Clarification of Values Needed for a Drug-free Life

What a Drug Rehab Should Have: Gaining Values

For an addiction recovery program to be truly effective, the addict must have a firm grasp of his own personal values. Values and self-esteem sink to the bottom when an addict is living an addicted lifestyle. Often turning to crime to support a habit, an addict loses all integrity and becomes someone his loved ones hardly recognize. He manipulates others and lies, things he would never have dreamed of doing before he started using drugs.

When a drug rehabilitation program can give a recovering addict the tools and knowledge to live a life without drugs, that person can go back home after the program is complete and maintain high standards and live honestly and ethically.

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A Working Definition of Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a working definition of recovery which includes living a self-directed life and a person striving to reach his full potential. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program aligns with this working definition by providing life skills for the recovering addict so he is very able to live that productive, self-directed life. He must recover his integrity and high personal values to be able to reach his full potential.

Narconon Gives the Best Chance at Recovery from Addiction

The Narconon program is designed to help anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol gain back control of his life. Life skills training teaches the recovering addict how to improve conditions in his life, repair damaged relationships and gain back his self-respect. On one of the courses, he will learn how to recover his own personal integrity and live by his own moral values. He can even find relief from his own guilt through the application of these principles to his own life. On another course, he gains the tools to make up the damage to others he may have hurt while he was addicted to drugs.

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He has a chance to improve his weak skills and enhance the stronger areas of his life. He finds how to shed the guilt he carries with him from the harm he did to himself and others in an addicted life.

One graduate of the program, Vincenzo, knew his life was headed for disaster. He said, “My life was going down the gutter. I was doing things to get my drugs like robbing people, stealing from friends or family - it didn’t matter. I was roaming the streets. I knew I had to do something to fix my life.”

Vincenzo attended the Narconon program and gained the knowledge needed to clarify his values and achieve a new life without drugs. He said, “At Narconon, I learned new things. I learned how to live on a day-to-day basis. This program helps you take control of your life.”

A clarification of values is part of lasting recovery from addiction. Narconon provides this as part of the life skills training so necessary to living a drug-free and happy life.

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Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years.