In every Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center around the world, participants progress at their own rates, all the way through the program. There is no set time limit for program completion. The average time to complete the full Narconon curriculum is 4 months, but sometimes longer.
There's a critically important reason for this policy which has everything to do with what addicts need in order to be able to stay sober and productive after graduation.
Addicts commit many destructive acts while in the grip of addiction. They start to lose their social skills. Having become addicted, they have shown poor problem-solving skills and probably poor choices of whomthey associated with. They have probably noticed that their lives were going downhill but did not know how to stop the decline to turn the situation around. By learning positive life skills related to each of these recovery challenges, recovering addicts learn how to keep themselves on a positive track.
Each person is going to learn to practice these skills at their own rate. Each person has a different burden of misdeeds committed on the way to full-blown addiction. To be freed from the guilt that accompanies addiction, each person will learn to deal with those misdeeds at his or her own rate.
It's impossible to force someone to recover faster than he is able. Like peeling an onion, each person will face each of the life situations he must confront as part of his recovery when he isready to pull off that next layer and see what awaits him.
If recovering addicts were forced to process these changes in too limited a time, some who need more recovery time would be shorted the full benefit they need to stay sober after graduation. That ability to stay sober after completion of a rehab program can be, as many people have learned, a life or death matter.
Some drug recovery centers count their successes by how many people complete their programs. But factually, that measurement does not look at how successful the program itself was in enabling participants to achieve sobriety. Most drug treatment centers profess that "addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease." Could it be that addiction is only a chronic, relapsing disease when addiction treatment has been rushed through in just 28 days?
The only valid measure for a drug rehabilitation center is this: How many people stay sober and live well after they graduate and return home? Narconon drug recovery facilities have staff who monitor the success of its students for two full years after they return home to families and work. This is the only success rate that is quoted for a Narconon program. It is with great pride that Narconon staff state their 70% success rate, a rate far above the industry average.