In order to recover from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, detoxification must occur. In fact, the detoxification process may be the most essential aspect of recovery. The support and medical supervision an individual receives during his detoxification process can actually determine the outcome of his recovery. The unique approach that Narconon uses makes them the ideal destination for rehabilitation.
What is Detoxification?
The process of eliminating the toxins in the body from previous alcohol and drug abuse is called detox. The detox process is the first effort an individual makes to become sober. The physical and mental strain of the detoxification process puts him in the most dangerous place for relapse. Relapse is not the only concern there is also the potential for him to suffer seizures, hallucinations, the shakes and sweats. These withdrawal symptoms are commonly seen during detoxification process from drugs and alcohol. A conventional detoxification process differs greatly from the more natural process offered at Narconon.
The majority of rehabilitation centers offer their patients a supervised detox that includes licensed medical personnel helping the patients safely through this process. However, in nearly all the cases, this is done with the use of prescription drugs. The prescription drugs are utilized to assist the patient while he undergoes the detoxification process. These drugs are used to decrease his withdrawal symptoms. However, Narconon believes in a more natural approach.
Narconon’s Detox Program
Substitute drugs are not utilized at Narconon, instead patients rid themselves of the toxins left in their bodies with the use of nutritional supplements, exercise and sauna detoxification. The rehabilitation success rate at Narconon is 70 percent, which is considerably higher than many other rehab centers.
Fat Tissues Trap Metabolites
Although the addict’s body attempts to remove these metabolites rapidly, they become trapped in the fatty tissues within the addict’s body. It is important to note, there are various kinds of tissues that have a high fat content. The problem is that these residues remain in the fat tissues for years.
Tissues with High Fat Content Have a Slow Turnover Rate
The body metabolizes and then burns fat each time a person’s heart rate increases. This can occur due to stress, anger, strenuous exercise or intense emotion. People generally experience these kinds of things regularly.
How the Metabolites Trigger Relapse
When an addict’s heart rate increases, the body will begin mobilizing and then burn fat. This fat contains the metabolites that have been stored from the addict’s previous drug and alcohol abuse. While these fat cells are burning, they release the toxic metabolites back into his bloodstream.
These metabolites pass, via the bloodstream, to the brain. Because these metabolites are by-products of drugs and alcohol, they are also capable of substituting for the brain’s natural chemicals. A mental and physical reminder of the alcohol or drug consumption is caused by these metabolites.
In summary, upon release into the bloodstream, metabolites reactivate brain centers associated with an addict’s previous drug or alcohol consumption. The addict now experiences, what is referred to as, a drug re-stimulation or flashback. The addict begins craving the drug or alcohol again. This is a common occurrence in the months following recovery and unfortunately, it may continue for several years.