The “Stages of Change” model is a five-step plan to help addicts, specifically alcoholics, understand their addictions and motivate them to change. The model is based on observations of modifying problem behavior such as smoking, overeating and alcoholism. The five stages…
Overcoming drug addiction can be difficult. In some cases, using medication is not an option; rather, therapy can be a superior option.
Individual vs. Group Therapy
Group therapy is generally chosen over individual therapy in cases of drug treatment. In group therapy, a person is more likely to be challenged and supported by others in recovery.
The Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Program
- Mission purpose: The word ‘Narconon’ means simply ‘No Drugs.’ This signifies both that the Narconon program is a drug-free rehabilitation model, and also that the mission and objective of the program is to enable a person enrolling in Narconon to achieve a stably drug-free, ethical life - that is - living free of drugs and unhealthy/unethical behaviors, not having to take or participate in ‘maintenance’ programs and/or substitutes for the behavior(s) and/or substance(s) to which one was addicted.
- The Narconon network comprises over 150 drug rehabilitation, prevention, and education centers across 50 countries.
- All Narconon centers are individually operated and responsible for their own services, but they all subscribe to deliver the standard Narconon program model with proper administration and standards unmatched elsewhere in the addiction recovery provider landscape.
- Narconon International: These non-profit public benefit centers are licensed by Narconon International, the first Narconon organization to have been granted charitable, non-profit status by the IRS in 1972.The function of Narconon International is to promote the Narconon program and to monitor and maintain the quality of technical delivery worldwide.
- CARF (the international Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission) has accredited and commended Narconon Arrowhead, Narconon International Training Center, as an exemplary Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Detoxification and Residential Treatment facility. CARF is a highly recognized certifying organization for rehabilitation services.
The standardness of the program model across multiple languages and cultures has contributed to making the Narconon network one of the fastest-growing drug rehabilitation programs in the world.
An Overview of Psychotherapy
Mental health—and the human nature and experience that shape it—are the domain of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy or counseling, is the practice of addressing mental health issues with a trained therapist.
The most prominent form of psychotherapy is psychoanalysis, which focuses on the application of psychoanalytic theory as a method of treatment between a trained professional and a client. Psychoanalytic theory rests on the following key principles:
- That each individual is unique
- That there are factors outside of a person’s awareness—unconscious thoughts, feelings and experiences—that influence his thoughts and actions
- That the past has a direct role in shaping the present
- That human beings are consistently developing throughout their lives
A two-year study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University found that:
- Adults and teens who consider religion to be very important, and who attend religious services weekly or more often, are far less likely to smoke, drink, or use elicit drugs.
- Individuals who attend spiritually based support programs, such as the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, are more likely to maintain sobriety.
- Individuals in successful recovery often show greater levels of faith and spirituality than those who relapse.
Do you or someone you know have a drug addiction problem? According to the Center for Disease Control, half of all high school seniors have tried illicit drugs, before they graduated. More than three percent of individuals that are over the age of twelve have engaged in abusing prescription medications.
While these statistics are undoubtedly scary, as well as sobering, there is help. Depending on the substance that you are addicted to, you may be able to stop cold turkey. This method refers to the type of treatment for drug recovery in which you simply stop incidents of using the substance in which you are addicted.
The Cold Turkey Method
For some of the stronger substances, it will be preferable for you to make some preparations before you begin the process of stopping cold turkey. You will likely benefit from having a loved one with you while you undergo the often painful process of drug recovery. It does not matter who this person is as long as this person loves and cares for you. You can choose to ask a friend or a family member. You should allow up to a week in which to fully recover from your addiction.