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The Narconon® Personal Values and Integrity Course

Writes Dr. Alfonso Paredes*: The Personal Values and Integrity Course addresses the fact that lack of respect for conventional ethical norms and engagement in repeated transgressions are common among addicts. Individuals addicted to alcohol and drugs tend to commit further transgressions to support or conceal their drug use. This behavior often becomes ingrained and the person may try to self-justify such actions with convoluted and self-destructive arguments.

Exercises in the Personal Values module help the student to formulate a set of ethical values. The formulation process begins having them consider general assumptions about the conditions necessary for human survival.

Accordingly, survival is accomplished through eight routes or “dynamics.” These include: the maintenance of individual physical integrity; sex, including procreation and rearing of children; satisfying the urge to become part of social groups such as school; workplace or community; positive affiliation with humanity as a species; helping the survival of any kind of life-an individual survives to make life survive; improvement of the material environment; quests for spirituality; and exploration of the personal idea of a Supreme Being, Prime Mover or Creator.

Regarding this last point, it should be noted that the Narconon program is secular and does not define or attempt to re-define the individual’s religious construct or belief.

The “dynamics” described cannot be taken into account individually as the condition of one area of life impinges on all the others. Therefore, the formulation of ethical or moral principles must consider the highest level of survival across all dynamics taken up collectively. Unethical situations are those in which the individual does something contrary to the survival of one or more of the dynamics mentioned.

The process of formulation of individual ethical principles is operationalized as follows. Through a set of exercises, the student is asked to give examples of transgressions to the ethical code that he has observed from others in the past. This provides opportunity to present examples of transgressions against principles such as honesty, truthfulness, personal commitment, individual integrity, interpersonal responsibility, commitment to promised allegiance, etc. The exercises indirectly assist the student in the definition of values, which he may later make his own.

As a next step, the student is asked to provide examples of transgressions in which he has been involved. Through the course exercises, the student makes a specific and exacting inventory of his past oversights. He then is asked to identify how and when misdeeds of omission or commission occurred, who was involved and what harm resulted. Through this cathartic experience, the addict may have opportunity to experience relief from guilt.

An important element of this module is taking responsibility for the consequences to others resulting for these transgressions. During this step students outline means to repair the negative consequences of their previous destructive actions and begin to implement this plan with the assistance of the Narconon staff.

“… When I started this [Personal Values and Integrity Course] it was truly rough because I didn’t want to see that a lot of the things that I had done were wrong… but, I noticed that the more that I wrote the better I felt, not just about me, but I felt better about the situation itself. I no longer saw the things that I had done as these HUGE terrible deeds that I needed to forget. I saw them for what they were with this new found confront I have on my past! — J.S.”

“The success and gains achieved [in this course] are far reaching and profound indeed. I always felt I had an ethical base, but with “ethics technology,” I now have a way and a system to actually apply and monitor my ethical behavior. Now I know that by being honest with myself and my group I can stay ethical. … This tech has really given me freedom to be free again and the ability to demand the highest level of survival for myself! … D.M.”

To contact someone about the Narconon Drug-free Detox and Rehab Program,

CALL Tibor A. Palatinus, CCDC at 1-800-349-7616

* Dr. Paredes is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA. He has pursued a long career in research and administration in academic alcohol and other substance abuse treatment and research programs. In addition to UCLA he has held professorial positions at the University of Southern California, University of Oklahoma and Jefferson University Medical School in Pennsylvania. During his tenure as director of the University of Oklahoma Alcohol and Drug Related Studies, he was responsible for a program of basic and applied research supported by the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism. Under NIDA’s support he established the UCLA/VA Laboratory for the Study of Addictions, which became the site for several NIDA and State of California funded studies. He is former Chairman of the California Department of Mental Health Research Advisory Committee. Dr Paredes is investigator of a UCLA-based 12 year follow up study of cocaine dependence supported by NIDA. He has authored and co-authored more than 116 published articles. He is a former member of the Editorial Board of Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, Associate Editor of Recent Developments in Alcoholism and member of the Program Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr Paredes is a member of the Science Advisory Board for Narconon International.

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