Is Addiction a Disease

Is Addiction a Disease

disease“Going through other treatment programs, I was taught, or told, that I had a disease.” These are the words of a young man who appears in a new video posted online recently by Narconon International. He is a former Narconon student, and he speaks in the video as someone who has completed the Narconon program. His experience with other drug rehab programs is common to countless other people who have gone in for help and walked out with a label that they were told they would carry to the end of their days. Like so many others, he had been told that, “I had to live with this disease for the rest of my life.” His experience with Narconon was an entirely different story. “Going through Narconon, it was extremely empowering. There was no disease concept, or even talk about that. Really, it was just a way to live my life successfully, that works, without drugs.” At Narconon, the young man learned how he could live a happy and stable life, without having to carry around the stigmatizing label of “recovering addict.” He could, in other words, get back to being a normal person, having made a stable recovery and a fresh start.

Addiction is not a disease. This fact flies in the face of the predominating understanding of addiction, which is commonly referred to as the “disease model of addiction.” A large number of people in the field of addiction treatment share the view that addiction is a disease, and this fact is largely to blame for the notoriously low rates of success in many areas of that field. Conversely, one of the major reasons that Narconon is so effective is the fact that it does not approach addiction as a disease. Instead, it works to build the person up, to help him or her learn how to better handle life and to be more stable and happy at home, at work and elsewhere. Narconon students learn how to choose positive goals and how to effectively pursue these goals. They learn how to choose the right people as friends and associates, as well as how to spot the wrong people and handle them. They even learn tools for how to make things go right in life, how to turn situations around and achieve success. With these lessons learned, the person becomes far more capable of enjoying life, and there is very little chance that he or she will revert to using drugs or alcohol as a crutch.

How does Narconon treat drug addiction?

The Narconon approach to addiction treatment, which does not regard addiction as a disease, is embodied by the name, Narconon, which refers to the fact that the program treats drug addiction without the use of drugs. This approach was at the core of the concept of Narconon founder William Benitez, who developed the program based on what he learned in the book, The Fundamentals of Thought, by author and researcher L. Ron Hubbard. “What impressed me the most about Mr. Hubbard’s materials,” says Benitez, “was that they concentrated not only on identifying abilities, but also on methods (practical exercises) by which to develop them. I realized that drug addiction was nothing more than a ‘disability,’ resulting when a person ceases to use abilities essential to constructive survival.” Narconon views drug addiction as a disability, one which can be overcome and conquered. You don’t have to live the rest of your life as a “recovering addict.” You can recover, you can put your addiction behind you, and you can enjoy your life as a happy and successful person.

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