Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Method Enjoys High Scores and High Success
Narconon® in Part Attributes Its Success to Strategic Implementation of Today’s Established Principles of Addiction Treatment – With One Crucial Difference
Recently, Narconon took stock of its score according to the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Addiction) 13 principles of addiction treatment to see how the program measures up and reports as follows: “Narconon, because it does incorporate most of the scientifically proven fundamentals of addiction treatment through a deep understanding of addiction, is arguably one of the most effective and successful drug treatment programs in the world,” says Bobby Wiggins, senior drug prevention specialist at Narconon International. “There is one crucial point of departure, however. Narconon means “no drugs.” The program is administered – drug free.”
In 1999 NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Addiction, which supports most of the world’s research on drug abuse and addiction presented for the first time what it considered the 13 fundamental principles that characterize effective drug abuse treatment. Since then there have been a series of revisions to take in more recent discoveries – the latest version published in 2009, represents more than three decades of scientific review of addiction treatment methodology.
Wiggins says “One thing remains perfectly clear, whereas Narconon is highly attentive to NIDA’s 13 principles of addiction treatment, combining therapy with any medications has never been found necessary and is strictly avoided.”
How various principles outlined in the NIDA publication, Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-based Guidehave been precisely implemented can be fully comprehended by reviewing a description of the full Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Program.
NIDA outlines the key factors that must be addressed when dealing with addiction, which in part accounts for the dismal failure of programs that score low. Conversely, Narconon Drug Rehabilitation earns a high score with no less than 10 of the 13 principles clearly prominent in its program curriculum and administration.
Whereas many principles are important, such as ensuring that addicts are in treatment long enough (#5), that addicts are monitored to ensure no drug use occurs during treatment (#12), and of course that treatment is readily available at the time the addict needs help (#3), one principle takes precedence in the Narconon model. It is perhaps the most important factor leading to a high percentage of full recoveries without relapse, a signature outcome of the program.
Principle #4 states: Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse. The Narconon program is structured to enable the addict to uncover and effectively remedy all issues that have caused his or her life to spin out of control because of addiction.
As stated in Narconon literature: Unethical behavior and repeated misconduct go part and parcel with an addicted life style. Addicts become trapped in committing transgressions against people in their lives and against society at large. They get into the vicious circle of committing transgressions in an attempt to hide or continue their drug or alcohol use. This then puts them in situations where further transgressions are committed in an attempt to solve the problems that the earlier transgressions have created. As this cycle continues, these individuals begin to individuate from the people in their lives who love and care about them and may become antagonistic toward them. They hurt the people they love most and as a consequence they become ridden with guilt. This in turn makes them so uncomfortable they will use more drugs or drink in an attempt to cover up or medicate away these negative feelings.
“By concentrating on helping the individual to deal with the complications of his life, along with aspects of the program that directly address and reduce the powerful physical cravings for the drug, we get traction with the addict necessary to achieve full recovery and dramatically lower instances of relapse,” says Wiggins.
The NIDA principles are a valuable tool because they are designed to encompass the full scope of effective addiction treatment, not single out any one model as ideal. However, one principle goes beyond guidelines for the treatment facility — #11 states: treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective. “This is a principle that we work diligently on,” says Wiggins, “waiting to intervene when a family member is addicted to drugs is truly the biggest mistake anyone can make. It is not easy to place someone in rehab, but failure to do so can be utterly disastrous. The outcome can go beyond any guidelines followed to try to save them.”