Word of mouth has always been the most reliable way to find new products and services. Naturally, if you are looking for a company to supply a certain personal need, you will tend to ask around and try to find out from your friends and associates what they think of the local businesses. You want to know what their experiences were with the businesses, including both the positive and the negative. No matter what glowing statements the business may have to make about itself in its own marketing, what you really want to see is what others who have been customers or clients in the past have to say. Finding a drug rehab treatment center through word of mouth, unfortunately, is not as easy. After all, how many people do you know who have been through rehab? Your choice of a rehab center for yourself or a loved one could have an enormous impact on the future, given that it could make the difference between a full and stable recovery or a relapse and all of the negative consequences of ongoing addiction. Fortunately, there is a new website which features a wealth of reviews from other people who have personally been through the Narconon drug rehab program. It serves as an invaluable resource for anyone who needs to go to rehab and wants to find out the truth about Narconon. Continue reading
The field of drug addiction treatment is notorious for the immense variety of treatment options and for divergent opinions and approaches for helping patients. Unlike many health conditions, addiction is an affliction for which there is not an established consensus in the medical field concerning a cure or the best approaches for managing the problem. Some focus on the emotional and behavioral aspects of addiction. Others rely heavily on faith-based recovery methods. An alarming number are focused on the medicated approach, essentially replacing one drug with another. An addict seeking treatment can expect to be met with a wide-ranging menu of different options in choosing a program. Indeed, it can be difficult to know how to sift through what is available, to select the program that is best-suited for you, and to have confidence that you have made the right choice. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are currently around 14,5000 specialized drug treatment facilities in the United States, a figure that does not include the many individual physicians, therapists and other practitioners who offer rehab treatment services. To make matters more complicated, it is often difficult to find objective data concerning the effectiveness of a program. Many of the expensive high-profile programs refuse to publish data on the subject, while a large percentage of other programs do not have the financial resources available to invest in conducting internal reviews. With so many differing viewpoints, so much selection and so little data with which to make a decision, how do you know which one to choose for yourself or a loved one who is trying to beat a drug addiction?
Elements of a Life in Recovery
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) took a major step in 2012 to weigh in on this issue, providing the public with a reliable set of guidelines that can be used to ascertain whether a rehab treatment program is effective. By doing so, SAMHSA is operating immediately within the terms of its mission, which is to “reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental health on America’s communities.” The new development out of SAMHSA is a list of the four components that would characterize a life in recovery. These components can be viewed as the criteria for determining whether a rehab treatment program works. If the program consistently produces results in line with these standards, it can be considered to be effective and worthwhile. The four components of a life in recovery include:
- Health, defined as not only abstaining from alcohol, drugs and non-prescribed medications, but also making choices in life that support one’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Home, simply a stable and safe place to live
- Purpose, which includes having the independence, income and resources to participate in society through activities such as having a job, attending school, volunteering, engaging with family, care-taking and performing creative endeavors
- Community, including having relationships that provide support, friendship, love and hope
Using these four criteria as a guide, it is plain to see that Narconon delivers on the promise of producing consistent results in addiction treatment. In fact, Narconon recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with the publication of a series of Narconon reviews and studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the program. From the original Narconon program in the Arizona state prison system, up to today’s flagship Narconon Arrowhead treatment center in Oklahoma, the report features graphs and detailed histories of more than 20 different studies evaluating the program. With SAMHSA’s four criteria in mind, it is plain to see that Narconon routinely turns out graduates who are ready to move forward into a life of recovery.
A recent story in Scientific American highlighted the dangers of several new synthetic drugs which are becoming increasingly widespread throughout the United States. These drugs are only the latest iteration of a common theme throughout mankind’s history. Humans have for as long as we know used different types of plants for the purpose of achieving altered states of consciousness. Evidence has been found of the ritual use of cannabis as far back as the 3rd millenium B.C. in the area that is now Romania, as well as in China, India and throughout the Middle East. Certain tribes in the American Southwest have used mescaline, a hallucinogenic substance obtained from the peyote cactus which grows in the deserts there, for 5,700 years. Opium has been cultivated for its use as a drug since the Neolithic period. Betel nuts, which are the seed of the palm tree fruit, have been chewed for their intoxicating effects for thousands of years and are exceeded worldwide only by nicotine, alcohol and caffeine for the prevalence of use. More recently, as Man’s understanding of the physical sciences and chemistry in particular has advanced, people have increasingly turned to powerful synthetic drugs such as LSD which are different in the respect that they don’t merely happen to cause an intoxicating effect — they are designed and engineered with the purpose of doing so.
The category referred to as synthetic or designer drugs has been recognized since the 1980s, when law enforcement agencies first began using the terms to refer to drugs including LSD, methamphetamine and ecstasy (MDMA). Two new designer drugs have recently received large amounts of media attention due to the fact that they have become increasingly common throughout the country, a fact which is recognized both through the results of public surveys and through the records of emergency rooms and poison control centers. The first of these are known as cathinones, though they are more commonly referred to by the name of bath salts. The other, synthetic cannabis, is commonly referred to as either K2 or Spice.
Both of these drugs have until recently been entirely legal and were widely available for purchase over the internet, in smoke shops and even in many gas stations and convenience stores. They are marketed as seemingly innocuous products such as bath salts, plant food or herbal incense, and their packaging is clearly marked “Not for Human Consumption.” This type of marketing makes it possible to avoid the necessity of seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration, as well as helping the drugs to fly below the radar of law enforcement agencies.
Dangers Of Synthetic Drugs
One of the most frightening aspects of this new class of designer drug is the fact that they are always changing and their exact chemical composition is therefore unknown. The chemists who manufacture the drugs make miniscule alterations to the chemical structure of the drugs, changes that are significant enough to make the substance technically legal, while being sufficiently minor as to preserve the drug’s intoxicating effects. This draws law enforcement agencies and legislators into a continual cat-and-mouse chase of trying to stay informed about the latest drugs so that they can be banned and kept off the market. It also means that it is impossible to know exactly what types of effects the drugs will have, which leads to large numbers of medical emergencies among users. For example, the American Association of Poison Control Calls noticed a 58 percent increase from 2010 to 2011 in calls related to synthetic marijuana, while the National Poison Control Centers reports a twenty-fold increase in the incidence of calls involving bath salt overdose. As these numbers indicate, synthetic drug use is on the rise, and the rate of increase is alarming.
Legislators and law enforcement have their work cut out for them in attempting to get this public health crisis under control, but the most effective way to stop the spread of synthetic drugs is for individuals to share what they know about the dangers involved. Narconon reviews also indicate that the fact that the drugs are legal does not mean that they are safe.
Teen drug abuse is a growing problem, with an increasing variety of ways to get high and greater word of mouth via the Internet. Though alcohol and marijuana remain the most popular drugs, household items are often abused due to their accessibility. Officials urge parents to act immediately on any perceived changes in their children that might indicate drug abuse, including strange behavior or changes in friends.
Common household products can be inhaled or “huffed” to get high. This includes such chemical substances as hair spray, whipped cream cans, nail polish, and glue, paint thinner, butane gas lighters, and even Freon from air conditioning units. Parents should watch for aerosol cans in the trash or hidden under the bed, or trouble with air conditioning units but no indication of Freon leaks. Overdose and death is very easy with this form of abuse because kids don’t know what quantity will cause reactions in their bodies. Too little won’t create the effect they want; too much can be fatal. The line between the two is very thin.
Prescription and OTC Drugs
Kids are turning to the medicine cabinet more and more frequently these days. Not only are they abusing parents’ prescription medication, they are finding it easy to get their hands on over-the-counter drugs like cough syrup and cold medication.
These OTC drugs contain dextromethorphan (DXM) which can be used to get high when taken in large quantities. On the other hand, dangerous side effects occur frequently, especially when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Parents should watch for quickly-disappearing bottles of medication or sudden, desperate demands for money. Teens will often pick up a bottle of cough syrup at convenience stores during lunch and get high during bathroom breaks at school.
They will go through loved ones medicine cabinets for other drugs like Sudafed, Tylenol, Nyquil, etc. They will also take household product that they will huff like whipped cream canisters or oral drugs like hand sanitizer.
Drugs such as K2 or Spice (synthetic marijuana) and Bath Salts are becoming increasingly popular among American teens. They are used to emulate other drugs but are far more dangerous, with psychotropic effects that can drive even the mildest personalities to violent behavior.
Because these chemicals were only outlawed in recent months, teens are under the false impression that they are safe. Case histories demonstrate that this is far from the case, with many high-profile suicides and gruesome homicides the result of synthetic drug use. Parents should watch for brightly-colored packages with names like “Ivory Wave” and “Vanilla Sky”.
Officials urge parents to talk to their children about drug and alcohol abuse, as this goes a long way. Prevention is easier than treatment, and statistics show that kids whose parents talk to them about drug abuse are far less likely to experiment with it. Kids’ social circles are often riddled with false information about drugs–for example, they often believe that prescription and OTC abuse is safe because it is used by adults and given out by doctors. This kind of misinformation can be fatal.
Education must begin in the home and continue in schools and with groups that conduct extra –curricular activities outside of school. If kids know about the dangers and side effects of drugs they are more likely to say no when drugs are presented to them.
For more information or Narconon reviews on this topic or other problems affecting kids concerning drugs and abuse contact us today.
The international drug epidemic can add synthetic drugs to the top of their list of flare-ups. Though touted as safer alternatives, these new and increasingly popular substances may in fact be more dangerous than their traditional alternatives.
The most obvious crisis is how accessible these drugs are. In many cases, they are legal. Although bath salts was recently labeled an illicit drug, even an amateur chemist can change the formula and sell it as something else under the guise “Not for human consumption”. Synthetic drugs have long been sold this way in convenience stores across the country–making it available to everyone, and making law enforcement difficult. Because they are relatively new, it is difficult to detect them in urine tests.
The other perilous aspect of these drugs is their side effects. They are psychoactive drugs, which means that they alter the mind. They are known to cause suicide, violence and psychosis.
The Basics On Synthetic Drugs
The drug-using community knows them as being somewhat cheap, undetectable on urine tests, and able to produce a “mean high”. But what are they?
Synthetic drugs are substances made entirely in a lab, designed to mimic other drugs. They are created in an attempt to remove unwanted side effects or enhance desirable qualities. Synthetic marijuana, for example, gives the same effects as its namesake. Bath salts mimic cocaine.
Technically, the term “synthetic drug” covers all man-made drugs, as opposed to those that are plant based. This includes:
• Quinine, which is an artificial version of cinchona bark. It is used to treat malaria.
• Digoxin, which is based on the foxglove plant and is used for heart conditions.
• Heroin, known chemically as diacetylmorphine. This is a synthesized version of naturally-occurring morphine from the opium poppy, originally sold as a non-addictive substitute.
• Aspirin, which is derived from salicin, a natural component of willow bark.
Nowadays, the term “synthetic drug” has come to mean specific designer drugs such as ecstasy, bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and the emerging 2C-1, also known as “Smiles”. These are amphetamine-type stimulants. Because there are so many varieties, users don’t always know what they’re taking–thereby increasing the chances of overdose.
Dangerous Side Effects
The substance 2C-1 is usually sold in powder form and mixed into a stabilizing substance such as chocolate or candy. The drug produces vivid hallucinations (with visual and audio) and feelings of giddiness and relaxation. Other, more dangerous side effects have been reported. One case, for example, was reported as hyperventilating and slamming his head against the ground. He eventually stopped breathing. Others have reported feelings of fear and panic and terrifying hallucinations, while some have even walked out into traffic or thrown themselves off buildings as a result of the drugs.
Synthetic marijuana, known on the street as K2 or Spice, also causes hallucinations–and for some, it can be fatal. People high on “fake pot” have been reported as possessed, acting in a manic rage, sometimes attacking family and friends or jumping out of moving cars or off of buildings. Even those who make it through alive leave the hospital stunned, and when interviewed they seem to have no idea that they just went psychotic, were violent, or had a seizure.
Those on bath salts have been reported as feeling super-human and manically violent, even murderous.
Narconon reviews of the subject indicate that these substances are more dangerous and unpredictable than the illicit substances they mimic. For more information on this topic or to help someone with a synthetic drug problem contact us today.
Adderall has only been around since 1996 but in that short time, it has become a dangerously popular study aid for students. Adderall is made up of different forms of amphetamine, a drug that also goes by the nickname “speed.” Doctors claim that in a younger person, this drug helps them calm down and focus. In high school and college students, it is being abused so it will provide a burst of energy that can carry them through a late night of studying or finishing a paper for a class.
But because it is made from amphetamines, it is addictive. A student could acquire these pills from health services or another student and use them to stay more alert through his studies but then find out that he simply craves the drug when he doesn’t have it that getting more of it becomes more important than his studies.
Recent reporting has proven that Adderall remains a popular study drug for students in high school and college. Even in middle school, students who don’t know the danger that can accompany abuse of this drug will share prescriptions with others.
Additional Danger Is Tolerance of Drug Use
The addictiveness is not the only danger related to use of this drug. Becoming accustomed to abusing a drug to solve a problem poses another threat to young people. They may be more likely to reach for another prescription drug to moderate their response to some other situation.
As far back as 2005, the New York Times was reporting on the way some college students and young adults were learning to self-prescribe medications for various problems like stress over academic achievement or the need to stay alert all night to study.
When talking about Adderall, this New York Times article noted the adverse side effects of this drug: increased heart rate, agitation, paranoia and disorientation. An additional danger is that a person could learn to depend on these drugs and not their own ability and intelligence. This is another reason the abuse of Adderall could lead them to rely on and become addicted to prescription drugs.
Narconon Reviews Show That This Rehab Program Results In Lasting Sobriety
To help a loved one recover from addiction to this kind of stimulant, thousands of families have chosen Narconon drug rehab programs. In many cases, families found Narconon after their loved one had been through one or more, sometimes many more, other rehab programs, only to relapse after they got home.
But the Narconon reviews received after a graduate goes home complete on this program show that this one is different. Mothers and fathers say that they child who had so much potential when he (or she) was young, is now back the way he was before the drugs stole him away.
In seven out of ten cases, Narconon graduates find lasting sobriety. The reason for this is the thorough way of addressing the root causes of addiction. A person must achieve relief from the guilt, cravings and depression that always accompany addiction. The Narconon program has specific components that help lift these burdens from a person going through this program, so they can build a new drug-free life.
If you are seeking help for someone who is struggling with addiction to stimulants like Adderall, or to alcohol, painkillers or other drugs, contact Narconon today. Find out about the eight phases of recovery at a Narconon program than can mean lasting sobriety, even if earlier rehabs have failed. Call 1-800-775-8750 today to find out everything you need to make a decision.
Most people know that Skittles are small hard candies that come in multiple colors and flavors. Oddly enough, Skittles have become associated with drug use by youth in not just one but actually several ways.
When youth gather together and pool a supply of prescription drugs, it’s said that they are all placed in a bowl that anyone can sample from. That’s called a Skittles Party. Those wanting to get high take out one or a few pills without regard for the type of drug they contain. They could be stimulants (uppers) like Adderall, Ritalin or Concerta. Or they could be benzodiazepines, anti-anxiety medication that make a person more relaxed, or opiate painkillers that create euphoria and sleepiness. There’s many types of prescription drugs that are being abused by youth.
Or Skittles could refer to the use of cough medications that are abused for their high. Cough suppressants with dextromethorphan are frequently drunk straight or mixed with other substances. Families may not suspect their children of abusing this drug and so may have these drugs in the home in the form of bottles of cough syrup left over from earlier illnesses. This is not commonly known as a Skittles Party but may be called Robo-Tripping (after Robitussin) or Skittling.
When a person ingests 100-200 milligrams of the drug itself, they feel mildly stimulated. When they have taken 200-400, the euphoria kicks in and the person may start hallucinating. Visual perceptions distort at 300-600 mg and they lose motor control like they are drunk. If a person gets to 500 or more mg, they are likely to experience dissociative sedation. They are going to be pretty out of it.
[References: http://www.waynesvilledailyguide.com/news/x1942569507/Youth-and-Drugs-Terms-parents-should-know, http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/dextro_m/dextro_m.htm]
But This Isn’t The Only Way Skittles Are Associated With Substance Abuse
Oddly enough, there’s more ways Skittles come up when you’re talking about substance abuse. It’s popular with some crowds to dissolve Skittles in pure vodka, sorting the colored candies by color and flavoring and coloring the vodka as desired. The vodka is both flavored and colored by the candies.
And last, when some people go to clubs and take pills with them, they may carry Skittles packages and hide their pills in them.
Certainly, it is odd to have a single type of candy so closely associated with drug and alcohol abuse.
Dextromethorphan And Prescription Drugs Are Addictive
One thing is fairly certain: Very few people who wind up addicted ever intended to become addicted when they started. Some people may start by selecting pills out of a bowl or ingesting a couple hundred milligrams of cough medication. When the abuse becomes a habit, then it may quickly develop into an addiction. At that point, the person loses his (or her) power of choice to a very great degree. The cravings and the damage a person has done to himself are enough for him to make the decision to continue to use these drugs over and over again.
Narconon Reviews Show That Families Report The Recovery Of A Loved One
Families who choose Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program find that this program agrees with their principles or values, or perhaps they have already been through several rehab experienced before and are looking for something effective and humane. In many cases, the family who sends one of their members to Narconon for rehab often says, at the end of the program, that they have their loved one back again. In other words, the emotional connection is there that was missing all those years that their son, daughter, spouse or other family member was using drugs.
Every graduate from a Narconon program is monitored for two full years after they leave the program. The important thing is that they stay sober after they go home. ThatÕs the true measure of the rehab program. Narconon reviews show that seven out of ten graduates stay sober for this two year monitoring and beyond.
To get Narconon reviews to read for yourself, call 1-800-775-8750 today.
As amazing as it might seem, there are some heroin users who maintain their addictions over decades. They become accustomed to dealing with the varying potency of heroin and any overdoses that occur are never bad enough to kill them. A heroin addict may manage to maintain a habit for forty years although he or she will probably live a marginal life of homelessness and criminality.
There are other heroin addicts that, once they get going, decline into an unhealthy state quickly and then there are those who overdose and lose everything.
The Switch from Prescription Drugs to Street Drugs
While addiction is a tragedy and while prescription drug abuse ruins many people’s lives, there was one advantage to the widespread abuse of prescription drugs that has developed over the last decade. The potency of those pills was predictable. Now, because of changes in formulation of some of the most popularly-abused prescription drugs to make them impossible to abuse, many young people are leaving prescription drugs behind and finding a street drug dealer to sell them heroin.
But this makes heroin abuse worse, first time users younger. And these inexperienced users are not as familiar with the ways of administering heroin so they are overdosing in increasing numbers. In cities across the US, communities are losing too many of their young members. As usual, this new, destructive phenomenon proves that the only safety is in sobriety. With these factors, heroin abuse worse, first time users younger, we run the risk of losing many young lives before they have the chance to recover from their addictions in effective rehabilitation programs.
Narconon Reviews Show that This Program Provides Lasting Recovery
In more than a dozen Narconon centers across the US, several hundred people who have become addicted to prescription drugs or street drugs are recovering their sobriety at any particular moment. This program has been providing sobriety to seven out of ten people who go through the program and has had this excellent result since its early days.
Narconon reviews by families and those who graduate this program talk about this lasting sobriety those who complete the program achieve. Statistically, it’s seven out of ten graduates who maintain sobriety for the two years of after-program monitoring, or longer. Graduates talk about how this program cuts back or even eliminates their cravings, an essential improvement if a person is to live a quality life after addiction.
Parents and siblings talk about having that person back that they love, that was once lost to addiction. Once cravings are reduced, each person can focus on learning the skills that will enable them to steer a sober path in the future. There is even a phase of this recovery program that sharpens and freshens a person’s perceptions and ability to communicate.
Anyone who has lived with an addicted person knows that drugs drive them out of touch with reality and makes communication difficult, even disjointed. One person completing these phases of recovery said that her family told her it was the first time they had been able to have a coherent conversation with her in years. But she had always been unaware of the problem until it was relieved by the Narconon program.
According to Narconon reviews, this can be the program that brings someone you love back to you again, free from the grip of addictive drugs. Call today to find out all about the eight phases of addiction recovery in the Narconon program. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.
It’s so common for teenagers to cleverly hide their substance abuse from their parents that those people who should be the first to know may be among the last. Parents are not on the lookout for a study that finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years.
Many parents feel unprepared to educate their children on underage drinking or drug use. One survey found that 28% of parents felt that there is very little parents can do to prevent their children from using alcohol, for example.
But still, most parents try. At least they do when it comes to alcohol or marijuana use. The majority of parents advise children against using these drugs. Only 36% of parents talked to their children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and slightly more discussed drugs like heroin and cocaine. Since parents’ opinions carry more weight than they may realize, the lack of discussion about some drugs can result in a study that finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years.
But some studies have found that teens who begin to drink before the age of 15 are much more likely to develop problems with alcohol than other teens. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has reported that if a person can be prevented from abusing substances until they are 21 years old, they are virtually certain never to do so.
New Survey Finds Drug and Alcohol Abuse Starts Young
Nationally, ten thousand young people (13-18) were asked about their lifetime alcohol or drug abuse. Three quarters had drunk alcohol by the time they were 18 years old, with 15% meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence. Forty-two percent of these young people were using drugs, and the median start of drug use and alcohol use was 14 years for both.
A slightly later start of drug use was associated with a lower chance of drug dependence.
Drug Treatment Can Save the Day When Prevention Fails
Even when a parent gives drug prevention excellent attention, some teens will abuse drugs anyway. The peer pressure that child is up against may be overwhelming. In other words, the culture of drug use that young person faces may steer him or her directly toward substance abuse and addiction problems. Related to alcohol abuse, many young people say it is fun to drink, a smaller number report that they can “forget their troubles or deal with problems at home or deal with pressures at school better when they drink”.
When these escapes are relied on too heavily and the substance abuse goes on for too long, addiction may be the result. Then the person does not have a choice on whether or not to use drugs or alcohol. The cravings and dependence are going to drive further use.
That is the time for drug rehab. At Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, people who fell into this trap get their lives back. They learn again how to make sober decisions and how to face their live squarely, not escape in to drug or alcohol abuse.
Narconon Reviews Show that This Program Gets Results
It’s very common that though heartbreaking Ð for families to send a young member to two, three, even as many as a dozen rehabs, trying to achieve lasting sobriety. It’s not that the young person doesn’t want to succeed; in many cases, they do. It’s that the core qualities that cause the person to be trapped in addiction are not fully addressed in many drug rehabs so the person may relapse as a result. Families often provide Narconon reviews that show that this program gave them the help they were looking for, while other types of rehabs like NA did not.
According to Narconon reviews from families, each person on this drug rehab program has the time to rebuild a life that addiction destroyed. Each person progresses through this program at his or her own rate; there is no set time limit. No one in recovery is ever told that relapse is part of recovery. It is known that addiction can be overcome when you address the right causes, so this program gives each person the help to do so.
Find out all about the Narconon program located in a dozen locations around the US and in thirty other cities around the world. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.