Why do Addicts Lie and Manipulate?

Nearly every family of an addicted person encounters this shocking fact: The addicted lie and manipulate those around them. Even those who have long been close to one’s heart – like one’s children or a spouse – will lie to one’s face, These were people who were loved and trusted, sometimes for decades before addiction came to live in the home. It’s a brutal reality that it takes some families years to come to grips with. Some families never do come to grips with it. But every day that a family fails to realize that they are being lied to…

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How Does Love Become Enabling?

Ask any expert in addiction recovery if enabling is wrong and they will all tell you the same thing: It’s the worst thing you can do for an addict. To make sure we are all talking about the same thing, here’s a definition of enabling: Enabling consists of actions and behavior that shield the addicted person from the consequences of his or her own actions. They are usually well-meaning efforts to solve problems the addict should be solving. Therefore they allow the addicted person to continue to make choices that are destructive to their own survival and the survival of…

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What is Behind the Changing Trends in Drug Abuse?

A look back through history shows that patterns of drug abuse in the U.S. never stay the same for long. In the 1950s, tranquilizers like Miltowns and plenty of alcohol were being abused. In the 1960s, it was marijuana, speed and hallucinogens like LSD. In the 1970s, there was lots more marijuana followed by a flourishing cocaine market in the 1980s. In the second half of the 1980s, crack cocaine cut a destructive swath through urban areas. In the 1990s, while overall drug use numbers had dropped, increasing use of heroin, methamphetamine and club drugs like Ecstasy began to be…

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Just How Easy is it For Teens to Hide Their Drugs?

If you’ve ever suspected one of your children of using drugs, you may have tried going through their pockets and their backpacks for pills, weed or other drugs. The sad truth is that any teen who wants to hide drugs has the ability to hide them so well that even a thorough search by a concerned parent won’t find them. How do they figure out where to put them? If they have the ability to access the internet for research or to buy a book, they have access to detailed instructions on how to hide drugs (or anything else) in…

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At Narconon Centers, Independence Day Means More than Barbeques and Fireworks

When holidays roll around, it’s traditional for the staff at Narconon centers to go to work to provide festivities for clients in rehab. Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s – for many of these clients, it’s the first sober holiday they’ve had in years, perhaps even decades. Holidays mean family events and that’s a painful subject for a person who has lost everything to heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, pills or alcohol. Now, these individuals have made the decision that the future is going to be very different from the past. At Narconon, these people are learning to build new sober lives so they…

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The Benefits of a Sober Summer and How to Achieve Them

In summertime, there’s more barbecues, pool parties and trips to the beach, more outings to night spots and theme parks. There’ll be more coolers filled with beer and quiet moments on the beach or in parks when a private toke might go unnoticed. While this is a great time to enjoy the company of your friends and family, some people who have been trying to stay clean and sober may find too many opportunities to relapse. It may take a little more work than usual to maintain sobriety when presented with temptation every time you turn around. To offer some…

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Parents and Media Reveal Drug Overdose Losses to Save Other Young People

When America’s children are in middle school, high school or college, this is when parents’ hearts should be swelling with pride. This is when these young citizens should be gaining the education that will prepare them for life and for contributions to their communities and country. Instead, too many of our families are dealing with the addictions of their beloved children or, worse yet, their deaths due to overdose or drug-related accident. While this situation has existed for quite some time, it’s just now coming to broad public view. For years, obituaries of teens and young adults who died from…

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Athletes Abusing Stimulants Warned of Summer Overheating Dangers

One of the classes of drugs popular among teens is stimulants. While this class includes illicit stimulants like synthetic cannabis (referred to as Spice, K2 or many other nicknames), it can also include drugs prescribed for what doctors call attention problems. Drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Vyvanse are sought illicitly by some students who think it may give them an edge in their studies. Other teens or young adults who aren’t concerned about studies may want them for an increased ability to party into the night. Ritalin and Concerta are similar chemically to cocaine and Adderall is combination of…

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According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, Drug Abuse is a Factor in the Rising Number of Homeless Children

According to data collected by school districts and reported to the state, thousands of Oklahoma children fall asleep each night on the couches or beds of friends or relatives, hundreds more stay in a hotel or motel, and some even sleep in a shelter or on the streets. Obviously, this surge in homeless students is a great cause for concern among school officials, lawmakers and child advocates, who seek to find answers. According to recent information, it seems that drug abuse and addiction problems may partly be to blame.

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Are There Dangerous Side Effects Connected with Use of Suboxone?

If you’re not familiar with it, Suboxone is the brand name of a drug that is used in the treatment of opiate addiction. It was recently in the news because the young man who shot and killed several people in South Carolina had been recently arrested for possessing Suboxone that wasn’t prescribed for him. Could Suboxone have been involved in mental problems that contributed to his shooting these people? To determine this possibility, it’s necessary to take a closer look at this drug and its side effects. What’s in Suboxone? The primary drug in this formula is buprenorphine, a synthetic…

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