Drug addiction can adversely affect many aspects of an individual’s life. It can affect their health and physical appearance, their physical and emotional senses, their ability to perform work and personal duties and much more. One of the most damaging effects of drug addiction is the separation it can cause in a family. The addict often feels guilt and shame because of their addiction, and withdraws from family and friends. Family members find the addict to be untrustworthy and completely unlike the individual they once knew, which can be highly upsetting and distressing. Family members who are uneducated in or unaware of the full causes and effects of drug addiction may not understand why the addict is unable to see the full extent of damaging effects their drug use has caused, or why they won’t simply quit using drugs and regain their healthy life. Some family members hold out hope for some time that they can help the addict, but eventually may push the addict away from them when drug use continues.
The Elements of a Successful Rehabilitation Program
A successful rehabilitation program seeks to restore the individual to a healthy, productive life. Some of the elements of a successful rehabilitation program include:
- Helping the individual confront and resolve the problems that led to drug use and are causing it to continue.
- Providing a physical detoxification program that rids the individual’s body of drug toxins and thereby reduces or eliminates overwhelming cravings.
- Educating the individual in how to handle life problems without using drugs.
- Assisting the individual in the re-establishment of healthy relationships with others.
How Narconon Arrowhead Helped one Family Reunite after Addiction
Narconon Arrowhead is a holistic, residential rehabilitation treatment facility located in southern Oklahoma. Recently, the sister of a Narconon program graduate shared the story of her brother’s drug addiction and rehabilitation.
C was only seven years old when tragedy struck her family. While C tried to cope with the devastating effects of this tragedy, her brother responded by running away from home. It was a full six years before C saw her brother again, homeless on the streets of the city, emaciated, panhandling, and under the control of a powerful heroin addiction. C passed him on the street and met his gaze but he didn’t even recognize her. It was at this point that C finally felt she had lost her brother entirely.
C’s family had known about her brother’s addiction for years, and had been trying unsuccessfully to help him achieve sobriety. He had attended several rehabilitation programs, but they hadn’t worked and he had remained addicted to heroin. Luckily, they found out about Narconon Arrowhead’s program and the fact that seventy percent of Narconon graduates are able to maintain sobriety post-discharge. C approached her brother and asked him to go to Narconon, and he did so the very next day.
It took C’s brother approximately six months to complete his Narconon Arrowhead program. When he returned home, his family found that he was an entirely different person from the heroin addict who had left them. No longer pained, sorrowful and full of regret, he looked healthy and clean, full of life and laughter.
Twelve years later, C’s brother is still clean and sober. He has graduated from university and is a full-time musician. C recently wrote Narconon Arrowhead, thanking them for everything they do every day, and for changing the world one individual at a time.
Hope in Recovery
C.’s brother’s success proves that there is hope for resolving addiction and rehabilitating an individual for a healthy, productive, happy life. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 800-468-6933.