the obligations of daily life. Further, the cost of maintaining an opiate addiction can and often does force addicts to resort to theft, drug trafficking and other criminal activity.
These are just some of the burdens that an addict and his surrounding loved ones bear as a direct result of heroin abuse and dependency. Ultimately, opiate addicts face the potential of imprisonment or death unless effective treatment strategies are put into place.
Putting a Stop to Heroin Addiction
There are a number of different treatment methodologies available for heroin addiction in the United States and throughout the world. The Narconon Program utilizes a drug-free approach, addressing the various aspects of addiction with specific biophysical and life skills therapies.
One of the most important aspects of Narconon drug rehabilitation is the detoxification step. This step, called the New Life Detoxification Program, employs an exact regimen of nutritional supplements, light aerobic exercise and periods of sweating in a dry-heat sauna with the purpose of removing residuals of drugs, alcohol and other toxins from the body.
According to research, residues of toxic substances including drugs and alcohol can be found stored in the tissues of the body (including fat tissue) many years after exposure. These leftover toxic substances, called metabolites, are what remains after the drug has been broken down by the liver and kidneys. Left to remain in the various tissues of the body, these drug residuals make the person susceptible to flashbacks and the reactivation of drug cravings or negative drug-related emotions and behavior in later life.
On this exactly regimented and closely supervised detox program, participants have reported the ability to think more clearly, without the presence of drug cravings. This approach sets Narconon apart from other programs which employ the use of other drugs to suppress drug and alcohol cravings rather than address them as an underlying cause of continued substance abuse.
With the New Life Detoxification step properly completed, one’s chances of long-term sobriety are greatly improved. Students then continue through the Narconon Program, taking up various areas of life on individualized courses focusing on important life skills, responsibility, past trangsressions on loved ones, making amends, future goals, and more.
The thoroughness of the Narconon drug rehab program married with the hard work of program participants paves the road for successful recovery. Based on decades of outcome studies, reviews, staff reports and graduate surveys, it has been determined that approximately 70% of Narconon graduates live drug-abstinent, productive lives (such as by returning to work or school) for periods ranging from 6 months to several years.
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