Narconon Arrowhead, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center located in Oklahoma, recently released its booklet, The Life Cycle and Mechanics of Addiction. Authored by the center’s Executive Director and long-time professional in the field of drug rehabilitation and education, Gary W. Smith, the booklet explains the Three Barriers to Recovery which the addict must overcome to successfully reclaim his or her life from addiction. Continue reading
Family is one of the most important aspects of drug addiction. It is one of the aspects of life that suffers the most while a person is suffering from addiction, as the addict’s relationships with parents, children, siblings and spouses steadily deteriorate. A person who falls into the trap of addiction will often be heard lamenting the fact that his or her substance abuse has cost the trust and happiness that they once enjoyed in the home. Family is also one of the strongest magnets that pull a person back from the brink of ruin, giving an addict the encouragement and incentive to decide to quit and make it through rehab to a recovery. Continue reading
America is waking up to the fact that our nation has a serious problem with prescription drug abuse. Painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin, powerful medications once reserved to provide relief for cancer patients and those with terminal illnesses, are now among the most commonly prescribed drugs. These shockingly addictive drugs are now killing more people every year through overdose than both heroin and cocaine combined. In addition to the approximately 17,000 Americans who now die annually from painkiller overdose, several hundred thousand more are suffering from problems with abuse and addiction to the medications. Continue reading
Alcoholic drinks are legal and widely available throughout most of the United States, but that doesn’t mean that they’re safe to use. While most adults will occasionally kick back during the summer and drink a few beers or glasses of wine, they also need to realize that those very drinks are responsible for 3.3 million deaths around the world every year.
If that figure is surprising, it shouldn’t be. Alcohol is a poison. That’s how our bodies treat it, anyway. When someone drinks alcohol, her body immediately starts being damaged by this toxic substance. The body will also immediately go to work trying to process the alcohol out in order to keep itself safe. With only a few drinks, that person’s awareness, motor control and reaction time will start to drop. With more drinks, the person can completely pass out. Continue reading
August is home to National Simplify Your Life Week. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a time set aside to look at the complications in our lives and find ways to smooth it all out. It’s a time for throwing away all the stress and complication of modern life in favor of a healthier, happier, simpler way of living.
Stress, after all, is one of the biggest causes of drug use and adverse health situations in America. When someone is stressed out, it can feel like drinking alcohol or using drugs is a good way to deal with that stress. Not only does this never work to actually handle the situation that is upsetting the person, it actually makes the stress worse. After all, alcohol and drugs are stressors in themselves. Continue reading
Drug addiction isn’t going away in America. It’s a big problem, and it needs big solutions if we’re going to do something about it. Narconon Arrowhead is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that is doing something big about drug addiction by having had its 4300th patient recently graduate from the center. Continue reading
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst disasters to hit the southern United States in recent memory. It displaced thousands of Louisiana families and dramatically damage the communities that so many call home. In picking up the pieces, it was easy to see that more help would be needed to repair New Orleans and Louisiana than most people had expected. Continue reading
The Narconon Arrowhead drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is a national leader in all-natural, drug-free methods of getting addicts off drugs. One of its secrets to success is helping families and friends to be involved in the rehabilitation of its clients, and this is manifested in holding community events that everyone is invited to.
Another key facet of Arrowhead’s work is educating the public about drug abuse so that young people can learn why not to use drugs before they ever get the idea to start experimenting with them. This is another reason why members of the community are frequently invited to the Arrowhead campus. By performing outreach activities, the center can help the community keep its rates of addiction down, and this subsequently lowers crime rates, as well. Continue reading
Drug addiction is spreading across the world at record rates, and no region of our planet is truly safe from it. This is because anyone of any demographic can get hooked on drugs. In addition to the street drugs that are easily available on our streets, there are also legal drugs that are abused far too often. It’s not just cocaine, meth and heroin that could show up in your town – you also have to be on the watch for members of your community getting hooked on prescription drugs. Continue reading
Summer is usually the time of year that most American families look forward to most. School is out and it’s time to go on vacations. It can seem like a season of unlimited possibilities. While there is always a lot of fun to be had, it can also be the time of year that is most dangerous for young people.
That is because it’s the season that is responsible for the most drug and alcohol injuries and deaths. While everyone is heading outside to have fun, many of those people are also cracking open cans of beer and lighting up joints or swallowing pills. While many Americans are under the ignorant assumption that this will just make their events even more fun, they don’t realize how many people die every year from acting irresponsibly around alcohol and narcotics. Continue reading