Should Professional Sports Organizations Punish Addicted Athletes?

+-*Josh Hamilton is an outfielder for the Anaheim Angels, a Major League Baseball team. He has won the most valuable player award for the American League, and has been chosen to play in the all-star game five times. As a first-round draft pick, Hamilton has in many ways lived up to the promise of his career, performing as one of the best baseball players in the league, but at the same time the pressure that comes with such expectations has taken its toll on him, and has threatened his ability to continue his career.

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8 Good Reasons to Quit Using Drugs

+-*If you are looking for reasons to stop using drugs, chances are very good that you have noticed that your life is not as happy, enjoyable or successful as it was before. Maybe you’ve been convinced that you can use drugs and still keep things together. Sometimes it can be done for a while, depending on the person. But by the time one’s drug use or alcohol use reaches the point of being addiction, one’s life has already begun a downward slide. Hopefully, you’re reading this before you’ve gotten to that point. To give you some encouragement, here’s eight excellent reasons to quit using drugs.

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Is it Addiction? How to Tell if This Problem Exists in Your Family

+-*Have you ever known someone who was addicted to either drugs or alcohol? If you did, the chances are pretty good that the problem went on for quite a long time before it got fixed, if it ever did get fixed. At Narconon centers around the world, we talk to families all the time that are struggling with the addiction of a loved one. And unfortunately, the situation has all too often been going on for several years. If you haven’t ever been close to someone while they were addicted, you might shake your head at this and wonder how…

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Addiction to Medication After Surgery or an Injury

+-*When you’re in pain after surgery or a injury, there’s little alternative but to take the painkillers the doctor prescribes for you. Fortunately for most people, recovery is fairly quick and painkillers may only be needed for a few days or perhaps a week and a half for something a little more severe. Of course, there are cases where people need painkillers for an extended time, just to have a tolerable quality of life. In the past, doctors have not been particularly careful to distinguish between an injury requiring a short course of painkillers and one that required pain relief…

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Will “Non-Addictive” Painkillers Help Prevent Drug Abuse?

+-*The past several years have seen an appalling trend, as massive numbers of Americans have become addicted to opiate painkillers. Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) are at the forefront in this, as the two most widely prescribed painkillers on the market, and also as two of the most commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs. Upwards of 15,000 people per year now die from painkiller overdose, and many others struggle on in the torture of opiate addiction.

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Fear of Legal Repercussions Prevents Many Addicts from Seeking Help

+-*News reports from California since the enactment of Proposition 47 in the November 2014 elections have brought to light an interesting relationship between drug rehab treatment and the legal consequences — or lack thereof — of living as a drug addict. In last year’s elections, the voters of California approved Prop 47, a measure which reduces the punishment for most drug crimes in that state. Provided that it is a “non-serious and nonviolent” drug crime, the offense has in most cases been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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Community Events Being Held in Observance of National Drug Facts Week

+-*When it was first launched in 2010, National Drug Facts Week was observed by people across the United States, but it was at that time limited to 92 events scattered throughout the country. Now, five years later, the annual event has ballooned in scope and size, to the point where it has spread far and wide and in 2015 it was observed at a total of 1,557 events nationwide, an average of more than 30 per state. The event was held this year from January 26th through February 1st, and as in every year it was sponsored by the National…

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How to Have Fun during Spring Break without Drugs or Alcohol

+-*Planning to go to Spring Break this year? Maybe your destination is South Padre Island or Panama City or Fort Lauderdale. Or maybe you’ll catch a flight to Cancun or Jamaica. You and hundreds of thousands of other young people will be welcomed at any of these Spring Break destinations. While many people might be headed to these places with the idea of heavy drinking and drugs, wild nights and promiscuity, what about getting a group of friends and doing something that is truly fun and adventurous?   Who says it always has to be about getting drunk or high? It…

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How to Get an Addict to Seek Help

+-*The family members of an addicted person often watch in horror as everything valuable to the addict is lost. Relationships are destroyed as the addicted person steals and lies repeatedly. It’s common for a spouse to leave and take children away for their protection. But this doesn’t mean that the family just sat idly by while all this destruction took place. In most cases, they have made repeated appeals to the addicted person to please quit using drugs or drinking. When it became obvious that the problem was not going to go away, they usually began to look for a…

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What Does the 49th Anniversary of Narconon Mean to Us?

+-*On February 19th, the Narconon network celebrates its 49th birthday. On this day in 1966, William Benitez made the decision to found a rehab program to be called Narconon. He was in prison in Arizona at the time and he wanted to first help other inmates who were in jail because they could not stop using drugs. It took several months for him to convince prison officials to let him run the country’s first inside-the-prison rehab program but he finally was able to gather other inmates who wanted to get sober and teach them about the personal abilities he had been able…

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