With horror, families of an addicted person watch their loved one destroy himself (or herself) with drugs or drink. The damage is obvious to them. His health is declining. His morals and ethics are gone or nearly gone. Many times, there have been criminal acts such as selling drugs, thefts, assaults or worse. His family may be gone or about to go or the children may have been taken away. Everything valuable is long gone. “How can he do this to himself? And us?” they ask.
So how can he keep taking the drugs or drinking? There have already been overdoses or blackouts or perhaps his life is just passing him by, neglected.
This deterioration is painful, as is the fear that something more dangerous will happen.
How can he possibly do this to himself? He was so bright and his life held so much promise. Doesn’t he see what he is doing to himself?
That’s the problem. To a marked degree, he doesn’t. Why is this? Continue reading
During the holiday season this year, the staff and students of Narconon Arrowhead are busy celebrating Christmas with a variety of activities. They kicked off the holidays with a Deck the Halls party, where everyone helped to decorate the building and hang ornaments on the large Christmas tree in the lodge. They helped to decorate and run a float in the Christmas parades in two nearby communities, celebrating the season. Continue reading
There are more than 100 Narconon drug rehab centers and prevention groups located throughout the world, and November 23rd of this year saw that number increase by one, with the grand opening of the Narconon Argo center. Narconon Argo joins six other Narconon centers in Italy, a country that has been hit hard by problems with abuse and addiction to drugs including heroin. Narconon has been active in Italy, and the centers that have already been delivering the program have achieved success in terms of reaching those in need and helping addicts to make a fresh start in life. Continue reading
Each year as the holidays approach, families may postpone their efforts to get a loved one to rehab. It may be that that families are so desperate to see a loved one who was lost to addiction that they don’t even want to think about sending him (or her) away. After all, it may be the only time they see this person this year. Moms and dads may want to have just a few moments of family togetherness with this person they’re worrying about night and day.
This feeling is completely understandable. Of course they want to have a nice holiday celebration with everyone together again.
Comments from several addicted people who did show up for their holiday dinners after being away shows that no one got what they wanted from these celebrations. Continue reading
In the field of addiction treatment, what is usually meant when you say “detox” is a medically supervised period of coming off the drugs a person was using. When a person is coming off heavy levels of drinking, close medical care and support are needed to prevent injury during withdrawal. Some other drugs, like benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium and others) may cause dangerous symptoms during withdrawal that also require close support. At the end of detox, a person is sober. He will not be prepared to deal with all the challenges of life on his own, he is just free from the effects of drugs. He may still suffer from cravings. Few people remain sober if their only help is detox.
At Narconon, detoxification means something very different. Here, it’s just one part of our overall program. Our detox is composed of three elements: time in a sauna, moderate daily exercise and a carefully controlled program of nutritional supplements. This step is called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. Continue reading
On October 25, around 100 people gathered at the Narconon Tijuana drug rehab center to celebrate the second anniversary of the center’s grand opening in 2012. It was not long ago that Padre Jaime Lares Chairez, a Catholic priest working in Tijuana, decided to open a Narconon center, but in that time the organization that he established has saved many lives and has begun shining the light of hope into a city plagued by the effects of drug abuse and addiction. It all began when Padre Lares, who had already been working to help addicts in his community, attended a workshop that Narconon International provided to Twelve Step centers in Tijuana. Continue reading
October was National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an annual event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Across the nation, organizations held events and engaged in activities aimed at the goal of raising awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and the month was ushered in with a proclamation issued by President Obama. Among the large number of organizations which took part in National Substance Abuse Prevention Month this year were the many Narconon drug rehab centers located across the United States. Continue reading
Our staff and volunteers in Taiwan are always active! In these photos, you can see them getting out into the community to stop the use of drugs. In Taiwan, the widespread use of heroin and methamphetamine and the growing use of ketamine, the sleep aid Zolpidem and Ecstasy are creating many addicts. But if these enthusiastic drug educators have their way, addiction to these substances will soon be a thing of the past. Here you can see them reaching out to the public in and around the train station. The booklet they are handing out is 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs, translated into Chinese.
Narconon Taiwan hands out drug education booklets throughout the city.
In recognition of the fact that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Narconon has launched an online hub with materials that parents, educators, law enforcement and others can use in their efforts to help keep children and teenagers off drugs. Prevention is the most effective approach to handling the problems of drug abuse and addiction in our society, and the message of Substance Abuse Prevention Month is one of the most important that can be spread in today’s world. Narconon offers powerful solutions to treating addiction and helping people make a fresh start in life, but for every person they help to recover, others are daily falling into the trap of addiction, so it is clear that if we are to win the war on drugs, it will be through prevention. Continue reading
You see plenty of advertisements for alcohol and for prescription drugs on television and in magazines, but unfortunately, there’s not a matching number of advertisements for sobriety. Sure, everyone knows that sobriety is a choice we all have but one might wish that there was a little more reinforcement for this idea.
There are some celebrities who set an example for others by not using drugs or drinking. Some of them first went through their drinking or drug problems before they quit but in other cases, it was just a choice. Perhaps they looked at other people having problems and made their own decisions to stay sober. Continue reading