A group of U.S. Senators have been in the news recently in connection with a new bill which is aimed at opening doors to treatment for more Americans suffering from drug addiction. Specifically, the bill is intended to address what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described as America’s “deadly epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.” Around 17,000 people in the United States now die every year from overdosing on painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin), and nearly 500,000 people are being admitted to emergency rooms for complications involving these drugs. The bill is intended to strike a blow against this looming public health threat by expanding the access to treatment for addiction to opioid painkillers, in light of the fact that less than half of those who need treatment are currently getting it. In 2012, around 2.5 million people in the U.S. abused or were addicted to opioid medications, and fewer than 1 million received treatment. Senators Markey, Feinstein, Rockefeller, Brown and Hirono introduced the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act in the second session of the current meeting of Congress, using the acronym “TREAT Act.” Continue reading
Until Betty Ford went public with her addictions and her recovery, no one knew much or talked much about addiction treatment. A drunk might go to the hospital to “dry out” – in other words, get off alcohol. But that left the cravings and desire to be drunk untouched. About the only method a person had for getting off heroin was a “cold turkey” withdrawal, a very grim process.
But then Betty Ford established her center and celebrities began to arrive for treatment. This took the idea of addiction recovery into the mainstream.
But by the time the Betty Ford Center was being covered in the media, the Narconon program had been saving lives for 16 years. In the earliest days, a big white house in Los Angeles was the site for recovery, and then there began to be centers in Italy, Russia, Sweden, even South Africa.
The word “rehabilitation” means to return something or someone to a former state. Drug rehabilitation should be returning a person to the way they were before they used drugs, to the furthest extent possible. Therefore, there should be ways for the addicted person to recover their own self-respect, to find relief from guilt and trauma and to know how to make drug-free decisions, even when there are challenges in the environment. When a person dried out or went cold turkey, there was no rehabilitation. They only got sober. They were left with their full measures of guilt. If there were some situations that would “drive them to drink,” they did not have new skills to deal with these situations. Continue reading
Choosing a drug rehab program for yourself or for a loved one can be an excruciating decision. Upon this decision may rest the success or failure of the attempt to get clean and sober, and it’s not a decision that you can really afford to get wrong. After all, it often happens that a person who goes through rehab unsuccessfully will at that point give up all hope of getting sober, and will often spend the rest of what remains of his or her life as an addict. Furthermore, there is the fact that the costs of rehab can be considerable, and most families can’t afford to keep spending money on different programs while looking for the right one. Continue reading
There have been some individuals who have successfully resolved their problems with substance abuse by participating in traditional twelve-step programs or by receiving medications to help them withdraw from drugs. However, other individuals can feel that true sobriety means an absence of all drug use, including illicit, recreational and medical drugs. For this and other reasons, holistic drug treatment has become more popular, and is actually believed by many medical doctors to be a very successful way to resolve drug addiction. Continue reading
Choosing a drug rehab center isn’t like choosing a destination for your next vacation. It’s not the kind of thing where you can afford to take your chances and know that you’ll have another shot at it if your first choice doesn’t work out. To put it bluntly, your choice of a drug rehab program could make the difference between success and failure in the attempt to get sober for yourself or your loved one, and that’s a difference that could be a life or death one. Make sure that you’re choosing the right one by following the guidelines below: Continue reading
There is a very unfortunate belief that is held by many families who are trying to help an addicted loved one. And that is that the person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. I don’t know who invented that phrase but they did not do anyone any favors.
This phrase is often repeated by those working in or writing about addiction recovery. But I’ll tell you why it is so dangerous.
With the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom. Continue reading
Some consider that rehabilitation has occurred when the person has made it through the process of withdrawals and is no longer experiencing the overwhelming compulsion to get his or her next fix. The problem with this view, of course, is that the fact that a person is through withdrawals does not by any measure mean that he or she has broken the emotional addiction to drugs or alcohol, or has learned how to handle the stress and pressure which most likely drove the person to substance abuse in the first place. Another common idea of rehab is that all an addict needs to do is attend a 28-day rehab program, after which he or she should be in a stable position from which to move on in life. This cookie-cutter approach may work for some, but in all too many cases it produces results which are indifferent, to say the least. Continue reading
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%.
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.
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.
If you would like to find the Narconon center nearest you, contact the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.
While cocaine has been around for many decades, abuse of this drug in the US really kicked into high gear in the 1980s. It took a little longer for usage rates to climb in Europe because of the distance from the major cocaine manufacturing countries in South America.
But it didn’t take very long for the damaging physical effects of cocaine to start showing up. The first cocaine-induced stroke was diagnosed in 1977, and the death of basketball star Len Bias let plenty of people know about the damage that can be done to one’s heart by cocaine abuse.
This hasn’t quelled cocaine’s image as a party drug. Celebrity arrests and visits to rehab may continue to give the drug a glamourous allure, despite the health risks. But cocaine’s intense addictiveness can perpetuate the drug habit even when the user knows the risk.
Cocaine Creates Strong Cravings for More of the Drug
While cocaine use in the US and Europe both has declined in the last several years, there are still 1.6 million Americans using cocaine. Europe still consumes about 25% of the world’s cocaine supply.
Both crack cocaine and powder cocaine retain their customers by creating intense cravings that drive users into repeated use of the drug. Powder cocaine may be consumed in binges where the user keeps using cocaine over and over again for days until they run out of money, drugs or the physical ability to keep on going.
Trying to withdraw from cocaine use can generate withdrawal symptoms such as exhaustion, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and intense cravings, creating a formidable barrier to sobriety. Cocaine addiction rehab must provide support for the person in withdrawal to get them safely through this period. The Narconon drug rehab program, located in fifty centers around the world, offers a holistic, drugless rehabilitation program that provides those addicted to cocaine with a strong hope of lasting sobriety.
Narconon Long-Term Cocaine Addiction Rehab Has Excellent Track Record of Success
In order to help a person achieve lasting sobriety, the reasons a person began to abuse drugs must be addressed and handled. In the Narconon drug recovery program, a person has the time and the guidance to repair the damage done by addiction and build new life skills.
Nutritional support and one-on-one work with the Narconon staff help make withdrawal tolerable. Gentle reorientation exercises and physical assists help calm the body’s reactions to the changes going on.
When safely through this phase, each person furthers their recovery by completing the intensely therapeutic Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, one step of the larger program. This program utilizes a low-heat sauna, a strict regimen of nutritional supplements and moderate daily exercise to activate the body’s ability to eliminate toxins left over from drug use. These toxins are attracted to a body’s fatty tissues where they tend to remain until the right conditions exist to be flushed out. This is what this drug detoxification program provides – the exact help the body needs to flush these old residues. When the residues are gone, those completing this step state that they feel brighter and more energetic, that the dullness of the years of drug use is gone and that their cravings have gone with it, in most cases.
But cocaine addiction rehab is not done until a person learns how to choose a sober life over drug use, no matter what challenges are faced. Treatment continues at a Narconon center by guiding each person going through cocaine addiction rehab through the life skills training that keeps them safe and sober once they get home.
Narconon can be the answer you need for someone who is struggling with cocaine addiction. Contact a counselor to find out more about the Narconon objectives and why this program is so effective.
In far too many families, even good and caring families, there can be a gulf separating parents from their teenaged children. Parents want to protect and counsel their children through difficult decisions. Teenagers want their privacy and want to try new, exciting things with their friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to teen prescription drug use, or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol followed by their being trapped in addiction.
Surveys Reveal How Many Students May be Headed for Alcohol Abuse Rehab or Drug Rehab
Surveys of young people reveal just how broad this gulf can be and how extensive this “experimentation” can get. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) executed the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse and published the results in August 2011. One part of the survey asked teens if they agreed with this statement: “I should be able to do what I want with my own body.” Those who agreed were three times likelier to use marijuana and about twice as likely to drink alcohol.
The annual survey Monitoring the Future reported in December 2011 that while alcohol abuse statistics among high school students were on a gentle downtrend, marijuana use statistics were going up and prescription drug use was unchanged. Half our high school seniors use an illicit drug and seven out of ten have used alcohol by the time they graduate. Half of the drinkers have been drunk at least once.
In 2007, CASA also reported that binge drinking, prescription drug abuse or illicit drug abuse was being indulged in by half of all college students. In addition, nearly two million college students meet the criteria for substance abuse or dependence, a rate that is about three times that of the general population.
These reports illustrate the difficulties young people can run into when they try out these new and “exciting” activities – ones that can potentially result in addiction.
How Families Can Help a Young Person Who Needs Alcohol Abuse Rehab
It may be difficult to get a young adult to tell you about their drug or alcohol abuse for you to determine that drug rehab is needed. You may have to detect the problem by the presence of the signs of addiction. If you have access to their grades, have they fallen? Do you have any reports of the student missing class? When they come home, do they interact with the family or hide out and say they are tired and just want to play video games or some other excuse? Are there arguments? Has the person given up sports, hobbies or other pursuits they used to enjoy? Has he (or she) stopped caring for himself the way he used to? And most of all, is there an endless parade of excuses to explain away any problems?
If you see these signs, you need to dig farther and ask more questions. If you determine that the person is out of control of his or her substance abuse, the Narconon drug rehab center can help you with recovery.
There are fifty Narconon rehabilitation centers located on six continents. These treatment programs help families heal, they help young adults get back on track. When alcohol abuse rehab is needed, Narconon has been the choice of tens of thousands of families for more than forty years.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a key component in each young adult’s recovery. Since drugs and alcohol toxins are fat-bonding, the intoxicating elements tend to lodge in the fatty tissues where they can affect mood and sobriety even years later. Use of a low-heat sauna, nutritional supplements and moderate exercise result in the toxins being flushed out, mood improving and cravings reducing for most people. This is a big help to the person who wants to leave addiction behind.
Find out the whole story about the Narconon program that helps seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home. Narconon reviews by families show that they appreciate having their loved ones back again.
http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse
http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/Publications_Reports.aspx#r11: Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Substance Abuse at America’s Colleges and Universities