Why Use Sauna Detox in Drug Rehab?

When some hear of a sauna detox during drug rehab, they may wonder how it really works. Can a person really get rid of toxic residues from years of drug use? The best way to find out is to experience it yourself. Short of that, talk to some Narconon graduates who have done it. Here are what some recent Narconon Suncoast students have to say:

I’m Beyond Grateful!

Girl enjoying sobriety.
(To preserve privacy, the photo does not show an actual Narconon student or graduate.)

“Never in a million years did I truly believe I would make it to this point or feel as great as I do after completing the sauna detoxification part of the program. I started the New Life Detoxification completely unsure of everything and anything. I was paralyzed in regards to making a decision to better my life. I’m beyond grateful that I now have the desire and will to keep pushing forward and put the in the effort that’s needed to make these changes stick.

“I would especially like to thank the staff in sauna for the support and guidance they provided me, and even more so for their patience with me. I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with, however, they never gave up on me. I’m looking forward to what’s next and to further growth.”

S.L.—Narconon Suncoast Student

Small Wins Turn into Bigger Wins

“I’ll start with how I felt when I began my New Life Detoxification. I was experiencing a lot of the typical symptoms a person feels while coming off drugs. Physically I felt weak. Eating was done out of necessity with very little pleasure, and I lacked energy. I simply had no spark in me. Mentally I didn’t feel any better. I had a lot of invasive thoughts about my past, about my failures in life, my lack of direction, lack of responsibility and I had doubts about there being any future to my life.

J.P.—Narconon Suncoast Student
J.P.—Narconon Suncoast Student

“So that’s how I began, but it’s a person I would barely recognize if I saw him in the mirror today. None of the changes happened overnight. It was a process and a journey that started with small wins and gains, such as running a little harder than I wanted to but pushing through it, or deciding an uncomfortable time in the sauna needed a few more minutes and a little more sweats before the next break, or just simply going with the mindset that I wouldn’t complain just to complain and that I would go with it and do the program to the best of my ability.

“Small wins started turning into bigger wins. Tiny realizations about my day became bigger realizations applicable to my life and my desire to live drug-free. As these occurred, I also felt my energy coming back. I started feeling stronger and noticed a spring in my step. And sure enough, as I got better physically, I realized I was talking more, smiling more, laughing more, and I was far more clear-headed—like the fog had finally been lifted.”

J.P.—Narconon Suncoast Student

My Life Was Out of Whack

“I began this process feeling like I was in a daze, I was unable to think clearly and my perspective on life was all out of whack. The best way to explain how I felt would be to imagine standing at the edge of a large body of water that was completely covered by a thick fog. It was like I could not see two feet in front of me.

T.S.—Narconon Suncoast Student
T.S.—Narconon Suncoast Student

“But during this detoxification process that fog slowly began to lift and things became clearer. I’ve never felt better, both physically and mentally. The drugs and toxic substances have been flushed from my body and it now feels like I’m standing at the edge of that large body of water on a beautiful sunny day looking out over the world.

“I owe a huge ’thank you’ to the staff for being truly awesome during the ups and downs of this process. They made a very big impact on my recovery and I probably would not have made it through this step without them!”

T.S.—Narconon Suncoast Student


Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.