A lot of people say that addiction is a disease; however a better explanation exists that addiction starts with a problem that a person does not have a solution for. Using this information, then addiction is something that can be cured. It is a problem that can be overcome.
These are some of the main things that make the Narconon program successful:
• Narconon does not think that addiction is a disease; we think that addiction can be cured if you can get into the right mind setting. We believe that once a person gets into a sober life style, they are no longer an addict. Narconon believes that when people start to abuse drugs and alcohol, it is because they have experienced physical and emotional pain, and they are dealing with it by using drugs and alcohol. Instead of wanting to face the problem head on, they use drugs and alcohol to mask their feelings and hide the pain so that they do not have to deal with it.
• Narconon’s treatment program has 8 phases. When you put all of these phases together you can achieve full physical detoxification, find the root cause of addiction, learn how to identify and fix problems, and they will gain skills to change conditions for a better life.
• Our relapse prevention program plays a big part in recovery, this is included throughout treatment and will help the addict identify and handle any common causes that may trigger a relapse.
• We do not use medications during our program or discharge plan, except for people who may need medical detox. We do not recommend medication for any kind of drug substitute. We have discovered throughout all of our years of treating drug and alcohol addiction that when substitute medications are used there is a poor result.
• We have a very high level of care and understanding at our facility. All of our staff understands that it is important that we treat everyone that enters the program with respect and dignity. Many of our staff members have overcome addiction themselves, so they know the struggles and problems that the people we are treating go though.
Therefore they can better help them with their problems.
Narconon has been successfully treating addiction since 1966. We have proven that if an addict can overcome the main problem that caused the addiction they can have a sober life.
Sauna Detoxification Program
Narconon is the only program in the world that has a sauna detoxification program. When drugs are ingested into the body the residues are stored in the fat cells of the body as a metabolite. Anytime your body metabolizes something to give you energy this residue is released into your blood stream, travels to the brain and causes a biophysical craving for that drug. These metabolites can stay in the body for up to five years which means you have to fight these cravings for that long a period of time. The Narconon program uses a combination of a dry heat sauna and vitamin therapy to rid the body of these residues. This drastically reduces physical cravings for the drug.
Holistic Drug-free Approach
This program is one of the few in the world that does not use drugs to get you off drugs. The philosophy of giving one drugs to get them off another drug is a self defeating one. You can’t call yourself drug-free if you trade one drug for another. Our program combines vitamin therapy, exercise and sauna detox to get the body back to good physical health.
Non 12 Step Program
Narconon is a non-traditional program that uses cognitive (self-realizing) therapy to uncover the reasons one started using and abusing drugs in the first place. There is no group therapy, which can actually keep one stuck in a “user mentality”. Our program gets the addict out the past and into the present while teaching them how to effectively confront and handle any situation that may have made them turn to using drugs or alcohol in the past.
Life Skills Therapy
The program also consist of intensive life skills courses. Most addicts either never developed effective life skills or just plain forgot them due to their addiction. These courses concentrate on developing responsibility, personal ethics, morals and continually improving one’s condition in life.
Long Term Residential Setting
Narconon is a long-term residential program. Students are provided housing and food for as long as it takes to complete the program for one flat fee. One cannot successfully get off and stay off drugs with a program that is only 3 to 4 weeks. It takes that long for the brain to start producing its own chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin at normal levels after you stop using drugs. These are feel-good and sleep chemicals that the brain stops producing at normal levels while the person is taking drugs, so in other words, just when you are getting into your “right mind” is when most traditional program end. You need more time to develop the skills necessary to handle life without turning to drugs. Any program can get you off drugs; our program will keep you off drugs
Non Disease Approach
Narconon does not see addiction as a disease that you will have to battle the rest of your life. We look at addiction as simply a learned behavior. At some point in your life you had a problem that seemed to have no immediate solution which caused you to worry. Instead of confronting the problem you drank or used drugs. This seemed to take the problem away, at least temporarily and so the next time another problem came up the brain remembered that drugs made it go away, so why wouldn’t it work for you again. This soon becomes the only way one knows how to solve life’s problems, and so an addiction ensues. Narconon believes that if you confront and handle the problems that made you start using in the first place and develop the life skills necessary to handle current and future problems, a person can be freed from addiction.
Option for Future Employment
Narconon is one of the few programs in the world that offers its graduates the option to stay and train to work at a Narconon, if the individual qualifies at the end of their treatment. A comprehensive training program must be complete before they are able to work as a staff member. This not only allows a person to be part of a drug-free group and stay in a safe environment, but the opportunity to help others achieve productive lives.
Success Rate Of Over 70%
Narconon has over a 70% success rate of graduates over a two year period compared to less than 10% of traditional 12 Step programs.
Lots of Activities for Students
Since Narconon is a residential program we have set up lots of fun activities for students including volleyball, tennis, softball, trips to the lake, bonfires by the lake, coffee and ice-cream parties, movies and lots more. We believe in showing our students that you can have fun without using drugs or alcohol.
Beautiful Facility and Grounds
Narconon Arrowhead is set directly on beautiful Lake Eufaula in Arrowhead State Park, Canadian Oklahoma. The park encompasses over 2,000 acres of the scenic outdoors. Every room has a park or lake view, its own private bathroom and we also offer executive suites with wireless internet, cell phone and fax access.
Narconon has been providing successful drug and alcohol treatment since 1966 and is CARF accredited and licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction call 1-800-468-6933 for a free and confidential assessment by a addiction referral specialist or log onto stopaddiction.com for more information.
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Presented by David R. Root, MD., 1989
Dr. David Root is a physician specializing in occupational medicine with a private practice in Sacramento. California. He has treated numerous patients who had accumulated lipophilic chemicals through occupational exposure, using the method of detoxification developed by L. Ron Hubbard. In the course of his work, he has also treated approximately 75 drug abusers with this detoxification program. He recently reported the results of a follow-up study of these drug abuse patients at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
The long-term success rate for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs is not extremely high. Abstinence from drugs for 2 years after undergoing rehabilitation treatment by 30% of the patients is considered quite acceptable. This means that 70% of the patients are not succeeding in staying off of drugs. Such a recidivism rate is cause for deep concern. One hypothesis is that a hidden cause of recidivism amongst drug abusers is the presence in their bodies of residual levels of drugs and their metabolites. This led to the proposition that removing these compounds from the body would assist in the recovery of the drug abuser.
Appendix: Summaries of Published Papers Regarding the Detoxification Method Developed by L. Ron Hubbard
Evaluation of a Detoxification Regimen for Fat Stored Xenobiotics
Medical Hypothesis, Vol.9, 1982.
Summary: One hundred and three individuals undergoing detoxification with Hubbard’s procedure volunteered to undergo additional physical and psychological tests concomitant with the program. Participants had been exposed to recreational (abused) and medical drugs, patent medicines, occupational and environmental chemicals. Patients with high blood pressure had a mean reduction of 30.8 mm systolic, 23.3 mm diastolic; cholesterol level mean reduction was 19.5 mg/ 100 ml, while triglycerides did not change. Completion of the detoxification program also resulted in improvements in psychological test scores, with a mean increase in Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IQ of 6.7 points. Scores on Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory profiles decreased on Scales (4-7) where high scores are associated with amoral and asocial personalities, psychopathic behavior and paranoia. Medical complications resulting from detoxification were rare, occurring in less than three percent of the subjects.