Five Reasons Rehabs Fail

*+-The website ‘Narconon Reviews’ recently posted a new testimonial from a man who completed the program at Narconon Arrowhead and who wanted to share his personal story. The man, who is mentioned as D.D., spent more than 10 years of his life as a drug addict, using heroin and prescription painkillers to satisfy his addiction. He repeatedly tried to quit using drugs, going to rehabs 8 different times, and every single time he did so he ended up relapsing. In this, he was not alone. Factually, more than half of all people who go to rehab centers throughout the nation…

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What Rehab Success Means

*+-At what point has a drug addict in treatment achieved rehabilitation? How can you gauge real success with treatment? And what, really should be the outcome of any good drug rehab program? Some consider that rehabilitation has occurred when the person has made it through the process of withdrawals and is no longer experiencing the overwhelming compulsion to get his or her next fix. The problem with this view, of course, is that the fact that a person is through withdrawals does not by any measure mean that he or she has broken the emotional addiction to drugs or alcohol,…

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Marijuana Use Among Teens More Common than Cigarette Smoking While Alcohol Use Goes Down

*+-What parents want for their children and what children are doing with their lives still seem to be on divergent paths. Parents generally want their kids to learn job skills or to prepare for careers, and to proceed safely through life until they develop enough experience to have good judgment. But more teens are now smoking marijuana, not exactly on the path that parents might choose. In fact, marijuana use among teens is more common than cigarette smoking according to the most recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there are a couple of good signs.…

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It’s No Surprise that Drug Use Goes Up as Jobs Go Away

*+-Reports from Florida show that when economic stresses mount related to unemployment, more people may be reaching for a pill. Particularly, in this region, OxyContin obtained illicitly, as from a drug dealer or by theft. Or it could be obtained by doctor shopping or prescription fraud. Whatever the method a person uses to get the drug, one thing is certain. The drug is seriously addictive. Speed of addiction does vary somewhat from person to person. Some people may dabble in OxyContin for awhile without being trapped but for many people, it may only take a few uses before the cravings…

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Why it’s Not Surprising that Heroin Use Soars for Suburban Teens

*+-Recent news reports are describing the increases in heroin abuse among American teenagers. These are not urban teens but suburban ones. Heroin rates in large Northeastern cities have always been higher than in suburbs or rural areas but that trend has been changing. Parents who moved their children out to the suburbs where they thought their kids would be safer are finding that heroin seems to have followed them to their new homes. But if you have been tracking with the changes in drug abuse in the last few years, it’s no surprise that heroin use soars for suburban teens.…

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Chronic Alcohol Abuse is an International Problem that Just Won’t Go Away

*+-Alcohol abuse and addiction could be the world’s oldest drug problem. But excessive drinking and alcohol abuse continue to be serious problems that cause illness and kill people every year. The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million people lose their lives each year for reasons that relate to their chronic alcohol abuse. Accidents, illness and direct overdoses contribute to these deaths. In April 2012, the World Health Organization encouraged communities to pay more attention to chronic alcohol abuse, as it contributes to so many deaths. In fact, in the Western Pacific region, alcohol is considered to be…

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Better Solution Needed to Addiction when Abuse of Opioid Drugs Hits All Time High

*+-It’s one thing to talk about the problem and completely another to define the solution. Many voices are in agreement that abuse of opioid drugs has hit an all-time high. But few voices define a solution that will have a better result than that which is offered at the moment. Many drug rehab programs define success as retention, or someone who stays in or completes a rehab program. This is one of the defining principles behind the administration of a methadone or buprenorphine-based treatment program for opiate addiction. Both methadone and buprenorphine are opioid drugs (similar to opiates) and both…

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How to Judge the Most Dangerous Addiction

*+-Every addiction is different, every person addicted to drugs is different. How can one addiction be compared to another to determine which one is the most dangerous addiction? The list of potential addictive substances is long. There’s cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, morphine and other opiates, marijuana, prescription painkillers like OxyContin and hydrocodone, stimulants like methamphetamine or prescription drugs Ritalin or Adderall, and of course alcohol. Club drugs like GHB, Ecstasy, LSD and Rohypnol add more items to the list of drugs that can cause a dangerous addiction. Most of these drugs can cause overdoses and some can simply cause such…

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Painkiller Sales Soar

*+-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…

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Asian Drug Rehabs Use Concentration-Camp Techniques to “Rehabilitate” Addicts – No Surprise that 90% or More Relapse

*+-You don’t hear much about drug rehabilitation in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Malaysia. There may be a very good reason for that. All these countries have drug rehabs that resemble concentration or forced labor camps more than anything a humane person would think of as a drug rehab. First, each of these countries has drug rehab “treatment” that is compulsory for addicts. Once the addicts are collected up, they may be detained for as long as four years in “rehabilitation” centers that put them to work under inhumane conditions at minimal pay. In Vietnam, some work long days…

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