New Year’s Day is right around the corner, and millions of Americans will be setting goals for themselves to pursue in 2015. What will your New Year’s resolutions be this year? To lose weight? Make more money? Improve your relationships? Travel more? Quit drugs and alcohol? This last one may not be the most common, but it is certainly one that many people from all walks of life will be making. Continue reading
Our staff and volunteers in Taiwan are always active! In these photos, you can see them getting out into the community to stop the use of drugs. In Taiwan, the widespread use of heroin and methamphetamine and the growing use of ketamine, the sleep aid Zolpidem and Ecstasy are creating many addicts. But if these enthusiastic drug educators have their way, addiction to these substances will soon be a thing of the past. Here you can see them reaching out to the public in and around the train station. The booklet they are handing out is 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs, translated into Chinese.
It has not been that long since drug use was something that few people struggled with or talked about. Before the 1960s, marijuana was just used in isolated areas and heroin use was restricted to certain circles of the population, usually in urban areas. Heroin spread through the jazz and Beatnik subcultures in the 1950s, then when US soldiers went to Southeast Asia in the 1960s, some developed heroin abuse habits and brought those habits home with them.
Cocaine use spread across the country in 1985, creating tens of thousands of addicts and filling jails. In the late 1960s, marijuana and hashish use became far more popular, followed by psychedelics like LSD, mescaline and psilocybin or “magic mushrooms.”
Of course, alcohol has been destroying lives and families for hundreds of years. Alcohol has become readily available in nearly every city in the US, meaning that just about anyone who has an uncontrollable thirst for it has a source. Continue reading
Until Betty Ford went public with her addictions and her recovery, no one knew much or talked much about addiction treatment. A drunk might go to the hospital to “dry out” – in other words, get off alcohol. But that left the cravings and desire to be drunk untouched. About the only method a person had for getting off heroin was a “cold turkey” withdrawal, a very grim process.
But then Betty Ford established her center and celebrities began to arrive for treatment. This took the idea of addiction recovery into the mainstream.
But by the time the Betty Ford Center was being covered in the media, the Narconon program had been saving lives for 16 years. In the earliest days, a big white house in Los Angeles was the site for recovery, and then there began to be centers in Italy, Russia, Sweden, even South Africa.
The word “rehabilitation” means to return something or someone to a former state. Drug rehabilitation should be returning a person to the way they were before they used drugs, to the furthest extent possible. Therefore, there should be ways for the addicted person to recover their own self-respect, to find relief from guilt and trauma and to know how to make drug-free decisions, even when there are challenges in the environment. When a person dried out or went cold turkey, there was no rehabilitation. They only got sober. They were left with their full measures of guilt. If there were some situations that would “drive them to drink,” they did not have new skills to deal with these situations. Continue reading
There is a very unfortunate belief that is held by many families who are trying to help an addicted loved one. And that is that the person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. I don’t know who invented that phrase but they did not do anyone any favors.
This phrase is often repeated by those working in or writing about addiction recovery. But I’ll tell you why it is so dangerous.
With the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom. Continue reading
Narconon Melbourne is located in Warburton, Australia. Melbourne has been helping people get off drugs since 2001. Since then, hundreds of people have come to this center to get help with drug addiction.
Not only does Narconon Melbourne get people off drugs, but Melbourne also delivers drug education to the schools and people in their community to help prevent others from using drugs.
Here are a few success stories from some Narconon Melbourne Drug Rehab graduates.
“I came to Narconon eleven months ago, I was at a point in life where I wanted to no longer live. I had had enough and just didn’t want to go on. My journey here has been a rollercoaster. I have had many emotional days and just couldn’t work out the ‘whys’ to what was happening in my life but I stuck out the program and I will forever be in debt to Narconon and the fantastic staff. For people that didn’t know me, they knew me better than I knew myself. Many days I complained that they were trying to break me and didn’t know what they were talking about, but I was wrong. They know what they are teaching and I am now a better person, more confident and I owe it to all the staff for believing in me. A fantastic time here and I hope everyone can experience what I am right now. Thanks Narconon.”
“I am in a beautiful place surrounded by amazing people. I had a great birthday which I remember and will for time immemorial, because I spent it sober around true friends. I have started a job which I truly love and am on a path to a life I have always desired. My success is that I couldn’t ask for anything more in life and I couldn’t be any happier!!”
“I am a restaurateur. Being a waiter as my occupation, I enjoyed working with chefs and other waiters and waitresses as well as a social life with my patrons. As years went by I found myself having high cholesterol, partly causing by unhealthy food eating. So I have been told by my patrons that “red wine” may help lowering cholesterol. Since then I started drinking red wine and became habit, even my alcohol consuming kept increasingly. Eventually I became an alcoholic. I’ve been advised by my family members seeking for help with detoxifying rehabilitation. Luckily they sent me to Narconon for withdrawal. In here one part of the program I’m having is sauna which I recognized as the main key for my recovery. Surprisingly in my 13th day in sauna I discovered my face towel used for wiping sweat, that the “reddish colored look” stain appeared on my towel. I believed it is the residue of the “red wine”.
Here is an article about the Narconon Suncoast Drug Rehab Center.
The Narconon Suncoast drug rehabilitation center is located in Spring Hill, Florida.
Here is a success story from one of the graduates.
“At this moment and time I don’t even have the words to describe the sence of accomplishment I have right now. This program has not only given me my life back, but has changed it drastically.
Before I came to Narconon Suncoast my life was in shambles. I didn’t know my right from left or good or bad anymore. I came from a wonderful family with a great life.
At the age of 13, my father lost his sight from a stroke that hit his optic nerves. I went to sleep with my dad being able to see me and woke up with him not. I didn’t know exactly how to handle that at all so I started to smoke marijuana. My grades in school started to slip and my family and I were fighting constantly. I did that for a few years until it became more of a routine than fun anymore.
At the age of 16 my sister Jamie committed suicide and took her own life with anti-depressants and asprin. At that point I was ready to give up. The pot wasn’t cutting it anymore.
I started hanging out with the wrong crowd and took my first oxycodone. Within 6 months I was hooked and needing it to function every day. I was lying, stealing, cheating, getting arrested and loosing my family by the day. I was never home and if I was, I would be in my room hiding from my family and trying to escape from life.
The relationship that I had with my brother went from crappy to non-existent as well as the relationship with my mom and dad. I was sick everyday and didn’t want to live anymore. I lost trust, confidence and the feeling of loving life.
After I got out of jail for the last time, my dad came up to me and cried to have his little girl back. After a few days of suffering I finally gave in and expressed I needed help.
I went to detox and was tapered off the drugs.Then I came to the Suncoast Rehabilitation Center and started learning how to live life again without the use of any kinds of substances.
- Book 1 really helped me to be comfortable with myself and my environment and confront my problems.
- Book 2 or the sauna rather cleaned all the horrible things that were still in my body out and I felt renewed again sort of like a dirty dish that went through the dishwasher and came out clean. I felt like I did before I ever started using drugs. Physically I was back to my old self and felt amazing.
- Book 3 got me to study correctly again, which I wish I could have known before I went though any college classes. That’s for sure.
- Book 4 changed my life literally and helped me to realize the undenying problems I had and how to handle them.
- Book 5 brought me to an understanding of why certain people act the way they do and how to handle, discover/disconnect from personal situations with friends or acquaintances.
- Book 6 was a great book and I really took it to heart. You learn about the different areas in your life and how each one affects the other. You also learn to really step up and own up to the things in your life you’re responsible for. I was responsible for all horrible things that were happening because of my actions.
- Book 7 helped me fix past conditions that kept me from moving on in life.
- Book 8, The Way to Happiness, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book that shows you “the way to happiness”.
I now have my life back. I am happy to be alive and happy to be clean. I have my confidence back, the trust and love of my family and a wonderful future ahead of me. The staff at Suncoast drug rehab saved my life and I thank them everyday for that. I am glad to say that the old Amada is back and better than ever, thanks to the Narconon program.”
– A.S. Narconon Suncoast Drug Rehabilitation Center Program Graduate
Narconon Trois-Rivieres, a drug rehabilitation and education center located in Quebec, delivers the full Narconon drug rehabilitation program.
From alcohol to meth addiction, Narconon Trois-Rivieres, like our other drug rehabilitation centers, has helped people get off some of the most addicting drugs.
If you know someone who needs help with drug addiction, give us a call. Our counselors are always ready to assist you.
Narconon drug rehabilitation centers are located all throughout the world in over 40 countries.
Here is just one located in Northern California, Narconon Vista Bay.
Many people have traveled from around the world to this particular center to recover from drugs and alcohol.
If you know someone suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, please contact a Narconon drug rehabilitation specialist immediately.
Our rehab counselors are always on standby.