Narconon New Life Retreat
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Narconon New Life Retreat


narconon-new-life-retreatThe Basics

After Hurricane Katrina, the founders of Narconon New Life Retreat noticed there was a need for more substance abuse treatment centers in Louisiana, particularly ones with a non-medical approach to detox. They opened their doors in 2006 and now offer Narconon methods of recovery for drug and alcohol rehabilitation on a peaceful, 15-acre campus in a woodland area outside Baton Rouge. Narconon International is an organization that promotes L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial theories of substance abuse treatment and addiction. As we’ve noted in other reviews, to say that this method of treatment is controversial is to understate matters to an astounding degree.

Accommodations and Food

Narconon New Life Retreat houses up to 45 residents in a building reminiscent of a luxury cabin, with tasteful decor and plenty of windows looking out onto the serene setting. Residents share bedrooms, which have hardwood floors, twin beds, nightstands and doors that open to the backyard. Bathrooms, which come equipped with a jacuzzi tub, are also shared. Other amenities include a recreation room with a pool table and a pinball machine, a spacious common area with plush couches and a television, a sauna and an exercise room with weights and cardio machines. For outdoor recreation and relaxation, there is a pool and a deck with tables and chairs.

Residents eat three healthy meals per day while enrolled in the program. A private chef prepares the meals and also provides snacks throughout the day. This program emphasizes a vegetable- and protein-heavy diet, which includes daily access to the salad bar and dishes with leaner meats like chicken or fish.

Treatment and Staff

The Narconon method seeks to promote recovery without medical oversight or intervention and rejects the 12-step, addiction-as-a-disease philosophy. The Narconon New Life Retreat program follows this template. While medical staff provides around-the-clock supervision of detoxification, they do not offer medication to ease the process. Instead, they seek to remove toxins through the body by having residents spend short intervals in the low-heat sauna, participate in daily exercise (which starts off more therapeutic, but gradually becomes more physical), take nutritional supplements and spend time with other residents who provide a supportive community.

At Narconon New Life Retreat, they believe drug abuse begins as a solution to a problem, and in order to stop the urge to use drugs, residents have to address problems in their past with an individualized and holistic program that centers on individual therapy.

After a client has completed detox, he or she begins a schedule that consists almost entirely of individual therapy (with CBT) with breaks for physical activity and relaxation. Physical activity can include working out in the on-site gym, taking a walk through the woodland areas surrounding the treatment center or engaging in relaxing exercises like yoga.

After residents complete detox, a typical day begins with an 8 or 9 am wake-up followed by breakfast and a bit of down time. Residents then attend individual therapy from 10 am to 12 pm, have lunch from 12 to 1 pm, attend more individual therapy from 1 to 3 pm and have a break from 3 to 4 pm to exercise, nap or just relax. There is more individual therapy from 4 to 6 pm, followed by dinner and one last individual session from 7 to 9 pm.

Narconon New Life Retreat employs a staff of about 32, which includes a medical doctor, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians and licensed addiction counselors. The staff-to-resident ratio is about one-to-one.


Narconon New Life Retreat believes that family support is vital to long-term recovery. They offer counseling both over the phone and in person to show family members how they can help their loved one during and after treatment.

Before residents leave the program, they meet with a graduate counselor who helps them develop an exit plan that includes day-to-day goals for 90 days as well as long-term goals for up to two years. Counselors frequently call graduates to check on their progress.

In Summary

New Life definitely has points in its favor— for example, a client who negotiates a $30,000 fee for 30 days will not have to pay more if they end up staying 45 or 60 day—but this is a spot that would only be right for those not frightened by Scientology.

Narconon New Life Retreat
35059 Bend Rd
Denham Springs, LA 70706

Narconon New Life Retreat Cost: $30,000 (30 days). Reach Narconon New Life Retreat by phone at (800) 513-1454 or (225) 243-5047. Find Narconon New Life Retreat on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest

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