Narconon vs. Short-Term Drug Rehab
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 eight to ten weeks, 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 with whom they 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 is ready 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. Therefore at Narconon, a person proceeds at their own pace and graduates when they have the certainty they can go home and remain drug-free.