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 later relapse, according to a study published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Fortunately, D.D. finally found Narconon. He was ready to give up on trying to get sober, but before losing his last shreds of hope he decided to look for something different. In his 8 previous attempts at recovery, D.D. had been using programs that followed the 12-step model, but this simply did not work for him, as is true for many of the majority of addicts who relapse after rehab. Continue reading
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, or has learned how to handle the stress and pressure which most likely drove the person to substance abuse in the first place. Another common idea of rehab is that all an addict needs to do is attend a 28-day rehab program, after which he or she should be in a stable position from which to move on in life. This cookie-cutter approach may work for some, but in all too many cases it produces results which are indifferent, to say the least. Continue reading
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. Alcohol consumption is down slightly and cigarette smoking has also been trending down, dropping to 18.7% this year, down from 21.6% in 2006. As for how many were smoking marijuana, that was 23% of American teens.
Far more teens are drinking than smoking cigarettes. In 1997, 74.8% had drunk in the past year and last year, just 63.5% did. But use of narcotics other than heroin stayed at a high level, maintaining the level it reached after steady increases from 1992 through 2001.
Teens Feel Marijuana Does Not Make them Bad Drivers
Another recent survey of teens showed that they did not feel that smoking marijuana had a negative influence on their driving, but a study published in the British Medical journal showed that driving within three hours of using marijuana makes one twice as likely to have an accident as someone who drives sober.
For Getting Clean of a Drug, Narconon Program Provides Success
For tens of thousands of people around the world who want to stop using a drug, Narconon program has provided a way to do so. Not only that, this program has provided a way to repair the damage that addiction does, and to build new sober living skills. So often after addiction lasting years or even decades, a person loses their abilities to make sober choices. The Narconon program walks each person through the process of learning how to stay sober.
At their own pace, each person takes on each challenge presented by one of the Narconon life skills courses, starting with the simplest but most essential skill: the ability to face another person and communicate one’s intention clearly. They also learn to listen to another person and acknowledge them properly. These simple skills start to put each person in control of their own life for the first time since the addiction began.
Once this is done, each person then goes through a deep detoxification process that uses time in a sauna, nutritional supplements and moderate daily exercise. This combination has been proven to enable the body to flush out old stored toxins lodged deep in the fatty tissues of the body. These toxins include residues from past drug use that can contribute to the triggering of cravings, even years after drug use stops. The presence of these toxins is part of the reason that a person may be sober for years and then suddenly lose the battle.
Then as each person walks through the rest of the program, they gradiently build skills like knowing who to associate with who will support their sobriety and how to deal with those who might bring it to an end, solving problems instead of letting them drive you to escape in drugs or drink, and use of a common sense moral code. All these steps culminate in the ability to stay sober after graduation for seven out of ten people who finish this program and return home.
Learn more about the Narconon program and how it provides sobriety in fifty locations around the world. Call an Intake Counselor today at 1-800-775-8750.
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 begin to drive them back into more use of the drug whether they want to go there or not.
When drug use is up as jobs go away, it doesn’t solve the unemployment problem. Drug use will only impel a person further into depression and guilt. Most people feel stressed and may become depressed when they are unemployed. Pills, joints or drinks may make that feeling go away for a little while. But they don’t solve the unemployment. Nor do they help a person face the search for a job, employment interviews or the stress of a new job.
In Florida, the social services agencies are trying to help people get free from the drug use so they can look for new jobs. Drug abuse and addiction can lead unemployed people to crime instead of job hunting. In Highland County in Florida, the county clerk estimated that 60% of those who were being arrested had drug problems. It could be asked whether the problems caused people to hide in drug use or the drug use created problems. Probably both paths are correct for different individuals.
Solving the Addiction Problem so People Can Return to Work
It is very common for people to lose jobs when they become addicted. The grip that drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, cocaine or alcohol get on people becomes stronger than many people’s grip on their work ethic. Being at work begins to involve explaining absences, making excuses for work that isn’t done, covering up signs of drug abuse, perhaps even shifting the blame to other workers to protect oneself.
The same excuses and shift of blame that occurs at work also occurs at home. A person who is addicted begins to spin tales for a spouse, make excuses to children, siblings, parents. The need for more drugs takes over as a primary concern in life.
Recovery from this obsession to get and use drugs must be thorough and complete for the sobriety to be lasting.
Narconon Services Cover the Many Aspects of Addiction
For rehab to work and for sobriety to last, a recovery program must address the many kinds of injury that result from being addicted. For example, a person must recover their own personal integrity. They must learn how to face people again and communicate clearly – families are all too aware that an addicted loved one has lost this capacity. He (or she) must also have a way to reduce the cravings that threaten him every time his guard is down for a moment. Narconon services cover each of these points thoroughly.
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a long-term program – one that gives the addicted person time to learn the basics of the life skills that are needed to overcome each of these kinds of damage. Then each person must have time and guidance to apply that new knowledge to themselves. As they do so, they build a new, drug-free life, step by step.
Addiction is not overcome in a month-long rehab. It takes longer than that to repair and rebuild. In fifty locations around the world, the Narconon program guides those who are addicted through this essential process of recovery. Call 1-800-775-8750 to find out more about how it works.
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. The reason behind this shift has to do with the prescription drug Oxycontin. This opiate and others like fentanyl and hydrocodone have been popular drugs of abuse for several years. For suburban teens, abusing OxyContin and the others has been more acceptable than driving to the city to score heroin. They could find it in their own medicine chests in some cases, or buy it from fellow students. They may have even been prescribed this drug themselves, after a sports accident.
OxyContin is one of the more quickly addictive drugs. A person who parties with OxyContin or a similar drug may soon find that the cravings drive him back to use the drug again and again.
The Switch to Heroin
But chemically, OxyContin is similar to heroin. And heroin is cheaper than OxyContin, which generally costs about $1 per milligram. The 80 milligram pill is a popular one among abusers, so the money will go fast when this is the chosen drug of abuse. If a person runs out of money, he may go looking for heroin, which is considerably cheaper, as little as one-tenth the price. And since a person addicted to OxyContin is often going to start struggling to deal with normal life activities like jobs, school and family life, he (or she) may soon be out of a job and scrambling to keep the withdrawal sickness away.
The other factor driving the switch to heroin is the change in the composition of OxyContin. In 2010, Purdue Pharma changed the formulation of OxyContin so it cannot be crushed and snorted or dissolved and injected. The pill is now gummy and much harder to abuse. This change drove many people to switch from the prescription formulation to the street drug. Once the change in formulation was announced, it was not hard to predict the next trend. And as that trend arrived, it was seen that heroin use soared for suburban teens.
Narcononhawaii.org Sees Same Problem in the Islands
As far back as 2002, Hawaii was struggling with increases in OxyContin abuse. Despite the high price of heroin, some people made the shift to the street drug. In 2010, the FBI arrested twelve people for trafficking heroin into the islands, as they saw an opportunity to make money from the destruction of others with this shift in consumption.
At the Narcononhawaii.org website, you can find out how people in Hawaii can recover from addiction to heroin, methamphetamine or prescription drugs. The Narconon program offers a long-term, holistic program. “Holistic” means that the whole person is considered, and each one is helped to gain back the physical health and mental strength that they need to stay sober after they go home.
It takes longer than 28 days to repair the damage done by addiction. Many people who have failed at short-term rehabs find lasting success at a Narconon drug rehab. For complete details on this successful program, visit www.narcononhawaii.org or call 1-800-775-8750 today.
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 the chief factor in the epidemic of noncommunicable illnesses. It’s estimated that this is the cause of death in four out of five cases, in that region. Cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, pancreatic and heart disease are all associated with heavy alcohol abuse and can result in death.
In areas where alcohol abuse is high, alcohol also contributes greatly to the crime rate, resulting in increases of 1.3% to 3.3% of all crimes in an area.
On a Personal Level, Alcohol is Just as Destructive
It’s one thing to talk about communities struggling with this societal problem but yet another to reflect on the damage to an individual. When families have one of their members abusing and addicted to alcohol, everyone around him or her suffers. Of course, the alcohol addict himself (or herself) suffers health problems, loss of self respect, loss of spouse and children in some situations, loss of job or business and other negative effects. But the family members suffer from worry and despair and often from abuse at the hands of the drinker.
Aside from these problems, it is painful to watch the person lose everything of value. The family wants to help but may not know how. Short term rehabs or support meetings may not be what this individual needs to get clean and sober on a lasting basis.
Narconon Drug Help Turns Out to be What Many People Need
Narconon drug help has come to the rescue for thousands of people who have struggled with alcohol abuse, sometimes for decades before they find Narconon. It is very common for people to go through other rehabs, sometimes several, before making their way to Narconon. But then once at Narconon, they find a system of recovery that enables people to gain stability.
The key to lasting recovery is to thoroughly address the causes of addiction. A person must find relief from the cravings that drove him to drink every time he saw alcohol. There must be skills learned that enable a person to repair the damage that was done to relationships and life situations while addicted. And each person must recover his or her own personal integrity and personal moral sense in order to survive soberly after Narconon drug help. All these aspects of recovery are addressed in the Narconon program.
In this long-term program that is residential in most locations, there are never any drugs given as part of treatment. Any drug that could be used in treatment is itself addictive and so prevents the recovering person from fully getting sober. Instead, nutritional supplements help calm a person’s symptoms as they start out for sobriety. Nutritional supplements are also combined with time in a sauna and moderate daily exercise to create a detoxifying effect on the body. This detox flushes out old drug toxins that have been shown to contribute to cravings, even long after the person stopped abusing alcohol or drugs.
With the use of these tools, each addicted person builds a new, sober life for himself or herself. Families get to re-discover the loved one they lost to alcohol so long ago, who is back now, clean and sober.
Find out how Narconon alcohol rehab can help someone you love make a comeback. Learn more about Narconon drug help by calling 1-800-775-8750 today.
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 are addictive. They are given over a long time period to keep people from using street opiates like heroin or synthetics like prescription painkillers.
With the use of methadone or buprenorphine, it is hoped that an addicted person will not continue to abuse heroin or painkillers. The measure of success is that they continue to take their doses of methadone or buprenorphine. This is “retention” or “compliance.” This is called success.
But can it be success when the person being treated in this manner still is taking a drug every day? He or she does not learn sober living skills, does not get to achieve the feeling of being uninfluenced by drugs. Besides this, some people who take methadone or buprenorphine still abuse illicit drugs.
Are Drug Rehab Meetings Needed for Recovery?
Another pattern of treatment is a series of drug rehab meetings. There are meetings in thousands of towns around the world. Those using this form of rehab normally attend meetings on a concentrated schedule, for example, one meeting a day for 90 days to start. Then sometimes more than one meeting a day as needed. These programs normally teach a person to deal with one sober day at a time.
This type of program does provide support for the person who is trying to stay sober and who needs that continued support in order to achieve sobriety. But if there were a way to generate true sobriety, where the formerly addicted person had recovered from the addiction and no longer wanted drugs, this would define true success.
Narconon Gets Results
For more than forty years, Narconon drug rehab centers around the world have offered a true end to addiction. In fifty locations, those who were addicted when they enter, leave without a desire to use drugs. It takes longer than just 30 days of a short-term rehab to rebuild a life that was dismantled and destroyed by addiction. Most people, by the time they get help, have been addicted for years, sometimes for decades. By this time, there is little left of personal integrity, honestly, self respect. There is no ability to steer a life in a drug-free direction. These skills must be learned and self respect must be restored for a person to trust himself and for others to trust him (or her) again.
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program achieves this result through eight separate phases of recovery. From a deep detoxification program that uses time in a sauna to cleanse out old drug residues, to the recovery of clearer perceptions, to the restoration of a personal moral code to guide one’s actions – the Narconon program is completely based on the result of a person who no longer wants or needs to use drugs or alcohol. One who knows how to manage the points of life that used to trigger cravings. Who can create and achieve goals.
When life can be enjoyed and family can be treasured again, there is no reason to use any addictive substances. This is the result for the majority of those who graduate the Narconon rehab program.
Find out all about it by calling 1-800-775-8750 today.
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 stress on the body that the heart can fail or the liver can be damaged. Even something as legal and available as alcohol can kill outright.
How to measure a dangerous addiction? By its potential to kill? That’s one index. The amount of ruin visited on a person as a result of seeking and using that drug is another way. A third way would be to measure the destruction received by other people in the environment. Children around an addict can be injured, maimed or even killed. Even if not harmed physically, children can suffer damaging neglect and mental abuse. Spouses can be abused and even members of the community may be endangered if the individual becomes paranoid or aggressive.
Different Drugs or Multiple Drugs Affect People Differently
Unfortunately, the norm for drug use in the last few years has become polydrug use. In other words, the person using cocaine also uses alcohol, Ecstasy, marijuana and perhaps even prescription drugs. This is an intensely DANGEROUS habit, as if there are any physical problems that need treatment as a result of the drug use, medical personnel would have an impossible time untangling the complex pattern of drug effects.
Some people on methadone maintenance treatment still continue to abuse heroin, and add cocaine to the mix. These strong chemicals place terrible stresses on the heart, the liver and the central nervous system.
Even in the middle of fluctuating drug usage or polydrug use, there is often one drug that finally hooks a person, eliminating his or her ability to resist the cravings. Sometimes substance abuse will go on for years before it turns in to this kind of addiction. It might be heroin or the intensely addicting crack cocaine or methamphetamine. For a college student, it might be the Ritalin or Adderall they take so they can stay up all hours to study.
The most dangerous addiction is the one that the person throws his or her life away for. The one they can’t leave behind when they want to. The one that overwhelms. Different people have different weaknesses so the patterns vary greatly.
Break Free from Drug Addiction
While the patterns of addiction have a great variety, there is a sure path to recovery for most people. That is the Narconon drug rehabilitation program available on six continents. In Russian, Mexico, the US, Australia and other countries, those who lost the power of choice recovery sobriety. On average, seven out of ten people who graduate the Narconon program remain sober after they return home.
The Narconon program consist of life skills classes that have a definite outcome. These are not drug rehab meetings or a program where people share their drug-taking histories or get confrontational as a supposed method of therapy. It’s all about learning how to develop the skills that will keep one sober. It takes learning which associates may cause one to abandon the plan to stay sober and which ones will support sobriety. It also takes knowing how to deal with life’s daily challenges without feeling the need for a pill or drink.
Most people complete the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program in three to five months. Find out how this program can help someone you care about recover from their dangerous addiction. Call Narconon today at 1-800775-8750.
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.
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.
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 shelling and sorting cashews, one of the largest crops in that country.
Second, there is nothing approaching drug rehabilitation treatment. Instead, there are beatings and torture. A woman who had spent time in one of these facilities appeared before the International Harm Reduction Association conference to describe her experience. Before she broke down in front of the group, she described the detention center as a place “where they don’t care what age or sex you are, and where there was no toilet, food, water, nor mosquito nets.” She said she had seen one of her friends die as a result of a beating, another drowned while trying to escape, and a fellow inmate was electrocuted.
A YouTube video posted by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union shows adults and children incarcerated in small cottages with bars across the doors at a drug detention center in Cambodia named “Kor Kor.”
A Canadian human rights worker studied Thailand’s compulsory drug rehabilitation system and reported that out of 84 such centers, 50 were run by the military, not medical personnel. Most people in those centers waited longer than the maximum 45 day period to find out if they would be remanded to long-term treatment. They were held in conditions so crowded that they could only sleep on their sides. There was no water or medical treatment.
From Vietnam, it was reported that compulsory drug rehabilitation for people “who are in danger of relapse” could be ordered for two years. The relapse rate for these centers is 90% to 100%.
In 2010, Joe Amon with the group Human Rights Watch stated the obvious when he said that, “The UN, the Global Fund, and many others have called upon Cambodia to close all compulsory treatment centres…Compulsory treatment, beatings, electric shocks, unproven experimental ‘cures’ are not appropriate ways of helping people with drug addiction.”
In Vietnam, between 35,000 and 45,000 people are being detained in these centers. Without recourse to courts or lawyers, they may be incarcerated for as long as four years. Of course, if they relapse, they may go right back again. In 2010, 600 inmates in one such center risked their lives to overwhelm guards and break out.
Narconon Centers in Asia Provide a Dramatic Contrast to Compulsory Treatment
In contrast, there are the Narconon centers in dozens of countries around the world, including Taiwan and Nepal. At Narconon centers, each arriving person is cared for with generous doses of nutritional supplements and gentle reorientation exercises to help them through withdrawal. A thorough drug detoxification process follows to enable each person to flush old stored drug residues out of their fatty tissues, remnants that might contribute to cravings in the future.
After this comes the life skills component of the Narconon program, where each person has a chance to examine their earlier way to life and learn new patterns of behavior and decision-making.
The result is a drug recovery program that enables seven out of ten graduates to stay clean and sober long after the return home.
This kind of drug treatment is a very far cry from compulsory incarceration and forced labor. Wherever the Narconon program is administered – Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa or the Americas, the emphasis is completely on results. Since 1966, the Narconon program has proven that it gets the result of sobriety on the majority of its graduates.
If you would like to find the Narconon center nearest you, contact the international offices of Narconon at 1-800-775-8750 today.