The Narconon Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Method
The Narconon program consists of 8 courses of treatment that when combined achieve full physical detoxification, self-realized root causes of the individual’s addiction and a reformed ability to identify and solve problems and change unwanted conditions for the better his/her life. The Narconon Program is one of the pioneering programs of “manualized treatment.” The treatment method addresses the 3 Barriers to Successful Recovery: physical cravings, lingering depression and/or guilt from past misconduct connected to drug or alcohol abuse.
The first barrier for any addict wishing to kick his habit is overcoming the mental and physical cravings for drugs or alcohol. Cravings are strong, uncontrollable urges to use drugs or alcohol that drive the addict to once again use addictive substances. Narconon Arrowhead handles these cravings with three actions: a completely drug-free withdrawal from drugs that dries the person out and makes them start feeling better physically. The Therapeutic Training Routines that brings the addicts more into present time and out of past problems and upsets and the New Life Detoxification Program removes the drug residues that trigger reminders of doing drugs or alcohol.
Depression is another factor that keeps an addict harnessed in his addiction. Depression is the source of a constant and significant amount of discomfort that prompts continued drug use. It is also the second major barrier to recovery for those seeking treatment for their addictions. The remaining depression is dealt with by completing the Communications and Perception Course and the Ups and Downs in Life Course which puts the person more in control of their life, teaches them how to have positive, pro-survival relationships and stops them from creating new drug related problems in their life. All of this raises the person’s morale which significantly decreases, or eliminates all together, the depression that follows after a person stops using drugs or alcohol.
The third and final barrier to recovery is guilt. Guilt acts as another strap in the harness that keeps the addict trapped in his drug abuse. The addict feels guilty because he has committed dishonest deeds against the people he cares about. This is an integral part of the life cycle of addiction. This barrier, guilt, is addressed in the life skills phase with the Personal Values and Integrity Course, the Changing Conditions in Life Course, and the Way to Happiness Course
Improved Communication Skills
Most drug and alcohol dependent people tend to withdraw from family, friends and loved ones. They lose their ability to communicate and relate to people around them. Addicts tend to think and focus their attention inward on problems, discomforts or self perceived emotional disabilities. Drying a person out alone doesn’t correct this situation for the users. In fact, once individuals are taken off the drugs or alcohol they can find it even harder to relate and communicate with people in their environment than when they were using. The first step to successful recovery must include a method to extrovert the addict’s attention from their past drug or alcohol related problems and teach them to be comfortable in their present treatment surroundings while at the same time improving their communication skills.
The Therapeutic Training Routines are a series of communication and exercises and drills that are done in a classroom setting. In this book, addicts learn a series of communication exercises that are drilled with another person in recovery and supervised by a trained Narconon counselor. These exercises and drills are done until each individual has accomplished a renewed ability to face and comfortably communicate with another person with eye to eye to contact. Additionally, these exercises begin to help the addict exercise his ability to control his attention span and focus on the here and now rather then wandering back through drug or alcohol related memories, problems or misdeeds.
The New Life Detoxification Program
The first major barrier that one encounters when starting the rehabilitation process is the physical and mental cravings for drugs and alcohol that can overwhelm and completely distract a person from their recovery. Physical and mental cravings for drugs are one of the most common reasons for people to leave before their treatment program is completed.
The Narconon drug rehabilitation program represents a unique approach to recovery. The Narconon New Life Detoxification program utilizes a unique approach to assist the body to eliminate drugs and other toxins.
The toxic buildup of drug residues that stay lodged in an addict’s body can result in cloudy thinking,low attention span, irritability and fatigue. These residues can also contribute to cravings for drugs even after a person has been off them for a period of time. Therefore, this procedure helps prevent relapse from occurring.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a scientifically validated method of flushing drug residues out of the body.
It starts off gradually, with each person exercising moderately and spending a little time in a moderate-heat dry sauna. Generous doses of nutritional supplements are given, following strict guidelines laid out in program instructions. Each day, the person increases time in the sauna and dosages of vitamins as the supervisor of the program carefully monitors all the manifestations a person may go through.
The New Life Detoxification Program utilizes a combination of aerobic exercise, sweating in a moderate-heat sauna, generous amounts of nutritional supplements that are administered following strict guidlines for the program. Each person receives a full medical exam and approval before starting the program.
The following are just some of the results reported from those completing this program:
- Reduction or elimination of drug and alcohol cravings.
- Reduction or elimination of symptoms that accompany drug and alcohol abuse including depression, irritability, and fatigue.
- Ability to think more clearly.
- Improved attention span and memory.
- Increase of energy level.
- More enthusiasm toward life.
Learning Improvement Course
Once the physical cravings for drugs or alcohol have been addressed the individual is ready to proceed with the next step of the program. Drug and alcohol usage tend to make one mentally dull and impair a persons ability to read, study and comprehend information. Therefore the next step of treatment is to rehabilitate the addict’s ability to comprehend and apply information they are studying.
This course gives the student the ability to acquire and retain knowledge by recognizing and overcoming the barriers to study and comprehension. These study principals are tools that they can use for the rest of their lives when studying any subject and are used by the person through the remainder of the Narconon program.
Communication and Perception Course
Drug and alcohol abuse affects an individual’s ability to focus on goals and objectives long enough to accomplish them. Addiction also greatly impairs the ability to communicate effectively and to use communication as a tool to identify and solve problems in their environment. Without focus and the ability to relate to environment addicts lose their self control. This then is followed by a lowering of self esteem and a lethargic state of mind. As a result, they tend to live in the past and to some degree disconnect mentally from the present.
The Communication and Perception Course consists of two segments. The first is another series of communication exercises and drills that further improves a person’s ability to confront tough situations and increase their understanding of, and ability to communicate. The individual learns to use communication to help and counsel another in this segment. Once the individual has accomplished this ability, he then works with another student and guides him or her through a series of exercises. These exercises increase a person’s awareness of his or her present-time surroundings while at the same time increases self control and focus. The end result of these exercises is and increased ability to set goals and a renewed which increases the recipient of these exercises ability to set and achieve goals.
Both sections of the Communication and Perception Course are done in a course room setting under the direct supervision of a Narconon staff member trained in these procedures. The supervisor oversees the delivery of the exercises and is there to correct as needed each counseling session so the processes are properly completed. In addition to helping the individual regain and build their focus, self control and ability to set and achieve goals, their responsibility level is also improved through the co-counseling that occurs in this phase of the program.
In doing the exercises in this step those in recovery are helping each other improve their lives as they are working on improving their own. Addicts are generally self-centered and focused primarily on themselves ignoring others in their life. Helping another addict to begin to regain control of their life and their addiction begins to break this pattern of behavior and install a higher level of responsibility in the individual.
With a heightened awareness of the person’s present time environment and life, a renewed ability to remain focused long enough to start and complete cycles of action and an increased level of personal responsibility, the addict in treatment is now able to clearly and rationally look into their life and begin to identify the positive and negative influences and relationships that exist there. They then move on to the Ups and Downs in Life Course.
Ups and Downs in Life Course
Part of the life style that develops during the addiction process is the tendency on the part of the addict to develop some anti-social behavior. These individuals are in most cases basically good but consequent to their misconduct associated with drug use, they begin to develop negative attitudes toward others. As these negative attitudes develop addicts will pull away from the more ethical people in their lives. They begin instead to associate with negative people who often themselves lead a life of drug abuse. It is important for a recovering addict to identify social and anti-social characteristics in people and to be able to tell the difference between someone who will support their sobriety and someone who will try to bring them back down to a life of drug addiction.
The Ups and Downs in Life Course is life skills training that is delivered in a class room setting by a trained Narconon supervisor. This courses teaches an individual how to identify social and anti-social characteristics in people. Once they learn these characteristics, they will have a workable system to identify and develop positive relationships with people who will be supportive to their continued recovery and know what type of people and relationships will jeopardize their sobriety and quality of life.
Personal Values and Integrity Course
Unethical behavior and repeated misconduct go part and parcel with an addicted life style. Addicts become trapped in committing transgressions against people in their lives and against society at large. They get into the vicious circle of committing transgressions in an attempt to hide or continue their drug or alcohol use. This then puts them in situations where further transgressions are committed in an attempt to solve the problems that the earlier ones have created. As this cycle continues, these individuals begin to individuate from the people in their lives who love and care about them and may become antagonistic toward them. They hurt the people they love most and as a consequence they become ridden with guilt. This in turn makes them so uncomfortable they will use more drugs or drink in an attempt to cover up or medicate away these negative feelings.
The Personal Values and Integrity Course is delivered in a classroom setting under the supervision of a person trained in this Narconon step. This course teaches addicts a system that will help them alleviate the guilt that is associated with their drug or alcohol related misconduct. In this course past misdeeds are inventoried one at time in a very specific manner. This procedure helps the addicts identify transgression when they occurred, where they happened, who was involved with them at the time and the harm which resulted because of the misdeed.
Through this procedure addicts experience a tremendous relief. They also become aware of the damage they are responsible for in their environment that they need to repair. This opens the door for the individual to be able to start the process of repairing these negative conditions. Once this process is completed, they individual’s integrity is restored, along with the understanding that true happiness can only be achieved through living an ethical life style.
Changing Conditions in Life Course
As addicts confront their misdeeds and the damage these actions created in the various areas of their lives is realized, they are now ready to begin to repair relationships and situations that exist in their lives because of their addiction. This course is delivered in a course room setting and supervised by a person trained in the Narconon program technology. In this course the person is taught that there are separate compartments of one’s life that together make up the whole of an individual’s existence, (one’s self, one’s relationship with family, one’s job, living in the material world, what one’s personal belief spiritually etc.) This course also teaches individuals simple formulas that can be applied to any situation in life, if these formulas correctly followed will help the person preserve those things that are going well for him in life or repair those areas that are damaged. It is through this course that individuals develop their individual discharge plan of what actions need to be taken to ensure they can live a sober ethical life style.
At this stage of treatment individuals going through the program have made significant progress towards repairing the mental and physical effects of addiction and have begun the process to repair the damage in their lives that addiction has created. They also have developed a plan of actions that they will need to follow to ensure a sober and responsible life style. They are now at a point where they have to evaluate and develop some stable rules of conduct for responsible living. The last book of Narconon’s treatment series addresses this issue. It is called the Way to Happiness Course.
The Way To Happiness Course
This is the final in the Narconon rehabilitation program. Through this course the student learns 21 precepts that cover a common sense moral code of conduct that when followed will help them become productive contributing members of society by living an ethical life style.
At this point the entire Narconon rehabilitation line up is complete. There is a final review step which consists of counseling that helps each graduate of the program design their individual plan of action that addresses the situations that may still exist in the person’s home environment. In addition goals are set in the areas of family, work, relationships and any other situations unique to the individual along with a specific plan of actions that will be taken to achieve these goals.
When individuals complete the entire Narconon program they have a written plan of action of which a copy is kept on file at the center. Each graduate of the program is contacted after they are released and the progress on the individual plans are assessed. Additionally if a graduate runs into problems that are distracting them from their plan a staff member will help them to resolve this or to improve the plan so progress in accomplishing these set goals is achieved.
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