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Why Suburban Teens Are Most At Risk For Heroin Use

Heroin use and suburban teens are two terms that don’t feel like they belong in the same sentence. When many think of suburban teens they think of soccer, video games, driving tests and even the problem. They don’t think of a full blown heroin addiction that is in need of treatment.

Unfortunately, the heroin abuse problem with suburban teens is astounding. But what many don’t know is that the problem didn’t begin with heroin. There is a major epidemic going on with teenagers across the country and it is starting with something that is promoted as “safer” and given to teens by people they trust; doctors. The problem is starting with prescription drugs. And after teens use these substances and become addicted they gateway into the use of heroin.

The Statistics Don’t Lie

The problem of suburban heroin use with teen’s starts with something as simple as a legal prescription; a thing that is being given to more and more young people every year. One of the last known statistics indicates that over 11 million kids were being put on anti-depressants alone since 2003. Additional information indicates that the total number of legal prescriptions given out per year in every age group has gone up about 39% since then. These are prescriptions for all types of drugs including opioid painkillers, depressant drugs and prescription stimulants.

Above and beyond the prescription problem is the marijuana epidemic. High school kids state that marijuana is the easiest drug to come by. In more than 17 states this may be because the drug has been legalized for medical purposes. This in addition to the illegal trafficking of marijuana and the substance can be picked up by most high school kids.

Other drugs that suburban teens can score included synthetic drugs, and illicit substances like heroin, ecstasy, and even cocaine.

In total, 17% of high school kids use drugs during the school day. And, 86% of high school kids were fully aware of other kids abusing drugs during the school day.

Years ago not too many problems where plaguing suburban teens. However, today, high school students that live in suburbs are some of the most at risk groups for heroin abuse in the United States.

How This Leads To Heroin

The statistics above indicate a major problem but how does this lead to heroin addiction. The truth is that the drugs listed above are mostly gateway substances with the exception of cocaine [although cocaine is its own gateway into crack].

A teenager will start out abusing alcohol, smoking marijuana or taking a stolen or borrowed prescription. The drug will provide the “high” that they are looking for. As the addiction continues the young person will start to try stronger and harder drugs. In the case of prescriptions they will build up a prescription drug tolerance where they have to take more and more of the prescription to get the same effect. Eventually, in the case of prescriptions, the teen cannot get a high off of them and turns to heroin as a cheaper and stronger alternative. In a nutshell this is how suburban teens are getting hooked on heroin.

As a side note, another trend or “piece of the puzzle” is Social Media. According to recent statistics 75% of students who see their friends engaging in drug or alcohol use [partying] state that they are more likely to do the same. Another additional piece of information is that those who are left alone at night without parental supervision also are more likely to engage in drug or alcohol usage.

The Narconon program has many effective alternatives for those addicted to drugs and alcohol including Narconon sauna that helps addicts to remove residues from the body left by drugs and reduce physical cravings.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/annual-survey-finds-17-pe_n_1824966.html

Why California Drug Arrests Have Increased

California is one of America’s largest states. Dozens and dozens of bustling metropolis areas, rural countryside’s, Beautiful wine vineyards, beaches, mountains, redwood forests, snowy peaks, deserts and valleys. Yes, California has a bit of everything. Unfortunately, with the vast numbers of people in America’s most populated state, there are also problems. One of the biggest is drugs.

A Look At California’s Numbers

A report on California’s drug arrests indicates a 39% increase in juvenile related drug arrests. During that same time period, the adult drug related arrest percentage increased by 11.4%. Felony and misdemeanor marijuana arrests happened to be the only areas where juvenile arrest rates were higher than adult rates. Marijuana offenses were the main player in the 39% increase that was reported.

Another section of the same report indicates the amount of drugs seized at the southwest border of California.  According to the report, cocaine and methamphetamine seizures steadily increased over the past 20 years and do not show and signs that they are leveling off or decreasing. At the same time, Marijuana seizure has decreased gradually over the past two decades.

The interesting thing to notice is that while there are way less marijuana being seized at the border, there are significantly more arrests for the drug than any other drug in the state. In fact, another report indicate that marijuana arrests have spiked to alarming numbers over the past decade, while the arrests for all other illegal drugs, possession, manufacture and selling, declined substantially.

What’s The Reason For The Drug Use & Arrest Increase

Many articles are being written that all state the same thing about the recent rise in marijuana arrests:

In 1990, half of California’s marijuana possession arrestees were African-American, Latino, Asian, or other nonwhite and 35% were under 20 years old. Ten years later, in the year 2010, 64% were nonwhite and 52% were under age 20. Marijuana possession arrests of nonwhite teens spiked from 3,100 in 1990 all the way to 16,400 in 2010. This indicates a jump that is 300% greater than population growth for that group.

According to the same report, California’s African-American population is 4 times more likely to be apprehended for marijuana possession. Additionally, they are 12 times as likely to be jailed for a marijuana felony arrest. Finally, African-Americans are 10 times more likely to be imprisoned for marijuana than any other racial or ethnic group.
The summary is that articles on this matter state that marijuana arrests are being used as a tool of racial discrimination. The statistics are hard to argue with. The bottom line is that California has a drug problem that is not being addressed correctly.

Help For Marijuana And Other Drugs

Although California has a very high rate of drug use and arrests, it is also a state that has many different options for drug rehabilitation and help for those addicted to break the cycle of crime and addiction. The Narconon program is one great option in California and offers the Narconon sauna treatment. This treatment is very successful in treating addiction and completely drug free. It focuses on removing residues from the body and drastically reduces physical drug cravings.

If you or someone you know is using marijuana or other drugs we can help. Don’t ignore warning signs that a family member or loved one is addicted to drugs. For more information on treatment through Narconon sauna, what to look for to determine if there is a problem, or help to get someone on the road to recovery, please contact us now.




Study Shows Social Media May Hinder Drug Abuse Recovery

A small preliminary study has shown that if a person is trying to recover from a history of substance abuse, prowling social media may get in the way of staying sober. This was the result of a survey administered to 37 teens who were trying to get off and stay off drugs and alcohol.

The survey asked about their exposure to substance abuse by other people via sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and others. Of this group, 92% said that they did utilize sites such as these. Of those young men and women, 75% of the girls and half the boys said that yes, seeing drugs, alcohol and abuse of these substances on these sites made them want to go back to their old habits.

Triggers Long Known To Retard Sobriety

The presence of triggers is nothing new. For many years, addiction recovery programs have addressed the role of triggers in causing a person to want to use drugs or alcohol again. Some programs have people role-play how they can be in the presence of these triggers without relapsing. Other programs may coach a person on avoiding these triggers, whether they are specific people or locations.

Commonly recognized triggers include:

People who used drugs or drank with the addicted person

Other people who had some relevance to drug abuse, such as bosses, drug dealers, etc. Places where drugs were purchased or used

Places where arrests took place Places where others used drugs or overdosed

Places where there were familial confrontations about substance abuse

Times of the day or night that drugs were commonly used

Kinds of events where substance abuse commonly took place, such as concerts, raves, nightclubs, parties

Family events like holidays or birthdays that were missed or attended while high

Problems that related to substance abuse like financial difficulties, past-due bills, arguments, failures, divorces.

The Missing Solution To Triggers: The Narconon Sauna Program

There is a major trigger that is missing from the survey, lists like these and other forms of treatment. And that is the presence of drug residues in the body. This trigger is thoroughly addressed as part of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

Here’s how these residues act as triggers. When a person abuses drugs or drinks, the body has to break down that toxic substance to eliminate it from the body. But not all the residues pass out of the body. Because drugs are attracted to fats, they tend to bond to fats in the body. Even a skinny person has some body fat. It may be present inside the body, cushioning the organs.

The body has a hard time eliminating these toxic residues from the body since they are somewhat locked in place. These residues have been shown to be involved in triggering drug cravings, even years after drug abuse stops. But when these residues are flushed out, a brighter outlook and clearer thinking result. The Narconon rehab program has a healthy method of flushing out these toxins.

This is the Narconon sauna program. At rehab centers located in fifty locations around the world, this Narconon sauna program combines time in the sauna with nutritional supplements and moderate daily exercise to activate the body’s ability to let go of these residues.

Many people finishing this phase of recovery the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program state that their cravings for drugs either reduce or disappear entirely once this phase is complete.

Don’t let your loved one go through an incomplete recovery. Find out how the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program helps complete a recovery by removing this trigger. Call 1-800-775-8750 today to find your closest Narconon center.



Is Our Future In Danger As Study Finds Most Alcohol Drug Abuse Starts In Teen Years

When we think about our future generation, about the last thing we would want to contemplate is losing our teens to addiction. But now, a French university study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in teen years. At this time, as many as three million teens meet the criteria for alcohol abuse, meaning that they are experiencing damage due to their drinking but they continue to abuse the drug. This and other statistics included in this study indicate the degree to which drug education in schools, churches and the home has failed.

This study and others before it have found that the most common age that our youth initiate drug use is fourteen. Many youth begin drinking even earlier. Whenever a study finds most alcohol, drug abuse starts in the teen years; our young people are very often starting their substance abuse before they have gained the experience to make adult decisions.   Surveys have found that they abuse drugs and alcohol to help them cope or overcome the problems in their lives [ref: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/04/02/drug-alcohol-abuse-common-among-us-teens-study-finds] .

When using drugs or alcohol, they may feel less shy or more confident, or may feel like they can fit in with better with a group they feel is desirable. They may feel less stressed about school or problems in the home. But what they don’t understand yet is how drugs can disable them from being able to get a good education, achieve career goals, or simply be happy.

The question of addiction is secondary. As teens accumulate drugs in the body, they become less able to focus, concentrate, complete tasks, learn and achieve goals. If they do become addicted to either drugs or alcohol, they stand to lose everything when their lives begin to be devoted to maintaining that addiction.

Demand Reduction Is Needed To Break This Trend

Of course drug sales, purchasing and possession are illegal, but it will never be possible to arrest our way out of this problem. People who cannot resist using more drugs need rehabilitation and those who have not yet become addicted to them need to understand the danger that lies ahead. Drug education that has proven effective needs to be offered to young and grown alike to thwart this growing trend.

At Narconon drug and alcohol centers around the world, staff and volunteers fan out into the community to provide just this type of anti-drug education. A published, peer-reviewed study of the results of this drug education curriculum has shown that this way of educating about drugs and addiction work. Youth receiving this education have lower substance abuse statistics than other youth. This is just one of the tools used by Narconon centers on six continents to prevent addiction. The Narconon program is not sponsored by NA.

Narconon Sauna Program Helps Drive Down Demand

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is the other front used to drive down demand for drugs like alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs. One phase of the Narconon rehab program uses time in a sauna, moderate daily exercise and nutritional supplements to activate the body’s ability to flush out old drug toxins. After drug abuse, not all residues of drugs are eliminated from the body. Some are stored in the fatty tissues and result in slow, unclear thinking. They can also be involved in the triggering of cravings.

As the Narconon sauna program does its work, a person can regain the brighter outlook and clearer thinking they left behind. Those completing the Narconon sauna phase of recovery often talk about the reduced cravings they experience, even that their cravings are gone completely.   Find out how the Narconon sauna program as part of the overall Narconon drug recovery program can help someone you love recover from addiction. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.