What Factors Must be Addressed to Prevent Relapse?
Factors of Relapse: Relapse Prevention
The fifty-year history of Narconon recovery centers has shown that a recovering person needs help in these sensitive areas:
- Physical/body factors
- Environmental triggers
- Environmental pressures or influences
- Unresolved personal issues and problems
- Unresolved damage and harm
- Lack of or lessened employability
- Personal abilities that are lacking or have been harmed
Damage or disability on this list could have resulted from the drugs and addiction, or they could be qualities or abilities that were always lacking in the person. Either way, they are weak points that can and will cause upsets and setbacks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) further defines life skills as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior, that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.” Certainly, this definition applies to those susceptible to drug or alcohol abuse. When life gets too difficult, a person without these abilities too often seeks relief in drink or drugs.
When a person leaves rehab, it would be best if he had already developed a fair level of confidence in dealing with life, and he should have resolved his upsets from the past to a marked degree.
To help each person overcome this damage and these disabilities, the works of American humanitarian and author L. Ron Hubbard were adapted to the special needs of recovering addicts. As the Narconon program developed from its simple beginning fifty years ago into the comprehensive approach to addiction that exists now, more work by Mr. Hubbard was incorporated to enable each recovering person to leave the past behind and create a new, sober, self-governing future.