Why Some Programs Work, When Other Programs Fail

why narconon works

There are several major differences in the Narconon Rehabilitation Program and why it is so effective in creating long-term, stable graduates. The first thing you have to wrap your wits around is that Narconon doesn’t think you’re an addict for life, nor do they think that you have a disease and that as a result, you will need to be medicated forever. This is quite a novel concept in a pill-taking era that the United States is going through right now. No matter what your ailment, there is a pill designed to “cure” that symptom….maybe not cure it, but mask it and diminish the effect of what is ailing you. The same can be said for addiction—over the last ten years, the pharmaceutical industry has worked hard to market the words “disease” and “disorder” into mainstream medical care relating to addiction.

So no, you’re not an addict for life and yes, you can change your addictive behaviors and uncover the problems you’ve been trying to solve using alcohol and drugs. The shift that occurs when an addict understands that they can change their own life is often monumental. Many say it is the moment they took their life back from their addiction.

Within a few short hours of arriving at Narconon Suncoast for treatment, the addict finds out that he is responsible for his life and his condition and has the power to change. It’s a different viewpoint that results in the addict starting to change right away.

Another major difference is that Narconon treats both the physical and mental addiction. Narconon uses a unique and patented science-based program to detox the body’s cells of drug residues. Today’s environment, food, and water create enough toxins to store in fatty tissue, let alone compounding the issue with street and prescription drugs added to the mix. The majority of the students who do the sauna detoxification program note decreased cravings, fewer drug dreams, and less insomnia. Just those factors alone often account for a lot of relapses! So eliminating them from the recovery process makes a huge difference in someone successfully achieving a sober life.

The other interesting difference in Narconon is that the Life Skills are applicable to real life, real relationships, and real work situations. A key step in the first course is working with another person—meaning you are responsible for helping them get through that course and vice-versa. The result is a person who may not have been responsible for anything or anyone, who suddenly has to help another and allow themselves to be helped.

This successful teamwork not only begins to raise the former addict’s self-esteem, it sets them on the path of knowing they can help others, raising self-worth and confidence. Initially, it’s often a small change, but the wins from helping others grow as the program progresses and help to set the student up for successes in life. Statistically, it has been proven time and again that helping someone else improve their life is an extremely valuable part of the unique Narconon Life Skills program. It expands as the two students move through the steps of the program to a point where the former addict is certain he can help others and in turn, be certain he can be helped. These are vital milestones for someone who has been saying he has no control or power over the needle or bottle, which has accompanied his every waking hour for years.

This new self-confidence as well as a newfound understanding the personal life factors that led them to start using drugs give a Narconon graduate a strong base for completing their graduate programs out in the world and successfully staying sober. Life skills in a new sober life are priceless because they allow graduates to now handle situations that would have previously had them turn to drugs. Knowing that you can be clean and help others be clean is a life skill that sets Narconon graduates up for long-term success in their drug-free lives.


Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.