Narconon Riverbend Retreat

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The Narconon Riverbend Retreat, located in Denham Springs Louisiana, is a long-term inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.  Located not far from Baton Rouge and nestled serenely on 15 wooded acres, this facility’s 23 staff members – including eight certified drug counselors – provide personal care and attention to as many as 35 students.  After program services are complete for the day, Narconon Louisiana offers a swimming pool, basketball court, pool table, and other game equipment for student enjoyment and relaxation.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the number of displaced addicts who were in severe withdrawal was evident to founders Tom and Kathy Steiner.  The first Narconon Louisiana was opened in 2006, and later statistics proved their decision to be a good one.  Nationally, an estimated 13 million youths aged 12 to 17 become involved with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs annually. This same age group increased their abuse of controlled prescription drugs by 212% between 1992 and 2003. Published: 19 March 2008   Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 2008, 3:8 doi: 10.1186/1747-597X-3-8  Received: 22 August 2007  Accepted: 19 March 2008      This article is available from  http://www.substanceabusepolicy.com/content/3/1/8

In 2007, the state of Louisiana estimated around 19,805 DUI arrests and 235 deaths due to DWI.  Statistics also estimated 1,200 deaths related to alcohol abuse, 6,352 tobacco-related deaths, and 240 deaths due to illicit drug use.  It was estimated to be around 206,919 marijuana users, 33,907 cocaine addicts, and 1,920 heroin addicts living in Louisiana. It is also estimated that there are 90,613 people abusing prescription drugs, 8,644 people that use inhalants, and 15,388 people who use hallucinogens.  In Louisiana, they estimated around 26,121 people arrested in 2007 for drug-related charges.


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Recovery at Narconon Riverbend Retreat

With a more than 3 out of 4  success rate for permanent sobriety, Narconon Riverbend Retreat has become one of   Narconon’s stellar facilities, approaching addiction from multiple levels.  First, they address the physical aspect of addiction; students undergo a sauna detoxification program that uses dry heat saunas and nutritional supplements to remove the residue of drugs left in the body.  These residues are responsible for withdrawal symptoms and cravings that often defeat attempts at overcoming addiction and can cause severe aches and pains, extreme anxiety, and severe depression.  An addict wants only to return to the behaviors that will make them feel better – their short-term need defeats their desire for long-term recovery.  Removing these residues can return health and energy to the body, preparing the student to move on to the next level of recovery.

After the student’s body is clear of drug residue and the physical dependence has been overcome, Narconon Louisiana, as other Narconon centers, offers a series of courses, one-on-one therapy, and personal coaching, all designed to help the student to identify the reasons they first began to use drugs and to find alternative solutions with which to confront life’s problems, moving them out of the repeated failures of the past and into a future in which they no longer need drugs as an escape.  According to an article on the success of the Riverbend Retreat, TransWorldNew.com, a global news and press release distribution outlet, included the following quote from Jeff Lukas, Executive Director of Narconon Louisiana, “We do not subscribe to the idea that addiction is a disease.  Instead we focus on what problems the student tried to solve with drugs.  Once these problems are isolated and handled the individual no longer has the need to use drugs.”


A person can begin drug use for many reasons.  These are perfectly good people who may just want to see what it feels like, or they may be trying to avoid pain or unwanted feelings.  Although that first use might offer an intense feeling of euphoria or release from stressors, the body builds up a tolerance that requires more and more of the drug, and still the effects become less intense.  The addict chases that feeling by putting more drugs into their body, as their physical and mental condition begins its downward spiral.  It takes ever increasing amounts of drugs to help handle the growing pain.

The popular belief is that addiction is a chronic brain disease that is prone to relapse, but Narconon Louisiana statistics prove that people have the ability to put addiction permanently behind them.  It’s necessary to identify those situation and problems that first caused the student to feel that drugs were the answer, but we don’t just treat the symptoms.  We rehabilitate the entire individual.

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Narconon Riverbend Retreat Residential Drug Rehabilitation Center

35059 Bend Road, Denham Springs, Louisiana, 70706

Phone: 225-243-5047

Toll free number: 1-877-340-3602