The Narconon programme is a precise, step-by-step regimen that addresses many different aspects of addiction to assist individuals seeking to overcome its adverse effects for themselves and those around them.
Overcoming drug addiction can seem daunting to the individuals, families and associates. Many addicts go through multiple rehab programmes—28-day or 12-step programmes—only to return to drug use.
The Narconon programme is different. It is not a 28-day programme and does not use substitute drugs. It is not a 12-step programme. It does not require faith or belief.
Narconon believes that addiction is neither inherited nor an incurable disease that requires indefinite treatment. Nor does Narconon believe that an addict is an addict for life. Our programme consists of unique procedures intended to assist addicts to overcome drug or alcohol dependencies and their damaging effect.
The programme’s goal is a drug-free individual.
Freedom from Addiction
The Narconon programme begins with a drug-free, nonmedical withdrawal process designed to assist the individual to come off drugs as rapidly and comfortably as possible. (When a physician deems it medically necessary, Narconon refers students for a distinct medically supervised withdrawal as a prerequisite to beginning the Narconon programme.)
During this step, Narconon withdrawal specialists are on hand and available to help individuals through the difficult time of coming off drugs through the programme. Narconon staff monitor sleep, food, fluid intake and general progress through the process. They also administer gentle physical techniques known as assists to help calm spasms and lessen aches and pains.
Through procedures called objectives, staff also help to reorient students to the present, directing the students’ attention off themselves and their bodies and onto the environment around them. Objectives can also help to relieve mental and emotional discomfort of looking inward at negative thoughts or dwelling on the past.
Finally, nutrition plays a vital role in withdrawal. To function properly, the body requires vitamins and minerals; drugs and alcohol can burn up vitamins and minerals and can mask the painful signs that the body is failing. When the person stops taking drugs, the pain and discomfort can be manifested in withdrawal.
In addition to assists and objectives, a vitamin and mineral formula is taken by students for support during the withdrawal process to help repair the body.
NEW LIFE DETOXIFICATION
The New Life Detoxification is another unique aspect of the Narconon programme. It is based on the conclusion of L. Ron Hubbard that some drug residues remain trapped in the body’s tissues and may apparently be reactivated—even years after the individual has ceased taking drugs. The harmful mental and physical effects of taking drugs often do not seem to end even when the person stops taking drugs. On this step students often report feeling they are getting old drug residues out of the body and that, afterwards, the negative mental and physical effects on their life of earlier drug use has disappeared.
This phase of the Narconon programme was designed to eliminate toxic substances from the body while decreasing physical cravings related to drugs and alcohol. The elements of the New Life Detoxification consist of running to stimulate circulation; extensive periods of time sweating in a specially ventilated, low-heat, dry sauna; nutrition, including specific vitamins, minerals and oils taken in exact quantities; and a properly ordered personal schedule that allows for adequate sleep.
The programme’s course of vitamins includes a gradual increase of niacin, along with other vitamins and multiminerals. Additionally students on the programme take a specific blend of oils. Students take adequate amounts of salt, potassium and water to remain properly hydrated during the process.
Through his research into the effects of drugs, L. Ron Hubbard concluded that LSD residues can lodge in the fatty tissues of the body and can remain there for years.
These residues can continue to adversely affect the individual long after he has stopped taking the drug, causing “flashbacks” former LSD users have experienced.
The first step of the New Life Detoxification is running, to get the blood circulating faster and reaching deeper into the tissues.
Running is immediately followed by time in the sauna and profuse sweating.
Vitamins and minerals help repair the damage inflicted by drugs and toxic substances and assist in rebuilding the tissues and cells.
One vitamin in particular, niacin, is vital. Taken in sufficient quantities, niacin appears to break up and unleash residual drug and toxic residues from body tissues and cells – since people find themselves re-experiencing these during the New Life Detoxification.
Another element of detoxification is the intake of a particular blend of high-quality oil. The theory is that the fat that holds the toxic residues can be replaced with “good” fat in the form of the oil.
The theory and goal of the New Life Detoxification is to help get rid of any possible drug residues—and in particular any residual negative effects of past drug use which appear to contribute to drug cravings in the present.
When a person is free of the harmful and hindering effects of drugs, they often are able to return to school, begin or resume a successful career and achieve positive relationships with family and friends.
The purpose of New Life Detoxification is to help a person feel free of drug residues and to eliminate their negative effects, including drug cravings.
Following drug-free withdrawal and New Life Detoxification, the Narconon student moves on to the Objectives. Drugs dull a person’s awareness and throws him out of communication with his environment. Objectives help bring the student into communication with others and with the present environment, extroverting the student’s attention from disturbing memories associated with drug use and enabling the student to achieve a wider perspective that is less subjective and more objective. Students have reported being able to view the world around them more clearly, often for the first time in years.
During various stages of the programme, Objectives are done each day to help keep the student’s attention off the past and on the present.
On the Objectives, students also learn skills they can use to help them comfortably face life and resolve problems through communication.
LIFE SKILLS COURSES
Our goal is long-term success for each individual. After Withdrawal and New Life Detox, students report feeling remarkably better and so are ready for the final programme elements.
Effective practise and learning can help lead to stability, self-respect and return of personal values. Just like physical skills, life skills can be learned.
The final component of the programme consists of a series of Life Skills Courses. These courses seek to give the individual tools to help him remain drug-free.
OVERCOMING UPS & DOWNS IN LIFE COURSE
To avoid situations that might lead to drug use in the future, students must be able to identify true friends and the positive people in their lives and, to isolate those likely to lead them back into trouble. On this course, students can learn how poor decisions regarding friends and acquaintances damaged their lives in the past and how to make better choices in the future.
PERSONAL VALUES COURSE
On the Personal Values Course, students learn how personal values can be lost and how to restore them. Many students have come to recognise their actual obligations in life. They learn a procedure that helps them to take more responsibility for their past misdeeds and thereby gain relief from the associated trauma and guilt connected with them. At the end of this course, many students reported leaving the past behind and moving forward into a positive future.
CHANGING CONDITIONS IN LIFE COURSE
Because drug and alcohol use often stems from an inability to deal with challenging situations, it is vital that former addicts learn constructive problem-solving skills that assist them to lead drug-free lives. This course further educates students in procedures that can be followed to help correct things in the past so they are no longer a problem in the present, learning precise steps to move their lives forward.
A series of instructional films are presented to students during the programme, demonstrating visually the theory and procedure of each aspect of the technology that underlies the components of the programme and how these are all intended to work together to help lead the individual out of addiction to a new drug-free state.
As with any drug rehabilitation programme, success is not guaranteed. A major determining factor is the desire and perseverance of the student in achieving a drug-free life.
Overcoming addiction takes time and commitment. Students progress through the Narconon programme at their own pace, most taking 12 weeks. This gives students the time and support they need to rebuild new lives from the ground up and with strong foundations, to replace the lives destroyed by drugs or alcohol.
Narconon staff are specially trained to help each student at every step of the programme. They are with the person and available throughout withdrawal, the New Life Detoxification and the Life Skills Courses.
For the family of the student who progresses through the programme honestly and thoroughly, the end result can be regaining their loved one, while the end result for the Narconon graduate is the opportunity to live a fulfilling, productive drug-free life.