The Narconon Vista Bay Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program
What makes our different? In a word, it works.
An independent Spanish study done by Tecnicos Asociados de Investigacion y Marketing showed that 70% of our graduates stayed off drugs. This was supported by another independent American study which reported an 86% success rate after two years.
Our Program works because:
- Our graduates are not left with the urge to relapse.
- They do not require medications to fight the medications that got them hooked. They leave with confidence, control, and the ability to achieve their goals without using drugs.
If you feel trapped by drug addiction or alcoholism, or if you are directly or indirectly affected by someone suffering from addiction, we provide a real, proven way to climb out of the drug abuse trap.
The Narconon Vista Bay program is packaged in a series of sequential, standardized steps. This helps the individual to:
- Withdraw from drug use
- Get into communication with others and the environment
- Remove the residual drugs from the body
- Gain control of himself and his environment
- Reach the point where he can take responsibility for himself and others
Narconon Vista Bay also addresses the reasons why the individual started using drugs in the first place. It arms him with the confidence and strength to lead a happy, drug-free life.
Drug-Free Withdrawal Treatment Program
Many drugs, such as heroin and alcohol can not normally be discontinued without considerable physical discomfort. Narconon Vista Bay provides a safe, 24-hour haven for drug rehab.
We put each individual through a carefully designed withdrawal program. This program is designed to bring the individual off drugs, without experiencing the usual agonizing withdrawal symptoms.
- We do this by giving the person’s body the things they truly need, both physically and nutritionally.
- Drugs and alcohol deplete the body of vitamins and minerals. Vista Bay fights back with a unique nutritional compound, which replaces the missing chemical components that the body should have.
- All individuals going through withdrawal are placed under the watchful eye of a Withdrawal Specialist 24 hours a day. This constant supervision lasts until all physical and mental discomfort associated with drug and alcohol withdrawal is gone.
- There is no time limit for the withdrawal portion of the our program. We provide this supervision for as long as it takes for the individual to pass through this difficult period of time.
“I am still alive! Even though it’s only been 5 days, I’m OK and with no dope! The withdrawal process was remarkably mild. I have never successfully completed a withdrawal for some years. I could not deal with the withdrawal, the depression, and the long pain. That’s why I was on methadone for so long. Now I am clean and looking forward to the sauna to complete the process. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but that is a goal that I think would really brighten my outlook on myself and my future. Thanks!”
The Communication Course
One of the major reasons why many people become addicted to substances is due to an inability to communicate. When you can’t explain why you feel a certain way, you become frustrated. Frustration leads to wanting to escape the bad situation. Escape can often mean turning to drugs or alcohol.
- The Communications Course uses one-on-one drills and other practical steps to improve a student’s ability to confront challenging situations through communication.
- They learn how to confront difficult issues using eight communication exercises.
- This approach helps students to develop focus and learn how to resolve problems with others.
- This added confidence makes it less likely for the student to relapse into drugs.
“This course was amazing! I was at the tail end of withdrawing from heroin and was feeling sick and aching. I started doing the 2nd drill, which deals with confronting another person. After a while, all the sickness and aches disappeared. I realized at the end that most of my drug use was due to my inability to confront people and situations. I knew I could live without drugs at that point. That’s something that I didn’t think was possible before doing this course.”
The New Life Detoxification Program
Probably the most effective – and therefore, most controversial – aspect of our program is the sweat treatment program. Spectacular results have been achieved here by removing the residual chemicals that stay in the body after the withdrawal process. Research indicates that many types of drugs can remain in the body for years. These substances include:
- Amphetamines (crank, crystal, meth, ecstasy, etc.)
- Medicinal drugs (narcotic painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping pills etc.)
These stored residues can make it difficult, if not impossible, for the addict or alcoholic to remain drug-free. They are the source of cravings and depression. Therefore, they need to be removed.
This detoxification program utilizes intensive sweating in dry sauna, combined with plenty of fluids and nutritional supplements, to reduce drug residuals from the body.
Medically supervised exercise is also used to rid the fatty tissues in the body of residues.
In most cases, the results are spectacular. Students who complete this portion of the program experience greatly reduced cravings for drugs, or elimination of these cravings entirely. Mental alertness and clarity of thinking improve, while drug-induced depression often vanishes.
“For the past decade, I have studied the results obtained with the New Life Detoxification method. While this detoxification method is strenuous, it is easily and safely accomplished under the supervision of trained personnel. Students, with histories of moderate to extremely heavy substance abuse, show a marked improvement in alertness, clarity of thought and general health by undergoing this treatment. Most report a substantial reduction in their craving for drugs or alcohol. Published scientific studies of the technique have shown it successful in reducing the variety of toxins and contaminants in the body tissues. I highly recommend its continuing use as an effective tool in the treatment of addictions.”
-Kathleen Kerr, M.D
Phase II of the Narconon Vista Bay program includes therapies that allow the individual to focus on real goals regain self-control. Here is where the addict learns to let go of past problems and traumatic events, and to focus on day-to-day life.
Learning Improvement Course
Once the student has completed the initial Communication Course in phase one, he is ready for Learning Improvement. Here the student learns how to study – not just facts, but how to study any situation from any angle in order to fully understand it.
Students learn how to study and retain knowledge, as well as how to recognize and overcome obstructions when trying to learn something new.
The student learns:
- Data on three common barriers to study
- How to “clear” a word in a dictionary so that it is fully understood
- How to do realistic demonstrations of concepts
- How to spot and handle any gradient difficulties during study.
The Learning Improvement Course literally teaches the student how to incorporate these skills into daily living.
“Even after years of college, I never realized how inadequate my learning skills really were. This course illustrated to me that I still had a lot to learn about learning. I just wish I had had these skills before I went to school, because I would have gotten much more out of it.”
The Communication and Perceptions Course
Addicts use drugs to change their perception of reality. Without the drugs, addicts typically try to ignore or alter their feelings. Unfortunately, when drugs wear off, the addict tends to become more introverted worse off than before. Past experiences and upsets tend to alter reality. This course assigns the student with exact procedures and goals, which focus the student’s attention onto the present. These exercises improve a student’s perception of the environment, encourages better communication with others. Graduates of the course are better able to control their lives, rather than letting life control them.
“Before I came to treatment, I didn’t have an objective viewpoint on anything. Drugs had clouded my ability to see things as they really were. All I saw when I looked at someone, even my own family, was someone I could get money from for drugs. The Communication and Perception course pulled me out of past bad experiences that were affecting my thinking and behavior. My past is a chapter that is now closed, and for the first time in 25 years I’m free to be and do what I choose.”
Phase III is all about rehabilitating the addict’s sense of self-esteem. Once this phase of the program is completed, the student has a restored sense of self-worth from knowing how to more effectively confront and handle life’s everyday problems.
Ups and Downs in Life Course
While this is true for everybody, addicts and alcoholics are particularly susceptible to the influences that their family and friends play on their lives. They need to learn how to avoid the people who could be a bad influence, and to remain in the company of those who truly care for them. This course teaches how to discern social and anti-social personalities. That way they can make objective choices when it comes to dealing with others. This is one skill that plays a major part in being able to remain stable and off drugs.
“I’ve never been really good at picking the right type of friend. I always seem to get mixed up with people who were bad for me and regretted it later. This course has taught me how to stay out of situations that would lead me back to drugs.”
Personal Values and Integrity Course
One of the first things addicts and alcoholics when they become addicted is a sense of integrity. They begin lying to friends and family. They commit crimes. After a while, it’s like the addict never knew any other way to live.
Any drug rehab program worth its time must restore the addict’s sense of personal integrity. A person cannot survive without it. Until people are able to confront and be honest about their past, they will be haunted by it. Ultimately, addict continues to be plagued with:
- Unwillingness to communicate
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Hostility toward those who try to help him or her
- Feelings of resentment towards authority
- A sense of being uncomfortable around ethical people
- Inability to have stable relationships
The Personal Values and integrity Course restores a basic sense of right and wrong to the student, so that he may live honestly again. The addict recovers values and purpose. Students often experience strong feelings of relief, freedom and self-respect.
An entire section of the Personal Values and Integrity Course has been developed to handle how to choose and live with the right type of people, and how to avoid those most likely to drag the student back into addiction.
“All through my life I never really liked or felt comfortable with other people. I was pretty sarcastic and had few close friends. I always felt that I was treated unfairly and that my drug use was justified because there wasn’t much in life worth experiencing. Well, I was wrong. This course made me realize how my own dishonesty made me withdraw from those I loved and made it impossible for me to truly care about anyone else. It was hard, but I cannot imagine anything more valuable than feeling like a human being again.”
The Changing Conditions in Life Course
Making tough decisions about life can be difficult for anyone, but the inability to make these decisions can be deadly for addicts. The Changing Conditions in Life Course provides students with the life skills needed to improve conditions dealing with themselves, family, social groups and others. The student takes specific actions to repair past and present life situations. He uses tools for improving conditions and situations in the future.
“I have always had difficulty in dealing with real-life situations because I became confused about what was the right thing to do. How to deal with family, girlfriends, bosses, etc. This course taught me specific ways about how to decide on a course of action for any situation. I am certain that I can now make the right decisions, no matter what. That’s something I was never able to do in the past!”
The Way to Happiness Course
It would be nice if everybody had a “How to Live Life” instruction manual when we were born. But we don’t. It’s pretty much trial and error. When a person chooses to ignore the common moral precepts of society, they tend to find other, less desirable ways to handle their problems – such as drugs and alcohol. This course introduces the student to a common sense moral code that he can use in living a new drug and alcohol-free life.
“I’ve never seen a program like this. It’s amazing… The book “Way to Happiness” made me feel alive, as if I want to help others, and be a good person. Since doing this program I realize that alcohol is a thing of the past. I will never use again. To live and not be happy is NOT living! Thanks!”
Final Program Review
Now the student has reached the final step in the Narconon Vista Bay program .
Phase IV is consists of two essential components tailored to meet the needs of each student:
1. A comprehensive review that ensures the student has thoroughly completed all phases of the program.
2. Additional course work, based on specific areas where the student needs more help with handling various life situations once they graduate. These issues can include such things as:
- Problems at Work
- Resolving Conflicts
- Money Management
- Other life issues.
Successful completion of all the programs and phases described about will produce a drug-free, productive and ethical individual. We have more than 30 years of experience with these treatments. Thousands of students have experienced the Narconon Vista Bay treatment and never looked back. We can do it for you, too.
All students are enrolled in a comprehensive long-term follow-up program.
- This program is specifically designed to assist the student through the first year of recovery.
- We maintain regular contact with the student and family members for the entire year.
- Our counselors regularly assess student stability and progress after they are discharged from the program.
- Students may be required to return if they face life situations that may threaten their sobriety. Should that occur, students will receive special assistance in addressing these life issues, so that their lives may continue in a drug and alcohol-free manner.
The entire Narconon Vista Bay drug treatment program takes between 3-5 months to complete. The difference in time depends on each individual and what is required for them.