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Drug Treatment FAQ

How effective is addiction treatment?

Most rehab programs state a success rate of 10% to 20%. Some rehabilitation programs will state a higher success rate but may be counting the number of people who graduate the rehab program, not how many stay sober after graduation. At Narconon, the only measure that counts is the number of people who stay sober once they return home. In surveys and by monitoring those who return home from Narconon programs around the world, we have found that seven out of ten graduates successfully achieve sober, productive lives.

Does a person have to get addiction treatment in order to recover from addiction?

A few people do manage to get sober on their own. But the vast majority struggle with addiction for years or even decades. Every day that goes by, an addicted person is at risk for an accident, injury or overdose. Families of an addicted person are severely strained by the continuing problem and often suffer financially. The faster effective addiction treatment can be started, the sooner the problem can be over. When a person choses Narconon for recovery, he or she has a 70% chance of lasting recovery, one of the best success rates in the field.

How can relapses be prevented?

True drug rehabilitation must include relief from drug or alcohol cravings and the life skills needed to guide one's life down productive, satisfying avenues. When these skills have been learned and when one knows how to handle conflicts that arise from time to time, relapses can be avoided. The emphasis of the Narconon program is to address cravings with thorough, healthy detoxification, provide the life skills that enable one to meet challenges and repair the life reasons that led one into substance abuse in the first place. The result of this comprehensive program is that seventy percent of graduates stay clean and sober after they go home.

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How can I help my addicted loved one get into treatment if they don't want to go?

It is very common that an addicted person can feel so hopeless about recovering from addiction that they resist anyone's efforts to help them. To help a loved one who rejects the idea of rehabilitation, you will have to be determined and resolute. If you can find other family members, family priest or doctor or close friends to support you, all the better. You must insist that the addiction be overcome with an effective drug rehabilitation program. If this does not have the desired effect, the next step is to call your closest Narconon center to get help finding an interventionist. Professional interventionists are experienced in helping an addicted person change his or her mind and decide to get help. For assistance and guidance, call the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750.

Is it enough to go to a detox program?

A drug detox program only helps a person clear the current toxic load of drugs from the body. It does not address the reasons one started abusing drugs. A detox also does not alleviate or eliminate cravings for more drugs or alcohol. It takes a long-term program to make this much change. On a Narconon program, each person progresses at his or her own rate to overcome the cravings, guilt and depression that chain one to an addictive life. But it is time very well spent when addiction is replaced by a sober life.

What should a person do after he completes his rehab program, in order to stay sober?

As each person at a Narconon rehabilitation facility approaches graduation, he (or she) uses what he has learned to plan out his entry into a new, drug-free life. By following this plan and by daily use of the life skills learned to bring about recovery, each Narconon graduate has the very best chance to stay sober for a lifetime.

What aspects of addiction must be addressed to give a person their best chance at lasting recovery?

Every addicted person suffers from guilt, cravings and depression as a result of the shambles his life is in, the harmful acts he's committed and the physical effect of the drugs. When high or stoned, he does not feel the anguish created by this situation. When the drugs wear off and he begins to experience the guilt, cravings and depression again, those sensations compel further drug abuse. In forty-five years of experience, the Narconon program has developed successful ways of eliminating the guilt, cravings and depression of addiction. Thus lasting sobriety results for the majority of those who graduate this program.

What medications should be used as part of addiction treatment?

In more than forty-five years of addiction treatment experience, Narconon programs have not found it to be necessary to administer any drugs as part of addiction treatment. If a person needs medication for a physical condition, of course they would continue to take this medication per their doctor's orders. But methadone, buprenorphine, benzodiazepines or antidepressants are never given. By providing generous nutritional support and helping a person achieve relief from the depression and guilt that accompany addiction, the Narconon program teaches people to live completely drug-free lives.

What about my loved one's job or schooling if he (or she) goes to drug treatment?

Essentially, a person's job, career or education are severely at risk if addiction is not fully handled. Many schools and companies will permit a person to take a leave of absence to complete medical handling, including addiction treatment. Contact your Student Health Services or Human Resources Department for more information.

What happens in a Narconon drug treatment program?

Activities vary greatly, depending on the phase of the treatment program a person is currently in. At the beginning, each person spends as long as needed in the Withdrawal Unit. They are monitored around the clock, and are given generous doses of nutrition on a regular schedule to help calm the symptoms of drug withdrawal. He may eat and sleep whenever needed.

When withdrawal discomfort is gone, he then starts his treatment. At first, he will study basic communication skills and practice them, so he begins to gain more control over his own environment and self. The next phase is the sauna detoxification, so each person will, under careful supervision, exercise moderately, take specific nutrients and spend time in a low-heat sauna. The remainder of the Narconon drug treatment program is completed in the Narconon classrooms, where life skills theory is learned and then applied to one's life. The result of these classes is an increase in ability and a repair of the damage done by addiction.

This is just a basic outline of the activities of the Narconon program. A fuller understanding would be best achieved by viewing the purpose and result of each phase of this program. For complete information on the Narconon drug and alcohol treatment program, call the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750.

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