Your New Year’s Resolutions and the Power of Decision

January 1, 2017
A man ponders his future decisions.

New Year’s is the time many of us make resolutions for the following year. We hope to leave behind the mistakes of the past year and make the new year more successful and enjoyable. But an addicted person has lost so much of his (or her) power of decision. The daily compulsion to drink or use drugs overwhelms his ability to make sound choices. Without major change, his new year is going to be just as unhappy as the past one. That’s why learning to control one’s life through positive decisions is a vital part of the Narconon drug rehab program.

What is it about the Narconon program that helps so many people recover the power of decision and choice? A strong focus on life skills. It takes far more than simply being sober again to navigate the challenges of life. It also takes being honest with oneself and one’s fellows, restoring one’s own integrity and learning how to make a decision that furthers one’s sobriety and overall survival. These life skills are taught on the Narconon program.

Narconon Life Skills Courses

The Narconon program is designed to help a person develop these skills one simple step at a time. On the Personal Values Course, each person gains a clear, new understanding of integrity, how it is lost and best of all, how it can be recovered. With guidance from Narconon staff, each person then works through a practical application of this new knowledge. The result is the relief of self-forgiveness and a renewed trust in oneself.

This course is followed by the Changing Conditions in Life Course. This is where decision-making skills really come into play. Each person learns how to tell when an area of his life is in need of attention. Is it just a minor adjustment needed or are things headed for disaster? Once you know this, what actions should you take to put things right? These skills are learned and then used to repair parts of his life that were damaged by ongoing addiction.

Together with the other steps of the Narconon program, each person learns how to make his own future bright and successful, free from the need for drugs or alcohol.

Success from Narconon Life Skills

Here’s what some of our graduates have told us after learning these life skills.

When through getting life skills, I was able to take a look at all the different areas of my life and assess what needed to be done. Through good planning and through cleaning up my past, I was able to plan for my future and make smart decisions.
I started to realize how important honesty was. And what it really meant to make right decisions in life. And then once I started operating that way, I started doing things for the greatest good, doing things that were right for everyone involved, not just me. And when i started being honest, I noticed such a difference in my quality of life.
When I finished the program and started operating with honesty and making right decisions, I remember my mother saying, “I would have sent you to the program ten years ago, I can't believe the person you have become.” Before the program, they were worried about me. Now they see such a big difference, they are confident in me and know I am going to do well.
For the first time in my life, doing this program, I really felt like I was in the driver's seat. And I was in control. It was on my determinism. Not because someone else was telling me I needed to be this way, I needed to think this way or this was why. It's just because I knew it was right. I don't think there is any other program in the world that lets you just be you, be in control, and shows you that just by living honestly, making the right decisions and doing the right things, you're going to to live a happy, very very productive life.

If someone you care about is struggling with addiction, make this new year their most successful one. Call Narconon and learn how a fresh new viewpoint and strong life skills can put them in control of their life at last. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.



Karen Hadley

For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.