Why Motivation in Treatment Is Important
It happens all the time that a person will be sent to rehab only to make little or no progress during the course of the program and to experience a relapse shortly after graduating. Why does this happen? In many cases, it can be attributed to a single reason: The addict had little or no motivation to get treatment. Maybe the trip to rehab was the result of a court order following an arrest for drug possession, or perhaps the person was dragged into rehab by parents or a spouse who had gotten fed up and desperate with watching their loved one’s life go down the drain. Whatever the circumstances, if the addict does not have his or her own reasons and motivation for getting treatment, even the most effective program will have very little chance of success in making any meaningful change in the person’s life. This fact is one that the Narconon program takes into account, and in recognition of it the Narconon Freedom Center recently hosted an inspirational talk given by guest speaker Eric Ross.
Mr. Ross delivers inspirational speeches to recovering addicts in his free time. He related that he has frequently been told that by sharing his own story, he has been able to help many other people to regain control of their lives. In his talks, he conveys the vital message that drugs are not the only option available for coping with the ups and downs that one inevitably experiences in life. He communicates that there are indeed other methods for filling one’s time and living a productive life, such as by volunteering and helping other people in the community. In fact, community involvement was a major focus of his speech, during which he extolled the benefits of finding purpose in life by engaging in activities that give back to the community and make it a healthier, safer and happier place for everyone to live. Mr. Ross listed several different suggestions as a starting point for those looking for ways to contribute to their communities after completing rehab, such as by helping other recovering addicts in rehab programs, working in youth programs to help young people avoid the dangers of drugs, helping on city beautification projects, volunteering in arts and music programs as well as in city sports teams, among others.
Getting Recovering Addicts Involved in the Community
At one point during the talk, Mr. Ross shifted the focus off of himself and onto the audience. This portion of the event, which the Narconon Freedom Center Executive Director highlighted as being the most important aspect of the presentation, involved calling upon the audience members to discuss their own ideas of how they could help to combat drug addiction and clean up their communities after returning home from Narconon. These people were recovering addicts at various stages of the Narconon program, all of whom were invited to think of how they could incorporate community involvement into their post-rehab lives. At the conclusion of this activity, the students reported feeling excited and inspired to continue progressing on their road to recovery and to get back out into their own towns and cities so that they could start helping out.
Individuals who suffer from addiction normally see their ability to reach out into the environment and to help dwindle down from thinking that they might be able to do something for Mankind, down to thoughts of contributing to their community or their place of employment, down to merely hoping to be able to help the family and finally only themselves, after which they will usually abandon any hope even of doing anything for self. Upon entering rehab, an addict may have some hope of being able to quit and get sober, but it takes meaningful motivation to carry one over the obstacles of withdrawals and drug cravings and to reach a level of stable recovery. Mr. Ross’ speech to the Narconon Freedom Center students provided a powerful shot in the arm in this respect, helping those in attendance to find greater personal inspiration. Anyone who is preparing to enter rehab should take the time to envision what goals he or she hopes to achieve in the long run by getting sober, and use these goals as a motivation to succeed in the endeavor.
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