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Why Non-Addicts Often Misunderstand the Concept of Recovery

confusedA person who is said to have recovered from an illness can be understood to have successfully fought of the bacteria or virus causing the illness and to have regained the level of health which he or she enjoyed prior to that illness. This is the common understanding of the word “recovery,” and based on this most of the general public impute this definition to the word when used in the context of addiction. Continue reading

So Many Young People in Recovery Across the US

group of young peopleI’ve been seeing comments on Facebook and Twitter about a National Leadership Conference for Young People in Recovery that’s being held right now in Denver. Young People in Recovery is a national organization that invites people to establish chapters in their town that provide support for teens and young adults in recovery and teaches them how to act as advocates for social change.

As I look through Facebook, I see mentions of young people flying in to Denver from Young People in Recovery Chapters all over the country: New Jersey, Texas, Chicago, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Wisconsin, Maine, and more.

From the pictures of these teams of people arriving in Denver, there’s a lot of scrubbed faces and enthusiastic teens involved in this activity. In their home towns, they put on all kinds of events and races and attend street fairs to distribute drug prevention meetings. They advocate for better care for the addicted, more funding for treatment, and organize support at a grassroots level. Continue reading

Life Skills and Their Relation to Recovery

Until Betty Ford went public with her addictions and her recovery, no one knew much or talked much about addiction treatment. A drunk might go to the hospital to “dry out” – in other words, get off alcohol. But that left the cravings and desire to be drunk untouched. About the only method a person had for getting off heroin was a “cold turkey” withdrawal, a very grim process.

But then Betty Ford established her center and celebrities began to arrive for treatment. This took the idea of addiction recovery into the mainstream.

But by the time the Betty Ford Center was being covered in the media, the Narconon program had been saving lives for 16 years. In the earliest days, a big white house in Los Angeles was the site for recovery, and then there began to be centers in Italy, Russia, Sweden, even South Africa.

applying life skillsThe word “rehabilitation” means to return something or someone to a former state. Drug rehabilitation should be returning a person to the way they were before they used drugs, to the furthest extent possible. Therefore, there should be ways for the addicted person to recover their own self-respect, to find relief from guilt and trauma and to know how to make drug-free decisions, even when there are challenges in the environment. When a person dried out or went cold turkey, there was no rehabilitation. They only got sober. They were left with their full measures of guilt. If there were some situations that would “drive them to drink,” they did not have new skills to deal with these situations. Continue reading

Interventions Can Save Lives

Addict needing interventionThere is a very unfortunate belief that is held by many families who are trying to help an addicted loved one. And that is that the person must “hit rock bottom” before they can be helped. I don’t know who invented that phrase but they did not do anyone any favors.

This phrase is often repeated by those working in or writing about addiction recovery. But I’ll tell you why it is so dangerous.

With the type of drugs on the market today, a person can easily be dead before they hit rock bottom. Continue reading

Desperate Krokodil Addict Recovers

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

New Story Published on Narconon Says Its Never Too Late

helpNarconon 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

3 Ways To Repair Relationships Through Recovery

road to recoveryValerie Hartman began her career as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines when she was in her early 20s. She loved her job, the company and her fellow crew members, and for many years was a loyal employee. Valerie’s life took a turn for the worse, however, when the lives of two of her family members were claimed by violence. Soon, she was taking prescription drugs to alleviate the depression that was ruining her life, but before long she transitioned into using cocaine and alcohol to self-medicate. Due to Southwest’s strict policies on drug and alcohol use in the workplace, Valerie had to resort to sneaking and lying to avoid getting caught by the drug tests. Though she managed to stay on the crew, her co-workers were having to pick up the slack as the quality of her job performance steadily deteriorated. She felt terrible about lying to the employer she loved so much and for letting her fellow crew members down. As an addict, however, she continued to abuse drugs and alcohol to numb the pain she felt, and the distress she felt about her duplicity only made the addiction worse. Her relationships at work were far from being the only ones in jeopardy as a result of Valerie’s addiction. Things got so bad, in fact, that she had to leave home, spent extended periods living out of hotel rooms, and would even go for weeks at a time without seeing her young son.  Continue reading

Recovery From Addiction Does Not Have to Be Infinite

There are some addiction rehab programs that require a commitment of years. When a person uses support groups for recovery, it may be necessary for that person to commit to years of frequent meetings. A therapeutic community may require years of residence for a person to fully develop sober living skills.

On the other hand, a short term program of 28 to 30 days is very often far too short a time to enable a person to rebuild a life that was destroyed by addiction. Perhaps a short term program should be followed by counseling or further service but if a person fails at sobriety as soon as he (or she) goes back to his life, he may not show up for any further service.

Recover from Drug Addiction

When a person who needs rehab chooses the Narconon program for recovery, there are no Narconon meetings to attend. The program consist of courses and excercises in which a person restores his or her life skills for sober living. They consist of periods of time spent in a low-heat sauna in a strict regimen of nutritional supplements on a detoxification program that flushes out old drug residues that can contribute to cravings, even years after drug use stops.

The Narconon program is unique, innovative and thorough. It is thorough enough that seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home. It just takes a commitment to do one’s best to get clean and sober, to honestly apply oneself to learning how to live a new, drug-free life. The Narconon staff will take it from here.

Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline

When a person has been abusing alcohol heavily for many years, it may be that they have to go through a medical detox before they can start the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. According to the National Institutes of Health, withdrawal sickness can start within one to a few days after drinking stops and may last for weeks. For most people, their detox will be over within one to two weeks. A few people, especially those in poor health, it may take longer.

When alcohol withdrawal is over, the person can then start the Narconon drug rehab program. This program usually requires three to five months although a few people take longer. Seven out of ten graduates stay sober after they go home, meaning the Narconon program has one of the best success rates in the field.

Loss of Life Skills

Everyone around an addicted person sees that he loses more life skills the longer he is addicted. He stops being able to communicate openly, he has secrets – things he does not want anyone to know. He has done things he would never have done were he not addicted. He has put his addiction before his family and his integrity. Bringing this person back to sobriety includes restoring his own personal integrity. The Narconon program has a workable process for helping bring this about.

You can learn more about the science of this program by visiting http://www.drugrehab.net/scientific-research/.

Find out more about this holistic, drug-free program and how it can help someone you care about. Call the international management offices of Narconon in Los Angeles at 1-800-775-8750 today. There are fifty Narconon drug rehabs around the world. Find out where the one that is closest to you is located.




Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

The options for alcohol addiction treatment vary hugely, from the prescription of drugs that are intended to make a person sick if they drink, to a continuous course of hundreds of meetings at support groups. In this area, there has been no standardization of treatment that has proven to be successful. Across the nation, the success rate for recovery at most treatment programs ranges from 16% to 20%. Some programs run at an even lower success rate than this.

This singular lack of success can be very difficult for the family of an alcoholic who desperately wishes for his or her recovery, or for the alcoholic himself or herself. Trip after trip to rehab for a person who is determined to get sober can be defeating.

One way to success in alcohol addiction treatment is to evaluate alcoholism programs by their stated success rates. Ask a rehab facility what their success rate is and then be sure to ask them two more questions. How do they calculate their success rate? Some rehab programs use a figure for the number of people who complete the course of treatment, even if they begin drinking the next day. If they do use the rate of sobriety after the program, then find out how they come by the figures. There should be some system of routinely doing monitoring post-treatment. Without this monitoring, there is no validity to this success rate.

At the international network of Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, asking about the success rate will result in a report of 70%, determined by interviews done for two years after the person goes home. Due to the standardization of the program in all centers, seven out of ten graduates from Narconon centers in the US, Taiwan, South America and Mexico, Johannesburg, Europe and other locations go on to live sober lives.

Narconon as Final Solution for Alcohol Recovery

Many times, families who have been through multiple rehabs with a loved one are looking for something different have settled on Narconon as the final solution. And in seven out of ten cases, they get their wish of a loved one living an enjoyable, productive life.

Especially with alcohol, addiction can go on for a long time before treatment is sought and found. Since alcohol is legal, it may be possible to avoid some of the dangers that are experienced by users of other drugs like heroin or methamphetamine — marginalization of lifestyle, spread of disease and arrest for possession of illicit substances. This can actually work against the alcoholic in that the family of an alcoholic may let the problem go on longer, trying to find other solutions before they finally realize that the person simply needs alcohol addiction treatment.

Trying to help someone recover from addiction is always stressful. There is the threat of injury or overdose — even alcohol can kill through overdoses. The person who needs addiction treatment may be resistive. This is the time to contact the Intake Counselors at Narconon to learn about this lasting solution for alcohol addiction treatment. Over the years, they have helped many people who did not feel they were ready for treatment. But by working with these counselors or an interventionist that a counselor helped provide, the situation was resolved.

Best for Alcoholism Recovery

If it’s time for alcohol treatment, make the call. Find out what options are the best for alcoholism recovery and where the centers closest to you are. Just the call can bring the relief of knowing that you are taking action to fight this problem to the finish. And on the other side of that finish the sobriety at last.

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How to Recover from Heroin

Finding out that a loved one has been using and is addicted to heroin is a terrible moment for any parent, sibling or other family member. Just as tragic is the fact that many heroin addicts go through rehab after rehab without finding stable recovery. That is the reason for the rise of the many other alternatives to real recovery from heroin addiction. These programs go a certain way down the road of helping a heroin addict achieve a better life but many stop there.

There are programs in Europe, the US and Canada that provide heroin addicts with medical supervision so if they overdose on heroin, they can be stabilized. There are clean needle programs intended to halt the spread of disease through shared needles. And there are programs in Europe – and being considered elsewhere – that distribute pharmaceutical heroin to addicts who have failed at every other treatment option. Certainly the addict leads a somewhat healthier life and does not have to resort to crime to finance their drug habit but neither do they enjoy a drug-free life.

When the option of a fully drug-free life exists and can be obtained for the person needing heroin recovery, that is the greatest gift of all. At Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers on six continents around the world, seven out of ten heroin addicts (as well as those addicted to other drugs) achieve these drug-free lives after graduation.

How Does the Narconon Program Help Heroin Addicts?

The reason the program works is that there is an understanding of the factors of addiction that keep driving the addicted person back into drug use. These three factors are cravings, depression and guilt. When cravings, depression and guilt are lifted, a person has a much easer time staying drug-free for the long term.

The Narconon heroin recovery program includes an intensive sauna detoxification program that utilizes very specific nutritional supplements and moderate exercise. In this closely supervised program, each person has the chance to flush out old toxins of heroin use that have proven to be involved in the triggering of cravings. Sometimes even after years of living sober, the right circumstances can trigger those old cravings, when drug residues get activated into the bloodstream once again. But after the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, those completing it say that their drug cravings are greatly reduced or gone. This is key to recovery from opiate cravings.

After this, a person seeking heroin recovery must also be helped to remedy the depression and guilt suffered by every addicted person. Every addict has done acts he or she knew were harmful, if only to themselves, and guilt results. Then just the physical fact of withdrawal from heroin can trigger severe depression. The nutritional support that starts the day a person walks into a Narconon program and the thorough life skills components address and improve both of these factors.

By the end of heroin recovery at a Narconon facility, graduates have experienced a great relief from guilt and look forward to a drug-free life with interest. There is no necessity for any of the substitute medications used by so many other programs because addiction has been overcome.

If you are seeking help for a heroin or opiate addict and want more information about the Narconon objectives and recovery program, contact the Intake Counselors today. Get all your questions answered. You will see that this is a better and more complete solution to heroin recovery.