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
As we moved into the final days of September this year, nearly 4,000 law enforcement agencies around the United States were getting ready. It wasn’t for any type of anticipated spike in crime rates, for training or any of the other usual situations that we expect to see the police preparing for. Instead, thousands upon thousands of law enforcement officers were finalizing their plans for taking part in the Prescription Drug Take Back Day on the 27th of September, an event sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Continue reading
September was National Recovery Month, an event with a history that dates back 25 years. National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and it has gained the support of thousands of organizations involved in prevention, treatment and recovery from substance abuse and addiction. More recently, National Recovery Month has been joined on the calendar by National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, which now occurs in October of every year. The new event was launched in 2011 when President Obama issued a proclamation to designate the month of October for its observance and of the themes and messages it is intended to spread. Continue reading
Drug addiction is spreading across the world at record rates, and no region of our planet is truly safe from it. This is because anyone of any demographic can get hooked on drugs. In addition to the street drugs that are easily available on our streets, there are also legal drugs that are abused far too often. It’s not just cocaine, meth and heroin that could show up in your town – you also have to be on the watch for members of your community getting hooked on prescription drugs. Continue reading
Of all the addictions, as terrible as they all are, perhaps the most desperate is an addiction to Krokodil. This is a drug that started being home-cooked in Russia by heroin addicts. Someone realized that they could buy over-the-counter headache medication that contained codeine and strip the opiate base out of it. Then when this drug was injected, it would have an effect similar to that of heroin but it would not last as long.
In these kitchen drug labs, the most caustic and damaging chemicals are used to strip out the opiate. Chemicals like gasoline, lighter fluid, iodine, lye and the phosphorus from the red tips of matches. There is some slight effort, usually, to filter impurities out of the resulting liquid but running the liquid through some paper filters would do nothing to remove caustic chemicals from the final solution. 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
Narconon was recently the focus of a story in CityWatch, a Los Angeles area news publication which reports on local stories that are of interest to people in the City of Angels. “The Narconon Lesson: It’s Never too Late,” tells the story of Narconon’s development and its history over the more than 40 years since the organization was founded. It also discusses modern views on the Narconon program and the work that it is doing in the world, as well as addressing some of the most common misconceptions about Narconon. The author of the piece is Rosemary Jenkins, who is described by CityWatch as being a Democratic activist who serves as the chair of the Northeast Valley Green Coalition. In addition to her work as a reporter for CityWatch, she is also a published author with books ranging from poetry to composition and grammar. In the recent article, she does a good job of providing readers with an introduction to Narconon and a basic understanding of the program and what type of impact it is having on the world. Continue reading
Much has been made in recent years of the rise of prescription drug abuse. With increasing numbers of Americans taking prescription medication, more and more people from all walks of life are abusing their pharmaceutical drugs, and many of them get hooked or die of overdose. More recently, an alarm has been sounded over the fact that a new class of drugs, referred to as synthetic drugs and including substances such as bath salts, synthetic marijuana and Smiles or N-bomb, has emerged. These substances produce similar effects to common street drugs but are often found to be legal for purchase even at gas stations and convenience stores and are mistakenly thought by young people to be safer than other drugs. Even as these disturbing trends are taking place and deserve ample attention, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the established street drugs that have been with us for decades continue to pose a major threat to public health. Recently, Narconon has taken action to refocus attention on the potential for health damage caused by illicit drugs by releasing a report on the risks of using cocaine. Continue reading
As one of the leaders in the field of addiction treatment, Narconon has its finger on the pulse of the world of drug use. Over the past several years, they have seen a fundamental change in the patterns of addiction, with increasing numbers of the people who reach out to them for help coming in after struggling with addiction not to traditional street drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin, but to pharmaceutical drugs including the opiate painkillers OxyContin and Vicodin. More recently, there has been a shift back to heroin, as the authorities have been cracking down on nonmedical use of painkillers and addicts have transitioned to heroin as a cheaper and more readily available alternative. One of the latest developments has been the advent of synthetic drugs. The term, “synthetic drugs” refers to a category of chemical substances which have been found to get a person high in ways similar to many of the well-known street drugs. Spice and K2 are brand names commonly used to refer to synthetic marijuana, which can be any one of several different chemical formulations sprayed on plant material which is smoked much like naturally occurring cannabis. Bath salts are a type of drug known as cathinones, which have stimulant effects similar to cocaine and methamphetamine. Another common synthetic drug is known variously as “Smiles” or “N-Bomb,” and has effects similar to the hallucinogen mescaline. These and other synthetic drugs are not only similar in their effects to other drugs, but are also in many cases substantially more powerful and very often produce unpredictable side-effects due to the variable nature of their chemical composition. Continue reading
What does Narconon mean?
Since its inception in 1966, Narconon has been a drug-free rehab program. Unlike many rehab programs, Narconon does not use drugs in the treatment of addiction. Instead, Narconon focuses on increasing the ability, confidence and stability of a student (as patients are referred to in Narconon), through a series of counseling steps and life skills courses. The Narconon program has become widely associated with the sauna detox step, which involves a system of exercise, nutritional supplements and spending time in a dry heat sauna to sweat out the accumulated toxic residues left behind by past drug use. The sauna program, however, is a more recent development for Narconon. In the beginning, the program was primarily counseling and life skills courses. Narconon founder William Benitez developed the program after reading the book, The Fundamentals of Thought, by philosopher and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. He based the program on the principles he found in this book, and for more than 40 years since that time people throughout the world have been using the Narconon program to recover from their addictions to drugs and alcohol. Continue reading