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The Affects Of Long Term Drug Use On The Brain

brain 2Drugs work by changing the brain’s chemistry and by affecting the neuron signaling in many ways. The job of the neurons are to control cognition, muscle movement, sensory information and emotions. They communicate with each other using synapses. As the neurons connect to the synapses, they release special chemicals called neurotransmitters. All of these things work together as part of a normally functioning brain. Some drugs are similar in structure to neurotransmitters and are able to bind to neurotransmitter receptors on neurons.

Drugs like cocaine and amphetamines stimulate neurons to release abnormally high amounts of these neurotransmitters. Others cause the release of high amounts of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter. This is what is responsible for the euphoric highs that drug users talk about. Continue reading

Why Helping Others Can Be Best Cure for Addiction

People Magazine recently featured a cover story on actor Matthew Perry. For more than a decade in the 1990s and 2000s, Perry had a starring role in the mega-hit NBC sitcom “Friends,” a position which earned him international fame and a salary reaching as high as $1 million per episode. While most people would assume that such success would mean that he would be living on the top of the world, the truth of the matter was another story entirely. In reality, Perry was struggling with an addiction to the opiate prescription painkiller Vicodin, as well as being an alcoholic. In his own words, Perry says that eventually “things got so bad that I couldn’t hide it, and then everybody knew.”

He spent years trying to get sober. Rehab worked for him only when he finally made the decision that he wanted help. In his current life as a recovered addict, he now has turned his efforts to helping others to overcome similar problems to the ones that he himself faced. Continue reading

How Drugs Affect Your Sex Life

sex life

Believe it or not, but illicit drugs aren’t the only ones that can have a great impact on ones sex life. Many prescription drugs wreak havoc on the bodies sexual system. Statins and fibrates, which are used to treat high cholesterol, are a prime example. These drugs limit the availability of cholesterol, which happens to be a building block of hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone and other sex hormones. It is no doubt that these drugs interfere with the production of these hormones. There are other side effects that don’t affect sexual hormones or organs directly, but may impact ones sex life just the same.

For example, statins are also known to cause rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissue. This will lead to joint pain and fatigue, which could definitely affect ones sex life. Unfortunately, many people who suffer these side effects as a result of a certain prescriptions end up taking additional medications for incompetence as well, adding to the cycle of a someone who needs medications in order to perform, otherwise normal, bodily functions. Continue reading

Better Solution Needed to Addiction when Abuse of Opioid Drugs Hits All Time High

It’s one thing to talk about the problem and completely another to define the solution. Many voices are in agreement that abuse of opioid drugs has hit an all-time high. But few voices define a solution that will have a better result than that which is offered at the moment.

Opioid Drug Help

Many drug rehab programs define success as retention, or someone who stays in or completes a rehab program. This is one of the defining principles behind the administration of a methadone or buprenorphine-based treatment program for opiate addiction. Both methadone and buprenorphine are opioid drugs (similar to opiates) and both are addictive. They are given over a long time period to keep people from using street opiates like heroin or synthetics like prescription painkillers.

With the use of methadone or buprenorphine, it is hoped that an addicted person will not continue to abuse heroin or painkillers. The measure of success is that they continue to take their doses of methadone or buprenorphine. This is “retention” or “compliance.” This is called success.

But can it be success when the person being treated in this manner still is taking a drug every day? He or she does not learn sober living skills, does not get to achieve the feeling of being uninfluenced by drugs. Besides this, some people who take methadone or buprenorphine still abuse illicit drugs.

Are Drug Rehab Meetings Needed for Recovery?

Another pattern of treatment is a series of drug rehab meetings. There are meetings in thousands of towns around the world. Those using this form of rehab normally attend meetings on a concentrated schedule, for example, one meeting a day for 90 days to start. Then sometimes more than one meeting a day as needed. These programs normally teach a person to deal with one sober day at a time.

This type of program does provide support for the person who is trying to stay sober and who needs that continued support in order to achieve sobriety. But if there were a way to generate true sobriety, where the formerly addicted person had recovered from the addiction and no longer wanted drugs, this would define true success.

Narconon Gets Results

For more than forty years, Narconon drug rehab centers around the world have offered a true end to addiction. In fifty locations, those who were addicted when they enter, leave without a desire to use drugs. It takes longer than just 30 days of a short-term rehab to rebuild a life that was dismantled and destroyed by addiction. Most people, by the time they get help, have been addicted for years, sometimes for decades. By this time, there is little left of personal integrity, honestly, self respect. There is no ability to steer a life in a drug-free direction. These skills must be learned and self respect must be restored for a person to trust himself and for others to trust him (or her) again.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program achieves this result through eight separate phases of recovery. From a deep detoxification program that uses time in a sauna to cleanse out old drug residues, to the recovery of clearer perceptions, to the restoration of a personal moral code to guide one’s actions – the Narconon program is completely based on the result of a person who no longer wants or needs to use drugs or alcohol. One who knows how to manage the points of life that used to trigger cravings. Who can create and achieve goals.

When life can be enjoyed and family can be treasured again, there is no reason to use any addictive substances. This is the result for the majority of those who graduate the Narconon rehab program.

Find out all about it by calling 1-800-775-8750 today.

References:

http://article.wn.com/view/2012/05/17/Abuse_of_opioid_drugs_hits_alltime_high/

Study Finds Quarter of Suicide Victims are Intoxicated at Time of Death

Suicide Intoxication

After reviewing 58,000 suicide cases from across the US, researchers concluded that alcohol played a definite – and tragic – role in these deaths. While numbers varied by gender and ethnic background, on average, nearly a quarter of those who killed themselves were legally drunk when they did so.

The legal limit for drunkenness is .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This is the limit that can get one ticketed or arrested, if caught driving. While the report did not describe upper limits of drunkenness involved in suicide, certainly some victims would have had much higher BACs.

Groups that had higher ratios of suicide were:

  • Men, especially young men
  • Native Americans and Alaskan Natives
  • US military veterans
  • The poorly educated
  • Those living in rural areas

Factors found to be involved in these deaths, particularly for young men, were financial problems, relationship difficulties and situations with arrests and incarceration.

People who committed suicide while drunk also tended to use more violent means, just as falls and shootings.

The tragedy is that suicide deaths are 100% preventable if a person can find the help they need. If addiction is part of the equation as well, a person can become despondent and depressed about ever recovering. When a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death, eliminating alcohol as a solution to stress can help these people maintain an objective grip on their lives that could prevent these suicides.

How Addiction Can be Overcome

Addiction Not a Disease

It’s unfortunate that so many people are told that they must always consider themselves an addict, that addiction is a “chronic, relapsing disease” like diabetes or heart disease. Many rehab programs work hard to sell this model of addiction. When this is the belief, the solution is so often a very long course of medications that are intended to “treat” this physical disease. The drug companies make money but the addicted people may not find recovery.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction Recovery is Possible

At Narconon, drug addiction is not treated by giving a person drugs for a day, a year or longer. No drugs are ever used as part of treatment. Instead, a person is guided through a process of recovering health, rebuilding clear thinking, learning new life skills, reducing cravings through detoxification. These steps, to result in a drug-free life, take time. For most people, three to five months, sometimes longer. But it is time well spent.

Learn Narconon Detox

Each person goes through the recovery phase called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase utilizes time in a sauna with moderate daily exercise and nutritional supplements. This combination causes the body to dispose of stored toxins that remain behind after past drug use. These toxins have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after a person stops using drugs or drinking.

When the residues are gone, a person has a brighter outlook and more energy. He or she can think more clearly. Most people state that their cravings are reduced or even gone.

Life Skills Must Follow

Life Skills Courses

This is not the end of recovery but just the beginning of life skills training. Each person learns such skills as choosing associates and friends who will support a sober life and how to handle those who might lead one back into substance abuse. He learns also step-by-step methods of repairing relationships with family, friends and others in the community that he may have harmed while using drugs.

The list goes on – the way Narconon drug addiction recovery works to bring about sobriety is thorough. Get the whole story by calling and talking to an Intake Counselor today. Call 1-800-775-8750.


http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/25/study-nearly-quarter-us-suicide-victims-intoxicated-at-time-death/

In Some Regions of US, Heroin Abuse Worse, First Time Users Younger

It was bad enough that millions of US teens were abusing prescription drugs in increasing numbers over the last decade. Now, many of them are switching to heroin at a very young age, younger than ever seen before. While this fact may take some people by surprise, it was a completely predictable outcome of the effort to make OxyContin harder to abuse.

Purdue Pharmaceutical began to ship a new version of OxyContin that was bound to a plastic-like substance. The drug was supposed to be released over time once it was in the body but the pill could not be ground up and snorted or smoked.

Overcome Heroin Addiction

It’s bad enough that new reports show heroin abuse worse; first time users younger just makes everything worse.

Laws Have Been Changing to Eliminate Abuse

At almost the same time Purdue released its new less-abusable opiate drug, the State of Florida finally changed its laws so that there was far less OxyContin on the street to abuse. Within the first few months after the laws changed in 2011, the quantity of OxyContin purchased by doctors in the state plummeted more than 90%.

Many other states have prescription monitoring programs so they can tell if any individuals are visiting multiple doctors to get enough pills to abuse or sell. Pharmacies are then required to refuse to dispense these drugs to anyone who appears to be trying to circumvent the law.

What all this means is that a person who wants to abuse this drug, who is addicted to opiates or who wants to try an opiate for the first time is probably going to reach for heroin instead of prescription opiates. While the abuse of any opiate is dangerous and can be fatal, using heroin instead of a prescription drug adds the additional elements of possible damaging contamination and uncertain dosages that can easily result in overdoses.

In Columbus, Ohio, the number of young people being treated for heroin addiction are quickly decreasing in age, and the National Drug Intelligence Center notes that there are increasing amounts of heroin in circulation in the Chicago and Lake County areas. In the San Diego area too, drug courts are trying to divert these youthful addicts into other programs rather than putting them in jail. These signs of heroin addiction worse, first time users younger is an alarming statistic that should drive parents to talk to their children about drug abuse.

Narconon Sauna Program Can Help These Young Addicts Recover

Anyone who has been addicted to opiates knows the cravings they cause. Many rehabs prescribe other drugs that are addictive as a way of relieving the cravings for more opiates. This drugging may start as soon as the person walks in the door and last long after they leave rehab.

At Narconon, sauna time after moderate exercise and generous nutritional supplementation have been shown to greatly change the heroin addict’s recovery experience once he gets to Narconon. This combination activates the body’s ability to detoxify drug residues left behind after a body has broken down and eliminated most of the drug. These residues can make it impossible for a person to remain sober as the residues are involved in the triggering of cravings. The Narconon sauna program flushes out old toxins, resulting in clearer, faster thinking. Those completing this step talk about how their cravings are much lower, sometimes even gone completely.

The Narconon program can help a person with heroin addiction. Call today to get the whole story. Call Narconon at 1-00-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/mar/28/more-young-people-are-getting-hooked-heroin/

http://www.wlky.com/Ohio-Heroin-Abuse-Worse-First-Time-Users-Younger/9782684

 

Eliminating a New Threat: Dangerous K2 Drug Effects and K2 Abuse

It seems like those working in the illicit drug industry are industriously working to keep one step ahead of law enforcement and drug users. It seems they are able to release one new synthetic drug after another onto the market, catching the interest of those who might believe the hype about how “legal” a new drug is and what a great effect it has. One of the latest drugs to appear in this way is a drug being called K2. In some areas, it’s also called “Spice” and it is said to be a synthetic cannabinoid – in other words, a chemical that is similar in composition and effect to marijuana.

K2 Effects

In some areas, these new drugs are not covered by existing laws, and until legislation catches up, a dealer can state that a new synthetic drug is a “legal” high. Naive users may believe this.

One of the additional selling points for K2 is that it will not register on the usual drug tests that might be administered by employers, schools or parents. Eventually, all these points will catch up to K2 and it will be able to be seized and the dealers arrested for the damage they are doing.

K2 Drives Thousands of Call to Poison Control Centers

In less that two years, there were more than 4,000 calls to national Poison Control centers that involved K2 drug effects and K2 abuse. As K2 drug effects and K2 abuse can cause severe anxiety, aggression, threatening behavior and an inability to speak, more and more young people are turing up emergency rooms as well. The main public using this drug are young people who are inexperienced with drug use or the adverse effects that can result.

But at times, these effects have been far more serious than anxiety or aggression. In Wisconsin, a young man who had taken K2 went into convulsions and was admitted to the hospital. Some people experience terrible headaches or uncontrollable hallucinations. One young man who smoked the drug with friends committed suicide later the same night. In another part of Wisconsin, the police were seizing thousands of dollars of this drug just as two sixteen-year-olds were being taken the the hospital for seizures resulting from use of K2. The laws in Wisconsin have caught up to the dealers of this drug and it is already illegal for sale or use.

K2 is also addictive. This means that even if K2 drug effects and K2 abuse cause terrible harm, the person is driven to use the drug over and over again.

At Narconon, Drug Addiction to K2 Can be Overcome

Narconon provides a way for a person to overcome an addiction to K2 and get life back under control again. At Narconon, drug addiction is treated in a long-term program that builds personal integrity, health and sober living skills.
One of the most essential phases of this recovery program is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. Cravings are aggravated by the storage of drug residues in the fatty tissues of the body. Even years after drug use ended, these lodged residues can contribute to sudden cravings. By flushing these residues out in a sauna-based program, each person in recovery has a better chance to find lasting sobriety. Those completing this program talking about their brighter outlooks and reduced cravings. Some people even say those cravings are gone when this phase is complete.

Once the cravings are under control or eliminated, each person then has the freedom to learn about themselves, how their addiction came about and how they can repair that damage. This process can take some time, which is why the Narconon program is not based on a time limit. Each person proceeds at his or her own rate.

For those going through recovery at Narconon, drug addiction is something that can be overcome and replaced by long-term sobriety. Find out how a Narconon drug addiction program can help someone you love who is suffering from addiction to any drug or alcohol. Call the international offices of Narconon today at 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/drug_data_sheets/K2_Spice.pdf

http://waukesha.patch.com/articles/police-seize-thousands-of-dollars-in-fake-pot

Advice for Those Seeking Work: Spit Test for Drugs Speeds Hiring Process and Weeds Out Those Abusing Drugs

Drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace is a concern for employers for obvious reasons. Intoxicated employees have more accidents and are gone from work more often. It’s estimated that 65% of all job-related accidents are related to substance abuse. The total cost of substance abuse by workers runs between $75 billion and $100 billion each year. Therefore weeding out those who are abusing drugs, either during the hiring process or as employment continues, is of vital concern to employers.

In the past, employers had to send their staff to labs to have urine collected but this process was subject to much abuse. Those who were abusing drugs had several methods of circumventing positive test results, such as using fake urine, substituting someone else’s urine for their own or using one of the many products purported to allow a person to evade accurate results. Because of privacy issues, it has been difficult to ensure that a urine sample was actually provided by the person being tested.

But now, a new spit test for drugs speeds hiring process. This test involves the application of a cotton swab to the inside of a person’s cheek. The tester then processes the swab to look for the presence of drugs. There’s no need for privacy so the test can’t be falsified. The expense is much lower for the company and there’s no need to involve an outside lab that would result in a delay.

Recover from Drug Abuse

If there is a positive test from the swab, the employee is normally referred to a second test based on a more sophisticated method.

Employers are mostly testing for the presence of cannabinoids (marijuana or hashish), cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or certain hallucinogens. Alcohol can also be tested.

How to Pass the Test

It’s an obvious statement that a person should be sober when they apply for a job and sober on the job, that life will go better and they will be more successful if they do not drink or use drugs while working. But some people do not have the ability to refrain from substance abuse. When a person is addicted, it is like the addiction is making the decisions, not the person. The idea of consequences takes a back seat to the idea of satisfying the cravings that are so compelling.

For some people to be sure of passing an employment drug test, they would actually need drug rehabilitation before they could control their substance abuse to this extent.

Narconon Drug Rehab Services Can Save Jobs as Well as Lives

In many of the situations when people have come to Narconon drug rehab services, they had just realized that they were on the verge of losing everything of value. They were threatened with the loss of a job, the destruction of a business or the imminent departure of their spouse and children. This was enough for some people to look for the program that would help them save these things that they treasured.

But unfortunately, many people have already lost everything of value. When addiction goes on for years or a decade or more, it is possible to have nothing left. The miracle of addiction recovery that works is that even this person can be given a bright new hope for the future and the skills to succeed. This is what Narconon drug rehab services deliver at rehab facilities across the US and around the world and have offered for more than forty-five years. The most important feature of this program is the 70% success rate – seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home.

Learn how the Narconon program can help you or someone you care about succeed, even after years or longer of addiction. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://article.wn.com/view/2012/03/30/Spit_test_for_drugs_speeds_hiring/

http://www.aarpworksearch.org/Inside/Pages/HowEmployersScreenApplicants.aspx

Fake Marijuana May Be Endangering Young People Who Think it is Safe and Natural

Today’s young people are forced to make complex decisions regarding drug use and most of them lack the knowledge to do so wisely. To make matters worse, the list of drugs being offered to them keeps getting longer. Once it was marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and a couple of prescription drugs that young people might choose from. Now chemists around the world keep adding new substances they’ve cooked up in the lab to the existing substances that one can abuse.

Some of these substances are pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone and OxyContin. And some are what are termed “club drugs” – drugs mostly used in party or nightclub settings. A new drug poses particular threats to those who might want to abuse marijuana but don’t want to have that drug show up on a drug test administered by an employer or parent. That new drug is labeled with many different names, packaged in small foil envelopes and sold at head shops and alternative lifestyle supply stores.

Common names for this new drug include “Spice,” “K2″ and “Blaze.” The contents of these foil packages look like potpourri and the package may say it is supposed to be used as incense. But anyone buying it knows that it is intended to be smoked for its intoxicating effects. It is considered by many to be a fake marijuana as when things go well, it might give a high similar to weed. If things go wrong, a person could be trapped in an uncontrollable, paranoid hallucination.

Overcome Marijuana Addiction

This fake marijuana was legal for quite a long time after it started being abused in many parts of the US, but in 2011, the DEA utilized its emergency powers to ban the drug until local legislation could catch up with laws outlawing its sale and use.

Is It Really “Natural”?

As a gimmick to increase sales, this product may be labeled “natural” and “undetectable” meaning it probably will not show up on a drug test. But whatever the claims are, it has created damage and addiction in those who chose to abuse it. The lucky ones just experienced a euphoria similar to marijuana. The unlucky ones suffered extreme anxiety, hallucinations, even life-threatening seizures.

The drug is thought to have its effect on the central nervous system. It can cause the blood flow to the heart to reduce, resulting in heart attacks in some users. Some users vomit and become agitated and confused. A person who uses the drug regularly can become addicted and suffer withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit.

Despite its dangers, more than one in ten high school seniors has abused this drug, according to the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey.

Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Can Help the Person Addicted to Spice

When a person loses his (or her) sobriety to Spice, he needs effective help to bring about lasting recovery. Short-term programs too often result in repeated trips to rehab, as they do not help the recovering person repair the damage done by addiction. Every person who becomes addicted has suffered losses to personal integrity and self-respect. They have come to rely on a substance to get them through life, instead of having the skills themselves to deal with lady-to-day challenges. The Narconon drug rehabilitation program can bring the Spice abuser all the way back to stable sobriety in its long-term program that is residential in most locations.

The program takes three to five months for most people and includes a tolerable, nutritionally-supported withdrawal step, a sauna-based detoxification program and an array of life skills courses. On these courses, the recovering person learns such skills as how one’s personal integrity can be restored and how rational solutions can be decided on and put into place.

Find out how the Narconon drug rehabilitation program can help someone you care about who has become dependent on Spice. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/spice-synthetic-marijuana

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr030111.html

Adolescent Drug Abuse Grows into Addiction Requiring Rehab Treatment

America’s young people continue to experiment with drugs in increasing numbers and at increased risk. The annual survey on adolescent drug abuse, the Monitoring the Future survey, shows that while alcohol consumption is declining slightly, more youth are abusing marijuana. And today’s marijuana is far stronger and more dangerous than the marijuana used by their parents or grandparents.

In the mid-1980s, the active ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, existed at a 3.6% level on average. But by 2009, the average THV content was close to 10 percent. The highest THC content detected in 2009 was 32 percent THC. Hydroponic processes and cross-breeding procedures are carefully utilized to increase the potency.

However, with additional potency comes increased risk of addiction. A study in the Netherlands showed that younger smokers of the drug had higher scores on dependency.

 

Overcome Drug Addiction
 

Young People Prone to Abuse of More Drugs than Just Marijuana

It’s not just marijuana that ranks high in adolescent drug abuse. Prescription drugs also rate high on the list of drugs they tend to abuse. Students who need to cram for tests or finish term papers for high school or college may be attracted to abuse of Ritalin or Adderall. These stimulants are said to help these young people focus longer and better but they are still addictive and damaging.

A young person might feel that he or she needs this edge to keep up with the competition, but the drugs are addictive. If he wants to stop using them, he may be unable to quit. This can lead to illegal actions like prescription fraud or buying them from someone else who has a prescription.

Alcohol abuse routinely starts in the teens for millions of American teens. A news report from March 2012 described the problems that young women are experiencing with heavy consumption of alcohol. Some young women “load up” with alcohol before they go to parties at which no alcohol is allowed. The fact of so much substance abuse provides evidence that teens must lack sufficient education to recognize the danger implicit in drug abuse.

The National Institutes of Health noted that if a person can just delay alcohol consumption until after they are fifteen years old, they are five times less likely to abuse alcohol when they are grown. A person who starts substance abuse at such a young age needs to find an effective rehabilitation program that can enable him or her to have a long, sober future after that drug dependence.

Narconon Services Range from Drug Prevention to Rehabilitation

Around the world, there are more than one hundred twenty Narconon drug abuse prevention or rehabilitation centers. Fifty of these centers focus on rehab, offering long-term, residential programs that result in a seventy percent success rate. The remainder work with schools, clubs, civic groups to deliver the drug education curriculum of Narconon to young people and corporations.

The Narconon services at these rehab centers guide those who are addicted through a deep detoxification action that helps reduce cravings – sometimes even eliminating them, according to those who have completed it. Then each person executes Narconon life skills classes that develop the skills that will enable them to stay sober for the long haul, that will help them choose drug-free associates, that will enable them to overcome the obstacles that can crop up at any time.

Narconon services have a forty-five year history of helping addicts learn to live clean and sober. Learn how you can help someone you care about live a happy, sober, productive life through Narconon services. Find out the whole story by contacting a Narconon drug rehab counselor today at 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/binge-drinking-teenage-girls-blackout-injured-trouble/story?id=16003379#.Tn6cmO1SFSU

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pressreleases/11drugpr_complete.pdf

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/06/potency.aspx