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Saving Our Youth: Study Finds Most Alcohol, Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

Drug Abuse Starts in Teen Years

Recent surveys of teens and young adults have turned up a startling new fact. More than one study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. Just when our young people should be getting educations and preparing for their lives, many are starting to abuse alcohol and drugs and risking addiction.

There are several situations that increase a teen’s risk for abusing drugs or alcohol. These are when:

  • The young person is depressed
  • He or she suffers from low self-esteem
  • The young person manifests early signs of aggressive behavior
  • He or she feels rejected socially
  • Parents do not provide enough supervision or care
  • The family suffers from poverty
  • There are many drugs readily available, either in the home or close by

To prevent the situation where a survey finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years, as much as possible these risks should be prevented. The other way to reduce teen drug abuse is to educate the young on the serious problems that can result from substance abuse. When a teen sees his or her friends seeming to enjoy themselves or experience excitement or euphoria, this can look very attractive. Especially if he is bored or stressed by his experiences at home or at school.

The Right Time to Prevent Drug Abuse is Before Addiction Begins

Before a person is addicted, they have a much greater ability to set drugs down and walk away from them. If a person has just begun abusing alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, LSD or prescription drugs, if they can be inspired to leave them behind and create a healthy new life, this relieves the family of endless heartbreak and may even save that person’s life.

But young people so often keep their substance abuse habits secrets from family and school, and even from their sober friends. This is why a young person may change friends rather suddenly. If, for example, a young man associated with athletes and then gradually drops out of touch with them and begins to hang out with young people who are not doing very well in life, dress oddly and perhaps do not seem to care for themselves very well, there is a good chance that he has begun to abuse drugs. It is normal for the new drug user to seek out the company of people who are also abusing substances.

Drug Rehab Services Can Turn this Situation Around

When the young person is on a destructive path, it is likely that drug rehab services are going to be needed to put them back on a productive path. This is the service supplied every day by Narconon drug rehab services. In more than fifty centers around the world, Narconon centers help those who lost the battle with drugs to achieve productive, sober lives again.

Addiction is a terribly dangerous habit. Every day presents the risk of overdose death or accidental injury. Even if a person escapes this kind of harm, the addiction itself strips the individual of all self-esteem. He or she becomes someone who is able to harm loved ones and friends. The addicted person commits acts he or she never would have before.

Trust Narconon drug rehab services to provide a lasting sobriety for your loved one. In seven out of ten cases, Narconon graduates remain sober after they go home. Find out just how this alternative program that uses no drugs in treatment gets this result. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/teen-drug-abuse/My01099

http://www.drugfree.org/resources/know-your-childs-risk-level-for-developing-a-substance-abuse-problem/

It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

Drug Use IncreaseReports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings begin to drive them back into more use of the drug whether they want to go there or not.

When drug use is up as jobs go away, it doesn’t solve the unemployment problem. Drug use will only impel a person further into depression and guilt. Most people feel stressed and may become depressed when they are unemployed. Pills, joints or drinks may make that feeling go away for a little while. But they don’t solve the unemployment. Nor do they help a person face the search for a job, employment interviews or the stress of a new job.

In Florida, the social services agencies are trying to help people get free from the drug use so they can look for new jobs. Drug abuse and addiction can lead unemployed people to crime instead of job hunting. In Highland County in Florida, the county clerk estimated that 60% of those who were being arrested had drug problems. It could be asked whether the problems caused people to hide in drug use or the drug use created problems. Probably both paths are correct for different individuals.

Solving the Addiction Problem so People Can Return to Work

It is very common for people to lose jobs when they become addicted. The grip that drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, cocaine or alcohol get on people becomes stronger than many people’s grip on their work ethic. Being at work begins to involve explaining absences, making excuses for work that isn’t done, covering up signs of drug abuse, perhaps even shifting the blame to other workers to protect oneself.

The same excuses and shift of blame that occurs at work also occurs at home. A person who is addicted begins to spin tales for a spouse, make excuses to children, siblings, parents. The need for more drugs takes over as a primary concern in life.

Recovery from this obsession to get and use drugs must be thorough and complete for the sobriety to be lasting.

Narconon Services Cover the Many Aspects of Addiction

For rehab to work and for sobriety to last, a recovery program must address the many kinds of injury that result from being addicted. For example, a person must recover their own personal integrity. They must learn how to face people again and communicate clearly – families are all too aware that an addicted loved one has lost this capacity. He (or she) must also have a way to reduce the cravings that threaten him every time his guard is down for a moment. Narconon services cover each of these points thoroughly.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a long-term program – one that gives the addicted person time to learn the basics of the life skills that are needed to overcome each of these kinds of damage. Then each person must have time and guidance to apply that new knowledge to themselves. As they do so, they build a new, drug-free life, step by step.

Addiction is not overcome in a month-long rehab. It takes longer than that to repair and rebuild. In fifty locations around the world, the Narconon program guides those who are addicted through this essential process of recovery. Call 1-800-775-8750 to find out more about how it works.

Resources:

http://www2.highlandstoday.com/news/news/2012/may/09/lanewso1-drugs-use-up-as-jobs-go-away-ar-401442/

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/

Teenage Drug Abuse Reveals the Inadequacy of Drug Education Outreach

There are some signs of improvement in recent surveys of teenage drug abuse, but those improvements are offset by areas in which the situation is worse. When the situation is viewed as a whole, what is obvious is that our young people are not getting the message that drug use is destructive.

For example, alcohol abuse by teens is down. But marijuana and Ecstasy abuse are higher, in fact, marijuana use has been increasing for the last four years straight.

Drug Abuse Help Today

The latest news shows one specific teenage drug abuse statistic that is even more shocking. A new survey has found that nearly one in ten teenagers in the US is a heavy marijuana smoker, meaning that the person uses the drug on 20 or more occasions each month. Earlier surveys on this subject showed far fewer teens being heavy users.

It is just possible that teens are affected by the medicalization of marijuana that has swept across sixteen states. Does the average teenager decide that marijuana must be harmless because doctors prescribe it for sick people? For teenage drug abuse to be based on this conclusion would not be surprising.

What is a problem is that teens understand so little about the effects of abusing marijuana. This can only mean that there is not enough education for teens on the actual effects they can suffer if they use this or any other drug.

For example, with marijuana, young people can lose the ability to think clearly or to focus on the task at hand, to learn or to remember what was learned. It can cause short-term memory loss and depression. At the time of their lives they should be learning and setting goals to achieve, teens may instead be short-changing themselves.

Other Survey Shows that Prescription Drug Abuse Holds Steady

It might be possible to spin steady prescription drug abuse statistics as good news but in fact, it means that too many young people are abusing prescription drugs. Drugs like OxyContin, hydrocodone, Xanax and Valium have the ability to cause overdose deaths or withdrawal symptoms like life-threatening seizures.

In all, half of high school seniors have tried an illicit drug by the time they graduate. In college, entirely new challenges present themselves. College campuses are fertile grounds for substance abuse. Fraternities and sororities still have alcohol-fueled parties, despite the number of colleges that try to regulate or outlaw the practice, and prescription stimulants are widely used on many campuses as enhancements to the ability to stay awake long hours and cram for tests.

But every one of the drugs mentioned so far is addictive and can land a person in a drug rehab center. Even marijuana, thought by some to not be addictive, sends more than a hundred thousand youth between the ages of 12 and 17 to rehab each year. More than 200,000 are 25 or younger.

Narconon Alcohol Treatment and Drug Treatment Can Help Correct the Trend

Around the world, there are more than fifty Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment centers that help people who have gotten on the wrong track come all the way back. The Narconon program is a long-term program that is residential in most locations. There are never any drugs used in the Narconon alcohol treatment or drug treatment program. The only thing given to those in recovery are nutritional supplements to help rebuild the body that was damaged by drug abuse and support the recovering person’s mood.

In most centers there are also drug educators that go out to schools, clubs and civic groups in their areas and educate young people on the real results of drug abuse. Giving kids the facts has proven effective in helping them make up their own minds to stay sober.

From Narconon Vista Bay in California to Narconon Taiwan, seven out of ten graduates of this rehab program stay sober after they go home. Find out how you can help someone someone with drug addiction. Contact Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.


Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-12-teens-pharm-drugs_x.htm

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/DASIS/NSSATS2013/NSSATS2013Dir_CD.pdf

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57425725/study-teen-marijuana-use-on-the-rise/

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

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

With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Students Abusing Drugs

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower.

According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests?

Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some hope their children will not use drugs, some are too wrapped up in other concerns to pay much attention to the matter and some take effective action to fight drug or alcohol abuse by their children. It can be hard to tell which path is the most effective.

Is the best route to skip drug education and simply administer frequent drug tests? Certainly drug tests are in the news recently, as the Ohio School Board deliberated on the best method of using random drug tests among students in performance and competitive events. And in Florida, debate continued over whether or not it was proper to give welfare recipients drug tests as a condition of receiving their benefits.

On this point, parents can look to recent reports from the National Center on Addiction and Drug Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) for evidence of what methods are available to them to prevent drug abuse by their children.

According to CASA, something as simple as family dinners together makes a big difference. Look at this comparison, for example. CASA compared teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week) with those who have fewer than three per week.

Teens with fewer family dinners are:

  • Nearly four times as likely to use tobacco
  • More than twice as likely to drink alcohol
  • More than twice as likely to smoke marijuana
  • Almost four times as likely to say they expect to use drugs at some point in the future.

CASA’s surveys also show that it is essential for parents to agree on their drug use and alcohol use messages. When parents do not agree completely on their anti-drug message to teens, those children are 3.5 times more likely to expect to use drugs in the future. When parents don’t agree on an anti-alcohol use message, teens are twice as likely to drink as other children whose parents do agree.

Narconon Centers Sponsor Drug Education Classes in Hundreds of Schools to Help Reduce Drug Abuse

Schedule Drug Education Presentation

Along with running centers that provide drug rehabilitation services around the world, Narconon staff from many centers go out into the community to deliver anti-drug messages to young people. From Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma and centers in Southern California and Italy alike, staff teach children of all ages in schools and clubs the dangers of illicit or prescription drug abuse or alcohol abuse. When the anti-drug curriculum is from Narconon, schools can find that their drug problems drop. A peer-reviewed study, published on the website www.substanceabusepolicy.com, reported on the decrease in drug abuse among students who had received the entire Narconon curriculum.

CASA studies report that a young person who does not start abusing drugs or alcohol until he or she is 21 years old is virtually certain never to do so. The best tools to use to prevent drug or alcohol abuse are accurate lessons in the problems created by substance abuse and parental concern, communication and attention.

Call a center near you to find out more about the Narconon objectives used in the drug education presentations.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: The Importance of Family Dinners VII and National Survey of

American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents

http://www.substanceabusepolicy.com/content/3/1/8

http://www.bcrnews.com/2012/01/24/ohio-looks-at-drug-testing-options/ac9ga6f/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/25/florida-primary-candidates-drug-policy?newsfeed=true

John’s Drug and Alcohol Use

John is clean-cut and athletic, with short blond hair and sharp features. His quick movements and speech reveal his alert intelligence. But through all of his teens and young adulthood, he was headed for complete self-destruction through drugs. And it all started when he was just seven years old.

Drug Use Age 7

At that age, after a short multiple-choice test at his school, he was diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin, a strong stimulant drug. His small initial dosage kept growing over the years until it had multiplied to six times his original dosage by the time he was 21 years old.

Ritalin Use to Feel Normal

His years of being given Ritalin by his mother and his doctor convinced him of one thing: He needed to take a drug to feel normal. From that idea it was a simple step to start abusing alcohol and marijuana in his early teens.

When he and his older brother started hanging out with older kids, he got introduced to LSD and mushrooms as well. He quickly found out that alcohol was the drug he preferred.

Abusing Alcohol Marijuana LSD

Drugs and Alcohol Start Ruining John’s Education

Drug Dragging Grades Down

By the time he was in high school, the effect of the drugs began to drag his grades down. He barely graduated and only made it into college with the help of a family friend. But then, since all he was doing was partying and using drugs, he flunked out in his first year.

That was the same year he began to abuse cocaine, finding the effect to be very similar to the effect of the Ritalin he was still being prescribed. The stimulating effects of the cocaine allowed him to stay up longer and drink more.

But the outside world began to interfere in his drugs and drinking. He began to be arrested for malicious mischief or DUIs. After he hit and broke a telephone pole while high on marijuana, his actions got the attention of his family who got him to rehab for the first time. It was the first time he wanted help too.

John’s First Rehab: Librium and Valium as Treatment

Librium Valium Prescribed by Rehab

This first program was a standard 28-day program. The primary treatment was medication and meetings. He was immediately given Librium and Valium and began to attend the meetings.

He left the program after 12 days but continued to go to meetings. In every meeting, he met people who had been trying to recover but were back in the meetings again after failing at sobriety, never recovering fully from their addictions. In his mind, this seemed to give him the justification he needed to start drinking again and in two weeks, he was back to hitting the bottle.

Back to Drinking Alcohol

Now he was convinced he had an incurable disease, like they had told him in the rehab. He got back into all his preferred drugs: alcohol, marijuana, cocaine. He was still taking Ritalin but most of the time crushed it and snorted it to get a stronger effect from the drug.

The Life of Constant Lying Begins

Soon he was living at home again, pretending he was going to college and picking up odd jobs as he could. Most of his money was going to the bar where he was doing his drinking. His drugs, he mooched from his friends. About this time, he said, “It was such a pit of existence that I was stuck in and I didn’t know how to get out. And it only got worse after that.”

His family continued to try to help him but he seemed unable to stay sober. He wanted to get away from their constant help and supervision and found a job selling furniture while traveling from state to state. This enabled him to keep using drugs without anyone trying to help him.

He was making plenty of money but most of it was going to drugs. Now that he was more flush, he started using more cocaine.

Using More Cocaine

He started using eightballs — an eighth of an ounce — per night. He hated the feeling cocaine gave him but found himself unable to stop.

His Father’s Death Brings John to a Turning Point

The turning point of his life came when he tried to go home to see his father just before he died. In a fateful coincidence, he got bumped to first class on the flight home, where he got all the free alcohol needed to get him completely drunk by the time he landed. His family refused to allow him to visit his father drunk. But by the morning when John was sober, his father had passed away.

Father Passed Away

He swore at that point that he would get his life together. It took a few months and one more car accident for him to turn that promise into action. After that accident, covered with blood but relatively uninjured, he looked at himself in the mirror and got honest with himself for the first time. He had to decide how to break the news to his family that he’d been using drugs because they thought he’d been doing great while he was on the road. The next day he was on a Greyhound bus for Narconon.

Greyhound Bus to Narconon

“I came to Narconon knowing that this was my last stop,” he said. “I knew I needed help and I was ready to do whatever it took.”

Getting Sober Wasn’t the Only Thing that Happened at Narconon

He not only got completely sober at Narconon, he also dedicated himself to saving others from drugs. Instead of going on the road to sell furniture and use drugs, John hit the road to deliver drug education classes in schools across the midwest states. In the next few years, he would reach more than 200,000 children face-to-face.

After feeling betrayed by his constant use of drugs, John’s family was upset with him for quite some time. Now, because of his lasting sobriety, John and his family are reconciled.

Narconon Drug Counselor

“The Narconon drug rehab program not only helped me get sober, it helped me understand why I had started using drugs in the first place,” John concluded. “And that helped me find lasting sobriety. Now I can bring my understanding to others through my drug education lectures to schoolchildren.”

Drug Addiction Program

Drug Addiction Program

The beautiful young woman had glowing eyes and very long, shiny black hair. Her smile was bright and ready. She claimed a French and Czech background but could have passed for Native American.

She had just completed with the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and was making plans for her future life. She paused to answer a few questions about how she had ended up needing drug rehab.

The drug that started her downfall was cocaine – shared with her mother when she was just thirteen years old. She progressed on to opiates, abusing OxyContin and Opana.

After several years of addiction, she tried a drug rehab in Florida but started using drugs again a few months after completing the program. She found that she could manipulate the people around her and get them to help her get more drugs or leave her alone so she could continue to use drugs. When she tried to stop using drugs, the crushing depression that would set in would make it too hard to stay sober. Her guilt at how she used her family for her own ends also kept her trapped in addiction.

Her worst guilt came from sharing a package of Opana – a prescription opiate – with her mother. They each consumed half the amount purchased and the young woman went out to join her friends. When she returned a couple of hours later, she found her mother cold and blue. The Opana had depressed her mother’s respiration to the point that she had passed away. Despite the young woman’s attempts to revive her – undertaken despite the fact that she knew it was useless – it was too late to bring her mother around.

For months afterwards, she was never able to look at her mother’s picture without crying.

When she finally discovered the Narconon drug addiction program, she found a solution to this guilt and depression. She also found an answer for the cravings that never quit for a minute from the time she became addicted.

She discovered in the Narconon program an different approach for a drug addiction program. She commented that the other rehab she’d been to seemed to focus on the past but that the Narconon drug rehab focused her attention on the future – an approach she found much more positive.

The life skills training she went through as part of this drug addiction program strengthened her ability to face the present and the future so that she could enjoy life again. She found that she could bring her mother’s picture out of hiding and put it out in her apartment where she could see it every day. It didn’t make her cry any more.

The Narconon drug addiction program made the difference in this young woman’s life and it can help you or someone you know who is struggling with addiction. For a greater understanding of what elements make an effective drug rehab program, continue reading here: http://www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/drug-addiction-program.html

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Why I started doing Narconon drug education?

Narconon graduate shares why he started doing drug education.

You know, drug education for me was foreign in the beginning because I’m so used to working with adults. I said, “What am I going to talk to a little kid about?” Then once I started doing it, I realized I could turn around a person in 45 minutes with giving him a piece of data that he didn’t have before. And I’m coming from experience. I’m not a police man out there telling them don’t do drugs. I’m telling them why. And then I’m asking them if they got it. So it’s a two-way flow. And at the end of a program, they will thank me. They will say, “I didn’t know that that poison stays in your body for months or years later. I want to be an athlete. I don’t want to do that.”

Why did you start doing drug education?

Why? Because uh. First of all, working with Bobby Wiggins was pretty cool. Once I started doing it, I realized that to get around to them before they lose their freedom. When they’re still curious. They’re brand-new. They’re looking at it and it doesn’t seem so bad. So if I can get in a classroom when they’re still in that classroom setting, and they’re still young and they still have careers that they’re dreaming of, if I can give them a piece of data as to what exactly they’re going to get involved with, ooh, then most of them are smart enough to figure out, don’t do that. I’ll also spot the other one with his eyes on the ground and that’s the one selling the dope. And I’ll talk to him too. But I spot him also. So you can figure out how to save lives real quickly. I got involved with it because it’s necessary, and it’s probably the most effective thing we can do to actually stop it before they come in the front door.

There are hundreds of thousands of Narconon drug education success stories from students who said they will no longer use drugs now they they understand the real effects and dangers.

Contact a Narconon drug education and rehabilitation center near you to schedule a Narconon drug education presentation.