Hoping to quit drinking and get sober but don’t know how? have you tried to quit in the past but failed for whatever reason? Maybe you just didn’t know how to quit. Though it all begins with the decision to change, there is a lot more to recovery than simply changing one’s mind. Recovery is different for everyone, but there are certain things that must occur, and guidelines that should be followed for a smooth and successful rehabilitation. The team at Helpguide.org has assembled an exhaustive guide to alcohol abuse and self-help, which can be used to assist one in the process of attempting to get sober. Self-guided recovery is not possible in every case — very often it is necessary to get into an in-patient rehab facility — but for those who are able to follow this route, the guide is a tremendous resource. It also provides insight into some of the things that one can expect during a rehab program. The main points of the guide are outlined below: Continue reading
Could These Songs Be Encouraging Young People to Drink even More?
An article on The Guardian website details the alcoholic content of recent country music songs. Sure, country music has always tended to have a pretty high proof. Singers like George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, Jr. serenaded us about their lives, their problems and their drinking.
The difference today seems to be the proportion of songs that feature drinking. As The Guardian documents, just recently, we have seen these popular country songs:
• Jerrod Neimann, Drink to That All Night
• Little Big Town, Day Drinking
• Dierks Bentley, Drunk On A Plane
• Toby Keith, Drunk Americans
• Lee Brice, Drinking Class
• Brantley Gilbert, Bottoms Up
• Frankie Ballard, Sunshine and Whiskey
• Cole Swindell, Ain’t Worth The Whiskey
• Lady Antebellum, Bartender
• Florida Georgia Line, Sun Daze
• Blake Shelton, Neon Light
• Jason Aldean, Burnin’ It Down Continue reading
Picture a group of young men or women going out on a winter’s evening. They’re going to have dinner and then hang out at a bar for awhile. Maybe there’s a lot of people they know at the bar and they stay longer than they planned. There’s a lot of alcohol flowing. It gets late and a few people start to leave. One young man knows he’s too drunk to drive home so he sets off to walk the mile or so home. But he never arrives. The police are involved a day later and they don’t find him anywhere. It’s a mysterious loss until weeks later, someone finds his body in a frozen pond. He was so disoriented that he wandered into a park, tumbled into the pond and was too cold and disoriented to rescue himself. Continue reading
Can opiate replacement drugs be used to treat alcoholism, and just as importantly, should they? The New York Times published an article recently which weighed in on these issues, “Drugs to Aid Alcoholics See Little Use, Study Finds.” The report focused on two drugs, naltrexone and acamprosate, which have been touted as being a possibly effective treatment for alcoholism and which have been approved for use for more than a decade. It is the dream of many in the field of addiction treatment to find a pill that can be used to do away with addiction, something that has absorbed countless sums and endless hours of research. Continue reading
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD). Recently, the NCADD announced that the theme for this year’s event is “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow,” and they will be promoting this theme in the event which has now been observed for the past 28 years across the United States. Alcohol Awareness Month is observed by groups including schools, colleges, churches and various other types of community organizations around the country. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the weekend of April 4-6, the Alcohol Free Weekend, when Americans were invited to skip drinking for the entire 72-hour period. The stated goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is, “to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.” This year’s focus is on the scourge of underage drinking, a public health problem that causes untold troubles for American families and communities. Some of the facts that NCADD is bringing to the forefront for this year’s event include. Continue reading
Have you heard of neknominate? Have you been neknominated yet? You may have no idea what that word means, but there is a good chance that your kids do. If they’re in their teens or early twenties, in fact, there is a very high likelihood that they know all about neknomination, whether or not it’s something that they’ve actually done yet. What is it? Continue reading
The first thing that you need to know about helping a friend who is a drug addict or alcoholic is that you should not wait. The longer that you postpone taking action to help your friend, the harder it may be for him or her to quit. Addiction is a progressive condition, one that gets worse as it persists, and it is generally easier to quit earlier in the addiction. This is due in part to the physiological aspects of addiction, since the body of an addict becomes increasingly dependent on the chemical substance. It is also due to the fact that the addict becomes more and more emotionally and mentally dependent on the drug to find relief from stress, to feel at ease and even to feel normal. Worse, the longer you wait to step in and provide help, the more likely it becomes that your friend will get in trouble with the law, will overdose or even die using drugs or drinking. Don’t be afraid to bring up the topic, and don’t let concerns over possibly offending your friend keep you from taking action. In fact, if you go about it the right way, you will not only avoid causing offense but will even strengthen your friendship by demonstrating that you sincerely and deeply care for your friend. The alternative is to hesitate or back off from saying anything, and by doing so you are implicitly encouraging your friend to continue in the addiction. If you say something, you could lose your friend, but if you say nothing, you almost certainly will.
Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings begin to drive them back into more use of the drug whether they want to go there or not.
When drug use is up as jobs go away, it doesn’t solve the unemployment problem. Drug use will only impel a person further into depression and guilt. Most people feel stressed and may become depressed when they are unemployed. Pills, joints or drinks may make that feeling go away for a little while. But they don’t solve the unemployment. Nor do they help a person face the search for a job, employment interviews or the stress of a new job.
In Florida, the social services agencies are trying to help people get free from the drug use so they can look for new jobs. Drug abuse and addiction can lead unemployed people to crime instead of job hunting. In Highland County in Florida, the county clerk estimated that 60% of those who were being arrested had drug problems. It could be asked whether the problems caused people to hide in drug use or the drug use created problems. Probably both paths are correct for different individuals.
Solving the Addiction Problem so People Can Return to Work
It is very common for people to lose jobs when they become addicted. The grip that drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, cocaine or alcohol get on people becomes stronger than many people’s grip on their work ethic. Being at work begins to involve explaining absences, making excuses for work that isn’t done, covering up signs of drug abuse, perhaps even shifting the blame to other workers to protect oneself.
The same excuses and shift of blame that occurs at work also occurs at home. A person who is addicted begins to spin tales for a spouse, make excuses to children, siblings, parents. The need for more drugs takes over as a primary concern in life.
Recovery from this obsession to get and use drugs must be thorough and complete for the sobriety to be lasting.
Narconon Services Cover the Many Aspects of Addiction
For rehab to work and for sobriety to last, a recovery program must address the many kinds of injury that result from being addicted. For example, a person must recover their own personal integrity. They must learn how to face people again and communicate clearly – families are all too aware that an addicted loved one has lost this capacity. He (or she) must also have a way to reduce the cravings that threaten him every time his guard is down for a moment. Narconon services cover each of these points thoroughly.
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a long-term program – one that gives the addicted person time to learn the basics of the life skills that are needed to overcome each of these kinds of damage. Then each person must have time and guidance to apply that new knowledge to themselves. As they do so, they build a new, drug-free life, step by step.
Addiction is not overcome in a month-long rehab. It takes longer than that to repair and rebuild. In fifty locations around the world, the Narconon program guides those who are addicted through this essential process of recovery. Call 1-800-775-8750 to find out more about how it works.
Alcohol abuse and addiction could be the world’s oldest drug problem. But excessive drinking and alcohol abuse continue to be serious problems that cause illness and kill people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million people lose their lives each year for reasons that relate to their chronic alcohol abuse. Accidents, illness and direct overdoses contribute to these deaths.
In April 2012, the World Health Organization encouraged communities to pay more attention to chronic alcohol abuse, as it contributes to so many deaths. In fact, in the Western Pacific region, alcohol is considered to be the chief factor in the epidemic of noncommunicable illnesses. It’s estimated that this is the cause of death in four out of five cases, in that region. Cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, pancreatic and heart disease are all associated with heavy alcohol abuse and can result in death.
In areas where alcohol abuse is high, alcohol also contributes greatly to the crime rate, resulting in increases of 1.3% to 3.3% of all crimes in an area.
On a Personal Level, Alcohol is Just as Destructive
It’s one thing to talk about communities struggling with this societal problem but yet another to reflect on the damage to an individual. When families have one of their members abusing and addicted to alcohol, everyone around him or her suffers. Of course, the alcohol addict himself (or herself) suffers health problems, loss of self respect, loss of spouse and children in some situations, loss of job or business and other negative effects. But the family members suffer from worry and despair and often from abuse at the hands of the drinker.
Aside from these problems, it is painful to watch the person lose everything of value. The family wants to help but may not know how. Short term rehabs or support meetings may not be what this individual needs to get clean and sober on a lasting basis.
Narconon Drug Help Turns Out to be What Many People Need
Narconon drug help has come to the rescue for thousands of people who have struggled with alcohol abuse, sometimes for decades before they find Narconon. It is very common for people to go through other rehabs, sometimes several, before making their way to Narconon. But then once at Narconon, they find a system of recovery that enables people to gain stability.
The key to lasting recovery is to thoroughly address the causes of addiction. A person must find relief from the cravings that drove him to drink every time he saw alcohol. There must be skills learned that enable a person to repair the damage that was done to relationships and life situations while addicted. And each person must recover his or her own personal integrity and personal moral sense in order to survive soberly after Narconon drug help. All these aspects of recovery are addressed in the Narconon program.
In this long-term program that is residential in most locations, there are never any drugs given as part of treatment. Any drug that could be used in treatment is itself addictive and so prevents the recovering person from fully getting sober. Instead, nutritional supplements help calm a person’s symptoms as they start out for sobriety. Nutritional supplements are also combined with time in a sauna and moderate daily exercise to create a detoxifying effect on the body. This detox flushes out old drug toxins that have been shown to contribute to cravings, even long after the person stopped abusing alcohol or drugs.
With the use of these tools, each addicted person builds a new, sober life for himself or herself. Families get to re-discover the loved one they lost to alcohol so long ago, who is back now, clean and sober.
Find out how Narconon alcohol rehab can help someone you love make a comeback. Learn more about Narconon drug help by calling 1-800-775-8750 today.
For most people who are addicted, there are those moments where the addicted person wants sobriety more than anything in the world. It might be early in the morning, when the person is starting to sober up and they realize that once again, they were out of control of their drinking.
Maybe it’s when their spouse announces that they are leaving with the children – or after they are gone and the addicted person realizes what he or she has lost. Or the job is lost or the business is bankrupt, it’s a different moment for everyone.
Alcoholism comes with penalties. For some people, they may be a long time coming but they arrive finally for each alcoholic. The lucky ones are those who insist on sobriety and follow it up with actions. The sad ones are those who drink to drown out the pain resulting from the loss.
But for some alcoholics, it is downright dangerous to simply stop drinking. A person’s body can become so dependent on the presence of alcohol that suddenly taking it away might trigger fevers, seizures, coma and even death. When Amy Winehouse died in 2011, it was at first thought that it might have been this withdrawal syndrome that killed her. It turned out that she had drunk massive amounts the night she died. She simply died of an intolerable overdose of alcohol.
Medical Detoxes Deal with the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
A medical detoxification program assists a person coming off high alcohol consumption with constant supervision and medication to prevent the worst of the problems. Benzodiazepines may be administered to calm the person and prevent problems with hallucinations, anxiety, delusional behavior and other symptoms. If fevers get too high or the person goes into a coma, medical care is right at hand to help with these adverse effects.
Once the person is through this period and they are sober, they are ready for rehab. Detoxification is not a complete solution for an alcoholic. It only means that the person is safely withdrawn from alcohol. As yet, nothing has been done for the cravings and psychological dependence on the drug. Years ago, there was little that could be done for the alcoholic rather than let him dry out. But the public and medical profession have come to realize that drug rehabs must do much more than just get a person off drugs or alcohol.
Narconon Offers the Alcoholic a Viable Solution
In 1966 in Arizona, the first Narconon services began to be offered inside the Arizona State Prison system. This program matured into a fully-featured long-term drug rehab program that is offered in fifty locations around the world. There are centers in Northern California – like Narconon Vista Bay. And in Florida, there is Narconon Gulf Coast in Destin.
Once a person is out of danger of adverse alcohol withdrawal symptoms, they can come to a Narconon center to complete the recovery. At Narconon, each person learns how to make drug-free decisions, how to face the challenges of life so that they do not feel the need to escape to a bottle, and they go through a procedure that helps reduce or even eliminate cravings.
This is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, one phase of the overall recovery service. Through a process of taking a strict regimen of nutritional supplements, exercising moderately and spending time in a low-heat sauna, each person activates his or her own body’s ability to flush out old drug toxins. These stored residues have been shown to contribute to cravings, even years after drug use stopped. By flushing them out, those completing this service normally feel more energy and have a better outlook on life. Many say that their cravings are reduced and some say they are gone.
Each person then goes on to rebuild the life skills they lost through addiction. At the end of the program, each person understands how to make the drug-free decisions that help keep them on a sober path. Seven out of ten graduates successfully use these skills to stay clean after they go home.
For complete details on this program, contact Narconon International at 1-800-775-8750. Or you can visit the website for the regional office in the Eastern United States at www.narcononeus.org.