Why Stopping Crime Is One Successful Component of Narconon Rehab
Drugs and crime go hand in hand. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 48 percent of the federal prison population and 17 percent of those serving time in state prisons across the nation are there as a result of being convicted for drug-related offenses. In addition to these, a large percentage of those who are incarcerated for violent crimes and theft offenses committed the crime with the motivation of getting money to buy drugs or while under the influence of drugs. Whether it is an arrest for simple possession or a more serious offense, anyone who uses drugs is highly at risk of being arrested, charged and convicted of a crime. In recognition of the strong relationship between drugs and criminal activity, many courts throughout the country make it possible for a drug crime offender to opt to receive rehab treatment as a form of alternative sentencing instead of being sent to jail or prison. Unfortunately, many people who pursue this course of action will eventually relapse and end up being arrested once again. These people often feel trapped in an endless cycle which leads downward to a ruined life.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a federal agency that is the top governmental authority in the field of addiction treatment, has outlined four criteria which define successful recovery from drug addiction. One is Health, including not only quitting drugs but also making decisions which contribute to both physical and emotional health. Another is Home, namely having a stable place to live. Purpose consists of engaging in meaningful and constructive activities in daily life and having the necessary income and independence to participate in society, while Community is having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, hope and love. Obviously, engaging in criminal activity, winding up in handcuffs and spending time behind bars do not have any place in this list. Successful addiction recovery clearly includes the component of putting an end to any type of criminal activity on the part of the program graduate. The Narconon drug rehab program meets this criterion and has repeatedly demonstrated its effectiveness in numerous studies and evaluations over the past 40 years.
Narconon Graduates Have Low Recidivism Rates
To get an idea of how effective Narconon is at rehabilitating the people who participate in the program, consider the question of recidivism rates. Recidivism refers to the fact of a criminal committing a repeat offense following the initial conviction. Once a person has been convicted of a crime, he or she will tend to wind back up in the hands of the criminal justice system before long. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that nationwide recidivism rates range between 62.5 and 67.5 percent, and up into the high 70s for certain types of crimes. In other words, between just over half and up to three-quarters of convicts will commit another crime and be arrested again.
Obviously, any improvement on the average recidivism rates would indicate that a rehab program had some effectiveness. Narconon not only improves on normal rates of recidivism, but it actually turns them upside-down. One of the first studies into the effectiveness of Narconon was a 1972 review by the Arizona Correctional Authority. Of those inmates who participated in the program, 66.6 percent were arrest free at the one-year checkup following program completion. At this early stage, Narconon reversed the average recidivism rates. A California Department of Corrections study 2 years later found that 80 percent of program participants avoided arrest and suspension of parole. In 1977, a Michigan Reformatory Quarterly Report demonstrated similar results, with 82 percent of participants committing zero repeat infractions.
Results like these have continued over the years. A 2001 evaluation of the Narconon Second Chance Program at the Ensenada Prison in Mexico found that 88.4 percent of program participants did not return to prison. Most recently, the 2007 Narconon Arrowhead Routine Outcome Monitoring Report found that 97.1 percent of program graduates were crime-free. Narconon rehab has clearly demonstrated its ability to turn around the lives of those who take part and to save them from a future of crime.