May 26, 2015, Narconon Arrowhead published that they are taking part in ‘National Prevention Week’ dedicated to raising public awareness of, and action about substance abuse as well as mental health issues. Narconon staff, and program graduates who gained sober lives from treatment, are taking part in the “I Choose” Project for National Prevention Week.
The Cult Examiner found contradicting information on page 31 of Narconon Course Book 8 – ‘The Way to Happiness’ that states, “do not take alcohol in excess.” Unlike Narconon, most science-based rehab centers would never teach or instruct patients that it’s ok to drink alcohol in any amount, and especially when the alcoholic or addict is nearing the completion of their treatment and about to go home soon.
This morning, the Cult Examiner contacted a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) in Maryland, USA. She went on record, stating: “Abstinence is the goal and is the standard for people wanting to establish a strong sense of personal autonomy without having to resort to alcohol use to cope with feelings and situations of any degree of importance, both positive and negative. No one ever dies of alcohol deprivation.
Moderation Management is another support group that espouses what Narconon suggests here: [do not take alcohol in excess] harm reduction. It is only “reduction” — the operative word. All it takes is that little addictive voice to say, “just this once …” – which can lead to a full-blown relapse. The endorphin receptors become dormant in abstinence. They do not atrophy.”
For an addict or alcoholic, there’s an old saying that “one drink is too many and a thousand not enough” – a comment often heard in AA, NA and other group meetings around the globe. For an alcoholic, “there is no problem in life that a drink will make better and no problem in life that a drink will not make worse.”
Alcohol relapses are not uncommon among recovering alcoholics. Approximately 90 percent of alcoholics will experience one or more relapses during the four years after treatment, according to a publication from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
According to a 1996 study by G.A. Marlatt published in The American Psychiatric Press Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, relapse is often caused by far-reaching environmental triggers. Difficult to completely avoid, one particular type of environmental pressure, social pressure, contributed to over 20 percent of relapse episodes. Indeed, ‘triggers’ are mentioned countless times when discussing relapses with drug addicts and alcoholics. Not taking that first drink or being around drugs and alcohol is a key factor to many who survive and live happy, productive lives in recovery.
Narconon stating “do not take alcohol in excess” can be, and often is, a road to full-blown relapse or possibly death. An ex-Narconon patient, Robert Vincent Piro, wrote the first book exposing Narconon, listed on Amazon, “When God Called on My Cellphone.” Many pages refer to Narconon as ‘Nonsensenon.’ One of the ‘drill sessions’ at Narconon when one nears the end of the program, is called “Reach and Withdrawal” – a voluntary session that many patients participated in.
The Course Room instructor carried in a large box filled with beer, hard liquor, and “baggie after baggie of every drug imaginable.” What Piro endured can be read on or about page 60 of his book, and seen in the ‘Slide-Show’ published here in this article. Piro was on his way “home in a day or two” after 3 months at Narconon and the staff member wanted him “to handle crack and pipes.”
Narconon states that it “has been setting the pace in the field of drug rehabilitation, with (per independent studies) a 70 to 80 percent success rate in helping people to come off drugs – and stay off them” – page 269 of Narconon Book 8 – ‘Way to Happiness’. Most professionals in the drug rehab treatment field, and ex-Narconon staff members, say these success rate figures are bogus, and more likely the relapse, not the success rate.
Science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard did have his way with words, and plenty of them, but much of his nonsense was/is seen as pseudoscience and quackery. On July 16, 1961, Hubbard stated that, “Not smoking enough will cause lung cancer. Not smoking enough will cause lung cancer! If anybody is getting a cancerous activity in the lung, the probabilities are that its radiation dosage coupled with the fact that he smokes. And what it does is start to run out the radiation dosage, don’t you see. But I’d say that would be better than not running out any of the radiation dosage at all and the number of lung cancer cases which exist, of course, that don’t smoke are just forgotten about by these societies, but they are very numerous.” [See, listen to embedded YouTube video]