Since its humble and simple beginnings more than four decades ago; started and named by an inmate in Arizona State Prison who was seeking to help himself and other inmates free themselves from substance abuse, Narconon has continued in its purpose-driven commitment to help addicts recover from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction the world over. Narconon recently published its first compilation of 40 years of Narconon studies, evaluations and reviews
of Narconon drug rehabilitation results.
What is Recovery
SAMSHA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued a working definition of recovery in 2012, defining it as, “a process of change by which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
Additionally, SAMHSA outlined four major components of a life in recovery. These components were identified as:
- HEALTH, which can be manifested in many forms; including the abstinence from illicit drugs, alcohol and non-prescribed medications.
- HOME, with the person having a safe and stable place to live.
- PURPOSE, including having meaningful daily activities: a job, attending school, participating in family caretaking, engaging in creative endeavors; having gainful employment or independent income.
- COMMUNITY, including relationships and social networks that provide the person in recovery with support, friendship, love and hope.
The challenge facing Narconon was how to measure this fact of recovery; and Narconon’s success in helping produce stable recovery after delivering it drug rehabilitation services to its clients.
Fortunately, SAMHSA’s four components of recovery suggested workable, objective measures which include by which to accurately assess the fact of recovery. Those are:
- Drug abstinence.
- Having a job or returning to school.
- Staying out of prison and/or being arrest-free.
- Good relations with family and/or friends.
And the 40-year compilation of Narconon studies demonstrates exactly these objective measures.
Evidence of Narconon Results
Narconon collected together 23 different evaluations and studies spanning 40 years, both formal and informal, and large and small.
In charting the results, it can be seen that the Narconon programs beginning with the very first one in Arizona State Prison to most recent programs such as delivered at Narconon Arrowhead and other United States centers have been producing consistent results in terms of:
- Narconon graduates staying out of trouble; measured by the statistic of not returning to prison, and/or being arrest-free.
- Narconon graduates functioning well in society; measured by the result of returning to work or school.
- Narconon graduates staying off drugs.
The compilation also includes concise and specific details of each study, including when the study was done, who did the study, the sample size of the group, what was measured and how, as well as the time-frame of the study.
According to Clark Carr, President of Narconon International, each of these studies or evaluations will be released over time, one-by-one; and with commentary.
At the same time, Mr. Carr noted that the Narconon centers around the world will continue to measure the efficacy of their individual programs. Those studies and/or evaluations will be released as the results are completed, or published.
The Narconon compilation of 23 studies, The Narconon Program, 40 Years of Evidence of Recovery can be accessed at www.narconon.org/about-narconon/40-years-evidence-recovery.html
This is fascinating data for anyone who has an interest in the field of successful drug rehabilitation treatment and addiction recovery. Included are studies of early programs delivered in prisons; and Narconon centers in Moscow, Stockholm, and Berlin, and the large study of the Narconon program delivered in Ensenada Prison in Mexico.
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