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When an addicted person arrives at a drug rehab, they are very often still affected by the drug that addicted them. Many people will drink, smoke or inject their drug of choice in the airport on the way to rehab. So when they arrive at rehab, their very first step is to detoxify from these substances.

In this context, detoxing refers to the process of coming down off the drugs or alcohol one was using, until they are through withdrawal and fully sober. This may or may not require close medical supervision to ensure safety. The goal of the process is simply a sober person.

Each person arriving at a Narconon drug rehab center will go through this same process when they arrive, carefully monitored until they are fully sober. Then, their next step is something completely unique to this program: the New Life Detoxification Program.

A Detox after Detox?

Yes, each person has had time for his (or her) body to detoxify from past drug use. But now, the New Life Detoxification Program will take this process a very big step further: Old residues of past drug use stored in fatty tissues will now be flushed out, enabling each person to achieve a bright new outlook.

Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and LSD have what’s called “lipophilic” qualities which mean they “like” and are attracted to fat tissues. Residues of these drugs tend to be stored in fat after the main part of the drugs are broken down and eliminated. These residues are capable of affecting a person’s mood and thinking, even years later.

To improve a person’s ability to think clearly and regain a bright outlook, the New Life Detoxification Program uses a strict regimen of nutritional supplements along with a carefully supervised schedule of exercise and time in a low-heat sauna. Gradually, the body’s ability to deeply detoxify is enhanced and these old residues are washed away through sweat, urine and feces.

Graduates Talk about Their Improvements from this Detox

In recent interviews, several graduates described what happened to them as these old residues were eliminated from their bodies.

This young man’s comments revealed that removing these residues let him feel as good as he had before he started using drugs: “The sauna for me was a great experience. When I went through the sauna I realized that I had forgotten what it felt like to feel normal – to wake up in the morning and have energy and sleep really well. After going through the sauna, I kind of felt like I had before I had done any drugs. It was a pretty life-changing experience.”

Like many other people, this woman found that detoxifying old drug residues enabled her to stop craving drugs: “Before I went into the sauna, I wanted to do coke really bad. The cravings were horrible, hikingI was constantly thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep. And when I [finished the detoxification], I felt so much better. I was sleeping good and not craving any more, it was awesome. After I completed, I wanted to do things, go hiking, go outside. I was so happy with my life.”

This fellow was also energized when he finished detoxing these old residues: “I got the feeling of how I felt when I was 13 years old, I had more energy, I was able to do anything I put my mind to. It was pretty much getting myself back for the first time since I began using drugs and alcohol.” 

In this story, a woman described what she felt like before she started the New Life Detoxification Program and compared that to how she felt when she was done: “When I went into it, my body felt sort of wooden. I was very tired all the time. I didn’t feel like doing anything, I didn’t have much energy. I wasn’t sleeping well. I did the program and when I got toward completion, my energy level was through the roof, I noticed I could smell things better. I felt like I could see things better, my thinking was clearer. I had much more energy, I was sleeping better at night, I just felt like a whole new person.”

As the fogginess and dullness of drug use fall away from a person on this step of their Narconon rehabilitation program, they are must better prepared to learn the skills they will need to stay sober despite life’s challenges. And a brighter outlook helps them participate in their own recovery and begin building a new life to replace the old life of addiction they have now left behind.