What Is the Outcome of Narconon Rehab
Our world-famous drug rehabilitation treatment program, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The program was originally developed by William Benitez, an inmate in the Arizona State Prison system in the late 1960s. After getting ahold of written materials from philosopher L. Ron Hubbard, Mr. Benitez developed a program for increasing the abilities of drug addicts, rather than focusing on their disabilities and failures. The program was an immediate success within the walls of the Arizona prison, and it soon expanded like wildfire. Today, Narconon has spread to the point where the program is being delivered in dozens of centers located in 40 countries across 6 continents. In recognition of the significant occasion of reaching the four-decade milestone, Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, recently announced the publication of a compilation of 40 years’ worth of reviews and studies into the effectiveness of the Narconon program. These studies span the entire history of Narconon, from the original program in the Arizona prison, up until the present day with the flagship Narconon Arrowhead center located in Oklahoma. Among other things, the new publication highlights the fact that the results of the Narconon program are directly in line with the standards that one would expect in terms of determining whether the outcome of a program is successful.
Criteria for a Successful Drug Rehab Program
There are conflicting opinions regarding what has to occur for a drug rehab program. After all, how does one measure whether an individual has recovered from drug addiction or alcoholism? It is one thing to quit and get over the symptoms of withdrawal, but it is another thing altogether to stay sober. A truly successful drug rehab program should rehabilitate the individual, and should stand as a turning point in his or her life. A person who has recovered from addiction should be at a new plateau of stability in abstinence, rather than being in the precarious position of always being at risk of a relapse. In order to provide the substance abuse and addiction rehab community with objective measures and standards to evaluate the success of a rehabilitation program, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2012 issued a working definition for what constitutes recovery from addiction: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed [sic] life, and strive to reach their full potential.” In addition to this definition, also provided an outline of the four major components that would constitute a life in recovery. These include:
- Health – Making healthy choices that contribute to physical, emotional and mental well-being, in addition to living free from drugs and alcohol
- Home – Having a stable and safe place to live
- Purpose – Participating in society in a meaningful way, such as by holding a job, receiving an education, volunteering in the community, engaging in creative endeavors, etc., and having the independence and resources to do so
- Community – Enjoying relationships that supply support, friendship, love and hope
Narconon agrees that these guidelines do supply an accurate measure of whether or not a drug rehab program is effective. Using them as a basis, Narconon has developed its own set of criteria to determine success in rehab, and these include:
- Drug abstinence,
- Gainfully employed and/or in school,
- Improved relationships with family and friends,
- Reduction or cessation of criminal behavior
- Whether or not one is making generally healthy choices.
As is demonstrated by the 40th-anniversary publication, Narconon meets all of the above criteria. The publication is a compilation of 23 separate studies and evaluations that, taken as a whole, reveal that Narconon program graduates do, by and large, achieve a successful recovery. They have lower rates of recidivism, inasmuch as they stay out of prison and are not arrested as often as their peers. They are typically either gainfully employed or are attending school in order to improve their lives. Most importantly, they manage to stay sober, rather than falling back into the trap of addiction. The publication (which can be viewed by clicking our Narconon results link), features dozens of sets of statistics that provide clear and convincing evidence of the fact that Narconon is remarkably effective at achieving the goals of rehab. Whether for yourself or for a loved one, you can have confidence in the ability of Narconon to get results.