Narconon Colorado Philosophy
Narconon Colorado – A Life Worth Saving is an extensive program that takes an alternative holistic approach to rehabilitation, using our own unique form of cognitive therapy and physical purification.
Narconon® does not utilize traditional treatment methods such as the 12-Step approach. Although the 12-Step approach can work for some people, many addicts report that they do not respond to the 12-Step philosophy. The 12-step approach was developed in the late 1930s by two men, Bill Wilson and Bob Smith and was an answer of sorts, however, it has not proven effective when treating the hard-core chemical addictions of today’s world. The world of the new millennia presents an extremely difficult set of circumstances for the addict; very cheap heroin, extremely potent marijuana, Methamphetamines, powerful and very addictive prescription medications are everywhere and easily obtained. It takes a very thorough approach to shore up the recovering addict against this onslaught, but the good news is that it can be done. Our approach of addressing the addict’s ability to handle life is absolutely necessary, otherwise, he remains a pawn to his impulses and compulsions.
Areas of Specialization
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Meet the Staff
Certified Addiction Counselor
I have been in the addiction field for nearly nine years. I have always had a passion for helping others, but was unclear of how I would achieve this. Narconon was the answer! When I started my career with Narconon I found out very quickly this was my calling. Within the first week of my new career I felt I was already making a difference in the world. I was able to connect with people on a day to day basis and help make a difference in their lives. My career with Narconon thus far has taught me that every life is truly worth saving.
Certified Addiction Counselor
I have worked in the addiction field for four years. I have always wanted to work as a counselor for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching my father and sister working as counselors and knew it was something that I wanted to do. I decided to specialize in the field of addiction after watching a significant number of close friends have their lives taken away or completely destroyed by substance abuse.
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ABOUT NARCONON COLORADO – A LIFE WORTH SAVING
Located in Fort Collins, Colo., A Life Worth Saving is a Narconon residential treatment facility designed for adult men and women struggling with chemical dependency. Founded in 1971, Narconon is a non-traditional treatment program inspired by the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religion. The Colorado location – A Life Worth Saving – was established in 2008 and offers non-medical detoxification on-site. The facility also offers medical detox off-site to clients when a doctor determines that it is medically necessary for a client's safety.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to the center’s website, a major component of the residential treatment program is the non-medical detoxification process. The program contends that drug or alcohol cravings are due to residual toxins (metabolites) left by chemical dependency. To that end, clients undergo detoxification through regular sauna sessions and receive high doses of vitamins and minerals.
The center’s website notes the detoxification process “lasts until both the physical and mental pain completely goes away,” but the entire treatment program averages 2.5 to 3.5 months long, but it may take longer.
Once an individual completes the detoxification process, they participate in coursework that is designed to increase life skills, communication skills, and mindfulness. These courses address issues such as living in the past, faulty perceptions, coping, and personal integrity. The twelve-step program is not utilized during treatment.
A Life Worth Saving provides follow-up care for six months after discharge, which involves regular communication with the facility. However, clients are welcome to call the facility after this time is up for any reason. A three-month residential aftercare program is also available for those who wish to complete an internship at the facility. For a fee, alumni receive room and board and train as an intern.
The facility has certified addiction counselors on staff and has at least one person who is CPR trained and certified in the building. Some of the staff members are alumni of the program.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The treatment facility is set near the Cache La Poudre River in Fort Collins. According to the program’s website, the Narconon Colorado facility is a “spacious, modern building,” and clients enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor recreational activities in their free time, such playing sports and watching movies. Published photos also show comfortable communal areas, a fitness facility, and outdoor sitting areas. The five individuals surveyed by Rehabs,com at the time of this writing provided an average rating of 2.4 out of five for the facility’s overall accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The one alum who was polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing had a negative experience with Narconon Colorado, and indicated they would not recommend the center.
“DO NOT GO THERE,” alum B.B. wrote. “Insurance would not cover any of it. They failed all important categories and it’s Scientology.”
However, the 43 people who left Google Reviews for the center at the time of this writing, provided a 4.2 out of five star average.
Many alumni praised the staff in their Google Reviews, and some even credited the center with saving their lives. “I was addicted to opiates for 8 years,” Caitlin wrote in a representative review. “Narconon saved my life in so many ways.. The staff is amazing and so very helpful.”
Some individuals did raise concerns about the facility, and compared the center to a cult. “This is a front group for the church of Scientology, which is widely regarded as a cult,” Anthony wrote. “Look at the negative reviews letting you know this, amid all of the fake positive reviews posted by Scientology members.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
To date, the four loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing provided very polarized opinions of the program.
Claiming the program misrepresented itself through marketing, T.G., a parent of client, wrote: “Activities advertised were not offered.” Loved one J.J.J. added: “Non professional and like a cult.”
The other two loved ones provided high ratings for most areas of treatment, including staff support and the experience level of counselors. “The program is a well rounded solution not just a bandaid type of program,” Jackie wrote.
According to its website, the program accepts most insurance plans, including Humana, Aetna, and Cigna.
In 2012, a local news station reported in that Narconon's Oklahoma location was sued for fraud and wrongful death. The Narconon Colorado facility has also faced multiple lawsuits over the last few years, including one in 2015 from a man who claimed he was held prisoner and forced to practice Scientology.
Published on April 2017
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