There 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
It has now been nearly half a century since the Narconon drug rehab program was originally founded. The date was the 19th of February, 1966, and the setting was inside the walls of a prison cell in Arizona. William Benitez was a young man who had spent half of his life as a drug addict, and his addiction to heroin had landed him, once again, in prison. After struggling with drug addiction for so long, and after seeing it ruin his life, William was in need of change. He had finally reached a point where things had gotten so bad that he was feeling an overpowering demand for improvement, and he was looking for answers. He found hope that he would be able to beat his addiction in the pages of a book, The Fundamentals of Thought, by American philosopher and author L. Ron Hubbard. The wisdom that he learned in that book made it possible for him to finally recognize the condition he was in and the reasons for it, and immediately thereafter he went into action, applying his energy and focus to overcoming his addiction. The next step was to communicate what he had learned to others, to share his success and to make it possible for them to enjoy the same wins that he had. He didn’t wait until he got out of prison — he was that eager to help. He secured the permission of the prison administrators to organize a class, and it was inside the walls of the prison that William Benitez set about delivering the first Narconon program. Continue reading
“We’ve come such a long way from the early days of that behind-the-bars rehab program with a few dozen students,” says Narconon International president Clark Carr. He is speaking on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Narconon program, which was recently observed on February 19th. This date doesn’t refer back to the day when Narconon opened the doors of its first drug rehab center, but rather to the day when Narconon founder William Benitez originally made the decision to start the program. At the time, he was serving time in an Arizona prison, and it was there that he began delivering the program to the few dozen students to whom Mr. Carr refers in his remarks. Since that time, Narconon has expanded to one of the largest networks of drug rehab centers in the world, with locations spread throughout the United States and across the entire world. Narconon is now one of the most well known names in the field of addiction treatment, and it is widely recognized as having one of the highest rates of success in terms of getting people off drugs for good. Continue reading
If you are preparing to enter drug rehab at a Narconon treatment center or through another program, you may not know what to expect. Perhaps you have never before been to rehab, and have little or no reality on what it is like and what happens on a daily basis. On the other hand, you may have been through one or more other programs previously, but do not know what the Narconon program consists of. There are many different rehab programs in the United States and worldwide. Some offer a 28-day program, with the patient being checked out at the end of this period, often with results that fall far short of what was expected. Others keep the patients around for significantly longer, many times extending treatment for as long as it takes to get the person to a point of stable recovery. In most cases, students (as patients are referred to in the Narconon program) can expect to spend between three and five months at a Narconon treatment center, though some will end up staying longer when this appears to be necessary to ensure that the student is fully recovered before returning to his or her normal life. What will you be doing for the next 90 – 150 days or longer during your time in the Narconon program? Continue reading
Television channel News 18 out of Lafayette, Indiana recently carried a story warning local viewers about the potential hazards of a new way to get drunk. It’s not a new type of alcoholic beverage, but instead is a new method of consuming the alcohol. In fact, it does not involve drinking at all. Instead the individual who employs this means of alcohol consumption breathes the alcohol, which makes it possible to get far more intoxicated in a much shorter period of time.
The product is sold under the brand name of Vaportini, and it has made headlines in Indiana and throughout the world as it hit the market in recent months. While some news reports express curiosity about this novel new device, many others including the one out of Lafayette also raise questions over its safety and the possibility that it could have harmful effects both for the individual user and for the general public in terms of alcohol related accidents.
The idea behind the Vaportini is a simple one. Users pour a small amount of alcohol — typically a shot of vodka or other type of hard liquor — into a glass globe about the size of a grapefruit. The globe is then set atop a regular pint glass, at the bottom of which is a votive candle which has been lit. Heat from the flame then causes the alcohol to reach the point of vaporizing — it’s “boiling point” is significantly lower than the 212 degrees for water — with the result that alcohol fumes are released.
The user breathes in the fumes through a straw which is inserted in the Vaportini globe. Because the alcohol does not have to be digested in the stomach in liquid form but instead goes straight to the lungs, it reaches the bloodstream quickly and produces an almost immediate sense of intoxication. People who use the Vaportini are able to get drunk — if the word ‘drunk’ can correctly be used in the context of breathing alcohol — with relatively small amounts of alcohol. As a result, Vaportini users are reported as being able to avoid some of the negative consequences associated with a night of heavy drinking, such as not having to wake up the next morning with a heavy hangover.
Questions About The Safety Of Vaportini
Since the Vaportini is still relatively new, it is too early to say whether these claims are true or to determine whether or not it is actually safe to use. One of the major concerns that can be raised in connection with it is that if people are able to get drunk faster, easier and at less expense than by drinking, there may be higher rates of drinking and driving and the accidents and deaths which this causes. Further, many of the news reports on Vaportini have included quotes from doctors, such as one from a university in Indiana who stated that breathing alcohol vapors may increase the risk of becoming alcohol dependent. Whereas approximately 85 percent of liquid alcohol is absorbed into the liver, nearly 100 percent of vaporized alcohol makes it into the bloodstream, which is capable of producing a far more powerful effect.
There have not yet been any scientific studies conducted on the subject of the effects of breathing alcohol among humans, research has indicated that rats — whose physiology of drug and alcohol addiction is remarkably similar to humans — experience significantly higher rates of alcohol addiction after consuming it in its vaporized form. Until further investigation has been performed on the matter, urge your friends and family members to stay away from the Vaportini as a measure to protect their health and safety.
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Drug addiction can come from the most unexpected places. As a result, addiction experts are urging parents to stay on top of new trends in teen drug use, as many can substances are being found around the house or gotten easily at school.
While heroin, synthetic drugs and prescription drugs are common knowledge, there are dozens of surprising ways to get high and unexpected places to hide drugs. For example:
Freon Gas – Kids are finding that they can inhale or “huff” freon from air condition units to get high. It produces a feeling similar to that of drinking alcohol, but it can also freeze the lungs or cause brain damage. It also causes fatal overdose, and there is no way of telling how much is too much. An indication of freon abuse is if your air conditioner requires frequent repair, but despite lack of refrigerant there appears to be no leaks. Many teens will even steal wall units for this purpose.
Nutmeg – That’s right, I’m talking about that good, old-fashioned stuff on your spice rack that you like to sprinkle on eggnog or bake in muffins. While it’s not a drug in small amounts, it contains a natural compound called myristicin, which has mind-altering effects if ingested in large doses. The high from nutmeg can last one to two days and has hallucinogenic properties similar to LSD. It can also be snorted or smoked. It can take several hours for the user to feel high after taking it, so one might take far more than is safe, thinking it isn’t enough. About thirty minutes after ingesting it, it can cause severe stomach pains, nausea and vomiting, and it can cause serious heart and nerve problems.
Magic Markers and Whipped Cream Canisters – Magic Markers and Sharpies contain a poison called xylene which can cause teens to get high when they sniff it. Whipped cream cans contain nitrous oxide, the same substance that is used in dental offices. Abuse of these substances can cause seizures, cardiac damage and even something called sudden sniffing death syndrome, an almost instant death caused by overdose. This is usually caused when the user gets frightened by the drug. For most people, fear would cause a slight increase in heart rate–for people on these substances, the heartbeat increases to fatal levels.
Drugs Are Often Hidden In Strange Places
Teens find unusual places to hide drugs, such as lipstick tubes and electronic equipment. Alcohol is smuggled into school in gummy bears or water bottles. Parents need to be aware of the myriad of hiding places for drugs and watch out for unusual behavior in their children. They should be aware of how many pills are in their medicine cabinet and how much nutmeg is on hand.
If they notice that canisters of whipped cream are flat; especially new ones they should take care to make sure that they teen is not huffing these chemicals. Doing things like buying the product that is not in a canister is just one simple step.
However the best thing to do is to educate your teen on these subjects and help them to make the right decisions to not use these “new drugs.”
The beginning of the school year is when drug use is at its highest, teens say. The stress of new classes, a desire to fit in, and lack of deadlines are the perfect circumstances for peer pressure to bite. Early in the term, parents should talk to their children about the effects of drug abuse, and using drug education, prevent the unthinkable.
Schools should also have drug prevention and education for all students. This can be done through the Narconon program and is a highly successful way of stopping addiction before it starts.
In recent years, prescription drug abuse has skyrocketed. Products like Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin have been leading users down a darker path than they ever imagined. The most recent fork in the road has led them to heroin use–a place many users swore they would never go–for the plain and simple fact that it is cheaper.
The Dark Side Of Prescription Drugs
Prescription opiates are very addictive, particularly when used incorrectly or over long periods of time. One of the most dangerous things about these drugs is that addiction creeps up on you, grabbing hold when you least expect it. Many people don’t know they’re addicted until they try to stop using them.
Opiate tolerance is when the body gets used to having the drugs in the system, so much so that it requires more drugs to produce the same effects. Signs of opiate tolerance include symptoms that are similar to that of illness, but this condition is called “dope sick”. This includes:
• Muscle aches
• Trouble sleeping
• Runny nose/congestion
• Stomach cramps
Eventually, opiate tolerance can turn into addiction when the user finds himself craving the drug, feeling depressed or anxious when not on the drugs, and noticing that his life suddenly revolves around the drug. Cost and consequences no longer matter–all that seems to be important is how to get more drugs.
The symptoms of opiate abuse include:
• Appearing unbalanced and clumsy
• Slurred speech
• Nodding off or being unable to keep the eyes open
• Contracted pupils
Understanding the symptoms of opiate addiction may save your life. When caught up in full-blown addiction, there are only two ultimate results: death, or withdrawal and rehabilitation.
Why Do So Many End Up On Heroin
For those hooked on prescription pain meds, six or seven pills lasts about a day. Sell those pills, though, and you can get yourself a gram of heroin for the same amount. That gram could last you six or seven days.
Heroin is another opiate, a synthesized offshoot of morphine. It is sold as a white or brown powder or a black, sticky substance, and it is typically injected–although it can also be snorted or smoked. Anything to get it quickly to the brain, where it produces the same effects as prescription opiates–euphoria, numbness, and clouded mental capacity.
Heroin abuse causes serious health problems. Chronic users may experience collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, and liver or kidney disease. There is a risk of HIV/AIDS if users share needles–and anyone who has been addicted to heroin knows that you don’t care about clean needles when you’re aching for your next fix. There is also a high risk of fatal overdose.
Someone addicted to heroin will experience severe withdrawal symptoms if he reduces or stops using the drug abruptly. The symptoms include:
• Muscle and bone pain
• Sleeping problems
• Cold flashes with goose bumps
• Kicking movements
• Severe craving, usually leading to relapse
Withdrawal typically peaks between 48 and 72 hours after the last use, and it usually subsides after one week although in some cases it can continue for months. This occurs as the individual will continue to have physical cravings for the drug long after they stop taking it.
The Narconon program removes all traces of the drug from the fatty tissue of the body, thereby reducing the likelihood of long-term withdrawal. For more information on this process or overcoming a prescription or heroin addiction contact us today.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse recently conducted a study focused on drug and alcohol use among high school students during the school day. The results were surprising: 17 percent of American high school students are smoking cigarettes, drinking or using drugs during the school day. In addition, 86 percent of the 1,003 students surveyed, said that they knew of classmates who were using drugs or alcohol during the hours of school, while more than half admitted that they knew of places on or close by campus where students could go to smoke, drink or get high. Marijuana was noted to be the most available drug, followed by prescription drugs, cocaine and ecstasy. 44 percent of students surveyed admitted that they know of a fellow classmate who sells drugs.
Is Social Media Huge Part Of This Problem
The Internet may play a big role in acquainting teens with the partying lifestyle. There are many forms of peer pressure and among these is a fairly new type known as digital peer pressure. With the popularity of such websites as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, there comes the opportunity to talk with hundreds of peers about any and everything, including partying. In fact, another recent study of over 10 million online messages, written by teens within the past year, showed that they commonly talk about using drugs, drinking alcohol, hooking up and partying. Many teens may agree that drinking and using drugs is cool and “in” and chatting with their peers over the internet offers a more private and quiet way to talk about this topic without their parents even knowing it.
Many parents believe that private schools may offer a better environment for their kids, but, unfortunately, when it comes to social networking, the school you go to may not even matter. Besides, the number of students attending private schools who reported drugs on school grounds increased from 36 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2012, as was revealed by the same survey.
Awareness May Be The Solution
Though many teens may agree that using drugs and drinking may be fun, they would probably also agree that having embarrassing pictures of them posted on the Internet is less than desirable. This just goes to show that with maybe a little awareness of the potentially humiliating things they may do while under the influence of drugs or alcohol could turn them off from using in the first place.
Through programs given at schools such as D.A.R.E. as well as drug education and prevention through the Narconon program, teens are able to learn about the social consequences of using drugs or alcohol as well as the dangerous effects they may have on their bodies. Parents also play a major role in positively influencing their children by talking about this subject with them as well as setting a good example. By educating teens and giving them the knowledge to make smart choices in their lives, they will be better able to make smart decisions for themselves and be a positive influence for their peers.
Because of the ongoing program across the country with drug use during the school day the Narconon program has made a special effort to try to get the message out about drug prevention across the country.
Prevention is just one effective solution for the problem. Drug rehabilitation is the second. For more information on getting someone help now contact us today.