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Skittles Party By Teens Is Not What It Seems

A Skittles Party could take the form of a home filled with teenagers where everyone brings all the prescription medications they have on hand and pool them. Then anyone at the party who wants to abuse a pill just dips in and grabs whatever they want.

This practice could be life-threatening but with a deceptive name like a Skittles Party, it could be discussed right in front of a parent without them realizing anything was wrong.

Anyone who knows what Skittles are knows why this term came into use. Skittles are small, round candies that come in an assortment of colors and flavors. There’s a similarity between a bowl of Skittles and a bowl of prescription pills.

It is easy to understand why teens might choose to abuse prescription drugs. Their parents take them, they are given these drugs themselves, they are often available in the home or in the homes they visit. Abusing these drugs may seem like just a small step away from the drugs legitimate use.

But that is because teens do not understand that addiction and death can follow a Skittles party. The bowls at one of these parties may contain any or all of the following:

Xanax
Valium
Prozac
Oxycontin
Vicodin
Lortab
Ritalin
Adderall
Concerta
Percocet
Percodan
Carisoprodol

As well as many others.

Any of these drugs can become addictive and send a person to rehab for recovery. When a number of these drugs are taken together, they can create a complex medical situation that is difficult to untangle in the emergency room.

According to the European Monitoring Committee for Drugs and Drug Addiction, mixing pharmaceutical drugs can greatly increase the risk of adverse health effects. These effects can be short term, as in a number of drugs working together to suppress respiration, or they can be long term, as when these drugs combine to have a slowly-building toxic effect on the liver, kidneys, nervous or cardiovascular systems. Prescription drugs can be mixed with each other, with cannabis (marijuana) or alcohol. It’s very common for teens and young adults to mix the use of alcohol with the use of many other drugs. [Ref: http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/20420-american-teens-are-less-likely-than-european-teens-to-use-cigarettes-and-alcohol-but-more-likely-to-use-illicit-drugs]

Minimizing Drug Use At Home Sets A Better Example For Teens

When a family doesn’t have to sit down and explain why it is all right for dad to take several prescriptions, but the teen must not, it is easier to create a convincing argument.  Avoiding prescriptions can be as easy as asking one’s doctor if there are other alternative to taking a pill he or she is prescribing. A lifestyle change, dietary change or other modification might eliminate the need for a particular drug, as long as the doctor approves it. In this situation, it becomes much easier to explain to a teen or young adult that they should not abuse a prescription pill at a party.

Narconon Objectives Are To Teach Teens That Drug Abuse Can Be Avoided

It’s a difficult world for a teen or young adult. Statistically, 18% of his friends will have abused an illicit drug (including misusing prescription drugs) in the last month. Sixteen percent of them will have abused an illicit drug other than marijuana in their lifetimes, drugs like heroin, cocaine, LSD or Ecstasy. Some of these youth find their way to a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program and find sobriety as a result.

Narconon objectives are to help a person get completely sober as a result of going through the rehab program. The staff at a Narconon center does not believe that it is necessary to use maintenance drugs like methadone or buprenorphine. The Narconon objective is that each person there achieves a productive, enjoyable life after recovery from addiction.

Find out how the Narconon program can help someone you care about enjoy a sober life again. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Half of Young Cigarette Smokers Also Smoke Pot Survey Reveals Real Story

Social media turned out to be a better medium for surveying marijuana use than earlier types of research conducted by the University of California, San Francisco. Using a Facebook-based survey, researchers found that more than half of those who reported smoking cigarettes every day also smoked marijuana. The incidence was greater among those who were Caucasian, living in the Northeastern United States or rural areas, or if they were not students.

All those surveyed were between 18 and 25 years of age.   Prior surveys seemed to indicate that only a third of daily smokers were also marijuana users. The researchers felt that the anonymity of the internet basis for the survey probably helped make the results more accurate.

The fact of half of young cigarette smoker’s also smoking pot, survey results, aligns with another fact from the Monitoring the Future survey issued in 2012. This survey of eighth, tenth and twelfth grade students collects information on drug abuse and attitudes about the subject. In this recent survey, eight out of ten high school seniors felt that it would be easy to acquire marijuana in a short time period. A very high availability makes abuse of the drug all the more likely in every corner of the US [ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_124234.html].
When parents fail to realize that half of young cigarette smokers also smoke pot, survey results or live experience, they may miss this sign that their sons or daughters could be using marijuana. Daily cigarette smoking by one of their children could indicate a greater likelihood that marijuana is also being used.

And while marijuana itself is addictive and leads some people to seek rehab services, it also can start some people in a direction of further and more serious drug abuse. Young people in particular may start abusing marijuana only to proceed on to use of opiates, heroin, cocaine or heavy use of alcohol. Other young people may start out with prescription drugs and then incorporate marijuana into their drug use.

Narconon Objectives Are Lasting Sobriety And A Productive Enjoyable Life

In surveys of families who want to help a loved one with addiction, Narconon has found that they simply want their loved ones to be happy, to enjoy life and to be productive Ð all qualities that are lost when a person becomes addicted. So these are Narconon objectives as well. The Narconon program, which is not NA has developed over the years to enable seven out of ten graduates to achieve these goals. When Narconon objectives are achieved, everyone wins.

The Narconon program is composed of eight phases of overall recovery. The phases range from the teaching of the basics of good communication, including practical exercises, all the way to the restoration of one’s basic moral compass. In between, each person goes through a deep detoxification phase that combines use of a strict nutritional protocol, time in a sauna and moderate daily exercise.

Then he learns how to recover his (or her) own personal integrity that was lost in the addicted years. Learning problem-solving skills and being able to identify those who would be true friends and those whose association would lead to relapse are further essential skills for each person in recovery to acquire.

For more than forty years, Narconon centers have been helping the addicted find lasting sobriety, even after decades of addiction to some of the worst drugs available. Narconon can help someone you care about to find a new life, too. It starts with the decision that recovery from addiction is possible. Then contact Narconon for the details on how this innovative program achieves its remarkable results. Call Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.