workshopThe problem of addiction is far more complex than simply being about the physiological dependence that a heavy drinker or drug user develops. Certainly this dependence is a core factor in addiction — the body of the addict has adapted to the best of its ability to the chemical onslaught, and has reached a point where it needs a regular dose just to maintain this balance — but it is not the entire picture. There are also a host of other behavioral issues that go along with addiction, both in its causation and perpetuation. It has been found that many people who end up behind bars as a result of being driven into crime by their drug or alcohol abuse can trace their difficulties back to problems they were having coping with life. One of the most common such problems is illiteracy. The inability to learn doesn’t just mean that a person will not get good grades in school. It’s a matter of being unable able to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life, and it dooms a person to struggling to get by. Many illiterate people end up drinking or using drugs as a way to lighten the burden and escape from the stress and pressure they face on a daily basis, and too many of them end up as addicts. L. Ron Hubbard, the American philosopher whose writings formed the basis of the Narconon program, explained it this way:

The addict has been found not to want to be an addict, but is driven by pain and environmental hopelessness. As soon as an addict can feel healthier and more competent mentally and physically without drugs than he does on drugs, he ceases to require drugs.

About Narconon’s Study Course

The Narconon program includes several steps which address the underlying issues that cause the “pain and environmental hopelessness” to which Hubbard referred. One of these is the Learning Improvement course, which equips the person with the necessary tools and skills to succeed as a student. This is important not only because many people who attend Narconon want to further their education following completion of the program, but also because the ability to study is vital to success in everyday life. Being able to acquire new skills, understand new situations, and adapt to unfamiliar circumstances can make a night and day difference between a happy life and one that is miserable. Narconon includes this course as a way to help the person achieve a newfound level of stability and certainty so that he or she will be far less likely to ever again feel the necessity to seek a refuge in drugs or alcohol.

The Learning Improvement course is unique to the Narconon program — it’s not the type of thing that one expects to find when arriving at a drug rehab center. But it’s not something that Narconon is trying to try to keep as an industry secret, either. Recently, the group made a presentation on how they teach the basics of learning at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference, attended by more than 600 professionals in the field of rehab in February in Los Angeles. Narconon International President Clark Carr was on hand to deliver one of several addresses to the attendees, and he covered both the delivery of the learning skills course to the Narconon students but also how this same program helps in training the staff of Narconon centers in delivering the rehab program. Carr’s presentation lasted an hour and a half, and included a number of interactive elements to engage the audience and aid in the delivery of the information. It was well received, and it can be hoped that a result of Carr’s presentation more rehab centers around the country will follow suit with Narconon in including efforts at rehabilitating a person’s ability to learn as part of the process of recovery from addiction.

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