The program at Narconon Arrowhead is an alternative to Twelve-Step programs or the medical model of recovery. It could be called a holistic program because it does not focus on just one aspect of the addicted person. It takes the whole person into consideration - the reason he (or she) began using drugs and the damage done to the body, mind and spirit as a result of the addiction. Unlike the medical model, Narconon Arrowhead does not use any drugs like anti-anxiety or antidepressant drugs. The program also does not use any substitute medications like methadone, buprenorphine or Suboxone. Instead, it uses such tools as nutritional support, thorough detoxification, counseling and life skills training.
The program does not have a set time period for completion. Each person recovers from addiction at their own rate so they are allowed to work their way through the courses, counseling and other services at the speed that is correct for them. Most people finish the program in three to five months but some people take six or even eight months to complete. What counts is that they get the skills to stay sober after they go home. The cost of the program does not change if a person takes longer to complete.
A person does not need the recommendation of a doctor to be admitted to Narconon Arrowhead. When he (or she) arrives, he will of course be examined by the medical staff to make sure that his health is sufficient to withdraw from the drugs he is on and complete the Narconon program. For details on how to be admitted to Narconon Arrowhead, please talk to an Intake Counselor at 1-800-468-6933. If you are not able to be admitted to Narconon Arrowhead, the Intake Counselor will assist you in finding another rehabilitation center that may be able to help you.
The Narconon program addresses the three major factors that keep each person locked in addiction: guilt, cravings and depression. The program is designed to specifically alleviate these three factors and teach a person the life skills needed so they don't fall into these traps again. The effectiveness of the Narconon Arrowhead program in alleviating these three factors is a big reason why the success rate of Narconon Arrowhead is so high.
Many rehabs measure their success by the number of people who complete the program and are discharged. At Narconon Arrowhead, there is only one measure of success and that is how many people stay sober after they graduate from this program and go home. International surveys and monitoring of graduates over a two-year period show that the success rate of a Narconon program is 70% - in other words, seven out of ten graduates find lasting sobriety.
When a person begins abusing drugs very young, or he has been addicted for a long period of time, he is likely to lack sufficient skills to impose a discipline on himself or communicate honestly with others. The Narconon drug rehab program approaches the teaching of social skills on a very gentle gradient that removes this barrier. This is then followed by more challenging steps that restore personal integrity and morals and teach sober living skills.