What is Rehabilitation, really?

Rehab. We hear this word bandied about constantly. “I’m going to rehab”. Or, “I went to rehab 7 times.” and, “It’s time for another rehab.”

The definition of the word is in flux and changes every few years. This has gotten so bad that many professionals don’t even use the word rehabilitation anymore. They now say, ‘He is in treatment’.

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Why? Why avoid the word?

I’ll tell you why. Most programs can’t live up to it. They are incapable of delivering it. So rehabilitate and rehabilitation become unusable words.

Miriam Webster says the word REHABILITATE means:

TO BRING (SOMEONE OR SOMETHING) BACK TO A NORMAL, HEALTHY CONDITION AFTER AN ILLNESS, INJURY, DRUG PROBLEM, ETC.

The Oxford English dictionary says this:

RESTORE (SOMEONE) TO HEALTH OR NORMAL LIFE BY TRAINING AND THERAPY AFTER ADDICTION, IMPRISONMENT OR ILLNESS.

That’s a pretty tall order. It won’t happen in a week-long “detox” and it won’t happen by itself.

To enable a person who has been addicted to drugs or alcohol to first get through the initial withdrawal, then to rebalance their body chemistry and recover their health is an amazing accomplishment.

And finally, to teach them what they need to learn in order to live a life that is not just drug-free, but is at least as good a life as would have been possible had they never touched a drug, THAT’S rehabilitation.

And it should be the desired outcome. At Narconon South Texas, it’s the only acceptable outcome.

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AUTHOR

Tony Bylsma

Tony Bylsma has been working for Narconon as a counselor, administrator and educator in various areas of the US for many years. In addition to helping people overcome their addictions and live drug-free lives, Tony has spoken to over six hundred thousand students, parents and professionals regarding drug abuse and effective abuse prevention. This year Tony is celebrating his 40th year of sobriety!

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