Long term substance abuse has a tendency to wreck the physical health of an addict. Drugs and alcohol are, fundamentally, poisons, hence the term, “intoxication.” In light of this, it is entirely understandable that living as an addict will all but inevitably result in devastating damage to the person’s health and physical well being. This was the case with Michael, who shares his personal story in a testimonial recently published by Narconon. “I came to Narconon a completely destroyed person,” he says, “drugs and alcohol had ravaged my life for almost 15 years.” As bad as a person may feel when experiencing a hangover on the morning after a night of hard drinking, an addict faces the stark reality of every day being the day after a full day or night of drinking or drug use, because the drinking or drug use simply never stops until he or she quits. Constantly poisoning oneself cannot but have dire health consequences, as it did for Michael. “I was physically sick and deteriorating mentally at an alarming rate.” In many cases, it is the sudden realization of this deterioration and illness that finally gives a person the motivation necessary to make the decision to quit, to put everything else in life on hold and to go to the nearest Narconon drug rehab center. Continue reading
Drugs are a major problem throughout Los Angeles, and one of the areas that has been hit the hardest over the years is South Central L.A. South Central has some of the highest rates of poverty and crime in all of Los Angeles County, and drugs are largely to blame for both of these problems. On the one hand you have Angelenos who have lost their jobs or are struggling to get by as a result of their drug use and addiction. On the other hand, there are countless petty criminals and gang members whose crimes are either directly involved in the illegal drug trade or are motivated by the need to get cash for drugs. In short, the people of South Central need help in fighting the scourge of drugs, and they will soon be getting that help from some of the members of the local clergy. Fortunately, churches still play a substantial role in the community of South Central, both in terms of providing a place for Sunday worship and as a point of social stability for the parishioners. In light of this, a group of ministers from South Central have recently taken steps to keep their congregations safe from drugs. 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
The Italian city of Lecce is found in the heel of the boot of the Italian peninsula, situated on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. This city of 92,000 people enjoys ideal Mediterranean weather throughout the year, and boasts a history dating back more than two millennia. Originally founded by an ancient people known as the Messapii, it was later conquered in the 3rd century B.C. by the Romans. The city has rich cultural traditions, with many ornately decorated Baroque period buildings that have given rise to a reputation as the “Florence of the South.” More recently, however, Lecce has experienced serious problems with drug abuse. The city is only one of many in Southern Italy to be struggling with drugs. For example, it was reported in 2008 that in Calabria, the region that forms the toe of the heel, 3,500 Italians received treatment for drug addiction, and that nearly 85% of these were hooked on heroin. The fact that drugs are so widespread in the region is not surprising, given the control that the Mafia exerts over the area. In addition to the many people who received treatment in the region, many more continue to struggle through their lives while coping with their addiction. It is in this environment that the Narconon Gabbiano center has been operating since it opened its doors 25 years ago. Continue reading
Narconon Astore Celebrates 19th Anniversary
Since the day it opened its doors in 1994, the Narconon Astore drug rehabilitation program has been providing effective and lasting help to Italians addicted to drugs and alcohol. In celebration of the center’s 19th anniversary, more than 150 people, graduates, staff and family members, gathered for an event in June of this year. The guests enjoyed food, flowers and festive decorations while they socialized and listened to speeches from graduates, families and prominent public figures from throughout the region. Of special interest during the celebration were the 35 success stories that were shared by people who had graduated from this and other Narconon centers in Italy. These stories included reports from some of the speakers of having enjoyed stable sobriety for a full 30 years since they graduated the Narconon program. The emotional impact created by the stories was enormous for most of those in attendance, people who had themselves been on the brink of ruin during their own fight with drug addiction prior to finding Narconon. For family members in the audience the stories carried comparable weight, given that they had nearly lost their loved ones to the devastation of drug use. Continue reading
Over the years several of our clients has asked about the beginnings of Narconon. As a simple story back in 1965, William Benitez was serving a 15-year sentence in an Arizona state prison. It was not the first time that Mr. Benitez had found himself behind bars. On the contrary, the current sentence was the sixth time that the man had been imprisoned by the state. Why had Mr. Benitez spent so much of his adult life behind bars? The reason can be summed by two words: drug addiction. After getting his start on drugs with marijuana at the young age of 13 years, Mr. Benitez tried to force himself to quit by joining the Marine Corps. This solution did not work out, however, and instead he was court martialed and given an undesirable discharge. For 18 years of his life, he suffered from an addiction to heroin, and it was this that led him to the point where he found himself in 1965. During this sixth prison sentence, a fellow inmate gave Mr. Benitez a copy of Fundamentals of Thought, a book by author, humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. In the pages of this book, he discovered the solution to his own problems with addiction, and he swiftly realized that he had also found a way to help others to overcome their own addictions.
What Sets Narconon Apart
The decision to name the new drug rehab program “Narconon” was founded upon the fact that Mr. Benitez was taking an approach that was different from the one that so many other rehab treatment programs do. Instead of using drug-replacement therapy and similar medication-based strategies for treating addiction, the new program would enable participants to take on the challenge of fighting their addictions with no drugs; thus “narco-” (drugs) + “non.” Most rehab programs focus on the ways in which the individual is a victim of his or her addiction. This may be manifested by explanations of addiction as a disease. Others assume that the person will not be able to do anything about the addiction and use other drugs to replace the drug of addiction. Even programs that do not use medicated treatment will often require the participant to admit that he or she is powerless to overcome the addiction and to pray for help from outside sources. This is one of the primary differences between Narconon and most other rehab programs, and is also one of the keys to its success. Instead of focusing on remedying disability, Narconon focuses on improving ability. In Mr. Benitez’ own words, “I found that if a person rehabilitated and applied certain abilities, that person could persevere toward goals set, confront life, isolate problems and resolve them, communicate with life, be responsible and set ethical standards, and function within the band of certainty.”
Narconon Earns Recognition
It took a full six months before William Benitez was able to persuade the prison administration to allow him to implement his plans for a new drug rehab treatment program. When they finally did grant permission, the results demonstrated that it was a wise decision. With nothing more than two-hour meetings on Thursday nights, the program was able to help the 18 inmates who participated in the inaugural run to change their lives. Instead of simply continuing with the dreary monotony of prison life, the participants were finding a way to feel better, to become more competent, to help others and receive help and to achieve a greater ability to confront life. Within months, news of the effectiveness of Narconon spread outside the walls of the prison and into the community at large. For example, the local newspaper carried a story on the program shortly following its inception, and only four years later a California newspaper was heralding Narconon for the fact that its graduates had a recidivism rate of only 14 percent, less than a third of the national average of the period. Over the past 40 years since its inception, the program has spread across 6 continents and has helped countless numbers of people to turn their lives around. From its humble beginnings in an Arizona prison cell, Narconon has come to be recognized as among the most effective programs in existence.
For more information on Narconon beginnings and that first Arizona State Prison study go to our Narconon video page today.
If you are looking for a drug rehab treatment program, you don’t have any time to waste. In all likelihood, the fact that you are in search of a program now means that affairs have reached a point where you are in strong need of change and cannot afford to spend the time it would take to shop around all of the different programs. You need results, and you need them now. You also can’t spare the time and expense of trying out different programs. If you need drug rehab for yourself or a loved one, you need a program which you can be confident will get meaningful results in getting you or your family member off of drugs or alcohol, and you need one which will do so with a minimal risk of relapse following completion of the program.
How do you know which one is right for you? How can you choose the one that will work and potentially save you or your loved one from the dwindling spiral of addiction? The most reliable way to tell whether or not a rehab treatment program is capable of delivering the results you need is to look at whether or not it has a proven track record of success in helping people in your situation. Continue reading
Alcohol abuse leads quickly to alcoholism, a condition whereby the user no longer has any control over his drinking habits and urges. It is not easy to determine when one has reached this point, however, as the changes are so gradual that it is not always apparent until it is a full-fledged addiction. The user generally moves through several stages, and one does not have to wait until he has hit rock bottom before getting help. Continue reading
For many years it has been known that addiction to drugs, as well as heavy drinking causes disease and health problems. One of those problems is hypertension.
If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, a condition which is also commonly referred to as high blood pressure, it is important for you to take the time now to learn about the basic actions which you can take to alleviate the symptoms. At least as important is for you to know what steps you can take to actively avoid increasing your blood pressure and thereby exacerbating the condition.
The most important thing to know at this point in time is that hypertension is not something which you can expect to treat and then be cured of. In all likelihood, you will now be managing your blood pressure for the rest of your life, and it is to a large degree in your own hands how well you are able to do this. The next major thing to know is that you cannot simply rely on your medications to handle your blood pressure. There is no magic pill which will treat the condition; you have to make meaningful changes to your lifestyle.
Fortunately, these changes will probably not only help you to reduce your blood pressure, but will also lead to higher overall levels of health and a more enjoyable and longer life for you. Continue reading
High school and college students in the United States are demonstrating less concern about the nonmedical use of Adderall and other stimulant drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a recent survey conducted and published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The number of students who responded to a survey question regarding their ideas of the perceived risk of Adderall abuse dropped by 6 percent in 2012 as compared with the previous year, representing a noteworthy increase in the general conception of the safety of such drugs.
The findings of this research were the focus of a recent report on Charlotte, North Carolina television news station WBTV. This trend is cause for great concern among parents, educators, health care professionals and law enforcement, given that Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta are all potentially addictive, and the dropping rates of concern in connection with their abuse portends increases in the numbers of young people who will be entering their adult years already addicted to drugs, whether they stay on the ADHD drugs or transition into traditional street drugs.
High school and college students are commonly under enormous amounts of pressure to perform well in school, while also trying to find a way to juggle the demands of social and family life and in some cases working. Between school days that start early in the morning, heavy loads of homework, writing term papers and studying for tests, there often simply is not enough time in the day to get it all done. Students who have a prescription for Adderall or Ritalin often learn quickly that they can stay up longer and focus better by taking more of the drug than they have been directed to by their doctor. Continue reading