April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD). Recently, the NCADD announced that the theme for this year’s event is “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow,” and they will be promoting this theme in the event which has now been observed for the past 28 years across the United States. Alcohol Awareness Month is observed by groups including schools, colleges, churches and various other types of community organizations around the country. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the weekend of April 4-6, the Alcohol Free Weekend, when Americans were invited to skip drinking for the entire 72-hour period. The stated goal of Alcohol Awareness Month is, “to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.” This year’s focus is on the scourge of underage drinking, a public health problem that causes untold troubles for American families and communities. Some of the facts that NCADD is bringing to the forefront for this year’s event include. Continue reading
Those trying to overcome alcoholism may struggle with this problem for years before they find the right treatment to help end the battle. But along the way, they could encounter treatment that does more damage than the disease.
In a new report, LSD has been tested in Norway as a treatment for alcoholism and is being touted as a solution to the chronic, relapsing nature of the problem.
In this study, more than 500 alcoholics were studied to determine their response to treatment with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Two-thirds received LSD while the others received different treatments, and then their recoveries were compared. Slightly more of the LSD users did not return to alcohol abuse after the study period.
So there are some researchers associated with this study who now propose using LSD as a treatment for alcoholism. The problem is that LSD is an addictive drug that sends people to rehab for recovery and that has been known to cause lasting psychosis among some individuals.
Consider a study published by the National Institutes of Health. In 1983, 52 “LSD psychotics” were compared to 29 non-drug-induced schizophrenics and were found to be “fundamentally similar.” Is this a drug that should be used to treat alcoholics?
In the report on the Norwegian study, one addiction psychiatrist associated with the University of Washington noted that little is known about the effects of LSD and so it should be used with caution. But then he commented that “We already use drugs to fight drugs,” noting that methadone is addictive and it is used to fight addiction to heroin and other opiates as a justification for using LSD in this situation.
Alcoholism Treatment Routinely Involves the Use of Drugs at Conventional Rehab Centers
For alcoholics, there may be two phases of their recovery. They may first need to go through a medical detox to come down safely from their chronic intoxication. As bodies become dependent on the constant presence of alcohol, a person may experience seizures, high fevers or even a coma as they withdraw. Benzodiazepines are often given to get a person safely through this period. While this is medically necessary in some cases, many conventional rehabs continue to prescribe these or other drugs through the entire treatment program and long afterwards. Thus a person who wishes to recover their sobriety may be kept on drugs instead of being able to experience an enjoyable life without medication.
Perhaps If There Were No Other Way to Fight Alcoholism
If use of LSD were the only possible way to save a person from drinking themselves to death, perhaps the use of a hallucinogen that could create psychosis in some of the patients would be warranted. But if there are other ways of creating lasting sobriety, that is the obvious first choice. And fortunately, there is a way that avoids the use of drugs in alcoholism recovery.
Of course, some people have created such an intense physical dependence on alcohol that they have no choice but to rely on some drugs to get them through that initial period. Once that is done, they can find the remainder of their recovery drug-free at a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. These rehab facilities, located in more than fifty locations around the world, have found healthy, holistic ways of relieving depression, helping a recovering person overcome guilt and restoring self-esteem. These are all essential components to lasting recovery from alcoholism or any kind of drug addiction.
Narconon International in Los Angeles can help you determine if you have a Narconon rehab near you. Or you can visit the site www.narcononcenter.org for more information.
You can go to every corner of the globe and find alcohol problems. In some countries where religious beliefs ban alcohol consumption, they will be less frequent and more concealed. In other countries, the social patterns of the population seem almost to be based on alcohol consumption and use of this addictive drug will be fully out in the open.
But the fact is that excess and lengthy alcohol consumption can turn into alcoholism and can destroy or kill, no matter how rich or poor, no matter what color or creed, no matter how educated or primitive.
Worldwide Statistics Support the Need for Effective Alcohol Abuse Rehab
In Brazil, for example, a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report from 2010 stated that 86% of college students have used alcohol and that 22% of these student risk alcohol dependence through heavier consumption.
An older report about Russia noted that drinking to unconsciousness had wide prevalence in that country and may have started when manufacture and sales of alcohol was a popular way for the government to raise money. A 2006 study found a clear connection between Russian alcohol consumption and suicide.
The World Health Organization reports that more than 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, and that 9% of these are teens or young adults. In the US, approximately 85,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year.
But many cultures do not have the same inclination toward alcohol abuse rehab that is seen in Europe and the United States. So alcoholism may be tolerated until it simply results in illness and death.
Narconon Brings Effective Alcohol Abuse Rehab to Six Continents
Over the last forty-five years, the founder and executives of the Narconon network of alcohol abuse rehab centers have understood the heartbreak associated with alcoholism and drug abuse. So from one center in Los Angeles in the late 1960s to more than 120 rehabilitation or prevention centers around the world, the Narconon network has expanded to bring help to as many people as possible.
Narconon centers are now located in Taiwan, Italy, England, Brazil, Mexico, Nepal, Russia and many other countries. The long-term residential program offered by Narconon centers has been shown to help seven out of ten addicted people recover fully, so that they stay sober for a two-year monitoring period after graduation.
The program offered by Narconon has eight phases that address the damage done by addiction, the restoration of personal integrity and the life skills needed to walk the sober path after getting home. The last four decades of application of this program have proven that the Narconon program results in sobriety in the majority of cases, and that the prevention programs result in reduced drug and alcohol abuse in the students who participate in these classes.
Call a Narconon alcohol treatment center to get more details or to find out how Narconon can bring improvement to your community by offering rehabilitation or prevention services.
Description: Alcohol can cause different health problems. If you need help with alcoholism, contact a Narconon alcohol rehab center today.
It’s a tragic situation when alcoholism or drugs addiction take over a person’s life. One of the defining characteristics of addiction is that it begins to control a person’s life rather than the person being in control. He or she cannot determine when to drink or do drugs. Instead, the person’s life becomes focused on the next drink, the next injection, smoke or pill.
When this state is reached, everyone suffers. The addict, the spouse, the employer, family, community and other associates. The destruction can and does spread far and wide from just one addict or alcoholic.
Sadly, many people go to conventional drug rehab programs only to relapse into drug or alcohol abuse after release. Real recovery takes more repair and preparation than a 28-day treatment program can offer. Even many longer programs miss some of the points of recovery that are needed.
What is it Like When You do Alcohol Abuse Rehab the Narconon Way?
This innovative program starts with a tolerable withdrawal, supported by generous nutritional supplementation and one-on-one with with Narconon staff. The nutrition begins to calm the body’s reaction to the cessation of drug or alcohol consumption and the gentle reorientation and relaxation processes help calm both the mind and body. This provides a positive beginning to the recovery.
Soon after withdrawal comes the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This is a sauna-based program that employs more nutritional supplementation and moderate exercise to activate the body’s ability to flush out stored toxins. When drugs or alcohol are consumed and then broken down by the body, some residues are attracted to and lodge in the fatty tissues of the body. This phase of the Narconon drug rehab sets up the right conditions for these residues to be flushed out. As they leave, those in recovery regain a better mood and outlook and their cravings drop, sometimes disappearing altogether by their own statements.
Learning New Life Skills as Part of Alcohol Abuse Rehab and Rehabilitation at a Narconon Center
Each person who is going to go out on their own must have the skills to avoid situations that might present too much temptation, and must know how to turn an adverse situation around to a positive one. They must also have a clear personal moral code and must have recovered their own personal integrity in order to succeed. These and many other points of recovery are part of the Narconon alcohol abuse rehab program.
Narconon Programs Can Enhance the Operation of Drug Courts and Other Diversion Programs
In many states, the drug court is a method of helping people avoid one of the worst repercussions of alcohol or drug abuse: incarcerations. Those arrested for non-violent crimes relating to drug or alcohol use are diverted into programs where they are offered a chance to get sober. According to Narconon reviews, these drug rehab programs located across the United States and around the world work hand in hand with a diversionary program like this, helping to return seven out of ten graduates to a lasting sober lifestyle. Narconon centers may be located near you, like Narconon Georgia near Atlanta or one of several rehabs in Italy or Russia. Find out about the Narconon program today.
Unfortunately from the viewpoint of treatment, alcoholism has as one of its characteristics that the drinker will almost always deny that he has an alcohol problem. This fact makes it frustrating for family members who want to help the alcoholic cease his alcohol consumption and face his drinking problem. It also is sad that this very behavior often continues the addiction without end.
It is only when the alcoholic finally does decide he needs help to handle his perpetual addiction that family members can then assist him to find an effective treatment and rehab program. Families often find out that there are a variety of treatment modalities with varying degrees of effectiveness.
Narconon offers a proven method of drug and alcohol treatment in over 40 countries of the world. Narconon has been succeeding in helping alcoholics and drug addicts across the world since it was started in Arizona in 1966.
Length of treatment is another significant factor. It may take 3-6 months or even longer for one to complete the full Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. However, that time frame is consistent with the recommendations of many agencies, including the National Institute on Drug Addiction of the United States (NIDA). They state that “Generally, for residential or outpatient treatment, participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness, and lasting significantly longer is recommended for maintaining positive outcomes.”
When you or your family member are looking for treatment of alcohol abuse, therefore, you should be looking for a long-term alcohol treatment program. You would also be wise to find a drug-free program. Some facilities give drugs to prevent an alcoholic from drinking and other drugs are sometimes prescribed for mental disorders that some people may think exist in a recovering alcoholic. These drugs, however, are usually addictive.
However long the person has been addicted to alcohol, however, there is hope for a full and successful drug-free recovery at Narconon. The experience of most recovering addicts at Narconon is that with a real chance of recovery such as Narconon provides, the person will not relapse and continue their previous inclination to drink. Upon completion of the rehab program, they very often show no other symptoms that need any medication.
According to the same reference cited above by NIDA, “Treatment dropout” is one of the major problems encountered by treatment programs; therefore, motivational techniques that can keep patients engaged will also improve outcomes.
Narconon’s program does exactly that. From the start of the program until graduation, each person is fully committed to his successful completion. At Narconon a graduate only completes the program when he has certainty that he can live his life without the drug or alcohol crutch he had been using to cope with his problems.
In addition to a thorough withdrawal and the deep detox provided through the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a Narconon student is trained in many life skills to make sure he has the tools to ensure he has the tools to make smart choices for the future. These classes teach, among other things, communication skills, personal integrity, and even a moral code based wholly on common sense. By the end of the eight different phases of the Narconon program, the participant truly regains his self-respect, and is prepared to be a productive, happy and drug-free member of society.
In fact, fully seventy percent of persons who complete the Narconon program, when followed up two years after their graduation, are still drug and alcohol free. Narconon reviews and the success rate speaks for itself.
Get help now. Contact a Narconon alcohol treatment counselor at: 1-800-775-8750.
There are times in life that the right thing to do to help a loved one is to be supportive while they work their way through their problems on their own. When you realize that someone you care about is alcoholic, you need to realize that this is very likely going to be a different situation requiring very different tactics.
Most people working through difficulties in relationships or finances, for example, can benefit from some advice, a sympathetic ear, and patience. But alcoholism is in a different category. There is a time that you find out that how to help an alcoholic family member is to insist that they go to an alcohol rehab and frankly, not to accept any other answer. You’ll find that this is the case when a person has stated that they want to drink less, when they realize that they are getting drunk too often but they are unable to achieve this on their own.
The same point occurs when you see that they are damaging themselves by their drinking. Maybe they have landed in jail or been arrested more than once for drunk driving. They may have crashed their car or even injured someone else. Jobs are often lost due to alcoholism and finances may take a crash. When you see these signs, it is time to take that stand whether the person realizes it is time to get sober or not.
When drinking is out of control, you will out how to help an alcoholic family member consists of helping them find an effective alcohol recovery program. For many thousands of people, this has meant the Narconon drug and alcohol recovery program.
In cities around the world, from Taiwan to South Africa and from the US and Canada to Brazil, alcoholics are finding sober, productive lives at Narconon centers. In these long-term, residential facilities, alcoholics experience a completely drug-free, holistic approach to achieving sobriety. Away from their drinking buddies and old haunts, each person can focus on recovery.
The Narconon program results in a remarkable level of success with alcoholics who seek recovery. Seven out of ten graduate remain clean and sober for a two-year period of monitoring after they go home, making it one of the most successful programs in the field.
No family should have to suffer the effects of addiction to alcohol. When they discover the Narconon program for alcohol recovery, these stories of addiction can have happy endings with the former addicts being restored to their former sobriety and productiveness.
Contact a Narconon alcohol rehab counselor to get help with alcohol addiction today.
So let’s pull all this together now, and explain why one of the early steps of the Narconon program for alcohol recovery is a study course.
We all know that there is a crisis of education in this country. We have long been told that a large portion of our population of young people suffer from “learning disorders.” So we are told. And we have doctors who claim to know what to do about that. These “solutions” usually involve putting that young person on powerful mind-altering drugs, drugs like Ritalin ( methylphenidate.) Let us take a look at what the US Drug Enforcement Agency has had to say about Ritalin:
“Since 1990, prescriptions for methylphenidate have increased by 500 percent, while prescriptions for amphetamine for the same purpose have increased 400 percent. Now we see a situation in which from seven to ten percent of the nation’s boys are on these drugs at some point as well as a rising percentage of girls. When so many children are involved in the daily use of such a powerful psychoactive drugs, it is important for all of us to understand what is going on and why. The DEA has a responsibility to the nation to control such abusable legal drugs and to insure that their use is confined to legitimate medical need. Certain things have become clear from our deliberations of the last several days, and the public, parents and decision-makers need to hear them.”
This item was published in 1996! It is now fifteen years later. How much worse is the problem today than it was then? One need only watch television, listen to the radio, surf the web or read a newspaper to know that, as a society, we have become increasingly dependent on prescribed drugs as a solution to our educational crisis.
How is this related to alcoholism? Simply stated, these kids are turned into young addicts by licensed physicians. Yes Ritalin and other so-called “attention deficient hyperactivity disorder” drugs are addicting. They are stimulants related to amphetamines. Once the prescriptions stop or once they develop a tolerance and need more of the drug, what do they do? They seek alternative ways of handling their addictive need. One of the easiest is alcohol. And there we have a new crop of alcoholics or other drug addicts.
OK. So what does this have to do with an ability to study? The “disorders” for which these drugs are prescribed (ADD, ADHD and a host of others) ARE NOT DISORDERS AT ALL!!! If you want a look at how ridiculous this is, just look at the descriptions of ADD and ADHD in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – the “Bible” of psychiatric disorders.) You will recognize these “symptoms” in virtually every child you know and, looking back at your own childhood, in yourself!
These are not actually disorders of any kind. They are either normal behavior or they are the result of other, simpler causes. One is nutrition, things like food allergies that manifest themselves as “ADD” and “ADHD”, too much sugar in the diet (we are STILL inundated with advertising for great breakfast foods like frosted mini-wheats, pop tarts and toaster strudel.) But the problem does not end there. The other (and the actual topic of this part), is problems that our kids have as students, problems which result from the inability to study and to understand what is being studied.
Is there actually a solution for this? Yes, There absolutely IS. The Learning How to Learn course address the skill of “how to study.” How to? It has never been taught before.
When we rehabilitate the alcoholic’s ability to study we have handled a significant cause of his alcoholism. Over the course of years from childhood though adolescence to adulthood, he has had other problems stick to him, and we have to be able to peel off, and solve, these problems before we have the product of a person whose alcohol recovery is complete. So we start, after we have gotten him through withdrawal and detoxification, with the most basic problem of all – an inability to study and learn. This is often the first time many recovering addicts feel comfortable with the subject of learning, books, study. But what else is rehabilitation but a learning process?
Once that is done, we are able to begin handling the next two parts of the Narconon program – the student’s ability to perceive the world around him as it really is, and his ability and willingness to communicate with the other inhabitants of this small planet.
Before we go on with a look at communication and perception, there is one other thing to look at. So we’ll now take a short intermission, and then on to:
Next: Alcohol Recovery Part V – Communication and Perception
So far, everything we have talked about has been directly related to alcoholism or, more accurately, the drinking of alcohol. As you might guess from the title of this part, we are now going to talk about a part of the Narconon program that, on the surface, would seem to have little to do with alcohol recovery. But here is where you are going to see more differences between the Narconon program every other program. We do want to make it clear that no other program offers the New Life Detoxification Program. But many programs talk about detoxification , so the differences between those programs and the Narconon program might not be obvious.
What has learning got to do with alcohol recovery? Well, actually, everything. One unique aspect about the Narconon program is that it recognizes that alcohol is NOT the problem, but a solution to problems. This might seem odd, but read on.
The reason that one becomes addicted to alcohol is that he has problems. He has a problem that is so huge that he has been unable to find a solution for it. Immersed in this problem (and it might well be more than one) he now takes to drink. He might take that drink in a social setting. He might take it to try to handle a physical pain. He might take it because he is upset about something, and he knows that he is less upset after a drink. He might take it for any number of reasons. But what happens when he takes that drink is that he suddenly feels that the problem he has been trying to solve is “not as bad as he thought it was.” He feels maybe just a little bit “better.” So he takes another drink. He feels a bit MORE better. So he takes another drink, and the problem all but vanishes. Then the alcohol begins to wear off and the problem returns – now with the additional problem of alcohol withdrawal.
We are interesting creatures, we humans. As capable as we are of analytical thought, as capable as we are of figuring things out, we STILL act in a stimulus-response manner when we have a seemingly unsolvable problem. So, when we find that a couple of drinks deadens the pain (either physical or mental) we forget that drinking has its own downside. All we see is that it makes us feel better. So we drink again to make the problem go away. Of course, after a period of time and a large amount of alcohol, we develop a physical dependence on the alcohol.
This is the true mechanism of alcoholism. So, in order to handle the alcoholism, we must handle the underlying problems. This makes sense, does it not? Once this is understood, we are well on the road to helping the student on his journey to full alcohol recovery.
Now that we know that the root of the alcoholism is one or more other problems, it becomes clear that, in order to cure the alcoholic of his addiction, we must help him find and solve the problem or problems that led him to alcohol. There are always solutions to problem(s), solutions we will talk about in parts 5, 6, 7 and 8 of this series) and the student must be able to fully understand the problem, what makes it up and what might solve it. To do this one has to be able to understand the words and concepts that he encounters throughout his journey of discovery and solution.
This part of the Narconon program, Learning How To Learn, is actually a rehabilitation program all its own. It rehabilitates the alcoholic’s ability to study, to learn and, most importantly, to APPLY what he has learned to his own life.
THIS IS THE KEY TO RECOVERY. If we can insure that the alcoholic understands what he is reading, we can fully rehabilitate him.
Next: Alcohol Recovery Part Ivb – Learning How To Learn