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THE PATTERN OF ADDICTION
PROGRAM STEPS
The pattern of addiction begins with an individual, who like most people in our society is well intentioned and has hopes, goals and dreams for the future. This person encounters a problem or a physical discomfort that he does not have an obvious solution for. He eventually discovers that drugs or alcohol seem to "solve" the problem or remove his symptoms.
Not only does the drug or alcohol not resolve the problem; it makes the person weaker and less able to handle the problem. His awareness and ability are decreased with his first use of the substance.

In fact the drug use creates more problems. Eventually the problems created through drug use can become too great to face. The use of drugs become obsessive in an effort to disregard the mounting consequences of what has now become drug abuse.
In addition to the mental stress created by drug usage, the addict's body has become adapted to the presence of the drugs. The chemistry of the body has been altered to the point where absence of the drug creates extreme discomfort.

You now have a person who is physically and mentally drug dependent. Although the addict never intended to be an addict and does not want to be an addict, he feels there is no way out.
THEORY AND METHOD OF REHABILITATION

Narconon takes a two- pronged approach in addressing these two aspects of addiction - physical and mental . First, the physical aspects of addiction are addressed through nutrition and detoxification. Upon completion, the person often experiences a resurgence and revitalization. His body feels good without the drugs and his mind has cleared up. He can now learn and is ready for the second aspect of the program, the social rehabilitation techniques. Chronic drug abuse is associated with poor communication skills, financial difficulties, a detrimental system of values and attitudes, criminal behavior and poor comprehension of long-term goals. Narconon social rehabilitation steps nurture the development of interpersonal communication skills, personal values, integrity and individual responsibility - qualities that help keep one from ever doing drugs again. Because these skills are learned, Narconon clients are called students.

The Narconon Program addresses and handles each of these points in a manner that considers the particular needs of the individual client.

STEPS OF THE NARCONON® PROGRAM

1.   Drug-Free Withdrawal
2.   Communication Course
3.   Narconon New Life Detoxification Program
4.   Learning Improvement Course
5.   Communication and Perception Course
6.   Ups and Downs in Life Course
7.   Personal Values and Integrity Course
8.   Narconon Changing Conditions in Life Course
9.   Narconon Way to Happiness Course
10. Discharge Plan

Family Counseling is done in the beginning and as needed throughout the program.

1. Drug Free Withdrawal/Orientation/Stabilization

Drugs and alcohol create nutritional deficiencies. Specifically, research has shown that Vitamin C, B Complex and Niacin deficiencies are brought about by drugs and alcohol. For example, alchohol can burn up so much vitamin B1 that a sleeping person will begin to experience nightmares. Continued consumption of alchohol creates a further loss of B1 thereby causing delirium tremins (DTs).

Nutritional experiments show that a person recieving a vitamin and mineral therapy will experience a far more comfortable withdrawal. Techniques to relieve accumulated stress also are used to assist in the withdrawal process. These techniques also aid the individual to rapidly cease drug use, and may be compared to the breathing techniques used in the LaMaz or Bradley form of natural childbirth to assist the mother to bear the pain of delivery. Simple in nature, they nonetheless result in a more comfortable transition through the discomfort of withdrawal.

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2. Communication Course

Addicts generally have poor communication skills. It is difficult for them to admit to and talk about their problems. Drugs often are being taken to avoid confronting life or communicating with others. Relationships are further strained by the addict's communication difficulties.

Unless an addict can talk about his mistakes and problems, he is unlikely to recover from them.

This section of the program increases the addict's ability to confront and talk about his problems. He will come to recognize where communications have broken down so that he/she can improve his/her ability to communicate. This opens the door to restoring family, social and business relationships. It is vital for the success of the rest of the program.

The area of communication is so important that it is addressed twice in the Narconon program. To communicate is to live and this course is an invitation back into life.

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3. Narconon® New Life Detoxification Program

Many substances are known to be stored in the fat tissue. Research has established that both pharmaceutical and so-called recreational drugs can remain in the body for an extended time. Drugs such as cocaine, meth, cocaine and marijuana are found in fat and can remain in the body for an extended time.

For example, marijuana can be found in urine up to 77 days after the last use of the marijuana. While cocaine is generally considered to be a rapidly metabolized drug, studies of cocaine users show that un-metabolized cocaine is found 5-10 days after the last use of the drug.

When fats are mobilized during times of stress or hunger the drug residuals are also mobilized and go into the bloodstream. These drug residuals can trigger cravings that are almost impossible to resist. Hence, relapse occurs.

The purpose of the New Life Detoxification Program is to purge the body of drug residues through an exact regime that consists of the following:

A. Exercise, preferably running, to stimulate circulation.

B. Prescribed periods in a low temperature sauna to promote sweating.

C. An exact regime of vitamin, mineral and oil intake

D. Sufficient liquids to offset the loss of body fluids through sweating

E. Regular diet supplemented with plenty of fresh vegetables which are not overcooked

F. A properly ordered personal schedule, which provides the person with the normally required amount of sleep.

(This is an intensive program and, as such, requires physician approval to participate.)

The Narconon detoxification program has resulted in astonishing improvement in clients. They consistently report increased mental clarity, greater energy, and greater awareness of their surroundings and an increased feeling of general well being following the program. They are now past the physical discomforts associated with addiction and are ready for the cognitive aspects of the program.

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4. Learning Improvement Course

Research correlates drug abuse with poor performance in school. The inability to learn followed by alienation from society and then by drug abuse is a common pattern. Reduced ability to learn lowers one's ability to participate in many of life's activities. This lends itself to alienation and the search for substitutes.

This course teaches the student study skills that increase his/her ability to study and retain knowledge. Students learn techniques that enable them to apply what they learn rather than learn materials rotely. Each student practices these skills. While the immediate benefit is increased comprehension of the Narconon materials, the ability to learn and apply what one learns increases one's survival potential long after graduation of the Narconon program and increases employment opportunities.

Even those Narconon students who are literate have been found to benefit from learning more about study.

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5. Communication and Perception Course

Drugs often result in disorientation from the actual environment. When a person has used a drug such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy or meth, memories of the past can "turn on" causing one to perceive something different than what is actually in front of them. For example, driving past a location where one has previously used drugs can elicit memories of the sensations of using the drug and cause disorientation. We are referring to memories that are mental in nature, not physical cravings.

On this course, more communication drills along with extroverting exercises are done to teach the student to think and act in the present, not in the past. The communication exercises done at this point provide the student with tools he can use to handle any life situation with present time communication.

These exercises along with the extroverting exercises, result in an individual who no longer automatically reacts to situations. Instead, he has the ability to think out the solution rationally and logically and communicate these solutions as needed.

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6. Ups and Downs in Life Course

Most drug abusers are associated with others who take drugs and promote anti-social activities. Often these individuals have strongly influenced the drug abuser to continue his/her drug-taking behavior. There is always the danger that a graduate of the Narconon program might well return to the environment in which he first became drug dependent and fall under the influence of such elements. Some drug reversions are traceable to this factor.

This course provides the student with information necessary to identify and handle those outside influences that could cause him to lose gain he has made in the program. Students learn the characteristics of the social personality and the antisocial personality so they can recognize the two and pick associates that will add to their life, not detract. Quite often, after doing this course, the addict chooses to completely disconnect himself from past antisocial persons that earlier had influenced him in a negative way. Completing this course make the student less susceptible to those who would influence them to revert to drugs or crime.

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7. Personal Values and Integrity Course

We have all heard the old adage " Confession is good for the soul." Drug addicts usually have a history of dishonesty and destructive behavior. Once the student has really started tackling his addiction and is becoming more aware he begins to feel guilt over his past actions. It is vital that the student be afforded the opportunity to rid himself of the shame, guilt and baggage. The only way for anyone to do this is by completely facing what one has done and taking responsibility for it. It has been empirically determined that, unless past unethical behaviors are addressed, the student is likely to continue these habit patterns and revert to drugs. Traditionally, this is a keystone concept in most recovery programs.

On this course the student's responsibility level is raised by learning the fundamental concepts of ethics, honest and integrity. He/she also learns to apply techniques to unburden themselves of past misdeeds and transgressions against family, friends and society. These steps on the course lead to a higher increased personal awareness and the ability to reform.

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8. Narconon Changing Conditions in Life Course

Narconon's experience with graduates is that usually they will remain drug-free to the extent they are succeeding in life and fulfilling their ambitions. Gainful employment and a productive lifestyle have been found to be major factors in instilling feelings of pride and self-worth. If these are present, a person is less likely to seek the escape and false euphoria of drugs.

This course provides the know-how to improve conditions in life. Any activity in life is either getting better or worse and is in a specific condition at any point in time. In this course, the student learns to apply a series of prescribed steps that one can take to improve that condition. These steps can also be used to repair previous bad situations. The purpose of this course is to give the student skills to handle bad past situations so he can handle the present and the future. These skills applied to the present and the future will help the student in all areas of life such as family and career.

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9. Narconon Way to Happiness Course

The moral level of drug abusers has often been severely compromised. Many do not follow guidelines that promote social interaction. In fact, many have been found to lack a viable, moral code, or any moral code at all, through which to guide or judge their own actions.

This course covers 21 precepts that comprise a non-religious moral code. Each precept is studied and drills are done so that the student understands how these may apply to his own life. This basic set of principles is often the first set of morals that the student has truly studied and applied. Many have eye-opening realizations on this course regarding how their conduct contributes not only to their happiness, but also to the happiness of others.

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10. Discharge and After-Care Planning Section

This final section serves to build future support for the student. After completing the residential stage of treatment, the student will be ready for the transition back into society. An aftercare program will be uniquely tailored to the individual and will encompass several areas: Support systems, Life style changes, Educational planning, Financial Planning, Self-enhancement goals, Relationships, Living Arrangements and Social and Spiritual development. Information and tools that the student has learned on the Narconon program will be incorporated into the discharge plan. The student is very involved in creating his own discharge plan, as it is his future.

It is not uncommon for the family of the client to be involved in this section and they might actually be active participants in the aftercare planning. Narconon of Georgia offers a free two-day course for family members who wish to take it at the end of the student's program. In this way, the family can be involved in the after care planning from the point of understanding more about what the student has learned on the Narconon program. This is not required, but it is highly recommended.

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ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION

The purpose of the Narconon is to help people get off drugs. People with extensive psychiatric histories or who have been on long-term psychiatric medication may therefore be inappropriate for admission. Your intake counselor can help you determine whether Narconon can help.


Studies on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program
KevinOwen@rehabnz.co.nz
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