Narconon Releases Recovery Principles

Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Centers recently celebrated over 40 decades of successful recovery amongst countless students worldwide. The program’s unique and personalized structure strives not only to provide a drug-free environment but also to give each student the opportunity for full recovery.

What is recovery, exactly?

Narconon measures the program success and effective recovery by the same standards of achievement as established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In 2012, SAMHSA published the following definition for recovery: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” In a recently published information compilation, four decades of independent studies—all varying in location, time frame and test group size—stastistics have continued to show that a vast majority of Narconon’s hardworking graduates continue to live healthy, happy and purposeful lives outside of rehab.

Components of Success

Our students’ success is our mission, and we tackle this challenge by facing underlying issues as well as present-day obstacles head-on. We also encourage students throughout various stages of the program to plan ahead and consider the challenges of the future. In alignment with the components that SAMHSA considers most important for a life in recovery, the Narconon Program focuses on a wide variety of issues relating to drug abuse and alcoholism, all under the umbrella of these key components:


Many drug addicts and alcoholics are physically worn down and suffer from a lot of health issues, nutritional deficiencies, etc. In the most basic stages of the program, Narconon students are given individualized guidance to better their personal health.


Throughout each step of the Narconon program, students are encouraged to cultivate their own goals, plans, and objectives. Every subject taken up and studied on the program is designed for practical use, and a tremendous part of recovery is again becoming and feeling like one has a purpose in life. The Changing Conditions in Life Course provides students with step-by-step instructions on how to make goals a reality, improve a gradually declining situation or start up a new project.


The importance of a support structure cannot be understated. Having positive friends, family and loved ones make a journey towards lifelong recovery much more easy to achieve. One of the courses in the Life Skills component of the Narconon program, the Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life course covers:

  • The importance of supportive friends
  • Key tips for spotting unsupportive and anti-social individuals
  • Characteristics to look for in making new friends

Narconon Program Goals

Throughout Narconon’s network of successful treatment centers worldwide, we consider our first and utmost goal the meaningful recovery of those we treat. Recovery and rehabilitation are often misunderstood to mean merely “getting a person off drugs.” We take a unique and multi-faceted approach to treating addiction by working from the ground up. Physical addiction is addressed on the Sauna Detox step, and Life Skills are covered towards the end of the program. Every step in between is a journey of self-exploration and establishment.

Our program is largely based on personal responsibility, integrity, morals, and integrity. While we strive to restore physical health and freedom from chemical dependency, we also aim to return our students to a completely new level of happiness, success, and functionality. As a fully rehabilitated, responsible member of society, lasting sobriety is a readily achievable goal.



Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.