Narconon Explains the Barriers to Recovery – Guilt

As discussed in other articles, there are three barriers to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. If each of these barriers are not addressed, as is done on the Narconon program, the high probability is the addict will revert. Reversion after rehab is so common with programs other than the Narconon program some programs have started to promote that “reversion is part of recovery”. This does not have to be the case.

There is no need for a student going through drug rehabilitation to revert. The fault lies in the incompleteness of the program or lack of expertise of those administering it. Some programs are simply incorrect altogether and appear to have been established for some other purpose than successfully rehabilitating someone from drugs.

In many cases it does take more time than the addict or loved ones would like. One must realize if someone spent years struggling with an addiction, it is highly unlikely full recovery is possible within just a few weeks. A long-term program is going to be necessary. Within four months at Narconon it is possible to take someone who is addicted to more than one substance and move them through the gains of each step of the program, achieve a responsible, productive, drug-free individual. However, individual times do vary and time at Narconon isn’t as much a factor as achieving the full gains and benefits of each step of the Narconon program. More information is available on drug rehab at Narconon Resources.

One key factor that must be addressed for the drug rehabilitation program to be successful and the prime reason for reversion is the third barrier to recovery- Guilt.

How Guilt Relates to Drug Addiction

Guilt and drug addiction go hand in hand. Guilt is the feeling one experiences after the realization one has done something wrong, or harmed others or some part of their life or family. The feeling of guilt in regards to drug addiction can be so painful to the addict their only solution tends to be more drugs to dull the sensation. This trap of course just worsens the guilt.

The drug addict feels guilty because of harmful or dishonest deeds he has done. The person went onto drugs or alcohol due to some underlying pain or problem. He then got caught up in the physical and mental complications of cravings and depression. The cravings alone can be so overwhelming as to urge the drug addict into doing dishonest or harmful acts, usually with the intention of acquiring or doing more drugs. Upon sobering up, they are now left with guilt or a strong feeling of regret over what they have done. They realize they are slipping on their self-control. They may even try to get a grip and forego drugs for a bit, but the first barrier, cravings, return and it’s all they can do to keep their sanity. Their only source of relief is more drugs or alcohol and the cycle of addiction continues.
The Basic Goodness of Man

It is an attestation to the basic goodness of individuals that they experience such guilt. A truly evilly intended individual feels no remorse for his misdeeds and continues to commit them. Fortunately, these individual are few, despite the fact they do cause a considerable amount of trouble wherever they are.

The usual drug addict, however, is not so remorseless. It is true in the beginning stages of drug rehabilitation it sometimes is difficult to discern. Narconon staff is specially trained to be able to effectively communicate to addicts and establish their reality. Despite an addicts often “tough” outer appearance, he or she is often overwhelmed with such a sense of guilt for the wreckage of his/her current life and those of the ones he or she loved, their last remaining defense is this seemingly “tough” and careless outer shell. Deep down they know the actions they have done aren’t right, but having no solution but drugs to lessen the pressure of their guilt they feel hopelessly trapped by their own misdeeds.

A successful drug rehabilitation program must address this aspect of guilt and help the addict to face up to their transgressions (those things he or she knows they did that were wrong or harmful). This must be done in such a way as not to increase the person’s guilt but also allowing them to be relieved of these feelings. Such a person can become surrounded or “haunted” by memories of things they have done wrong. Not addressed, this will most often result in reversion.
Confronting One’s Misdeeds

Narconon has a successful means of helping the addict to face up to his or her misdeeds while at the same time not making him or her guilty of them. It has been proven conclusively that making one guilty for having done something wrong never results in a person’s betterment. However, when a person can truly view and take responsibility for those things they have done that were incorrect or violations, the person’s own self-respect and self-worth is restored. It is at this point the addict can truly leave the past misdeeds in the past and not feel compelled to repeat them.

The step of the Narconon program that addresses guilt is done after one has been brought up to a high enough level to actually confront his misdeeds. Trying to do this before, as in a Twelve Step program, the person usually doesn’t have a high enough ability to communicate, confront or take responsibility to admit to the wrong doings and make up the damage. When a person started drug addiction in their teens, they have never developed these skills to begin with. Often times a Twelve Step program will break down on this point and the result can be reversion.

The Narconon program has a unique method of getting one to take a look at his misdeeds and fully viewing and taking responsibility for them. When a person gets to this point on the program they are ready to do this and the very next step is where they have the opportunity to make up any damage they now realize they need to, to repair their own lives.

If you know of someone experiencing the guilt of addiction, contact Narconon East U.S. at 877-237-3307 for help today. All calls are confidential.