Cooperation Destroyed by Drug or Alcohol Addiction

What a Drug Rehab Should Have: Learning to Cooperate

man looking defiant

An addict is uncooperative and angry. He (or she) can’t look at suggestions or advice with a clear head, as cravings control him and his actions. Getting that next pill or drink is all-important, and nothing else seems to matter. When the person maintains this defiant, uncooperative attitude, it is difficult or impossible to help him recover.

Cooperation means a person works with others for a common purpose or benefit. An addict is forced by his cravings to focus on himself and his need for more drugs or alcohol. Thus he can’t view any situation analytically or cooperate with anyone on anything in life.

The Path to Recovery Includes Learning Cooperation

To learn to cooperate, an addict must be freed from his cravings, returned to an ability to communicate with family and friends and be able to analyze situations effectively. This requires learning or re-learning life skills that became lost in an addicted lifestyle.

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According to the World Health Organization, learning life skills lays the foundation for functioning efficiently and effectively in life. These skills are fundamental in solving problems, keeping relationships, cooperation and dealing with stress. Having the ability to cope with life gives a person recovering from drug or alcohol addiction hope for the future. When hope is lost, cooperation perishes as the individual has little or nothing to live for.

Narconon Teaches Cooperation and Gives New Hope

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a program designed to provide vital life skills to a recovering addict. A key aspect of relapse prevention, the Narconon life skills training helps a participant face the kinds of situations life will present after he goes home. He must know how to deal with these situations, how to work out solutions cooperatively with others, or he could be forced by failures and setbacks back into drug abuse. With life skills, a person can make sound decisions based on the actuality of the situation.

For Kim, the Narconon program gave her the ability to get back into control of her life. She said, “When addicted, I was lost. I didn’t do anything. I sat in the house isolated.” She went to Narconon and finished the program, including the comprehensive life skills training. She added, “My biggest win on the program was getting myself back—my life back, my respect back and my awareness back. I am able to look at things completely differently now and I see the whole world from a different perspective. This is amazing because I feel so much better and I can live my life the way I was supposed to.”

Narconon saves addicted lives by giving the graduate the ability to live his life to the fullest, making the right choices and being productive and happy.

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