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Drug Free Withdrawal

Narconon Arrowhead takes a completely drug free approach to treatment. While in withdrawal, an individual will be assisted by a trained withdrawal specialist for 24 hours per day. When an individual comes off of drugs and alcohol, they can often experience very painful withdrawal symptoms.  The whole goal of the drug free withdrawal portion is to successfully get an individual off the substance with the least amount of pain possible.


Narconon Arrowhead Success Stories

Narconon Arrowhead Success Stories

Drug addiction stops every day at our center. Below is an explanation of our program from the only source that matters - OUR STUDENTS

This Program Did What Other Programs Couldn't

"I started using drugs when I was 16. They made me feel better about myself and filled that empty hole inside of me, but only temporarily. It started with pot and escalated from there. I have used every illicit drug known to man and even made a few in my college chem lab. Heroin became the lover that constantly seduced me out of my home and crack was what pulled me away from all of my money and got me fired from several jobs.

 I have spent the majority of the past two years in some rehabilitation facility or another and until I came to Narconon, nothing ever really clicked; nothing ever really gave me all of the necessary information and tools to deal with my addiction like Narconon has.  I had been through other facilities that took the 12-step approach and after completing the first two and relapsing and then getting kicked out of the third one, I began to take on the attitude that I was either never going to get better and this cycle would go on forever to the point where I would eventually end up 6 ft under, in the cemetery plot my parents considered buying for me when I was 23.

 I had been arrested twice in 45 days for possession and distribution of heroin in the state of Virginia and my outlook was not good. I hadn’t spoken to my parents in a few weeks (since I had been kicked out of the third 12-step facility I had gone into) and when I did pick up the phone and call, the whole story came spilling out. My mom called a lawyer whom she had been talking to that got approval from the judge for me to leave the state, if necessary, to receive treatment.

 My mom invited me back to the house to start the search for rehab facilities. The search began online, where I typed into google “non 12-step rehabs”. Several options came up and Narconon’s was one of them. I clicked on a few and then eventually on Narconon’s website. I liked what I read and showed my mother and father, who both have studied science (physics and biochemistry) and listen more to logic then anything else. When we read about the New Life Detoxification Program and how these drug toxins were staying in my body and inevitably helping my relapses to occur, everything started to come together and I knew this was the place I needed to go to that would help me get better.

 We called Narconon and got a plane ticket and got my things packed and together. When I got here, everything was different. From Day 1, in withdraw, a different approach was taken. An all-natural withdraw from drugs was only the beginning and from then on out I began opening my ears for the first time and taking in the knowledge that these people were willing to give me. They use Training Routines (TRs) to help, us as drug fiends, begin to confront situations and communicate better with everyone and everything in our surroundings and get us ready to enter sauna (New Life Detox Program). In sauna, I listened to the staff and sweated out all of the toxins in my body.

 After sauna helped to get the toxins out, I proceeded onto the second half of the program to begin to get my mind in better shape. I did some more TRs and other exercises called objectives which allowed me to have several realizations about myself and my surroundings and my abilities to control myself and my surroundings. These exercises gave me the strength I needed to know that I could walk away from drugs and no matter what situation I was faced with, I could and would get through it and make the right decision (even if it isn’t the most easy decision to make).  I continued through the last 4 books, getting my ethics in and repairing the conditions that the rest of my life was in.

 After this program, I have been able to turn down drugs that were offered to me (which I never would have been able to do before).  My parents have accepted me back and now trust me and the decisions I make and are behind me 100%, not worrying about whether or not they are going to get a phone call in the middle of the night saying their daughter was found dead. They know I will live to see 26 and am confident in me as their daughter and as a human being. I, too, am confident in my abilities to make the right decisions and to learn from my previous mistakes. This program helped me so much and gave me self-confidence and helped me to confront situations that I used to avoid or use over. I no longer do these things. Narconon’s program also helped me get my legal handled and when I went before the judge, he saw a completely different and rejuvenated woman then he had seen 7 months earlier.

 This program did what other programs couldn’t do --- it saved my life."

 Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

Creating NEW LIFE For Real People

"I came here 8 months ago with a drug history of more than ten years. This was my last hope and the last hope of my family for me. What I found here was the answer to a wasted and hopeless existence on drugs. I found a technology which really does work. But more than that, I found people who believe that addicts like myself could be helped and really could become creative and productive citizens again. I also found out that there are others out there who believe the same thing, people who contributed not only money but also their belief in people like me.

  After I graduated from the program, I stayed on for a while to work in the Print Shop where I was able to work in the graphic arts department and do what I love the most -- art. I also found a wonderful lady to spend the rest of my life with. I want to somehow try to express my thanks and gratitude in the way I can do it best, through my art. I have prepared a special illustration for Narconon Arrowhead with the help of the Print Shop, this small gift could never equal what the Narconon program has done for me and many many others, but maybe it can serve as a reminder to Narconon staff and students each day that they are creating NEW LIFE for real people like me. Most of all, I hope that each time someone looks at it they will know how much Narconon Arrowhead is appreciated by me and my family."

  Doug B.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

I Am Very happy with My Progress

 "I have had wins on this course since I started the program. I have been getting better ever since and I have had exceptional personal increases in all directions. I am very happy with my progress. I am looking forward to my life after Narconon Arrowhead. This is going to be fantastic. Why didn't some one tell me about this place before! I will pass the word!"

  Larry R.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

I Owe My LIfe

 "As for Narconon Arrowhead and all it stands for, I owe my life. When I got here, my life was in a downward spiral, and it had been for the past 18 years. I didn't know how to live. I didn't know how to be happy. I only knew I wanted to.

  The Sauna was the best thing for me. Without the cleansing, I would still be a resigned junkie. My health is back, and my body is alive again. Being in control of my life, is my life.

  The Ups and Downs Course taught me why I had mood swings and how to prevent them.

  The Personal Values and Integrity Course brought out the real me and reinforced my self-respect.

  The Conditions of Life Course taught me how to handle any situation I have or will have in my life.

  The Way to Happiness® Course is just what it says, and if you apply these values to your life, you will flourish and prosper and so will those around you.

  The Narconon® program is truly a miracle, but this miracle can be explained. I plan on explaining it to many others to come. Through the Narconon program I have courage, strength, and happiness.

   I personally thank the Narconon Arrowhead staff. I appreciate all the support and understanding and greatly value all that everyone has taught me."

  "Thanks Narconon Arrowhead "
  Connie T.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate


Thanks Narconon Arrowhead Staff

 "I would like to put on paper my feelings at this time on what I've been through and what I am going through. I feel as though, to a degree I am in a state of confusion because of my recent transformation from a lower primate to a higher man. The change has been a painful one in as much as having to give up all the things that I've been used to doing for 30 years of my addiction. For the first time I am now truly clean and drug-free. Something I haven't been for 30 years. All my excuses have been stripped from me. I am now capable of receiving, and applying new ways of living a good and prosperous life. I am one again."

  "Thanks Narconon Arrowhead Staff."
  Lauren K.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate

I Lost Who I Was

 "When I took that 1st drink at 7, I was escaping from a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive environment but I also lost who I was. When I came to Narconon Arrowhead I had no idea who I was. I found myself here and that is a wonderful gift. I now help other people get out of the fog, haze and destruction of substance abuse. People don't have to be lost from themselves or from others. There really is no escape from reality. Anyone can have what I have today. They can have themselves back. Instead of being at the effect of everything going on around them, they can make the necessary changes to make their lives better by coming to Narconon Arrowhead.

  If you or someone you love has a problem with drugs or alcohol, please call. The Narconon program can save that life and give that person a new awareness of themselves."

  Andrew C.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate


Thanks for the Life

 "I was drinking heavily and doing a lot of cocaine, but because I was able to "function" I didn't think I had a problem. During this time I was mentally and emotionally dead. I couldn't feel things anymore and even when I wanted to feel something I didn't have the proper reactions to situations. I was dying. My body was deteriorating rapidly and I was very sick frequently. The drugs and alcohol were killing me. You see, I did want to die, the greatest way to not deal with anything is to die, and that is the drug addict's ultimate dream, but something kept pulling me back; after I ended up in the hospital after a blackout I did stop once for 8 months, I went through pure unadulterated hell from the withdrawal which lasted about a month. Afterwards, I would still crave the drugs and alcohol. It was madness. I couldn't stop thinking or dreaming about them. I went to meetings during this time and then I started to drink after the meetings, then I progressed to using the drugs again, mostly cocaine. My sponsor once told me 'It 's OK you 're not ready to quit yet SO if you have to drink, then drink, and when you are ready to quit you will know it. You may just have to go down further before you make the decision to stop.' I thought it was a bunch of garbage because everyday I did want to quit but I couldn't.

  I went to a chiropractic seminar and they talked about the Narconon® program. I took a pamphlet with Kirstie Alley's picture on it and called. I asked for information and then I didn't think about it, until that July 4th weekend. I went on a binge from July 2 to the early hours of July 5th and I realized that I did have a major problem. I called Narconon Arrowhead and was there 72 hours later.

  I was looking forward to the sauna because I wanted all the alcohol, drugs and residues out of my body. I wanted to feel clean again instead of feeling sick all of the time. I went into the sauna with cloudy eyes, feeling sick all the time and no energy. I came out a new born. I thought it couldn't get any better. I was wrong.... the life skill courses here at Narconon Arrowhead really enable you to take control of your life, actions and environment. You make the decisions for yourself without ever having to justify another thing."

  "Thanks for the life."
  Cathy D.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate


I Won't Go Back to Where I Have Been

"I would like to thank the staff here at Narconon Arrowhead for helping me and having faith in me. Everyone was a lot of help. The staff always kept me on my toes and helped me push, push, push until sometimes I felt I couldn't push any more (I was wrong). It's hard for me to think about where I came from, you would have to live it to understand. I don't know where I am going to go in life but I know I won't go back to where I have been. That's behind me now. I've come too far to go back and besides I like, or should I say love being drug-free!!"

  Owen M.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate


Nothing Short of Life-Saving

"Hi. My name is Tom. Three months ago I arrived at Narconon Arrowhead with what seemed at the time only a glimmer of hope. After twenty years of heroin and methadone addiction, countless efforts of attempted help that failed, happiness as a drug free person seemed as likely as hitting the lottery at five million to one. As overwhelming as it seemed, I couldn't bring myself to accept the alternatives; death or prison. Not without exhausting all possible solutions. Somehow I still cherished the thought of drug free existence. Happiness had its price and upon arriving at Narconon Arrowhead I'd decided if I could, if it was possible, I'd make a real, genuine effort. Then, after being exposed to the loving, caring and committed staff members at Narconon Arrowhead, my commitment became "I can", and "I will". And sure enough, three months later I am drug free and in control of my life for the first time in my adult life. Five weeks from today I'll be thirty-eight years old, with a future as a happy, drug free member of society to look forward to. What appeared impossible became a reality. My purpose as a person has been revealed. Today I can accept responsibility for my past, no longer afraid of my future, and I am wanting and willing to help my fellow man.

The time spent at Narconon Arrowhead has been nothing short of life-saving. The Narconon® program and the people who delivered it, words like amazing, unbelievable and spectacular can't begin to do them justice.

The Narconon program works and anyone that recognizes the threat drugs pose to our society and planet must support the efforts of Narconon Arrowhead and staff - they deliver."

  Most Sincerely,
  Tom P.
  Narconon Arrowhead Graduate


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Narconon Arrowhead


Narconon Arrowhead is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation centers in the world. With a success rate of over 70% of those who graduate, we are changing the lives of millions of individuals ever day. There is hope for drug and alcohol addiction. Narconon Arrowhead has the solution to the downward spiral of drug and alcohol addiction. 

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