Narconon Program

Heroin-Assisted Treatment vs. Narconon Drug Rehab

Heroin addiction is nothing new, and is far too prevalent all over the world. In fact, there are an estimated 15.5 to 21.1 million users of opiates around the world with heroin being used by about 75 percent of users. Therefore, a conservative estimate would say there are approximately 13 million heroin users in the world. In 2009, an estimated 375 metric tons of the drug were consumed.

Heroin usage by itself presents many health risks in terms of possible overdoses and exposure to contaminants and adulterants added to pure heroin. Many addicts are ill with serious diseases, such as Hepatitis C, and HIV, often from sharing needles, from risky sex or from prostitution. In addition, heroin addicts also suffer from severe psychological and social problems including homelessness, poverty and criminal involvement in order to finance dependent use, imprisonment, stigmatization and marginalization.

The heroin user is usually plagued by other health problems as a result of poor personal care and lack of adequate nutrition. These nutritional deficiencies can be quite pronounced and in fact, are partially responsible for some of the well-known withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping taking heroin. Heroin addiction is so encompassing that even one who gets off heroin through a traditional rehab program is often right back on the "junk" after he returns home. Relapsing back to heroin usage is the rule rather than the exception for many users.

The Narconon Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program takes the heroin user through withdrawal but doesn't stop there. This program, which often takes between three and six months of intensive one-on-one care, is so successful that 70 percent of its graduates do not revert to drug usage again after completing the program.

Here is a brief outline of what the heroin addict will experience on the Narconon program:

Supervised withdrawal while receiving nutritional supplements, including calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and other supplements. He or she also receives as many physical assists as needed from Narconon staff to alleviate cramps and pains, and gentle reorientation exercises and supervised walks outdoors. These help to calm the recovering addict, alleviate much if not most of the pain of withdrawal, and get him to see that he is in a safe environment where he can concentrate on getting back his health.

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, including more nutritional supplementation, supervised daily moderate exercise and time spent in a low heat sauna, which rids the fatty tissues of the body of drug residues lodged there. This portion of the program may take 30 days or longer, but at the end, most users report reduced or even no cravings for the drug.

At this point, the recovering addict is feeling much more alive and alert, and he now begins to face and handle the issues that started him on the road to drug usage. He will learn many life skills in five subsequent courses in the Narconon course room. Here he is treated as a student who is learning new skills, not a patient with an illness. Among other things, each person learns how to communicate more effectively with other people, how to spot and handle people in the environment who may cause one to make poor decisions; and towards the end of the program, the last course teaches the student a new, common-sense moral code, which he can now use to guide his behavior toward a productive and happier life.

This isn't a pipe dream. It is real. It works. Narconon staffs see people recovering every day from years or even decades of heroin addiction. They recover fully from heroin or opiate addiction without the use of more drugs. The idea that one cannot get off heroin safely and completely is false.

In contrast, Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) programs were first tried in Switzerland in 1994, and spread to Europe as a solution to repeated street heroin usage and its associated hazardous, unhealthy lifestyle. In fact, many users had failed to respond to methadone, or continued to use street heroin while on methadone, and many even became addicted to methadone. Other "solutions" such as safe rooms to allow heroin addicts to inject themselves with clean needles, and get off the streets were tried, again with little success in getting addicts to stop using heroin. So, injectable diamorphine (pharmaceutical-grade heroin) or morphine was administered to heroin addicts by legitimate medical facilities. This HAT treatment kept the addicts addicted to this cleaner, unadulterated form of heroin, at an estimated cost of about half the cost of dealing with the addicts on the street.

The rationale behind HAT is that it might be a better solution than just letting heroin addicts be criminals or die.

However, fully effective treatment is available for opiate addicts. Even long-term heroin addicts can return to a clean, sober and productive lifestyle. It happens every day all over the world, at each and every Narconon drug rehabilitation center.

Leaving a person dependent on any opiates, whether "legal" or illicit, when real recovery is possible is cruel.

Heroin addicts are welcome at any Narconon center located on six continents in dozens of countries around the world. There they can recover a sober, drug-free life without any type of addiction or addictive treatment.

If you or a loved one needs help with heroin addiction, please call a Narconon certified drug counselor today! They are available 24/7 by calling the phone number above. All of your information is kept fully confidential.


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