I’m watching the headlines these days and there’s so much about this drug or that – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death triggered plenty of media coverage on the increase in heroin abuse. Zohydro is in the news as a future opiate painkiller formulation that has the potential to be easily abused by anyone with a taste for opiates. Medical marijuana is approved in state after state and several more states have this initiative on the ballot. One celebrity after another is cited or goes to jail for a DUI until it seems like no one is left sober.
After a while, it gets to be overwhelming.
What if we didn’t focus so narrowly on one drug or another? What if we just focused on one thing: raising a new generation that knows better than to pick up a drug or drink before they are legal age? Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Narconon Russia has been putting forth a lot of effort to clear the streets in Moscow of medications for making desomorphine as well as other drugs.
Desomorphine is a drug cooked with some acids and other chemicals like drain cleaner and transformed into a cheap and toxic street drug. It is 25 times more toxic than heroin .
One shot cost about $2 so almost anyone can afford it. It’s not even illegal to buy the substances you need to create it. It’s just illegal to mix it up and cook it, but there hasn’t really been a way to get this under control.
Desomorphine has increased the HIV rate. Russia already has the highest growth of HIV infection in the world outside of Sub-Saharan countries. The venom of this drug actually starts to destroy the organs in a very painful way.
This drug is used mostly by street kids and adults with lower income as it’s cheap and easily available. They do not know what this drug is doing to their insides and are slowly killing themselves each time they take it.
Narconon has about 6 drug rehabilitation and education centers in Russia. Two of them are located in the Moscow area.
Narconon has been delivering drug prevention and education presentations to help keep kids away from desomorphine and other drugs. Schools are happy to receive the Narconon drug education presentations.
If you know someone who has problem with drug addiction or want drug education in your school, contact us immediately.
Narconon Nepal staff and students delivered drug prevention to thousands throughout Nepal and surrounding countries. Television and radio broadcasts reach hundreds of thousands with the data necessary to make informed decisions regarding drugs.
Narconon International has been delivering the Narconon First Step program to The Way to Happiness school children in Mazatlan to help bring drug awareness and drug rehabilitation solutions to their community. One section of the Narconon First Step program utilizes The Way to Happiness to help others live a happier life.
Narconon First Stepand“The Way to Happiness” School for the children of Mazatlan.
A volunteer helps poor children in Mazatlan, State of Sinola, Mexico to learn about ethics and precepts toward happiness.
As a teacher of The Way to Happiness, I think the book is marvelous.
Really following the 21 precepts, we can flourish and prosper.
I learned many things in The Way to Happiness.
I learned that drugs are substances that damage your body
and make you not be in present time.
Also, that you should clear your misunderstood words so you can understand The Way to Happiness.
You should try to speak the truth. You should find the truth that actually benefits you.
We can be great.
I learned greatly how to detect false data.
And I know how to interpret this for my workshop students.
I let them know that when someone comes and gives them false data about drugs,
it is because of that person’s interest, his own purposes.
It’s for his own benefit. These people only intend harm,
to intoxicate the world with drugs.
Therefore, I let these children know they are truly valuable.
The book The Way to Happiness has helped me a lot.
For me it is a beautiful book.
It tells us many things to live better.
And the precepts have helped me a lot, too.
to treat others as I would like them to treat me, and to understand life more.
“Flourish and Prosper” –
means “You should not pay attention to other people.
who say you shouldn’t do something
that you can do, just ignore them.
Continue to believe what you believe, not what they say.
Following the 21 precepts of The Way to Happiness,
they will find something good, shining in their lives.
This is what I think of The Way to Happiness.
The book The Way to Happiness is one partof the Narconon First Step Program,
a charitable service of Narconon Internationalfor rehabilitation centers, schools, and prisons in Mexico.