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Overcoming the Barriers to Successful Recovery Part V   PDF  Print  Email 

There are different methods utilized in substance abuse counseling to bring about positive moral change in an addict.

Probably one of the most commonly used is the 12 Step approach practiced by the Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous groups.

In this method steps 4 and 5 and steps 8 and 9 deal with life inventory of the wrong deeds done and who was affected by them.

In addition to this, the addict then makes up the damage done as a result of these negative actions.

This method is effective in recovery so long as the person's addiction has not progressed to the point where the individual has lost his or her ability to confront and communicate or to identify and solve problems.

If an addiction persists long enough, an addict will lose even the basic social skills needed to perform in group therapy and to admit their wrongdoing.

In cases where drug addiction began in the adolescent years, individuals have not had the opportunity to develop these life skills.

As a result, they do not perform as well in a 12 step program or other traditional treatment settings. In these cases the addict needs to be educated or re-educated in these basic life skills before there can be any real hope of success in raising moral standards and permanent sobriety.

When conventional approaches are not working with a drug-addicted person, there are effective alternatives to pursue in recovery before one gives up.

What has not proven effective is

What has not proven effective is substitute drug treatment, e.g. methadone, anti-depressants or other prescribed medications designed to mask the symptoms of addiction mentioned in this article.

This in effect just trades one addiction for another.

It does not aid the addicted person in developing the life skills necessary to raise their moral values or their quality of life; nor does it provide them with the necessary tools to remain sober. Thus relapse becomes imminent.

One effective alternative method to recovery is the life skills training and moral inventory used by the Narconon program.

This program provides a specific course of treatment which includes training in communication, a full body detoxification process, counseling in problem identification and solving, as well as a structured course of action to restore personal values and integrity.

These programs help individuals to accomplish heightened moral standards and sobriety with an improved quality of life.

Forty years ago author and researcher L. Ron Hubbard identified the basic barriers to successful recovery which have been discussed throughout this series of articles on addiction.

Through his research he developed a means of treating them successfully.

When Narconon was founded in 1966 by William Benitez, it was based on Mr. Hubbard's research and developments in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Benitez developed a working relationship with Hubbard and together they established the first Narconon program in Arizona.

Narconon has been using this treatment method successfully for over 30 years.

It has only been within the last few years that the scientific and medical research has caught up with these methods of treating addiction. It is now acknowledged by the medical community that drugs do store in the body in the form of metabolites and that the chemical imbalances created by drug addiction are nutritionally driven.

Further, nutritional program components have been added to just about every type of treatment method and are recognized as a valid form of therapy in chemical dependency treatment.

If you know someone in need of help, I recommend that you research all of your treatment options.

Take the time to thoroughly inspect the treatment program available.

Determine how these programs address the mechanics of addiction.

Find out what their long term recovery rate is.

Drug rehabilitation does not have to be a revolving door if you take the time and effort to pick the right recovery program.

Note: Since writing the above articles, Gary Smith and his colleague, Derry Hallmark, have written and published "Helping Someone Overcome Addiction--Volume I: What is Addiction"

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