Recovery is More Than a Dream …

Most of you know by now that I used to be married to an alcoholic.  Sometimes I think I would still be married to an alcoholic if I hadn’t gone to work in a drug & alcohol rehab hospital.  I don’t think the hospital did a lot to help it’s patients, but the education I received was invaluable.

I was just reading about a drug rehab program that sounds 100 times more humane and effective than the one in the hospital where I worked.  The Narconon Drug Rehab Program begins by enrolling students rather than “patients”.  I know it’s just a word, but language is powerful and how a person thinks or feels about him/her self is critical to his/her recovery and healing.

Narconon was founded by William Benitez  while he was an inmate at Arizona State Prison.  He realized that his drug addiction had caused most of the problems in his life.  He set out to change his patterns of thinking and expectations, and after successfully transforming himself, he fought for the right to teach other inmates the life lessons and principles he had learned.

Today one of the original members of that first Narconon Program in 1967, Gordon Weinand, works for Narconon Drug Rehab in Georgia.  He was one of the first of many success stories.  Narconon doesn’t treat patients, they educate people.  They start first by giving addicts a new vision of themselves and setting a goal — becoming the person they always wanted to be — and then Narconon teaches them the tools, strategies and concepts that will lead to obtaining those goals.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from addiction, call Narconon.  They have over 40 years of success behind them.  Go to the website, read the stories.  Call the phone number.  Save a life.

24 thoughts on “Recovery is More Than a Dream …

  1. Would be a little far, we have similar institutions here too. It’s such a sad desease. Today at least it is recognized as a desease just like depressions.

  2. Quilly, I believe in Rehab. I don’t know about your Narconon.

    My ex-daughter-in-law became a drug addict. At rehab, after the great divorce, she met a wonderful Christian counselor. They were married, she came back into the church, they had a lovely daughter who played school basketball with my granddaughter, and she lived happily ever after.

    I say that because her life here on earth ended at age 51 earlier this fall with a heart attack. Her funeral was very uplifting as to the kind of life she led. It was a real life Christian example that I am sure God was very proud of!
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    Please don’t mention this on my blog as my oldest grandson, her son, reads it.
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    • Jim — there are many different kinds of rehab. Different things work for different folks. Nothing worked for my ex. Alcoholics Anonymous worked for my sister and my friend Les.

    • Susan — certainly much kinder than the padded cell dry-detox I am familiar with. The screams and convulsions were enough to drive me to drink!

  3. Quilly,
    Mark (most people don’t know) is the step-father of both my girls he has raised them since they were very tiny. Their father(my-ex husband) is an alcoholic. Support like this post is so important so that partners out there know there is a better life and all they are succeeding in in enabling the addict. After 15 years of being divorced and 11 years of his children being raised and supported I might add by another man he still lives on the streets and has nothing to do with his girls. They love Mark and would not have it any other way but what a shame for them to know he is out there with no compassion or sense of responsibility for the children he left behind to dedicate his like to drinking.
    I appreciate this post more that you can realize!
    In Peace,
    Amanda

    • Amanda — then I have a few other posts you may wish to see, too. I am forever and always supportive of the family of alcoholics — as long as they are not enabling their drinker in his alcoholism and family abuse.

  4. gambling is also one addiction that needs to be attended to. at its peak, a compulsive gambler is worse than an alcoholic and equally, if not more, destructive than drug addiction. try to curb it and the compulsive gambler goes ballistic. there are rehab facilities for alcoholics and drug dependents but there is no place for a gambler to run to. so sad.

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