Is it Possible to Recover From Drug and Alcohol Addiction?
The answer to this question is a resounding, "YES!!!" But, in order for any program to be effective a majority of the time, it must be capable of providing its graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary not just to BECOME free of drugs and alcohol, but to REMAIN free of them. This begins with a major premise:
One Cannot Be Gotten Off Drugs and Alcohol By Substituting A Different Drug.
This may seem so obvious that noone would, or could, question it. But an examination of some of the programs available to the addict will reveal that there are those programs which rely on drug substitution.
Narconon is not one of them.
All of the steps of the Narconon program are entirely drug-free. The program does use certain nutritional substances in order to help the addict's body to recover from the ravages of the drugs that have been being used. Unlike drugs, none of the substances used (limited to vitamins, minerals, amino acids and some homeopathic remedies) have any mental effects whatsoever. They are intended only to rebuild the body's strength and endurance, the purpose being to help control the physical problems and deficiencies which have been plaguing the individual.
Thus the Narconon program follows neither a psychiatric nor medical model, but the social education model of rehabilitation. All persons enrolling in the Narconon program are required to undergo a full physical examination, conducted by a licensed MD. In certain cases, where ceasing the use of the substance or substances to which the individual has become addicted might pose a threat to the health of the addict, he may be required to undergo a medically supervised detoxification protocol. In some of these cases, the physician may prescribe the use of certain medicinal drugs during this initial period of withdrawal. But these are short-term only and are administered prior to the start of the Narconon program. Once started on the program itself, there is no further use of such drugs.
At Narconon we do not consider those on the program as "patients." We refer to them as "students." The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary defines a student as: "An attentive and systematic observer"
This is an entirely accurate description of one who is enrolled on the Narconon program. The program itself is systematic, and the student learns to observe things that he has never before been able to so, those things about himself and his life which have led him to the need for this program. He learns things that he did not previously know. In many cases, he re-learns things that he DID previously know, but has either forgotten or has simply failed to apply.
No student graduates the program successfully who has not, in the last steps of the program, developed, with the help of the Narconon staff, a "re-entry program", a series of steps to be followed to ease him back into life in such a way as to prevent his sliding back into the use of drugs or alcohol to solve his problems.
Having completed the Narconon program he is newly re-oriented toward life. This means that his thoughts, his plans and his resulting actions are all aimed at living, something which he thought the drugs were doing for him.
On graduation, he can live a happy, healthy drug free life. But he must use, and continue to use, the skills that he has gained or regained on the program. No book sitting on a shelf, unread, has ever imparted knowledge to anyone. The book must be opened and read in order to be of value.
In those cases where a graduate is confronted with a problem that he simply thinks he cannot solve, where life seems to be driving him back in the direction of addiction, he returns to a Narconon center where he is helped to find the specific part or parts of the program which he failed to understand or apply. This is termed a "review program." The deficiency is corrected, and the graduate is then able to resume his life.
Although, on average, the Narconon program takes four to six months, this is not an absolute. No one person is the same as any other, and some take a longer or shorter time to complete the program. At Narconon, when we are asked what the duration of the program is, we standardly answer, "it takes as long as it takes." We do not put some arbitrary time limit on the program.
Our program is based on this basic philosophy:
"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."
~~ L. Ron Hubbard
What is the Narconon Program Graduate?
The Narconon Program Graduate is someone
- Who has completed the Narconon drug rehabilitation< program;
- Who knows he is, in fact, capable of living a drug-free life thereafter;
- Who has improved his or her ability to learn and thus can accept new ideas on how to change life for the better;
- Who has personally absorbed the fundamentals of ethics and morality well enough that he or she can be productive and contributive to society and will have no further troubles with the justice system;
- Who knows how to solve the problems of life in a rational manner to the best of his ability, without the use of mind-altering drugs.
The Narconon program graduate, no matter the severity of his or her earlier life problems, is able to achieve and to maintain a stable, drug-free, ethical life. It is THIS that actually defines the program graduate.
No Narconon graduate is a "victim". So life handed him a bad hand of cards. But cards, good or bad, can be used to play a game. The only road out is through personal recognition of responsibility for one's own condition. We provide the addict with the vehicle and the map to make that journey safely and successfully. It is up to him to drive it and to follow the map. It is easier than it seems.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to reproduce selections from the copyrighted works of L. Ron Hubbard.