Choosing Among the Many Alternatives for Addiction Recovery

choosing alternativesWhen a family seeks a recovery program for a loved one, the variety of treatment programs they face will probably be baffling to them. Should they find a methadone program or one that provides buprenorphine? An in-patient program or out-patient? Group counseling or individual counseling? The first time a family wades into all these choices, it is normally quite confusing. Unless someone in the family has been through rehab or has worked in this field, the family may just choose the program that’s the most affordable or the easiest to get into right away.

It can happen that a person who really does want sobriety ends up in a program that differs philosophically from his own beliefs. He (or she) can have a hard time in this program. For example:

• Some people are not willing to admit that they will always be addicts or that they will always be powerless over their own addictions
• There are people who don’t want to receive more drugs as treatment for their past addictive behavior, such as methadone as a maintenance drug, Xanax (for anxiety), Lexapro or Prozac (for depression), acamprosate (for alcoholism)
• The use of hallucinogens to break a person’s addiction may not sit well with some people
• There are programs that use brutal boot-camp atmospheres to break a person’s spirit down so they become more “receptive” to treatment
• There are even programs that use electric shock to make the idea of drinking or using drugs repellant to the individual. Continue reading

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UK Researcher Sets Record the Straight on Effects of Using Marijuana

teens smoking marijuanaIn states where marijuana is up for legalization for either medical or recreational use, it can be very difficult to decipher the truth about this drug. Those in favor of increased use describe the harmless, even therapeutic nature of the drug. Those against tell a different tale. A new study from the UK shines a bright new light directly on the damage that results from use of this drug.

The study was published by Dr. Wayne Hall of King’s College London, who has carried out this study over a twenty-year period. He reports that that this drug is, indeed, addictive and that one in six teens who regularly smoke this drug become dependent on it.

He further reports:
• Those using marijuana have twice the risk of developing a psychotic disorder
• They do worse in school
• Adolescents who use the drug suffer intellectual impairment
• A driver who has smoked pot has twice the risk of having an accident
• This risk goes up substantially if both marijuana and alcohol were used
• Smoking pot while pregnant reduces the baby’s weight at birth Continue reading

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More Support for Drug-free Living is Needed

Today, somewhere around 23 million Americans need help for drug or alcohol addiction. Only about one in ten people will find the help they need. The other 22 million will continue to struggle and always live with the threat of an overdose or injury while impaired.

group of youth smoking marijuanaAmerica and many other countries have long histories of alcohol consumption – including, of course, abuse, addiction and overdose deaths all along the way. Some countries have long histories as well of drug use, such as Ethiopia’s use of khat and some Native Americans’ use of peyote. Where does sobriety fit into our current culture? Drugs and alcohol have been used for several thousand years. Is there any reason we should try to curb this tendency?

There is every reason. The biggest reason of all is our children. If you stand back and look at our current society, you may see more pro-drug influences than ones endorsing and supporting drug-free living. Every year, there are more movies and television shows featuring drug-using characters, often without emphasizing the spiritual, mental and moral wreckage that accompanies that use. A steady diet of drug advertisements on television reinforces the message that drugs are an easy, instant solution to whatever ails one. Continue reading

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Narconon Redwood Cliffs Delivers Drug Prevention Material to Monterey County Fair

county fairNarconon Redwood Cliffs participated at the Monterey County Fair over Labor Day weekend with a drug education and prevention booth. They were among the many organizations and vendors that set up shop on the 22-acre Monterey County Fair & Event Center, a beautiful outdoor setting with the iconic California oak trees situated only a short distance from downtown Monterey and the Pacific ocean. The Monterey County Fair is part of a tradition dating back to 1935, and over the past eight decades the venue has hosted musical acts ranging from Duke Ellington to Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana and more. The fair is a major event on the yearly calendar for the community in Monterey County and the surrounding areas, and people flock from far and wide to spend a fun-filled weekend with friends and family. All told, there are usually around 75,000 people who attend the Monterey County Fair, making it one of the largest public events in the region every year. Continue reading

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Is Addiction to Blame for Violence Against Partners

violenceResearch published recently by the University of Michigan revealed an alarming fact, that 1 out of every 5 men in the United States admit to having been violent towards his partner at some point. The study was conducted with a population sample intended to be representative of the nation as a whole, casting the spotlight on a disturbing aspect of domestic relations in American society. It was released in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, using data gathered from 2001 to 2003 and made available in the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication, which involved survey responses from around 10,000 people nationwide. Continue reading

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What Needs to be Done to Prevent Opiate Abuse?

For more than a decade, the number of prescriptions for opiate and opioid pain relievers has been climbing. (Opioids are synthetic drugs chemically similar to opium – painkillers.) As the number of prescriptions climbed and the number of pills in circulation increased, more people discovered the euphoric effects of abusing these drugs and began to do so.

Then in 2010, pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma began to replace existing pills with tamper resistant formulas. Pill addicts swung their use around to heroin purchased on the street out of sheer necessity. It was cheaper, more available since they didn’t have to visit a doctor, and it gave them the same high. Continue reading

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Narconon New Life Program Contributes to Animal Shelter

dogThis August, the West Feliciana Animal Humane Society in St. Francisville, Louisiana hosted a fundraising event in support of the James L. “Bo” Bryant Animal Shelter in that town. Staff from the Narconon New Life Retreat, located in the nearby town of Denham Springs, were on hand at the event, including Cathy Steiner, the CEO of the Narconon center. “I have loved animals my whole life and have always had animals as part of my family with most of those animals being strays who needed a home,” said Steiner. “Supporting an animal shelter allows me to help even more animals since I can’t take them all home!” Continue reading

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Does Your Drug Rehab Program Focus on Life Skills?

life skills in drug rehabThere are all kinds of drug rehab programs in the world. Some have widespread popularity and others are isolated to just a few rehab centers. Like wilderness programs. You can find this type of rehab program with fair ease, but they are not widespread. Equine programs – ones that incorporate care and riding of horses – are a little more common. Some programs don’t focus on this modality of treatment but might include some involvement with horses. Continue reading

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Think Young People Have Stopped Using Synthetic Drugs? Think Again.

What you can do about synthetic drug abuse bookletIn the early days of synthetic drugs, it was possibly understandable that many people were willing to try these drugs. After all, not much was known about them. They were new to the market and for awhile, many of them were legal. Stores that sold them could assure their customers that they were buying a legal drug. So how could it harm them? It was legal! Continue reading

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Marijuana and Employment: Positive Workplace Drug Tests on the Increase

drug-free-workplaceFor the first time since 2003, workplace drug tests took a jump. This is according to Quest Diagnostics, a company performing workplace drug tests across the country. In all, more than eight million workplace drug tests contributed to the most recent Quest Diagnostics database.

Their results showed that in 2012, the rate of positive tests was 3.5% of all workplace tests. In 2013, that rate rose to 3.7%. That constituted a 6.7% increase.

While that may not seem to be an extraordinary increase, consider this: In Colorado, the first year that recreational use of marijuana was legalized, the rate increased 20%.

And in Washington State, which also legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the rate increased 23%.

Some companies choose to hire drug-free employees and others must hire drug-free employees due to security issues, government contracts or highly sensitive job duties. Continue reading

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