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More on Young Athletes, Painkillers and Addiction

young athleteWe recently published an article about the path some young people take to addiction. It’s not necessarily through use of drugs like alcohol or pot – although that is the typical route for many. For these others, addiction starts with prescription medications that are given to them by doctors. The young patient may not be properly instructed on their use and the doctor may not be fully educated on how to prevent dependence on those drugs. After a few twists and turns, the young person winds up addicted even though recreational use was not part of the equation.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) just published an article on a closely related topic: how prescription drug abuse has been rising among high school athletes. Their information came from the 2009 Monitoring the Future Report, an annual survey completed on high school students. Students participating in baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, swimming, track and field, football and volleyball were interviewed.

These interviews showed that athletes use illicit substances more often than non-athletes. And the proportion of these young people using painkillers was also higher than usual for teens: “12 percent of males surveyed and 8 percent of females reported using painkillers in the past year.” These numbers were increases over past years’ surveys. Continue reading

Tunnel Vision Doesn’t Work When You’re Dealing with Drug Addiction

There’s some subjects that can be successfully addressed with a narrow focus. And there’s others where that just won’t work. Addiction is one of the latter.

If you just focus on one aspect of the addiction problem, you will fail to understand it. Addiction is a serious social, health, cultural, financial, justice, legislative, political and human problem. I can’t think of any stratum of life that isn’t affected by it. Everything from child abuse to rock and roll, from traffic deaths to property crimes, from success in school to success in business, every part of our lives is capable of being touched by someone’s drug use and addiction.

For example, someone was telling me a story about how, many years ago, personnel from a major hospital used to cross the street from the hospital to a grassy strip in front of her office where they would take their lunch breaks and smoke pot. I shudder to think of the mistakes they might have made when they went back to work. Continue reading

Where Did All this Heroin Come From?

heroin abuseOnce upon a time, not so long ago, it was inconceivable that the average American would be addicted to heroin. It was only something that maybe people out on the fringes of society would do. Maybe bikers or jazz musicians or people who spent a lot of time in jail.

This never really was the truth, but it was the impression most middle class Americans had. No one THEY knew would ever use heroin, much less be addicted to it.

Fast forward to this decade. The growing heroin problem in this country is overwhelming public health departments. Not a day goes by that I don’t see a news article about a state or county that is trying to come to grips with overdose deaths and drug trafficking. Like this article from The Pocono Record: Continue reading

Painkiller Sales Soar

Painkiller Sales

It’s a warning as pertinent to parents as it is to patients under a doctor’s care. Be warned that soaring sales of painkillers across the country indicates that so many of these drugs are in circulation that millions of people are at risk of developing addictions.

Parents need to know so that they can lock away painkillers out of the reach of children – not only small children who might take the drug accidentally but also grown children who might have any inclination toward substance abuse.

Patients need to know that there is chance that they may be prescribed a medication that is addictive – possibly without getting enough information on the risk.

The fact is that all painkillers based on an opiate-type chemical pattern are addictive. This includes the very popular hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab and dozens of other formulas), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet and many others), hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and other formulas. As painkiller sales soar around US, they fuel addiction that may last for years until a person finds the right recovery program to break him free.

Worse yet, that addiction could result in the person’s death. In 2008, more than 14,000 people died from abusing prescription painkillers. You can make sure that you or a loved one are not victims of prescription painkiller addiction by avoiding lengthy use of this type of drug.

How to Lock Away Drugs

While many people say that drugs should be locked away, few people go into any detail on how to accomplish this feat. Most large home improvement stores have medicine cabinets that have locking sections. This type of cabinet will require some slight installation.

If this is not practical, it is possible to go to an office supply store and simply get a strong, locking box. Keeping your pills in this box will keep them out of the hands of teens or young adults, or even guests or workmen in the home. The challenge is keeping any pills locked away. A person with a hunger for drugs will be willing to search an unattended purse to find drugs, perhaps taking just the number of pills they think might not be missed.

Narconon Reviews Report that This Rehab Program Gets the Right Result

When using prescription painkillers legitimately or abusing them recreationally results in addiction, what is needed then is a solution that brings lasting sobriety. Narconon reviews from family and graduates state that this is the program that works for seven out of ten graduates, one of the best success rates in the field.

This is an open-ended program, which means that each person proceeds at his or her own rate. Each person builds a new sober life at their own rate. Some people have been through more difficulties and need more time to repair the damage of addiction.

These Narconon reviews from families state that the program provides each person with the skills they need to make drug-free decisions long into the future. Each person must learn how to face situations that might have sent them to drugs or drink before but this time, solve that situation without flinching. There must be a solution to the depression and guilt that result from addiction. At a Narconon rehab, there is a way to address each of these factors.

There is even a thorough sauna-based drug detoxification program that can bring back the clarity of thought that may have been left far behind. Most people say that this action helps with cravings as well. This action utilizes the sauna along with nutritional supplementation and exercise to draw out old drug toxins that can be involved in the triggering of cravings, even after years of sobriety.

Get Life back

You don’t have to be affected by a trend like one where painkiller sales soar around the US and fuel addiction. Call Narconon today to find out where there is a recovery center near you. Call 1-800-775-8750.


Resource:

http://6abc.com/archive/8573661/

Opiate Addiction on the Increase Now that Prescription Drugs are Harder to Get

For the last decade or so, agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse have reported on increases in prescription drug abuses by America’s young people. By the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug abuse among young people was second only to marijuana abuse. And of prescription drug abuse, opiate pain relievers was in first place.

This means that these highly addictive drugs are contributing greatly to the number of young people seeking rehabilitation for their opiate addictions. Opiate addiction is not likely to start trending down unless these people can find an effective rehabilitation program that stops their cravings and helps them learn how to live soberly, and unless young people can be convinced not to start using opiates and other drugs.

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The Treatment Data Tells the Story

Every year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration publishes statistics on the number of people who go to treatment for addiction and then they break it down by the age of the person being admitted and the drug they were primarily being treated for.

For the years between 2000 and 2009, these treatment admission figures provide the truth of the situation.

2000 – 270,369 people went to rehab for heroin, 28,449 for prescription opiates

2005 – 260,723 people went to rehab for heroin, 71,457 for prescription opiates

2009 – 285,000 people went to rehab for heroin, 142,782 for prescription opiates

Now look at the ages of those going to treatment.

2000:

Among those being treated for heroin addiction:

4.4 percent were 18 to 20 years old

11.6 percent were 21-25

Among those being treated for prescription opiate addiction:

3.6 percent were 18 to 20 years old

10.5 percent were 21-25

Compare that to the figures for 2005 and 2009.

2005:

Among those being treated for heroin addiction:

4.6 percent were 18 to 20 years old

15 percent were 21-25

Among those being treated for prescription opiate addiction:

6.6 percent were 18 to 20 years old

21.4 percent were 21-25

2009:

Among those being treated for heroin addiction:

5.7 percent were 18 to 20 years old

18.6 percent were 21-25

Among those being treated for prescription opiate addiction:

8.0 percent were 18 to 20 years old

24.4 percent were 21-25

These gradually increasing numbers tell the tale. Opiate addiction is becoming more and more a problem of America’s young.

Narconon Reviews Show that This Program Gets Results with Opiate Addicts

What an opiate addict needs is a program that will help him or her overcome the cravings, leave the guilt behind, and recover from the depression that accompanies addiction. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has specific aspects of its care that specifically target these three factors that keep a person trapped in addiction.

Cravings are addressed with the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, one phase of the overall recovery action. This phase utilizes a low-heat sauna, moderate daily exercise and a strict regimen of nutritional supplementation to enable the body to start flushing out old drug residues. As these lodged residues of past drug use leave, those on this phase of recovery talk about how much lower their cravings are. Narconon reviews of the results of this phase of recovery indicate that many people lose their cravings entirely. When this improvement is achieved, no recovering addict needs methadone or buprenorphine.

Each person must also leave behind his guilt and depression, both of which are natural accompaniments to addiction. An addict is normally completely depleted, having lived an unhealthy lifestyle, perhaps for many years. This depleted condition contributes to a depressed state of mind. As each person learns sober living skills and experiences a return of health and hope, guilt and depression yield. Families providing Narconon reviews state that they have their loved one back again.

Learn all the details about how the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program can help someone you care about recover from opiate addiction or any other drug. Call today: 1-800-775-8750.


Resources:

http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k10NSDUH/2k10Results.htm#7.3.2

http://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/quicklink/US00.htm

 

 

 

What Will Stop the Increase in Teen Prescription Drug Use?

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Help

The recent Monitoring the Future report on young adult and teen prescription drug use makes it very clear that not enough effective actions are being taken to convince young people to avoid abuse of prescription drugs. The 2011 edition of this annual survey of teens and college students points out that while cigarette smoking, heroin and cocaine use are down, marijuana abuse is up and prescription drug abuse remains steady at unacceptably high levels.

Prescription Pain Medication Seen by Many Teens as Safer

It’s understandable that many teens would think that if they are going to abuse drugs, prescription drugs would be the way to go. After all, they were prescribed this drug after they broke their foot (or after mom’s surgery or grandma’s hip replacement). It can’t be that dangerous. And Aunt Sally takes them every day.

So at a party or friend’s house, someone breaks out a stash of prescription pills. Maybe they are ingested or maybe they are crushed and snorted for a real fast and strong effect.

Between 1991 and 2010, the number of high school seniors who had abused a prescription narcotic like hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab and others) or oxycodone (OxyContin and others) just about doubled, increasing from 6.6% to 13.1%.

But Far More than Just Pain Killers are Being Abused

Sure, there’s been a lot of publicity about the use of prescription pain pills but not as many comments about the rest of the long list of prescription drugs that are being abused by America’s young people. While oxycodone and hydrocodone are the headliners, here are some of the other types of drugs being abused:
Sedatives such as barbiturates. In 2010, 7.5% of seniors abused a sedative.

Tranquilizers like benzodiazepines. More than 8% of seniors abused one or more of these.
Steroids, abused by 2% of seniors.

Amphetamines, abused by more than 11% of seniors at some point in their lives. This group of drugs includes Adderall, an addictive combination of amphetamine salts prescribed when a person is said to suffer from an “attention disorder.” When asked if they had abused Adderall in the last year, 5% of high school seniors and 10% of college students said “Yes.” Some medical staff on college campuses put this figure much higher.

Ritalin, a strong stimulant used for the same problems as Adderall, had an annual abuse rate of 2.7% among seniors.
Provigil, a stimulant drug banned from use among children, had an annual abuse rate of nearly 2% among seniors.

Stopping Prescription Drug Abuse Begins with Parents

More than anyone else, it’s up to parents to stop prescription drug abuse. No matter what reply your child has while you are talking to them about drugs, they hear you and many will listen more than they let on. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, children whose parents agree on their anti-drug message and who carry that message clearly and firmly to their children will have lower drug abuse rates.

Prescription Drug Help

Drug rehab is also an important solution for this problem. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has helped tens of thousands of people around the world with problems like these. Check out Narconon reviews at centers like Narconon California or other locations in Europe, Australia, Asia or Africa. Narconon alcohol treatment and drug rehab enable those who have become addicted to start living sober lives again.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-vol1_2010.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey on American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI.

Prescription Drug Abuse…A Spreading American Addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction Help

Ever since physicians have been able to prescribe narcotic painkillers, some Americans have taken more than is safe and have found themselves physically and emotionally addicted to these drugs.

Americans have a history to abuse opiate painkillers when they have not been legally regulated. This problem led to the enactment of the Harrison Narcotic Act, which required that a licensed healthcare provider provide a prescription for opiate medications sold to the public.

This act fell short of curbing opiate abuse since pharmacists were still selling “over-the-counter” remedies for everything from cough syrups to tonics that helped the “woman of the house” get through her busy day.

It wasn’t until our society felt the pressure from the abolitionist movement in the 1920s and 30s that stronger restrictions were placed on the public’s access to the addictive drugs. This social pressure fell short of curtailing American’s ability to find means to legally procure these narcotics leading to more evidence that stronger regulations were needed to help control the widespread abuse and addiction to opiate medications.

At the pressure of prohibitionist, Congress passed the Narcotic Control Act in 1956, which heightened the levels of control of these substances, but statistics show that this led to more illicit sale of the same drugs. Americans have been determined to procure and abuse opiate medications no matter the level of control over these dangerous drugs.

Since there is a medical necessity for opiate painkillers, physicians have been left with the responsibility of deciding to whom these drugs should ethically be prescribed and which patients can be treated with non-addictive painkillers. Leaving this choice to individual physicians hasn’t been successful ensuring that only those with documented medical need are allowed access to these drugs. Since the decision as which patients actually need this level of pain medication is mostly a subjective determination on the part of private physicians, there continues to be many Americans becoming addicted to these drugs who should never have had access to this level of pain management.

As long as the public desires these drugs, there will be doctors that will profit on liberal prescribing of medications that ultimately cause more harm than good. This problem has reached epidemic levels of abuse across the U.S.

Teenage Prescription Drug Abuse

Opiate painkillers are not the only prescription drug of abuse in America today. A number of national studies show that besides pain relievers, there is prescription abuse of tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives. Prescription drug abuse among teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 has become the second most abused illegal drug behind marijuana. (In fact, a study in 2006 found that for the first time, there are as many new teenage abusers of prescription drugs as there are for marijuana.)

In interviews with these teenagers, it was found that our prevention messages are not hindering their desire to seek out these medications. Many hold the belief that abusing prescription medications is medically safer than other illicit drugs. It has also be recognized that it is easier for teenagers to get prescription drugs since, many times they have easy access to these drugs from their parent’s or relative’s medicine cabinets.

In contradiction to illicit drugs, it is found that girls are more likely to intentionally abuse prescription drugs to high, with OxyContin and Vicodin being the most commonly abuse prescription drugs by teenagers.

Studies show that today, prescription drugs account for the second most commonly abused category of drugs, again behind marijuana, but above cocaine, heroin, meth, and other drugs. In 2000, which is the most recent year that these statistics have been analyzed, around nine million Americans above the age of 12 reported that they have used prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes.

To counteract this prevalence of abuse, which leads to addiction, crimes and death, Federal and State governments have implemented prescription drug monitoring programs. Fifteen states currently operate prescription drugs monitoring programs as a means to control the illegal diversion of prescription drugs.

Certainly government and law enforcement have a vital role in limiting the illicit diversion of these drugs, but as long as opiates, like OxyContin, that sell for $4 a pill legally can bring $40 to 50 dollars on the streets, there will always be more diversion than we can afford to monitor and control.

Prescription drug abuse is not only a legal issue, but is more predominately a public health problem. OxyContin, which is the number one drug of diversion and represents countless dollars lost from the effects of addiction and the consequential rehabilitation that comes from these types of addictive opiates. Since this drug was first produced in 1995 by Purdue Pharma, it has been implicated in many times more U.S. deaths than caused by 9/11 and the Iraq War combined.

OxyContin is chemically similar and nearly identical to the molecular makeup of heroin and is the choice of many heroin addicts over their street drug choice of heroin. This evidence doesn’t seem to influence the FDA since they continue to document that OxyContin has a low addiction potential.

Misleading the Public About Addictive Drugs

However, in 2007, three top executives at Purdue Pharma pled guilty in relation to misleading the public about addictive qualities and the drug’s safety and paid fines of $634 million. In light of these findings, the power and greed of corporate America has kept Purdue Pharma from having any other restrictions on the manufacture and sale of this drug. OxyContin is a “virus” that has led to an epidemic of addiction in our country. Many physicians have documented that there are many less addictive and less euphoria analgesics that can easily replace this drug. Since the government won’t take the initiative to ban this legal heroin, healthcare providers and the public have started a petition to ban OxyContin. There are many petitions requesting that this drug is banned, including one by physicians stating that it interferes with good medical practice, yet there haven’t been any actions to comply with common public health sense.

Prescription Drug Rehab

Since prescription drugs are now being manufactured to compete with heroin and other street drugs, it is obvious that the public will continue to suffer from this form of drug abuse. Our country needs to follow the pubic health advice of some of our European friends that put strong restrictions on the types and amounts of addictive drugs that can be prescribed. Denmark doesn’t offer its pubic the numerous types of opiate pain killers, but only allows for buprenorphine, which is mildly addictive and for extreme cases, morphine, which is also less addictive than OxyContin and many of the America’s other popular legal drugs.

Prescription Drug Abuse Message

We need to continue and enhance our prescription drug abuse messages and take the personal responsibility to make our voices heard through petitions and contact with our elected representatives that we can no longer afford to allow our neighbors and their children to have easy access to these dangerous drugs.

Call Narconon International and speak to a rehab counselor today.

Colleges Turn Out to Offer Dangers as Well as Educations

College Alcohol Use

The image of a young person, eighteen or so years old, heading off to college is one filled with hope and dreams of accomplishments and future careers. Parents look at their child going off to college with pride, but if they are wise, they also feel apprehension. Now more than ever, the college experience places dangerous pitfalls into every young person’s path. And most young people going off for higher education are sadly unprepared.

First Pitfall: Heavy Alcohol Consumption

Fraternity and sorority row are known for their alcohol consumption but binge drinking is hardly restricted to those zones. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, half of all full-time college students binge drink, abuse prescription drugs or abuse illegal drugs. Sixty-eight percent of students drink some alcohol and four out of ten binge drink. Binge drinking frequency is way up as well.

Every year, more than 1,700 students lose their lives in alcohol-related incidents. Some students just go into a coma and never wake up and some die in traffic accidents. It is just as easy for people to need alcohol abuse rehab in college as at any other point in life.

Second pitfall: Prescription drug abuse

Abuse of prescription drugs has been skyrocketing around campuses. At first it was painkillers, tranquilizers and sedatives. In other words, Vicodin, OxyContin, Xanax and Nembutal.

Now stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall are popular drugs on campuses. These are the drugs prescribed to teens and younger children for difficulties in the classroom that some people think need drugging. Ritalin’s main ingredient is called methylphenidate and Adderall is dextroamphetamine. They are strong stimulants, similar to what is sold illicitly to get people high and addicted. Adderall college use can start addiction to this drug early in life.

Third pitfall: Marijuana abuse

A third of college students abuse marijuana, according to the annual survey Monitoring the Future. There are some signs that use may be set to increase. Numbers are already increasing among high school students.

College students who use marijuana tend to engage in other high risk behaviors, like risky sex and mixing alcohol with marijuana or combining other drugs. Students using marijuana also spend more time at parties and less time studying, and tend to have poorer academic performance.

It is not anyone’s plan that a young person graduate from college only to need alcohol abuse rehab or drug rehab to recover from four years of substance abuse. But it can easily happen that a person may need to take a break from higher education for alcohol abuse rehab treatment.

Narconon Programs Help the Recovery of Students as Well as Moms, Professionals and Artists

Narconon drug rehab programs are located around the world on six continents. They have been returning people to sober lives for more than forty-five years. Narconon objectives include helping people detoxify from drug or alcohol use that has left toxic residues in the body, and teaching each person the life skills needed to stay sober in the future.

Narconon Helps Students

Drug toxins tend to lodge in the fatty tissues of the body and can remain there for many years unless the right combination of time in a sauna, generous nutritional support, moderate exercise and careful supervision are provided. This is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, part of the overall rehabilitation service offered by Narconon centers around the world. Facilities are located in Russia, Italy, Taiwan and England, and in the US, Narconon Georgia services the Atlanta area and Narconon Vista Bay helps those in Northern California, in addition to many other US centers.

Call the Narconon alcohol program to get help with alcohol abuse. Our counselors are ready to assist you.


Resources:

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse

http://www.higheredcenter.org/files/product/marijuana.pdf

http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-vol2_2010.pdf

Teens’ Secret Use of Alcohol and Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Need for Alcohol Abuse Rehab

In far too many families, even good and caring families, there can be a gulf separating parents from their teenaged children. Parents want to protect and counsel their children through difficult decisions. Teenagers want their privacy and want to try new, exciting things with their friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to teen prescription drug use, or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol followed by their being trapped in addiction.

Surveys Reveal How Many Students May be Headed for Alcohol Abuse Rehab or Drug Rehab

Surveys of young people reveal just how broad this gulf can be and how extensive this “experimentation” can get. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) executed the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse and published the results in August 2011. One part of the survey asked teens if they agreed with this statement: “I should be able to do what I want with my own body.” Those who agreed were three times likelier to use marijuana and about twice as likely to drink alcohol.

The annual survey Monitoring the Future reported in December 2011 that while alcohol abuse statistics among high school students were on a gentle downtrend, marijuana use statistics were going up and prescription drug use was unchanged. Half our high school seniors use an illicit drug and seven out of ten have used alcohol by the time they graduate. Half of the drinkers have been drunk at least once.

In 2007, CASA also reported that binge drinking, prescription drug abuse or illicit drug abuse was being indulged in by half of all college students. In addition, nearly two million college students meet the criteria for substance abuse or dependence, a rate that is about three times that of the general population.

These reports illustrate the difficulties young people can run into when they try out these new and “exciting” activities – ones that can potentially result in addiction.

How Families Can Help a Young Person Who Needs Alcohol Abuse Rehab

It may be difficult to get a young adult to tell you about their drug or alcohol abuse for you to determine that drug rehab is needed. You may have to detect the problem by the presence of the signs of addiction. If you have access to their grades, have they fallen? Do you have any reports of the student missing class? When they come home, do they interact with the family or hide out and say they are tired and just want to play video games or some other excuse? Are there arguments? Has the person given up sports, hobbies or other pursuits they used to enjoy? Has he (or she) stopped caring for himself the way he used to? And most of all, is there an endless parade of excuses to explain away any problems?

If you see these signs, you need to dig farther and ask more questions. If you determine that the person is out of control of his or her substance abuse, the Narconon drug rehab center can help you with recovery.

There are fifty Narconon rehabilitation centers located on six continents. These treatment programs help families heal, they help young adults get back on track. When alcohol abuse rehab is needed, Narconon has been the choice of tens of thousands of families for more than forty years.

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a key component in each young adult’s recovery. Since drugs and alcohol toxins are fat-bonding, the intoxicating elements tend to lodge in the fatty tissues where they can affect mood and sobriety even years later. Use of a low-heat sauna, nutritional supplements and moderate exercise result in the toxins being flushed out, mood improving and cravings reducing for most people. This is a big help to the person who wants to leave addiction behind.

Find out the whole story about the Narconon program that helps seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home. Narconon reviews by families show that they appreciate having their loved ones back again.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2010.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/Publications_Reports.aspx#r11: Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Substance Abuse at America’s Colleges and Universities

Does America’s Academic Culture Practically Demand Addictive Drug Use?

When parents send their children off to college, few of them expect those children to become dependent on prescription drug abuse in order to succeed. After all, the earlier generation didn’t have pharmaceutical aids in such profusion. But on campus after campus across the country, increasing numbers of students are using Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall in an attempt to increase focus and improve their ability to study long hours to complete papers or prepare for tests.

Addictive Study Drugs

All three drugs are prescribed for those diagnosed with ADHD in both youth and adults. All three are strong stimulants and are associated with side effects such as insomnia, decreased appetite, dizziness, nervousness and other problems. In a few cases, use of ADHD drugs has led to strokes, heart problems or sudden death.

These stimulants are chemically similar to amphetamine and methamphetamine, both highly addictive drugs. Ritalin is often abused and is known to be addictive and Concerta is simply a time-release form of Ritalin. Some authorities claim that Adderall is not physically addictive but the drug is a form of amphetamine, a drug that is abused by millions of addicts around the world.

Study Drugs Broadly Used on Campuses Across the United States

Expos’s, investigative reporting and surveys done on US campuses show that between 6% and 20% of the students are using these drugs to get through their studies, depending on which campus you visit. The US Department of Health and Human Services stated that full-time college students were twice as likely to use one of these drugs, Adderall, as other young people who were not in college at or or who were only attending part-time. The same study showed that those abusing Adderall in college were far more likely to be using alcohol and illicit drugs as well.

Drug Addiction - Ruined Education

While occasional use for an all-nighter may not lead to addiction, continuous use or abusing the drug by crushing and snorting easily can. A young person intending to achieve a college degree may instead achieve an addiction that ruins their hopes for a higher education.

Drug Rehab for “Study Drugs” Can Put the Dreams of a Degree Back on Track

Narconon Drug Rehab Support

It can happen that a student or other young person may find that he (or she) can’t break himself of the habit of relying on a study drug to get through the school year. It also happens that sometimes abuse to get through studies can progress to more dangerous forms of abuse, such as taking higher dosages or crushing the pills and snorting them. Students may find themselves panicky, sleep-deprived, losing weight, jittery or suffering nausea, stomach pains, fast heartbeat or other odd problems. If they can’t get off these drugs by themselves, they need the support of a good and healthy drug rehab.

At Narconon centers around the world, students come to learn how to break free from addictive study drugs and achieve success soberly. A few months repairing the damage done by these strong stimulants and learning how to make drug-free decisions is well worth the delay in the school schedule.

Root of Drug Problem

In Narconon long-term, residential programs, the use of any pharmaceutical aids is avoided. Many other rehabs may diagnose personality disorders they say underlie the problem with study drugs and prescribe Valium, Librium, Xanax or other drugs, but this is not getting to the root of the problem. An addicted person needs to learn how to succeed and bring their life and study skills under their own control without drugs and that is what is learned at Narconon drug rehabs such as Narconon Georgia in Atlanta.

In a program running three to five months on average, each person has a chance to improve their skills in dealing directly with the challenges presented by life, doing a thorough detoxification to repair harm to the body done by drugs, and learning better how to set and achieve goals.

Narconon reviews appearing on websites verify that the result of the program is a bright new outlook on life and an understanding of how to build a better life without drugs. By pursuing sobriety in a residential environment, a student has a chance to fully focus on recovery before returning to the stress and competition of a academic environment.

Study Drugs Rehab

If you are seeking help for your own dependence on study drugs or if you want to help someone else who needs to break free from addiction, contact the international offices of Narconon at 800-775-8750 today.


Resources

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