Creative Thinking Restored in Addiction Recovery

What a Drug Rehab Should Have: Creative Thinking

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The World Health Organization published its findings on how important life skills education is in addressing addiction. They have determined that learning new life skills or the restoration of lost life skills contributes to the promotion of personal and social development. Without life skills and the ability to think creatively, an addict cannot fully recover from drug or alcohol addiction.

Why is Creative Thinking Important?

Our society thrives on having creative thinkers among us. All of our art, innovation, and invention come from creative thinkers. However, creative thinking is not just for artists or inventors. Everyone needs this skill and normally uses it every day to envision new things and to plan their future. A person addicted to drugs or alcohol loses this ability and his life just spirals out of control, with only immediate cravings driving his actions.

Drug Addiction Destroys the Ability to Think Clearly and Creatively

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Drug abuse leaves residual traces of old drugs lodged in the body, which means that the effects of drugs can remain with one for years. With these lingering effects from the past and current cravings controlling the addict’s desires, creative thinking is erased. Effective problem-solving is a thing of the past, constructive interests disappear and self-confidence evaporates. Addiction destroys an addict’s view of the future.

Narconon Life Skills Restore Creative Thinking

The Narconon Life Skills Courses help restore creative thinking to a recovering addict. These courses address the many areas of a person’s life that have been disrupted by addiction, and the student can achieve new direction and look to the future.

Wendy had a son addicted to drugs and she sent him to the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in the hopes he could leave drugs behind forever. She had this to say: “Before my son took drugs, he was a performer—singer, dancer. Since he was five years old, he had wanted to be an artist. That changed with his addiction. Drugs destroyed him. They took away his artistic ability. He lost that drive altogether. He only thought about himself.”

She saw many changes as her son did the Narconon program. She added, “Halfway through the Narconon program, I noticed my son was different. He was saying things more clearly. I could see these changes happening. It was incredible. I got phone calls that he was writing music and he was performing. I was elated because this was the son I had lost when he was twelve.”

The Narconon program aligns with the guidelines set by the World Health Organization for the skills that need to be included in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation effort. Creative thinking is included in these guidelines, and Narconon can accomplish lasting recovery through the use of life skills training.

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