Monthly Archives: July 2012

Asian Drug Rehabs Use Concentration-Camp Techniques to “Rehabilitate” Addicts – No Surprise that 90% or More Relapse

Concentration Camp Rehab

You don’t hear much about drug rehabilitation in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Malaysia. There may be a very good reason for that. All these countries have drug rehabs that resemble concentration or forced labor camps more than anything a humane person would think of as a drug rehab.

First, each of these countries has drug rehab “treatment” that is compulsory for addicts. Once the addicts are collected up, they may be detained for as long as four years in “rehabilitation” centers that put them to work under inhumane conditions at minimal pay. In Vietnam, some work long days shelling and sorting cashews, one of the largest crops in that country.


Second, there is nothing approaching drug rehabilitation treatment. Instead, there are beatings and torture. A woman who had spent time in one of these facilities appeared before the International Harm Reduction Association conference to describe her experience. Before she broke down in front of the group, she described the detention center as a place “where they don’t care what age or sex you are, and where there was no toilet, food, water, nor mosquito nets.” She said she had seen one of her friends die as a result of a beating, another drowned while trying to escape, and a fellow inmate was electrocuted.

A YouTube video posted by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union shows adults and children incarcerated in small cottages with bars across the doors at a drug detention center in Cambodia named “Kor Kor.”

A Canadian human rights worker studied Thailand’s compulsory drug rehabilitation system and reported that out of 84 such centers, 50 were run by the military, not medical personnel. Most people in those centers waited longer than the maximum 45 day period to find out if they would be remanded to long-term treatment. They were held in conditions so crowded that they could only sleep on their sides. There was no water or medical treatment.

From Vietnam, it was reported that compulsory drug rehabilitation for people “who are in danger of relapse” could be ordered for two years. The relapse rate for these centers is 90% to 100%.

Not Appopriate Drug Treatment

In 2010, Joe Amon with the group Human Rights Watch stated the obvious when he said that, “The UN, the Global Fund, and many others have called upon Cambodia to close all compulsory treatment centres…Compulsory treatment, beatings, electric shocks, unproven experimental ‘cures’ are not appropriate ways of helping people with drug addiction.”

In Vietnam, between 35,000 and 45,000 people are being detained in these centers. Without recourse to courts or lawyers, they may be incarcerated for as long as four years. Of course, if they relapse, they may go right back again. In 2010, 600 inmates in one such center risked their lives to overwhelm guards and break out.

Narconon Centers in Asia Provide a Dramatic Contrast to Compulsory Treatment

In contrast, there are the Narconon centers in dozens of countries around the world, including Taiwan and Nepal. At Narconon centers, each arriving person is cared for with generous doses of nutritional supplements and gentle reorientation exercises to help them through withdrawal. A thorough drug detoxification process follows to enable each person to flush old stored drug residues out of their fatty tissues, remnants that might contribute to cravings in the future.

Flush Drug Residues Out

After this comes the life skills component of the Narconon program, where each person has a chance to examine their earlier way to life and learn new patterns of behavior and decision-making.

The result is a drug recovery program that enables seven out of ten graduates to stay clean and sober long after the return home.

This kind of drug treatment is a very far cry from compulsory incarceration and forced labor. Wherever the Narconon program is administered – Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa or the Americas, the emphasis is completely on results. Since 1966, the Narconon program has proven that it gets the result of sobriety on the majority of its graduates.

Find narconon Rehab

If you would like to find the Narconon center nearest you, contact the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.


How Long Will it Take “Subsys” to Show Up on Drug Overdose Autopsies?

Drugless Atmosphere

The FDA approves the new sublingual fentanyl spray, but will this super-strong painkiller make it easier for people to overdose on this drug?

In January 2012, the FDA announced the approval of a new form of painkiller: a formulation of fentanyl meant to be sprayed under the tongue (sublingual). The new drug is called Subsys and is meant for those suffering from breakthrough pain from cancer.1 This means that Subsys is only supposed to be used when the patient is already on a painkiller and experiences pain that breaks through the existing opioid barrier. But fentanyl is already a common drug of abuse, addiction and overdose death. Will this new form be irresistible to opiate addicts?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is an opiate-type drug that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Since street heroin is of variable potency, fentanyl could be hundreds of times stronger than heroin.

Fentanyl is already popular among addicts for its intense euphoric effects.2 Those addicted to heroin, OxyContin, hydrocodone or other opioids may seek out fentanyl as a substitute, robbing pharmacies, stealing it from hospices or nursing homes, or forging prescriptions. Since fentanyl is often administered in a patch to prevent easy abuse, addicts squeeze the remaining drug out of the used patches and inject or ingest it.

Subsys Recommended Dosage is Millionths of an Ounce

But now fentanyl will be available as a spray. The dosage is measured in micrograms, with the initial recommended dose set at 100 micrograms, or 3.5 millionths of an ounce. A person initiating use of Subsys for breakthrough cancer pain should start with one spray and move up from there as needed.

A person who has already developed a tolerance for opiates may be able to safely use this drug but what about a person new to opiates? A initiate to the drug can easily overdose on a tiny amount of opiates while a person accustomed to them can take higher amounts without danger. This phenomenally strong painkiller could spell disaster for anyone not intimately familiar with the way opiates work.

“For several years, fentanyl was one of the deadlier drugs on the illicit market,” commented Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. Narconon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substance abuse and addiction through effective rehabilitation and prevention. “The pharmaceutical and medical industries have already shown that they cannot prevent diversion of these drugs to the illicit market. With this infinitely strong preparation on the market, we should also be ready for the fentanyl overdoses that may follow.”

Mr. Carr noted that more than ten thousand people per year were rushed to emergency rooms between 2005 and 2009 because of problems with illicitly or licitly produced fentanyl. More than a thousand people lost their lives in just three years.

“Because of addiction, many people will not be able to resist the temptation to abuse this powerful drug,” Mr. Carr added. “The only way to save these addicted lives is to eliminate the cravings for drugs with effective drug rehabilitation like the Narconon drug rehab program.”

Narconon organizations located in forty countries not only offer highly successful drug rehab but most also send staff and volunteers out in to the community to provide drug education classes.

Eliminate Drug Cravings

“The very best way to eliminate the desire for this and other drugs is to convince people not to start abusing any substances,” concluded Mr. Carr. “We are fortunate at Narconon centers to be able to provide services both for those who have not started using drugs and those trapped in addiction, offering the addicted a new shot at a sober future.”

For more information on the Narconon drug rehabilitation program or for other Narconon services, call 1-800-775-8750.


Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

Suicide Intoxication

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so.

The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs.

Groups that had higher ratios of suicide were:

  • Men, especially young men
  • Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
  • US military veterans
  • The poorly educated
  • Those living in rural areas

Factors found to be involved in these deaths, particularly for young men, were financial problems, relationship difficulties and situations with arrests and incarceration.

People who committed suicide while drunk also tended to use more violent means, just as falls and shootings.

The tragedy is that suicide deaths are 100% preventable if a person can find the help they need. If addiction is part of the equation as well, a person can become despondent and depressed about ever recovering. When a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death, eliminating alcohol as a solution to stress can help these people maintain an objective grip on their lives that could prevent these suicides.

How Addiction Can be Overcome

Addiction Not a Disease

It’s unfortunate that so many people are told that they must always consider themselves an addict, that addiction is a “chronic, relapsing disease” like diabetes or heart disease. Many rehab programs work hard to sell this model of addiction. When this is the belief, the solution is so often a very long course of medications that are intended to “treat” this physical disease. The drug companies make money but the addicted people may not find recovery.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction Recovery is Possible

At Narconon, drug addiction is not treated by giving a person drugs for a day, a year or longer. No drugs are ever used as part of treatment. Instead, a person is guided through a process of recovering health, rebuilding clear thinking, learning new life skills, reducing cravings through detoxification. These steps, to result in a drug-free life, take time. For most people, three to five months, sometimes longer. But it is time well spent.

Learn Narconon Detox

Each person goes through the recovery phase called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase utilizes time in a sauna with moderate daily exercise and nutritional supplements. This combination causes the body to dispose of stored toxins that remain behind after past drug use. These toxins have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after a person stops using drugs or drinking.

When the residues are gone, a person has a brighter outlook and more energy. He or she can think more clearly. Most people state that their cravings are reduced or even gone.

Life Skills Must Follow

Life Skills Courses

This is not the end of recovery but just the beginning of life skills training. Each person learns such skills as choosing associates and friends who will support a sober life and how to handle those who might lead one back into substance abuse. He learns also step-by-step methods of repairing relationships with family, friends and others in the community that he may have harmed while using drugs.

The list goes on – the way Narconon drug addiction recovery works to bring about sobriety is thorough. Get the whole story by calling and talking to an Intake Counselor today. Call 1-800-775-8750.

Will US Follow Finland’s Trend?: Rising Drug Use among Youth and Women

Women Drug Use Rise

In the United States, the trend has always been toward more illicit drug abuse by men than women, usually in a ratio of two to one. In drug dependence and treatment statistics both, women generally make up about one-third of the total.

This ratio varies by the drug being discussed. When it comes to needing treatment for marijuana addiction, only about one in four of those being admitted to treatment for marijuana addiction is a woman. But for crack cocaine and prescription drugs, the ratio of women to men is higher. In fact, more women go to treatment for sedatives than men, and for tranquilizers and opiate painkillers, the numbers are close to even.

In Finland, groups of social workers who provide support for young people have noticed rising drug use among youth and women. The Deaconess Institute and the A-Clinic Foundation provide help for those who are aged 16-29. This group overall has seen more incidence of drug abuse with the majority of that increase among the females.

Rising drug use among youth and women indicates a couple of dangerous social trends. One is failing drug education for youth. And the other is the distinct possibility that births of babies who are addicted to the drugs the mother was using while pregnant.

Women Using Drugs Increase

One of the workers with the young people noted that the ratio of young women who were using drugs increased from 25% to 40% in just one year. The report noted that most drug abuse starts with alcohol and marijuana and that the age of initiation is dropping in Finland. In the US in these categories, women seeking treatment remain around one-quarter of the total.

Success Rates Vary But Can Reach 70% at Narconon

Losing Self Respect to Drug Use

Different sources will cite varying success rates for treatment, often between 10% and 20% for those trying to get sober. This means heartbreak for the great majority of people who enter rehab with hopes of breaking free from substance abuse. Those who come to Narconon drug rehabs such as Narconon Georgia find recovery 70% of the time. The reason for this high rate of success is the thorough address to the problems created by addiction. When a person has been abusing substances, they lose their integrity and self-respect. They become dishonest, manipulative and lying to those around them so they can continue to obtain and use drugs. To fully recover from addiction, these points of damage must be reversed.

Each person must break through this dishonesty to be able to live a sober life. As described in many success stories, sobriety can be achieved when a person learns the life skills that are needed to stay sober and then applies them to the life that was destroyed by addiction. Gradually, they learn a new honest way of living. They learn how to repair relationships like those with spouses, parents and children. They put these broken pieces of their lives back together. As they do so, they find that they don’t need drugs any more.

Detoxification is an Essential Part of Recovery

Live Without Drugs

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a sauna-based program that uses nutritional supplements with moderate daily exercise to flush out the residues of these toxic drugs that cling to the fatty tissues of the body. Because these residues tend to bond to fat, they can be hard to get out of the body. This combination activates the body’s ability to release them. As the residues flush out, the recovering addict feels brighter and clearer. Most people achieving this relief also notes that cravings are reduced.

When there is rising drug use among youth and women, there is a way to bring them back to a healthy life. And that is Narconon.


Chill Pills Generate a New Threat for a New Generation

Pill Factory

Before the 1950s, there were no tranquilizers being marketed. Then came Miltowns, followed by Valium and then followed by the full range of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. By 1957, there had been 56 million prescriptions filled for Miltowns.

And with the popularization of this range of drugs, and despite their addictiveness, millions of people have come to depend on these drugs to deal with daily life. In many cases, it’s a whole new generation of young people who are using, abusing or being addicted to them. Some people simply rely on them, filling the prescriptions as needed, and others abuse them recreationally.

Now, these medications that have been referred to as “chill pills” for decades are sending people to rehabilitation centers so they can finally get sober.

Celebrity Addicts Going to Recovery

According to the NBC affiliate in Los Angeles, actors, singers and other performers in Hollywood are frequently going to rehabilitation centers to overcome their addictions. It appears that too many doctors in Hollywood are too willing to hand out prescriptions.

Pill Addiction

Despite the fact that these classes of drugs create dependence, even when they are taken at correct, therapeutic doses, many people receive prescriptions for them for years on end. Some people progress to abusing them and then, as they develop a tolerance, have to find ways to get enough of their drugs to satisfy the tolerance that normally builds up. In other words, they need more of the drug just in order to function, much less to get a high.

Now, there are literally hundreds of different formulas for “chill pills” that are available to provide an artificial, addictive solution to life’s problems.

Mixing Drugs Creates a Whole New Set of Problems

Polydrug Abuse

The recent trend in substance abuse is to mix substances. It’s called polydrug abuse. Along with Valium, now, a person might add alcohol. In fact, alcohol abuse along with prescription drug abuse is very common among those under 25 years of age. Alcohol was frequently abused with painkillers, stimulants like Ritalin, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Statistically, the more dependent a person is on alcohol, the more mixing they do.

The Narconon Program Provides a Solution

Turn Life Around

After years or even decades of addiction, it’s never easy to admit the extent of the problem and find a rehab center to provide recovery. But the risk presented by chill pill abuse or mixing this kind of drug with alcohol means that the sooner a person in this situation can be gotten to an effective rehab program, the better.

The Narconon program has been helping people get sober after street drug, alcohol and prescription drug abuse since 1966. The program is completely based on results – that principle guided the development of the program from the beginning. The only methods used were those that resulted in sobriety. Finding this program can be the beginning of a new sobriety for someone you care about.

In three to five months for most people, the Narconon program can provide a repair of damage done by addictive drugs and alcohol and a restoration of the life skills essential to staying sober. Some people call this an alternative program because it is not based on the Twelve Step model nor on a medical model that uses more drugs in the course of treatment. Instead, the steps are based on a philosophy anyone can understand: if you address the factors that keep a person trapped in addiction and help a person really learn how to escape them, they will stop being addicts. Pure and simple.

Learn more about the Narconon rehab program that is offered all around the world. Call a Narconon drug help representative today 1-800-775-8750.


Litany of Heroin Deaths in Alabama Illustrates Fatal Dangers of Addiction

Heroin Deaths

The shift from OxyContin to heroin and people trying to get high after getting clean are some of the reasons for the upsurge in deaths in Alabama.

In May 2012, the Birmingham News provided some grim insight into the fatal results of addiction. In just the month of April, Jefferson County had thirteen deaths from heroin. In all of 2010, there were only 12 deaths from the drug and in 2011, a total of 30 people died.

What makes the situation worse is that many of those who died were so very young: a 28-year old man, 38-year old man, one who was 18, another who was 24, a nineteen-year-old, a 21-year old woman, and a 32-year old woman. All dead of heroin, often with syringes next to the bodies.

Heroin Abuse Supplies

Across the country, many people are seeking heroin supplies after the reformulation of Oxycontin, their prior preferred drug of choice. Once OxyContin pills were made hard to abuse by making them gummy, heroin deaths began to creep up. The effects of OxyContin and heroin abuse are said to be very much the same. So individuals who previously used prescription fraud to obtain drugs now had to find a street drug dealer to score heroin which was sometimes sold at half the price.

Inexperience Using Heroin Contributes to Deaths

But a number of factors now conspire to cause to these deaths:

  • OxyContin users were accustomed to a consistent potency so knew how to dose themselves with that drug
  • Heroin’s potency varies greatly
  • OxyContin users are not used to dosing themselves with the variable heroin potency
  • To make things worse, Mexican drug cartels began smuggling in a high potency heroin in 2011

Heroin Drug Deal

Heroin dealers have plenty of customers and potential customers – so customer service and concern is not part of the job.

Another factor in some of these deaths is that some people may have wanted to get high again after being clean for awhile. When they gave themselves a “usual” dosage, they couldn’t tolerate it and overdosed. Some of the people who died had recently graduated from drug court or been to rehab.

In St. Louis, the story was much the same. According to the news site, heroin deaths in the area almost doubled in 2009 and then maintained that peak in 2010. Over a five-year period, 357 residents of the area died due to heroin overdoses. Here too, many of those who died were young.

Not Isolated Incidents


“Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents,” stated Bobby Wiggins, longtime drug educator and spokesperson for Narconon International. Narconon is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substance abuse and addiction. “The same scenario is playing out from Minneapolis to San Diego. These people are trying to stave off the sickness of opiate withdrawal with whatever drug they can find. Fortunately, at Narconon we have developed a tolerable method of withdrawal followed by an effective method of rehabilitation that can save some of these people who feel trapped in their addictions.”

At any of the fifty Narconon rehab centers around the world, addicts are supported through withdrawal by giving them generous dosages of nutritional supplements that help the body through the withdrawal period and calm many of the symptoms. Relaxing physical assists help the person relax and stop being anxious about recovery. The rehab program that follows is so effective that seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home.

There are only three outcomes to addiction: prison, death or sobriety,” Mr. Wiggins said. “We help people choose lasting sobriety.”

Heroin Rehab Help

For more information about heroin rehabilitation on the Narconon program, call 1-800-775-8750.


Do New Synthetic Drugs Create the Most Dangerous Addictions?

Addiction to Drugs

It’s pretty obvious that there are simply no “good addictions” when it comes to drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t matter if it’s alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana or cocaine – every addiction is destructive of a person’s life, goals, focus, mental stability and personal integrity.

Drugs and alcohol are also destructive of a person’s health and relationships. When addiction takes over a person’s life, then every constructive priority takes a back seat to this overwhelming influence.

How then could one pick out one drug that creates the most dangerous addiction?

The fact is that there is a class of new drugs on the market that might qualify as creating the most dangerous addiction. It’s the new synthetics: drugs labeled as “bath salts” or “Spice.” There are actually many names for these new drugs.

They may be labeled as:

Bath Salt Drugs

Bath Salts

Ivory Wave, Cloud 9, White Dove, White Lightning, Scarface, Red Dove or even called plant food or research chemicals

Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic Marijuana

K2, Spice, Vampire Blood, Lazy Cakes, Simmer

Some people might be able to abuse these new drugs and escape unharmed but others are not so lucky. Some people experience frightening, dangerous, even deadly effects.

Bath salts: Insomnia, delusions, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations.

Synthetic marijuana: High doses bring delusions, vomiting, seizures.

Why are People Abusing These Drugs?

Using Synthetic Drugs

In many areas, these drugs are sold as legal “highs” that are undetectable on drug tests. So a person on an athletic team who might be drug tested might think that he could get away with using this drug without being found out. It is also available in many places in convenience stores or head shops, even gas stations. There are federal laws outlawing these drugs but it is impossible for federal agents to cover all the locations these drugs are sold. Until individual US states or other countries enact legislation banning these drugs, they are as good as legal.

The other reason people abuse these drugs is that they don’t know about the dangers. Chemists seeking to gain profits at any cost are willing to devise chemicals that can kill. When the drug they have been selling gets outlawed, they can just come up with a new formula and new packaging and go back into business again.

The only safety, really, is in sobriety.

Narconon Helps a Person Develop the Ability to Live Sober

Drug-Free Living

At Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world, Narconon takes on a slightly different form than other rehabs. Students complete a series of life skills courses that enable them to overcome the causes of his or her own addiction. Perhaps it was yielding to peer pressure, desire to fit in, a need to overcome shyness, a yearning for excitement or just plain boredom that led a person to abuse drugs or alcohol. A person learns how each of these obstacles to happiness can be overcome.

First, each person learns about basic components needed for a sober life: communication skills, ability to confront another person without flinching, ability to resolve problems, a strong, recovered personal integrity, a moral guide for decisions and actions. After learning the basics of each of these ingredients of sober living, a person then uses what he has learned to gain control of his life again and repair the damage done by addiction.

It takes longer than 28 days to really recover from addiction. Narconon restores life skills, encompassing three to five months, have a 70% success rate, one of the best in this field.

Get Help Now

Find out how the Narconon program can help someone you love reclaim lasting sobriety at last. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


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