Prevention Is the Solution to the Drug Problem
Current estimates hold that that more than 20 million people in the United States are living with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. To put that figure in perspective, it amounts to more than the entire population of New York state. Unfortunately, only slightly more than 10% of those who meet the criteria for substance abuse disorder or addiction receive the treatment they need. Instead, they continue to live lives plagued by drugs, always looking for the next fix rather than pursuing their dreams and goals. As though the current situation wasn’t already bad enough, it is steadily getting worse. Approximately 7,000 young people start drinking alcohol every day, and another 5,000 begin using drugs. In the face of such staggering statistics, it can clearly be seen that even the most effective drug rehab program is no match for the constantly increasing number of substance abusers and addicts. Drug rehab is a costly proposition, both in terms of resources and time. No matter how diligently those in the field of addiction treatment may work, they cannot hope to keep up with the ever increasing numbers of addicts. Narconon recognizes this fact, and they are taking effective steps to correct the situation. Continue reading
Addicts Often Try to Make Things Seem All Right
On August 25, CBS Sports carried a report on a recent press conference at which Mike Tyson appeared to promote his latest venture, as a boxing promoter under the label “Iron Mike Productions.” Tyson has enjoyed a career as one of the top athletes and entertainment personalities of the past three decades. He was long recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and has translated his boxing success into stardom for most of his adult life. Continue reading
The Tilden Park golf course in the hills to the east of Berkeley, California, was the site of a recent golf tournament that was hosted by the Narconon Vista Bay drug rehabilitation center. The tournament was held on Sunday the 11th of August, and 2013 marks its seventh year in a row. A charity event, the purpose of the tournament was to raise funds to support drug prevention education for young people throughout the region. Sponsors included families of people who had previously completed the Narconon program at the Vista Bay center, as well as by Northern California business owners who are supportive of drug abuse and addiction prevention activities for keeping children and teenagers safe from the ravages of drugs. This was the first year that junior teams participated in the tournament, with three teams of golfers aged 11 to 18 years. Some of the young golfers hailed from nearby high schools, while others were representing a local club that uses golfing as a way to instill values of integrity and sportsmanship in young people. All told, 69 people of all ages competed in the tournament, in addition to those who were on hand as spectators and support staff. Continue reading
At what point has a drug addict in treatment achieved rehabilitation? How can you gauge real success with treatment? And what, really should be the outcome of any good drug rehab program?
Some consider that rehabilitation has occurred when the person has made it through the process of withdrawals and is no longer experiencing the overwhelming compulsion to get his or her next fix. The problem with this view, of course, is that the fact that a person is through withdrawals does not by any measure mean that he or she has broken the emotional addiction to drugs or alcohol, or has learned how to handle the stress and pressure which most likely drove the person to substance abuse in the first place. Another common idea of rehab is that all an addict needs to do is attend a 28-day rehab program, after which he or she should be in a stable position from which to move on in life. This cookie-cutter approach may work for some, but in all too many cases it produces results which are indifferent, to say the least. Continue reading
About National Recovery Month
September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, an event sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The annual event has been observed for nearly a quarter century, with 2013 being its 24th year. National recovery month is intended to educate people across the United States about the fact that people who are struggling with drug addiction can make a fresh start through treatment and therefore achieve a healthy and rewarding life. President Obama announced the commencement of this year’s national recovery month with a proclamation dated August 30, in which he cites the fact that millions of Americans are every day working toward recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. While countless people throughout the nation are currently living as addicts, and staggering numbers of Americans take their first step towards addiction by starting to use drugs every day of the year, the purpose of national recovery month is to shift the focus off of the problem and onto the solution. In the words of President Obama, the event is intended to bring attention to the “transformative recovery” that is possible through rehabilitation and to “provide hope to those struggling to break free from addiction.” This year’s event carries the theme of “Together on Pathways to Wellness,” and it is intended to give hope to people across America who are providing support to their family, friends and neighbors who are working to get sober. Continue reading
Is medical marijuana safe?
Marijuana is included in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule I group of drugs. As such, it is legally categorized as being one of the most dangerous drugs, with the highest potential for addiction and with no accepted medical use. Not even cocaine is included in Schedule I. Is marijuana really so dangerous that it deserves to be listed as a Schedule I controlled substance? That question is the subject of an intense debate across the United States, one which has proceeded to the ballot box in many states. Opponents of the DEA’s view that marijuana is among the most dangerous drugs available are gaining steam in their fight to have the drug legalized. The fact that Washington and Colorado passed laws to legalize marijuana last year made major headlines in the news, but in truth they were only the two states that have traveled the furthest down a path that many others are also moving along. Several other states, including California, Nevada, Oregon, Nebraska, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have decriminalized marijuana. Continue reading
Countries all over the world have felt the effects of rampant drug use. While individual drug users waste away and die from their addictions, society at large also feels the effects of drugs through increased rates of crime and violence. Nowhere has this been more important than in Mexico.
According to the Washington Post, drug cartels (or drug trafficking organizations) have operated in the country for decades, but the amount of drug cartel-related violence has been steadily increasing. In 2006, the Mexican government decided to involve the military in shutting these drug cartels down. Instead of lowering the number of people tortured and murdered by cartels, the numbers have climbed year after year, into the tens of thousands of deaths per year. Continue reading
Is Beating A Drug Addiction A Daunting Task
People who start using drugs typically do so because they want to feel good. Whether they are seeking an escape from the stress and pressure they experience in their lives or are looking for new and mind-altering experiences, they want to get high. They want to relax. They want to feel euphoria or elation. Drugs may give them these things in the early stages, but before long addiction sets in. The drugs no longer get the person as high as they did before, and eventually the person has to use the drugs simply to feel normal and avoid the crushing lows. Life becomes consumed by the addiction, so that every waking moment is spent using drugs, craving them or trying to find the next fix. This is what happened to a young man who recently shared his story on our Narconon Reviews site. Continue reading
Heroin was originally developed in the later part of the 19th Century by chemists who were looking for a less addictive alternative to morphine. Morphine had been in widespread use for many years as a powerful painkiller, and for all the benefits that it offered, it also carried the significant liability of being enormously addictive. Finally diacetylmorphine was produced as a derivative of morphine which the developers hoped would not have as much of a potential to cause dependence in users. Unfortunately, diacetylmorphine, which was marketed as Heroin for the fact that it caused users to feel a heroic euphoria, was nothing if not addictive. In 1914, the U.S. Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act as a measure to restrict the sale and distribution of heroin and similar drugs. Subsequently, heroin was only legally available as a prescription drug, though this did not prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. In the same way that millions of Americans now abuse prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin), countless people in the early 20th Century abused heroin. The drug was, however, not in the mainstream. While alcohol, sedatives, marijuana, hallucinogens, cocaine and crack cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and other drugs each took up position at the focal point of the drug scene in the United States throughout the past several decades, heroin has generally been seen as a drug for the urban slums and the inner city. Now, things are changing. Heroin is making a strong move into the forefront of America’s continuing drug problem. Continue reading
Anyone who is a member of the Millennial Generation and who spent time playing video games in the shopping mall arcades that were common throughout the 1990s can probably think back to the days when the game screens would periodically be lit up with a simple, but powerful, anti-drug message. “Winners Don’t Use Drugs” was displayed prominently below a pixilated representation of the logo for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with all of this presented in stark relief against a plain blue or black background. This message was a powerful one given the context in which it was presented. Children and teenagers had only so many quarters to spend in the arcade, and their goal in playing video games was obviously to win. By having this message posted on the screens between gaming sessions, the FBI was able to tie in the idea of winning at video games with the broader concept of winning in life — achieving success in school, building a successful professional career, enjoying rewarding relationships with friends and family, for example — and communicate that using drugs would only interfere with one’s ability to win in the gaming world or in real life. The message is one that is generally true. For the most part, people who succeed in life do not use drugs, and those who do use drugs are far more likely to see their success be short lived. Continue reading