Interventions Can Save Lives

Addict needing interventionThere 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

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48 Years of Saving Lives with Narconon Rehab

48 yearsIt has now been nearly half a century since the Narconon drug rehab program was originally founded. The date was the 19th of February, 1966, and the setting was inside the walls of a prison cell in Arizona. William Benitez was a young man who had spent half of his life as a drug addict, and his addiction to heroin had landed him, once again, in prison. After struggling with drug addiction for so long, and after seeing it ruin his life, William was in need of change. He had finally reached a point where things had gotten so bad that he was feeling an overpowering demand for improvement, and he was looking for answers. He found hope that he would be able to beat his addiction in the pages of a book, The Fundamentals of Thought, by American philosopher and author L. Ron Hubbard. The wisdom that he learned in that book made it possible for him to finally recognize the condition he was in and the reasons for it, and immediately thereafter he went into action, applying his energy and focus to overcoming his addiction. The next step was to communicate what he had learned to others, to share his success and to make it possible for them to enjoy the same wins that he had. He didn’t wait until he got out of prison — he was that eager to help. He secured the permission of the prison administrators to organize a class, and it was inside the walls of the prison that William Benitez set about delivering the first Narconon program. Continue reading

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Fear: A Major Factor in Addiction

drug addict with fearIt may not seem like it to a person who has never been addicted, but fear is a big reason that the addicted stay addicted. The continuous presence of fear is a big part of what keeps them locked in their addictions.

When they are high, they don’t feel any fear. They feel confident, relaxed, happy, hopeful, even magnanimous. They may feel they can take on any challenge, even if this is a complete illusion. They may be mellow, euphoric. Continue reading

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New Painkiller Zohydro May Be Next Big Addiction Risk

painkillerIn light of the headlines in recent months involving the nationwide epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction, you might think that every possible effort is being made to crack down on this major public health problem in order to save lives from the damage caused by addiction and overdose. You would be wrong! Officials at the highest levels, the ones you would expect to be the most concerned about stemming the tide of painkiller abuse, have recently given approval to a new type of painkiller that is even more powerful, and therefore more addictive and dangerous, than what is already on the market.

The new drug is hydrocodone bitartrate, and it is being marketed under the name Zohydro. How much more powerful is Zohydro? It has been reported as being as much as 10 times more potent than OxyContin and between 5 and 10 times stronger than Vicodin. This drug is so powerful, indeed, that even the manufacturer, Zogenix, Inc., has acknowledged that taking as few as two pills, or one pill in the case of a child, could easily result in an overdose. Continue reading

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What Are the Economic Costs of Drug Abuse

economic costsHow much do drugs really cost the United States? We all know that drugs are taking a major toll on society, but what is the real impact that they have on our country? It’s difficult to answer this question with any type of certainty, since it would be almost impossible to tally up every one of the many different types of costs and the total value of lost potential as a consequence of drug abuse and addiction. In 1990, however, an attempt was made to find an answer, in a study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The study was titled, “Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Mental Illness: 1985,” and it was the result of an exhaustive analysis of the available economic and public health statistics, with the goal of estimating the dollar value of the costs of drug abuse, alcohol abuse and mental illness in this country. The answer they found was truly staggering, with a price tag of $218.1 billion for the losses our economy suffered that year as a result of substance abuse and mental illness. Drug use and alcohol abuse together accounted for 52% of the total, a figure that amounts to $113.41 billion. With inflation factored in, this figure adds up to $246.55 billion. Continue reading

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Desperate Krokodil Addict Recovers

Of all the addictions, as terrible as they all are, perhaps the most desperate is an addiction to Krokodil. This is a drug that started being home-cooked in Russia by heroin addicts. Someone realized that they could buy over-the-counter headache medication that contained codeine and strip the opiate base out of it. Then when this drug was injected, it would have an effect similar to that of heroin but it would not last as long.

In these kitchen drug labs, the most caustic and damaging chemicals are used to strip out the opiate. Chemicals like gasoline, lighter fluid, iodine, lye and the phosphorus from the red tips of matches. There is some slight effort, usually, to filter impurities out of the resulting liquid but running the liquid through some paper filters would do nothing to remove caustic chemicals from the final solution. Continue reading

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The Sad State of Many Heroin Addicts

When the unaddicted public thinks of heroin addicts, I suspect that they think of someone strung out due to withdrawal sickness, the way Frank Sinatra was in the movie Man with a Golden Arm. Or if they know something about the drug, they might picture someone “on the nod,” in other words, nodding off as the opiate makes them drowsy.

Not many people realize that many heroin addicts just get enough of the drug to “get well,” as they call it. What they mean is that the amount of heroin they have will just keep the dopesickness, the withdrawal pains away. It’s not nearly enough to get high. Continue reading

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Narconon Celebrates 48 Years of Saving Lives

48 years“We’ve come such a long way from the early days of that behind-the-bars rehab program with a few dozen students,” says Narconon International president Clark Carr. He is speaking on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Narconon program, which was recently observed on February 19th. This date doesn’t refer back to the day when Narconon opened the doors of its first drug rehab center, but rather to the day when Narconon founder William Benitez originally made the decision to start the program. At the time, he was serving time in an Arizona prison, and it was there that he began delivering the program to the few dozen students to whom Mr. Carr refers in his remarks. Since that time, Narconon has expanded to one of the largest networks of drug rehab centers in the world, with locations spread throughout the United States and across the entire world. Narconon is now one of the most well known names in the field of addiction treatment, and it is widely recognized as having one of the highest rates of success in terms of getting people off drugs for good. Continue reading

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The New and Dangerous Drinking Game: Neknominate

nekominate gameHave 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

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5 Ways to End Drugging in America

americaBefore a less-than-optimum situation can be improved or a problem solved, it must first be recognized and faced for what it is.  Neither the head-in-the-sand approach nor the running away from the truth of it will end-up in a resolution of the problem or an improvement in a bad condition or situation.  So it is with drug and drug use in America.  It is past time for each one of us to take a long, hard look at where the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol is taking us, and where we will ultimately end-up if we don’t pull together and take some heroic measures to turn things around for the better. Continue reading

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