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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Epidemic of Opiate Abuse and Addiction

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health has been released. Study this very long and detailed report and you will see that for some drugs, the numbers of Americans using them have gone down. Not so for heroin.

The graph below shows the numbers of heroin users among those 12 and older. You can see how much the numbers have gone up since 2003.

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Past Month and Past Year Heroin Use Among Persons Aged 12 and Older: 2002-2012 Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, 2012.

This report just takes you through 2012. Some of heroin use numbers in 2013 were up again. Continue reading

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New Informational Resource Released by Narconon in Observance of National Recovery Month

recoveryIn September of every year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month. President Obama heralded the 2014 edition of National Recovery Month with a proclamation at the end of August, in which he praised the “courageous men and women” who every day “take the first step toward reclaiming their lives from substance abuse disorders.” He cites the fact that more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from substance abuse disorders, but underscores the fact that “recovery is possible.” Something can, indeed, be done about the problems of substance abuse and addiction. Narconon is fully on board with the goals of National Recovery Month, and is one of many groups and organizations who are participating in the event, which is now in its 25th year of annual observance. This year’s edition carries the theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.” In keeping with this theme, Narconon has released a new online information resource which is aimed at helping people reach out to their friends and family members who may be struggling with substance abuse and who need assistance in recovering and getting sober. Continue reading

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Marijuana Impaired Driving Illustrated in Denver Car Crash

In Denver in July 2014, there was a serious traffic accident caused by a young female driver who was driving impaired. According to her statements to police after the accident, she had drunk one beer and smoked “a bowl”of marijuana before driving.

She was speeding down Colfax Avenue – a 30 mph zone – at 60 miles per hour. When she ran a red light, she crashed into another car and caused six people to be injured. She now has to appear in court to answer to charges of driving impaired and vehicular assault.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has carefully analyzed the kinds of impairments caused by the use of marijuana. In fact, their website carries the results of their analysis of fifteen different drugs and their impacts on driving performance. You can download a PDF of the entire series here:

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What Makes Synthetic Marijuana (Spice/K2) So Dangerous?

k2 synthetic marijuanaUse of this relatively new drug tends to be more common among those people who think they might be tested for their drug use. So two groups that may use more of this drug than the general population include teenagers and members of the military. A few years ago, it was true that drug tests could not detect these drugs. But now many of them can be detected with updated drug tests.

There is still a problem with detection – the formulas constantly change. As one chemical is banned by the federal or state government, another chemicals, created by just changing a single molecule, hits the streets. This new formula might not show up on a drug test, even an updated one.

When a person reacts badly to this drug or takes too much (there’s no recommended dosages) he (or she) may end up in the emergency room. Even if he can tell the doctors what he took, they may not know what’s in that package. Continue reading

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