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Is Addiction a “Moral Failing?”

smiling Narconon graduateAcross the broad field of addiction recovery, there are many opinions about what addiction really is. Does it really make much difference which definition is correct? It does. Different forms of treatment are based on these differing concepts and definitions of addiction. If the underlying definition of addiction is erroneous, then the treatment based on that definition may miss the mark.

For a moment, let’s look at the disease concept of addiction. This concept assumes that it is a physical illness similar to diabetes or heart disease, the diseases most commonly used for comparison. So if addiction is defined as a disease, it would seem logical to treat that problem with medication. Therefore, there are rehab programs that use prescription drugs in the beginning, middle and end of the treatment program, and after the person leaves.

But there are millions of people around the world who are involved in Twelve Step meetings. When a person succeeds in recovering from addiction this way, it casts doubt upon a definition of addiction that includes the concept of disease as the Twelve Step process includes no provision for disease.

If addiction was truly a physical disease, perhaps genetically based, housed in the physical tissue of the brain, then medication might be a good solution, as it is with when bacteria invade a person’s lungs. If it is a disease, then there would be no “moral failing” involved in addiction. A person who wishes to recover can feel that there is no need to examine the harm he (or she) has done to himself or others. After all, it is just a disease that the individual himself is not responsible for, the same as if he comes down with a cold. Continue reading

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

Newborn Babies – Some of Our Youngest Addicts

babyThese are children who never reached out for a joint, a needle or a crack pipe. Their drugs came from a different source – their mothers’ blood, carried through the placenta and umbilical cord to the tiny, growing body.

But still, these are children who must go through similar withdrawal symptoms to their mothers. They are often inconsolable, crying endlessly. They may suffer seizures and cramps and kick their arms and legs in pain. When the mothers’ drug was an opiate, the babies may be weaned off the drugs in their bodies by being given tiny doses of methadone or morphine. The dose is gradually reduced until they are clean but it still is an uncomfortable process. Continue reading

What Are The Best Methods for Choosing A Drug Rehab

finding rehabChoosing a drug rehab program for yourself or for a loved one can be an excruciating decision. Upon this decision may rest the success or failure of the attempt to get clean and sober, and it’s not a decision that you can really afford to get wrong. After all, it often happens that a person who goes through rehab unsuccessfully will at that point give up all hope of getting sober, and will often spend the rest of what remains of his or her life as an addict. Furthermore, there is the fact that the costs of rehab can be considerable, and most families can’t afford to keep spending money on different programs while looking for the right one. Continue reading

5 Steps For Choosing a Drug Rehab

choosing a rehabChoosing a drug rehab center isn’t like choosing a destination for your next vacation. It’s not the kind of thing where you can afford to take your chances and know that you’ll have another shot at it if your first choice doesn’t work out. To put it bluntly, your choice of a drug rehab program could make the difference between success and failure in the attempt to get sober for yourself or your loved one, and that’s a difference that could be a life or death one. Make sure that you’re choosing the right one by following the guidelines below: Continue reading

America Finally Discovers One In Eight US Teens Misuses Pain Drugs

A new analysis of surveys done between 2007 and 2009 among American teens shows that one in eight US teens misuses pain drugs. This survey shows also that the age at which teens started abusing these drugs was younger than anticipated, that many start at 16 or 17, instead of 18 and older as was previously thought.

At 16, a small number of students begin to abuse these drugs and then the numbers grow through the rest of the teen years. The report concluded that there needs to be more drug education provided to students at an earlier age than was previously assumed.

Some of these young people were abusing these drugs to get high and others were taking the pills for some other pain than that for which the drug was prescribed. In most cases, the young people were using medication that had previously been prescribed for them, but some teens took other people’s pills.

Certainly There Are Tons Of Prescription Drugs Available To Abuse

In the last couple of years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has sponsored and promoted drug take-back days where people can safely get rid of drugs that have expired or that are unneeded. In four take-back days from 2010 to 2012, the DEA collected 773 tons of unwanted drugs. Some of these drugs would have been abusable by young people living in the household or who were willing to steal them when visiting some other household.

Overdoses from pain relieving drugs have been climbing along with growth in the number of prescriptions for these drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 15,000 Americans died as a result of an overdose of opioids in 2008. Compared to the number of similar deaths in 1988, today’s numbers are three times higher.

Narconon Drug Rehab Used By Thousands Of Families

The new pain relievers like Oxycontin and Vicodin are highly addictive. A person who uses these drugs over a long period or who abuses them repeatedly risks becoming dependent on them. Dependence can lead to full-blown addiction, where a person’s whole existence begins to focus on acquiring and using drugs.

If someone tries to get sober on their own, there are multiple barriers in their path. The process of withdrawal can be miserable when not supported properly, and a person must literally learn how to enjoy life without drugs. A person’s reliance on drugs like painkillers can impair their ability to maintain relationships and make rational decisions. A recovering addict must relearn the life skills that are needed to weather the challenges of daily life.

This is where the long-term Narconon drug rehab excels. The withdrawal period that starts the recovery is supported with generous doses of nutritional supplements that help calm the spasms, cramps, aches and pains. With gentle assists, similar to light massages that calm the body’s reaction to the changes, and techniques to aid relaxation, a person at

Narconon can have a much more tolerable withdrawal than they might expect.

Once this step is complete, each person learns the basics of communication and then practices these skills. This phase of recovery may be deceptively simple Ð every family knows that the dishonesty and secrets of an addicted person drives a wedge between him (or her) and the family. Beginning to repair the person’s communication channels is an important step forward toward recovery.

This is only the beginning of the eight-phase Narconon drug rehab program. It takes at least three months and for some people, even longer to finally repair the damage, get rid of the addictive mind-set and start planning for a positive future. Learn about all these phases of recovery by calling Narconon at 1-800-775-8750.

References:

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/wire-news/oneeight-us-teens-misuses-pain-drugs-surveys-say_701460.html

The Emotional Highs and Lows of Cocaine Abuse

There are specific and understandable reasons that drive people to abuse cocaine over and over again. These have to do with the short term effects the user considers desirable.

Cocaine Use Over and Over

Cocaine use produces a fast euphoria accompanied by a sense of great enjoyment and confidence. A performer may lose his stage fright, a businesswoman may lose her fear of failure and act with more confidence. And of course, cocaine is often considered a party drug. Those partying with cocaine feel more energetic, even when drinking. Large quantities of alcohol won’t make them feel groggy, so by using cocaine with their alcohol, they can party longer. They won’t need food or sleep for quite a while either.

Naturally, these “benefits” won’t last. In fact, with cocaine, they are fairly short-lived. Within a half hour or less, they may be gone, requiring another line or injection to keep the good feeling rolling along.

In quest to feel this good again, a person will abuse cocaine repeatedly. But many cocaine users state that once they begin to build a tolerance for the drug, the euphoria is never as good again. He or she may begin to “chase” that initial euphoric feeling by using more cocaine each time. Increased dosages of cocaine lead more quickly to addiction and to severe stress on the body that can lead to heart damage, stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest.

The Lows of Cocaine Abuses

Anyone who has worked with a cocaine addict knows about the flip side of this picture. Strong cravings, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and erratic behavior can result from chronic cocaine use. A heavy user may also become violent and aggressive, even psychotic. Eventually, acquiring cocaine and using it become the ruling passions of this person’s life, over family, friends, jobs and his own health and personal integrity. That’s the nature of addiction.

These emotional lows can be accompanied by physical damage such as thickened, stiffened heart muscle that can’t efficiently pump blood. Stresses to the vascular system can result in aneurysms in the coronary arteries that can be fatal.

Withdrawal May Be Rough, but Leads to Sobriety

It may be hard for a person to face the need for cocaine rehab for a few reasons. They may be certain that they can feel pleasure from nothing but a dose of cocaine. And they may dread the agitated, depressed state they hit when they withdraw from cocaine use. The Narconon drug rehabilitation program provides each person seeking cocaine addiction rehab the hope of a productive, enjoyable life again.

Narconon drug recovery centers offer long-term holistic rehabilitation from cocaine addiction. By addressing the causes that drug abuse started in the first place and by teaching the life skills one needs to stay sober, the Narconon drug rehab program helps seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home. This is without having to ever attend Narconon meetings.

Flush Drug Toxins

An essential step in restoring one’s ability to enjoy life is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This phase of the overall drug rehab program guides each person through a sauna-based detoxification that uses moderate exercise and a strict program of nutritional supplements to flush out old drug toxins. These drug residues lodge in the fatty tissues of the body where they can be involved in the triggering of drug cravings, even years after drug abuse stopped. They can also fog up and slow down thinking. When the toxins are fully flushed out, those finishing this step talk about their brighter outlook, better senses of taste and smell, more energy and reduced – sometimes even eliminated – cravings.

When this step of treatment is complete, a person in cocaine addiction rehab can now learn how to manage a sober, productive life in the future. They learn how to recover their personal integrity and maintain it in the future. They learn drug-free decision-making skills and a personal moral code to guide their actions.

When someone you care about needs cocaine addiction rehab, contact Narconon to find the recovery center nearest you.


Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001943/

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine-abuse-addiction/what-are-short-term-effects-cocaine-use

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine-abuse-addiction/what-are-long-term-effects-cocaine-use

http://cocaine.org/aneurysm/index.html

Alternative Rehab for Addiction

Alternative Rehab for Drug Addiction

When families help an addicted loved one through rehab after rehab with no success, very often they begin to look for a different solution. The traditional rehabs of 28 or 30 days do not give most people time to rebuild lives that have been shattered by addiction. There are life skills that have been lost during the addiction, especially when it starts young or lasts a long time. It simply takes longer to recover physical health, mental stability, and the ability to make drug-free decisions.

Therefore many people search for alternative rehabs after one or more tries at conventional rehabs that resulted in relapse. Then again, some families seek an alternative addiction rehab because the traditional ones fail to match their own personal philosophies of what will bring about recovery.

The Narconon drug rehab program is a long-term program, residential in most locations, and brings about recovery without the use of drugs in any part of the treatment. It works by addressing the factors that start substance abuse and addiction in the first place and the other factors that keep addiction locked into a person’s life. For most people this means dedicating three to six months to this process. But three to six months after the years or even decades that some people lose to addiction is not a lot of time. Not when the result is lasting sobriety for seven out of ten graduates from the program.

Narconon offers an recovery experience that is definitely an alternative addiction rehab from start to end.

To start with, recovering addicts practice simple and basic communication skills until they learn to exert more control over their communication and actions toward others. This begins to pull them out of the drug fogs and withdrawn conditions that are so common during addiction.

Eliminating or Reducing Drug Cravings

The next step is one that goes a long way toward reducing or even eliminating cravings for the drug the recovering addict just left behind. Utilizing a low-heat sauna, moderate exercise and generous but very specific nutritional supplements, each person is able to flush out old drug toxins that are stored in the fatty tissues of the body. Research has shown that these stored residues are involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after the person stopped using drugs (or alcohol).

Over a thirty to sixty day period, each person’s progress is carefully supervised and monitored until the signs of recovery are clear. The results, according to statements of those going through the program, are clearer, quicker thinking, more energy and greatly reduced or even eliminated cravings. This takes each recovering person much closer to complete recovery.

But recovery at an alternative addiction rehab is not complete until a person finds relief from the guilt that plagues every addict and until they know how to make decisions that keep them on a drug-free path. They must learn which associates are safe and which will lead to problems, how to recover their personal integrity and self-respect, and how to turn bad situations around into positive ones. The theories behind these skills are learned and then practiced until each recovering person understands how to create a lasting, sober life.

Alternative Rehab Can Be the Answer

This is the process that is followed in every Narconon on every continent around the world. Find out how an alternative addiction rehab can be the answer to the addiction suffered by a loved one — or yourself, if you are seeking your own recovery.

Talk to an Intake Counselor today and find out more about this remarkable program. Call today and find out how much better it can feel to have your solution in hand.

Brandon’s Pain Relievers Lead to Addiction

BMX Bike Rider

As a teen, Brandon was a BMX rider — bicycle motocross or stunt riding — and that led to him tearing ligaments in his knee. The injury resulted in his being prescribed opiate pain medication and that started him on the road to addiction.

Today, Brandon shows his BMX roots by sporting a knit cap pulled low with wild dark strands of hair flying every which way. Now in his early 20s, he still has a boyish look, with glossy dark eyes and a couple of piercings here and there. Brandon has just finished recovering his sobriety at one of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

When he hurt his knee, he had to have reconstructive surgery. He took the opiates after the surgery and then kept taking them after the knee had healed because he realized that he felt better than when he didn’t take them. He never knew they were addictive.

Pain Pill Use Becomes Pain Pill Abuse

He kept hurting himself after that so kept being prescribed more pain medication for awhile. When he was finally taken off the drugs, he felt sick and didn’t realize he was in withdrawal.

His friends at the time were abusing opiate pain medication so he began to abuse them at social events. While he was sixteen years old, he began to snort OxyContin. Every time he did, he didn’t feel bad or sick any more. He was also drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

His parents took notice and sent him to a ninety-day rehab when he was seventeen. It might have helped if Brandon wanted to quit but he didn’t. He didn’t yet see the problem that others saw. As soon as he got out, he was smoking marijuana and drinking and soon gravitated back to pain pill abuse.

Brandon Makes the Switch to Heroin — and Hard-Core Addiction

He was a senior in high school when he started snorting heroin. There was plenty of heroin in the Richmond, Virginia area where he was living. After a month of snorting heroin, his friends told him that injecting it was “the way to go.” That was the beginning of his hard-core addiction.

From time to time, he’d get himself into a rehab program that would give him buprenorphine in the form of Suboxone. That would get him off heroin and prevent withdrawal sickness. He didn’t really give any thought to the fact that he was still on an opioid drug every day. He just knew that he felt all right and thought that meant he was doing better than when he was on heroin.

But then there were always the friends using heroin. He kept slipping back into heroin use and would sell his Suboxone while he was using the heroin. Or he’d take some Suboxone in the morning so he could maintain while he was at work hanging drywall for his father and then when he got home, he would use heroin. While doubling up on opiates like this can bring about an overdose, he was just too lost to think about it or care.

Only Purpose in Life: Getting More Heroin

His only purpose in going to work was so that he could continue to buy drugs. Friday nights and Saturdays were devoted to partying with drugs but by Sunday his money would be gone.

About the time he turned 21, there was a break in the addiction when he went to a long-term rehab for young people. But even this eleven month break did not give him what he needed. Just a few weeks before he was due to graduate, he and another person at the rehab drove away in one of the rehab’s vans and got drunk. Brandon left this rehab the next day.

The alcohol abuse continued after he left but then progressed to heroin use within a month. The next two years were devoted to heroin abuse. He would get a prescription for Suboxone from a doctor but didn’t take it unless he could not get his hands on heroin. He was always “scheming and scamming,” as he put it, figuring out how to get money for heroin.

The Day Finally Comes that Brandon Knows He Needs to Get Clean

He finally realized that he needed to beat the addiction. With his family, he found the Narconon program on the internet. He chose this program from among several he and his family were looking at and together, they made it happen.

Even though he chose this program, he wasn’t really sincere in his efforts to get clean at first. It took hearing other students talking about how much better they felt for him to start to give the program his best efforts. It wasn’t long until he began feeling good about himself for the first time in a long time. “I started having a natural happy feeling — I hadn’t felt that in so long,” he said.

As he progressed through the program, he began to let go of old resentments about things that had happened years before. He said he finally began to mature while he was on this program.

The Narconon program was the first rehab he ever finished and he was very proud of himself for the accomplishment and for finally getting sober. He decided to stay on at the Narconon rehab center to help other people get through their own recoveries. He’d tell other students who might be having a hard time at the beginning of their rehabs, “Dude, if I can do it, you can do it.”

You Can Get Off Drugs

He concluded with this statement: “I’m glad I did this program. With my experience in rehabs, I don’t think people could find a better place to be.”

If you know someone who needs help with drug addiction, call a Narconon drug rehab counselor today. We’re here to help.

Kate’s Way Out of Drug Addiction

Kate was young, attractive and almost elfin. She had a pleasant briskness to her movements and spoke quickly and clearly. She was once again studying marketing and graphic arts after a lapse of several years since her last days in college, now planning to use these skills in her new job. You would never think that she had spent several months living in her car, shooting heroin and trying to stay warm in a Wisconsin winter before she finally found a rehab program that would provide her with lasting sobriety.

Her first use of an addictive substance was eight years before, when she was 13 years old. A disruption in her family provided her with an excuse to abuse cold medication. She followed this with steady drinking and marijuana use. Her mother finally found out about the drug abuse and confronted Kate with it. The only result was a physical fight between Kate and her mom, after which the substance abuse continued — indeed, expanded to include Ecstasy, mushrooms, cocaine and OxyContin.

A year later, Kate was shooting heroin. Because Madison, Wisconsin is close to Chicago, there was plenty of heroin available in the area.

By the fall of 2008, Kate had been abusing several drugs for some years and had been abusing OxyContin daily for a year. She realized by then that she was fully addicted. At first she was working two jobs but later, to support her drug habit, she learned how to steal small items to get the money. Eighty milligrams of OxyContin were needed each day to keep the addiction going.

But in many areas, heroin is cheaper than OxyContin, which explained the switch. Shooting heroin gave her a bigger kick than snorting OxyContin too, so she figured she got more for her money. By this time, she was 17 years old.

She was going to an alternative high school. She says that all the other kids in the school were also drug users so they all got along well.

In 2009, she began to be kicked out of her home, so she started bouncing back and forth between friends’ homes, her grandparents’ home and her parents’ home. She tried to get clean by going to a methadone clinic for a few months but that just kept her taking opiates.

In the summer of 2010, she began living in her car, having no other choice. She kept stealing items to get her drug supplies and without any of the usual facilities of a home, would go months without bathing or brushing her teeth. She was so high all the time that she didn’t care.

After seven months, it was a Wisconsin winter and she was forced to find someplace else to stay. She finally found a friend who did not mind her opiate use who would give her temporary housing. But after a few month at the friend’s house, her friend said she refused to come home and find Kate dead of an overdose. She’d already lost friends to heroin overdoses and didn’t want to go through that again. So Kate was out on the street again, just as she was planning to start up at the methadone clinic for the second time. This time, she didn’t even have a car to get to the clinic and home again.

Her mother, looking for a final solution to this difficult and persistent problem, found the Narconon program on the internet. Over the years, Kate had been to a couple of short-term rehabs and had even been prescribed Suboxone for awhile. None of it helped her get sober. The Narconon program turned out to be different for her.

Gradually, as she progressed through the Narconon program, the numbness of all the years on opiates began to wear off. It was challenging to go through all the changes required to recover from the addictive lifestyle but she stuck with it with help from the staff and supervisors. The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program flushed the residual drugs out of her system, helping her feel more alive again and preparing her to make progress from the rest of the program.

She learned about the people in your life who can be damaging and identified the people in her past who had not been good for her. The anxiety she had suffered from much of her life — that had been obscured by the opiates — finally faded away. The life skills component of the Narconon program provided her with a way to let go of old, painful experiences, helping her heal and start looking forward to the future.

Now, she’s using her college graphic arts skills, doing photography and learning page design. She’s looking forward to perhaps going to school again. She’s a hard worker now, earning her way instead of relying on theft like she did when she was a heroin addict. “The Narconon program is just phenomenal,” she said, noting the extreme difference between the homelessness of just a few months before and her sober lifestyle now.

If you know someone who is suffering from addiction to heroin, OxyContin or any drug, contact an Intake Counselor at a Narconon rehab center to find out how they can find help. Call 800-775-8750 today to get all the details on the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.