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Advice for Those Seeking Work: Spit Test for Drugs Speeds Hiring Process and Weeds Out Those Abusing Drugs

Drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace is a concern for employers for obvious reasons. Intoxicated employees have more accidents and are gone from work more often. It’s estimated that 65% of all job-related accidents are related to substance abuse. The total cost of substance abuse by workers runs between $75 billion and $100 billion each year. Therefore weeding out those who are abusing drugs, either during the hiring process or as employment continues, is of vital concern to employers.

In the past, employers had to send their staff to labs to have urine collected but this process was subject to much abuse. Those who were abusing drugs had several methods of circumventing positive test results, such as using fake urine, substituting someone else’s urine for their own or using one of the many products purported to allow a person to evade accurate results. Because of privacy issues, it has been difficult to ensure that a urine sample was actually provided by the person being tested.

But now, a new spit test for drugs speeds hiring process. This test involves the application of a cotton swab to the inside of a person’s cheek. The tester then processes the swab to look for the presence of drugs. There’s no need for privacy so the test can’t be falsified. The expense is much lower for the company and there’s no need to involve an outside lab that would result in a delay.

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If there is a positive test from the swab, the employee is normally referred to a second test based on a more sophisticated method.

Employers are mostly testing for the presence of cannabinoids (marijuana or hashish), cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or certain hallucinogens. Alcohol can also be tested.

How to Pass the Test

It’s an obvious statement that a person should be sober when they apply for a job and sober on the job, that life will go better and they will be more successful if they do not drink or use drugs while working. But some people do not have the ability to refrain from substance abuse. When a person is addicted, it is like the addiction is making the decisions, not the person. The idea of consequences takes a back seat to the idea of satisfying the cravings that are so compelling.

For some people to be sure of passing an employment drug test, they would actually need drug rehabilitation before they could control their substance abuse to this extent.

Narconon Drug Rehab Services Can Save Jobs as Well as Lives

In many of the situations when people have come to Narconon drug rehab services, they had just realized that they were on the verge of losing everything of value. They were threatened with the loss of a job, the destruction of a business or the imminent departure of their spouse and children. This was enough for some people to look for the program that would help them save these things that they treasured.

But unfortunately, many people have already lost everything of value. When addiction goes on for years or a decade or more, it is possible to have nothing left. The miracle of addiction recovery that works is that even this person can be given a bright new hope for the future and the skills to succeed. This is what Narconon drug rehab services deliver at rehab facilities across the US and around the world and have offered for more than forty-five years. The most important feature of this program is the 70% success rate – seven out of ten graduates stay clean and sober after they go home.

Learn how the Narconon program can help you or someone you care about succeed, even after years or longer of addiction. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.




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.


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.


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


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.







Fake Marijuana May Be Endangering Young People Who Think it is Safe and Natural

Today’s young people are forced to make complex decisions regarding drug use and most of them lack the knowledge to do so wisely. To make matters worse, the list of drugs being offered to them keeps getting longer. Once it was marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and a couple of prescription drugs that young people might choose from. Now chemists around the world keep adding new substances they’ve cooked up in the lab to the existing substances that one can abuse.

Some of these substances are pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone and OxyContin. And some are what are termed “club drugs” – drugs mostly used in party or nightclub settings. A new drug poses particular threats to those who might want to abuse marijuana but don’t want to have that drug show up on a drug test administered by an employer or parent. That new drug is labeled with many different names, packaged in small foil envelopes and sold at head shops and alternative lifestyle supply stores.

Common names for this new drug include “Spice,” “K2″ and “Blaze.” The contents of these foil packages look like potpourri and the package may say it is supposed to be used as incense. But anyone buying it knows that it is intended to be smoked for its intoxicating effects. It is considered by many to be a fake marijuana as when things go well, it might give a high similar to weed. If things go wrong, a person could be trapped in an uncontrollable, paranoid hallucination.

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This fake marijuana was legal for quite a long time after it started being abused in many parts of the US, but in 2011, the DEA utilized its emergency powers to ban the drug until local legislation could catch up with laws outlawing its sale and use.

Is It Really “Natural”?

As a gimmick to increase sales, this product may be labeled “natural” and “undetectable” meaning it probably will not show up on a drug test. But whatever the claims are, it has created damage and addiction in those who chose to abuse it. The lucky ones just experienced a euphoria similar to marijuana. The unlucky ones suffered extreme anxiety, hallucinations, even life-threatening seizures.

The drug is thought to have its effect on the central nervous system. It can cause the blood flow to the heart to reduce, resulting in heart attacks in some users. Some users vomit and become agitated and confused. A person who uses the drug regularly can become addicted and suffer withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit.

Despite its dangers, more than one in ten high school seniors has abused this drug, according to the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey.

Narconon Drug Rehabilitation Can Help the Person Addicted to Spice

When a person loses his (or her) sobriety to Spice, he needs effective help to bring about lasting recovery. Short-term programs too often result in repeated trips to rehab, as they do not help the recovering person repair the damage done by addiction. Every person who becomes addicted has suffered losses to personal integrity and self-respect. They have come to rely on a substance to get them through life, instead of having the skills themselves to deal with lady-to-day challenges. The Narconon drug rehabilitation program can bring the Spice abuser all the way back to stable sobriety in its long-term program that is residential in most locations.

The program takes three to five months for most people and includes a tolerable, nutritionally-supported withdrawal step, a sauna-based detoxification program and an array of life skills courses. On these courses, the recovering person learns such skills as how one’s personal integrity can be restored and how rational solutions can be decided on and put into place.

Find out how the Narconon drug rehabilitation program can help someone you care about who has become dependent on Spice. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.




Adolescent Drug Abuse Grows into Addiction Requiring Rehab Treatment

America’s young people continue to experiment with drugs in increasing numbers and at increased risk. The annual survey on adolescent drug abuse, the Monitoring the Future survey, shows that while alcohol consumption is declining slightly, more youth are abusing marijuana. And today’s marijuana is far stronger and more dangerous than the marijuana used by their parents or grandparents.

In the mid-1980s, the active ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, existed at a 3.6% level on average. But by 2009, the average THV content was close to 10 percent. The highest THC content detected in 2009 was 32 percent THC. Hydroponic processes and cross-breeding procedures are carefully utilized to increase the potency.

However, with additional potency comes increased risk of addiction. A study in the Netherlands showed that younger smokers of the drug had higher scores on dependency.


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Young People Prone to Abuse of More Drugs than Just Marijuana

It’s not just marijuana that ranks high in adolescent drug abuse. Prescription drugs also rate high on the list of drugs they tend to abuse. Students who need to cram for tests or finish term papers for high school or college may be attracted to abuse of Ritalin or Adderall. These stimulants are said to help these young people focus longer and better but they are still addictive and damaging.

A young person might feel that he or she needs this edge to keep up with the competition, but the drugs are addictive. If he wants to stop using them, he may be unable to quit. This can lead to illegal actions like prescription fraud or buying them from someone else who has a prescription.

Alcohol abuse routinely starts in the teens for millions of American teens. A news report from March 2012 described the problems that young women are experiencing with heavy consumption of alcohol. Some young women “load up” with alcohol before they go to parties at which no alcohol is allowed. The fact of so much substance abuse provides evidence that teens must lack sufficient education to recognize the danger implicit in drug abuse.

The National Institutes of Health noted that if a person can just delay alcohol consumption until after they are fifteen years old, they are five times less likely to abuse alcohol when they are grown. A person who starts substance abuse at such a young age needs to find an effective rehabilitation program that can enable him or her to have a long, sober future after that drug dependence.

Narconon Services Range from Drug Prevention to Rehabilitation

Around the world, there are more than one hundred twenty Narconon drug abuse prevention or rehabilitation centers. Fifty of these centers focus on rehab, offering long-term, residential programs that result in a seventy percent success rate. The remainder work with schools, clubs, civic groups to deliver the drug education curriculum of Narconon to young people and corporations.

The Narconon services at these rehab centers guide those who are addicted through a deep detoxification action that helps reduce cravings – sometimes even eliminating them, according to those who have completed it. Then each person executes Narconon life skills classes that develop the skills that will enable them to stay sober for the long haul, that will help them choose drug-free associates, that will enable them to overcome the obstacles that can crop up at any time.

Narconon services have a forty-five year history of helping addicts learn to live clean and sober. Learn how you can help someone you care about live a happy, sober, productive life through Narconon services. Find out the whole story by contacting a Narconon drug rehab counselor today at 1-800-775-8750.





Heroin Addiction Can Transform a Productive Life into a Disaster

How does heroin addiction start? Usually by one person who already uses heroin telling a non-user that they really need to try this drug. It might start out with smoking because most people attach less stigma to heroin used this way. But then it so often progresses to shooting heroin, injecting it. And once down this road, so many people find themselves lost in an addiction to this drug.

The problems connected with heroin addiction are only partly connected with the damage done by the drug itself. Heroin addiction tends to create collateral damage as well. Heroin users may live risky lives of sharing needles or having risky sex. They may become homeless or unemployed and then have to resort to crime to support the habit that drives them so strongly.

Overcome Heroin Addiction

Every person addicted to heroin deserves an effective chance to leave heroin addiction behind for good, before it causes an early death.

On Average, Heroin Addicts Lose Almost Two Decades of Life

A California study followed nearly six hundred heroin addicts for more than thirty-three years to determine how many heroin addicts died premature deaths. In this study, it was determined that on average, a heroin addict lost more than eighteen years of life due to the addiction. The causes of death were typically heroin overdose, chronic liver disease or accidents. In fact, the leading cause of death was heroin overdose.

This study found that heroin overdoses typically occur in the late 20s or early 30s, contributing greatly to the loss of life statistic. Younger people also suffered more accidental deaths from falls, firearms, traffic deaths and other accidents.

This study also noted that the lifestyle of the heroin addict typically includes crime and other drug use, such as alcohol consumption.

To the Family, They Just Want to Save their Loved One

These statistics may mean nothing to the mom or dad who are forced to watch their beloved child lose everything to addiction. All they want to know is that there is a solution that works for the majority of those who use it, that results in lasting sobriety.

These families have been finding this solution in the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The Narconon program was originally founded in the Arizona State Prison System as a solution for heroin addicts who went to jail over and over again as a result of their addictions. In the decades since its inception, it has been further developed to be a comprehensive approach to recovering from the damage addiction does.

The effects of heroin addiction range from a loss of personal integrity due to the criminality and lies normally used by the addict to manipulate those around him, to depression due to the illness and physical stress of the drug itself, compounded with the hopelessness of a person who can’t shake their addiction.

The Narconon program is long-term and residential in most locations. This gives the addicted person the time to truly focus on their recovery. It takes time, work and guidance to rebuild that life, to establish a sober foundation that will last far into the future.

Narconon Sauna Program Helps Address Cravings that Drive the Addiction

For the addicted person, it’s the cravings that drive them to use the drug again and again. They are so strong that the person will neglect family and friends and goals to chase the drug, something he would never do if he were not addicted. The Narconon sauna program directly addresses these cravings, providing relief.

It’s called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This Narconon sauna program uses time in a low-heat sauna, moderate daily exercise and a strict regimen of nutritional supplements to activate the body’s ability to flush out old drug residues. These residues become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body where they can stay for years, helping to trigger cravings even years after drug use stops. Those completing this step say their outlooks are brighter and they can think more clearly. Most say that cravings are reduced and some even say they are gone.

Find out about the Narconon program that helps seven out of ten graduates live drug-free. From Narconon Vista Bay in Northern California to Narconon Florida, addicts are finding new sober lives. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.

Read: Joe’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction



Could LSD be Offered as a New Treatment for Alcoholism? Is That Even a Good Idea?

Those trying to overcome alcoholism may struggle with this problem for years before they find the right treatment to help end the battle. But along the way, they could encounter treatment that does more damage than the disease.

In a new report, LSD has been tested in Norway as a treatment for alcoholism and is being touted as a solution to the chronic, relapsing nature of the problem.

In this study, more than 500 alcoholics were studied to determine their response to treatment with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Two-thirds received LSD while the others received different treatments, and then their recoveries were compared. Slightly more of the LSD users did not return to alcohol abuse after the study period.

So there are some researchers associated with this study who now propose using LSD as a treatment for alcoholism. The problem is that LSD is an addictive drug that sends people to rehab for recovery and that has been known to cause lasting psychosis among some individuals.

Consider a study published by the National Institutes of Health. In 1983, 52 “LSD psychotics” were compared to 29 non-drug-induced schizophrenics and were found to be “fundamentally similar.” Is this a drug that should be used to treat alcoholics?

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In the report on the Norwegian study, one addiction psychiatrist associated with the University of Washington noted that little is known about the effects of LSD and so it should be used with caution. But then he commented that “We already use drugs to fight drugs,” noting that methadone is addictive and it is used to fight addiction to heroin and other opiates as a justification for using LSD in this situation.

Alcoholism Treatment Routinely Involves the Use of Drugs at Conventional Rehab Centers

For alcoholics, there may be two phases of their recovery. They may first need to go through a medical detox to come down safely from their chronic intoxication. As bodies become dependent on the constant presence of alcohol, a person may experience seizures, high fevers or even a coma as they withdraw. Benzodiazepines are often given to get a person safely through this period. While this is medically necessary in some cases, many conventional rehabs continue to prescribe these or other drugs through the entire treatment program and long afterwards. Thus a person who wishes to recover their sobriety may be kept on drugs instead of being able to experience an enjoyable life without medication.

Perhaps If There Were No Other Way to Fight Alcoholism

If use of LSD were the only possible way to save a person from drinking themselves to death, perhaps the use of a hallucinogen that could create psychosis in some of the patients would be warranted. But if there are other ways of creating lasting sobriety, that is the obvious first choice. And fortunately, there is a way that avoids the use of drugs in alcoholism recovery.

Of course, some people have created such an intense physical dependence on alcohol that they have no choice but to rely on some drugs to get them through that initial period. Once that is done, they can find the remainder of their recovery drug-free at a Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. These rehab facilities, located in more than fifty locations around the world, have found healthy, holistic ways of relieving depression, helping a recovering person overcome guilt and restoring self-esteem. These are all essential components to lasting recovery from alcoholism or any kind of drug addiction.

Narconon International in Los Angeles can help you determine if you have a Narconon rehab near you. Or you can visit the site www.narcononcenter.org for more information.




While Crack Cocaine Initiates Have Dropped Dramatically, this Addictive Drug is Still Ruining Lives

Between the mid-1980s and 2002, hundreds of thousands of Americans started using crack cocaine each year. This number finally began to decline and by 2010, fewer than 100,000 people were starting to use crack cocaine each year. This is one of the best things that could happen in this country because of the ravages created by crack, both to the body and to the user’s life.

The changes that occur in the life of a habitual crack user are rather staggering.

Crack symptoms include:

  • Cardiac and vascular damage
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Stomach perforations
  • Birth defects
  • Lung problems including what’s called “crack lung”: scarring, difficulty breathing, severe pain, cough
  • Risky sexual activity including unprotected sex or prostitution especially among women

Plenty of Mental Damage Occurs, Too

Mental ravages include deep depression as the brief high of crack cocaine wears off, paranoia, mania and compulsive behavior. One type of compulsive behavior noted was the searching for misplaced pieces of crack rock. One study of 41 crack addicts found that the average time spent searching for lost crack rocks was 90 minutes.

Delusion, agitation, violence and suicidal or homicidal thinking were noted among crack users. While some of these symptoms are also associated with powder cocaine use, with crack users, the symptoms tend to be more intense.

Crack Rehab for Addiction

Each month, about a million and a half people use cocaine, with as many as three-quarters of crack users reporting that they smoke it.

Crack Symptoms Can Be Relieved Through Effective Rehab

Once a person stops using crack, it does not mean that all the damage done by the drug immediately heals. Recovering from addiction takes time and work. But the payoff is worth it when a person learns to live a drug-free life and accordingly, stays sober after graduation from rehab. A short, 28-day rehab is unlikely to make this much change on a person who has been abusing crack cocaine for the past few years. Many simple life skills have been lost during that time. The addicted person feels guilty about the things they have done, whether it was harming someone else or just contributing to their own decline. There is a terrible loss of personal integrity and also the depression that normally occurs after stopping use or crack cocaine.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program provides recovery even from an addiction as severe as crack cocaine. It doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a long-term program with a way of restoring integrity and self-esteem and methods of teaching a person the life skills he or she has lost. That is what Narconon centers have been offering for more than forty-five years. Narconon reviews from families state that they have their loved ones back after losing them to addiction.

Each person who has struggled with the terrible crack symptoms has a chance to live sober and productive after the Narconon program. In three to five months for most people, the damage can be repaired.

The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is a big step forward in recovery. This intensive detox program uses a low heat sauna, generous nutritional supplements, moderate daily exercise and strict supervision to help each person flush out old drug toxins. A trained staff member at Narconon reviews every day’s progress to make sure the program is done properly.

As drugs have a natural affinity for fats, the residues of drug use tend to become lodged in fatty tissues. When these residues are flushed, each person recovers much of his or her ability to think clearly again. Emotions are more like they were before drug use. Many people say that the sharp cravings for cocaine either greatly reduce or go away. This is a key point of a long-lasting sobriety.

Find out how someone you care about who is struggling with crack cocaine addiction can recover with the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.






Cocaine is Popular as a Party Drug but Use Can Still Result in Disaster

While cocaine has been around for many decades, abuse of this drug in the US really kicked into high gear in the 1980s. It took a little longer for usage rates to climb in Europe because of the distance from the major cocaine manufacturing countries in South America.

Cocaine popular Party Drug

But it didn’t take very long for the damaging physical effects of cocaine to start showing up. The first cocaine-induced stroke was diagnosed in 1977, and the death of basketball star Len Bias let plenty of people know about the damage that can be done to one’s heart by cocaine abuse.

This hasn’t quelled cocaine’s image as a party drug. Celebrity arrests and visits to rehab may continue to give the drug a glamourous allure, despite the health risks. But cocaine’s intense addictiveness can perpetuate the drug habit even when the user knows the risk.

Cocaine Creates Strong Cravings for More of the Drug

While cocaine use in the US and Europe both has declined in the last several years, there are still 1.6 million Americans using cocaine. Europe still consumes about 25% of the world’s cocaine supply.

Both crack cocaine and powder cocaine retain their customers by creating intense cravings that drive users into repeated use of the drug. Powder cocaine may be consumed in binges where the user keeps using cocaine over and over again for days until they run out of money, drugs or the physical ability to keep on going.

Trying to withdraw from cocaine use can generate withdrawal symptoms such as exhaustion, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and intense cravings, creating a formidable barrier to sobriety. Cocaine addiction rehab must provide support for the person in withdrawal to get them safely through this period. The Narconon drug rehab program, located in fifty centers around the world, offers a holistic, drugless rehabilitation program that provides those addicted to cocaine with a strong hope of lasting sobriety.

Narconon Long-Term Cocaine Addiction Rehab Has Excellent Track Record of Success

In order to help a person achieve lasting sobriety, the reasons a person began to abuse drugs must be addressed and handled. In the Narconon drug recovery program, a person has the time and the guidance to repair the damage done by addiction and build new life skills.

Nutritional support and one-on-one work with the Narconon staff help make withdrawal tolerable. Gentle reorientation exercises and physical assists help calm the body’s reactions to the changes going on.

Lasting Sobriety Narconon Rehab

When safely through this phase, each person furthers their recovery by completing the intensely therapeutic Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, one step of the larger program. This program utilizes a low-heat sauna, a strict regimen of nutritional supplements and moderate daily exercise to activate the body’s ability to eliminate toxins left over from drug use. These toxins are attracted to a body’s fatty tissues where they tend to remain until the right conditions exist to be flushed out. This is what this drug detoxification program provides – the exact help the body needs to flush these old residues. When the residues are gone, those completing this step state that they feel brighter and more energetic, that the dullness of the years of drug use is gone and that their cravings have gone with it, in most cases.

But cocaine addiction rehab is not done until a person learns how to choose a sober life over drug use, no matter what challenges are faced. Treatment continues at a Narconon center by guiding each person going through cocaine addiction rehab through the life skills training that keeps them safe and sober once they get home.

Narconon can be the answer you need for someone who is struggling with cocaine addiction. Contact a counselor to find out more  about the Narconon objectives and why  this program is so effective.





Crack Cocaine Creates Urgent Need for Cocaine Addiction Rehab

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Every drug that creates addiction has the potential to be highly destructive, but crack cocaine stands among the worst. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, the use of crack cocaine is often associated with more severe and frequent symptoms than cocaine use alone.

Paranoia occurs in two-thirds or more of crack users. Violence shows up in 55% of crack users and in some areas, 31% of homicide victims were killed by a crack cocaine user. Crack was also found to be present in a fifth of suicides.

Users usually develop a tolerance to this drug quickly which means that many will probably wind up “chasing” the euphoric high of early experiences. As more and more crack is used in an attempt to duplicate these early pleasures, there is a greater risk of incurring the severe mental disturbances associated with crack.

Cocaine Addiction Rehab Helps Crack Cocaine Addicts

Recovery is the same no matter what drug is used because the fundamental damage done to a person by addiction is fairly consistent. An addict loses self-respect and personal integrity because of the actions taken to obtain and use more drugs, and the lies told to those who might just want to help. Addicts often lose the ability to interact honestly with those around them and may not feel pleasure from anything but drug abuse. An addict’s environment is often foggy and dim due to the lasting effects of the drugs. These effects have to be undone if recovery is to be lasting. Simply covering them up with substitute medications will not return a person to life.

The Narconon Drug Rehab Program Provides New Hope and Life for Cocaine Use

When a family seeks cocaine addiction rehab for one who has lost control of a cocaine habit, Narconon drug rehab centers offer lasting recovery for those seeking cocaine addiction rehab.

Located in cities and country settings in fifty locations around the world, Narconon centers have been enabling seven out of ten graduates to achieve lasting sobriety for more than forty-five years. This includes those addicted to cocaine and crack.

Ending Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine addiction rehab starts with a nutritionally-supported withdrawal phase that can help avoid the worst of cocaine withdrawal’s usual energy crash and depression. Each person then goes on to learn basic communication skills, which starts to return a person to healthy interaction with people and things around him.

Treatment continues with the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program that uses a sauna, moderate exercise and a strict nutritional regimen to flush out old drug toxins. As the toxic residues of crack or powder cocaine use (and from other drugs as well) lodge in the fatty tissues, this step helps remove the lingering effects of these drugs. The result is a brighter outlook and reduced cravings.

The next phase of rehabilitation in this cocaine addiction rehab activity is the restoration of sober living skills, which includes recovering one’s personal integrity and the ability to make sober living decisions.

Find out today how this long-term program can help someone you care about recover the ability to live a productive, enjoyable life. Get help with cocaine addiction today.




New Study Reveals Alcohol is Never Safe During Pregnancy

Alcohol Not Safe Pregnant

Opinions have varied widely on when it’s acceptable for a pregnant woman to drink. It wasn’t until 1973 that researchers identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), that collection of symptoms that show up in newborns when mothers drink, usually heavily, during pregnancy. FAS symptoms can include physical deformities to the head and face plus behavioral and learning problems.

And it wasn’t until 1981 that there were definite warnings about drinking during pregnancy issued by the Surgeon General.

One of the problems with collecting study data on the problem was that it was difficult to carry out a study that involved pregnant women because of the chance of harming the baby. But now a recent study has provided a closer look at how much alcohol is too much for a pregnant woman – and does it matter when during the pregnancy she drinks it?

The study carefully followed the toxic exposure and drinking experiences of 992 pregnant woman in California between 1978 and 2005. Once the women gave birth, the babies were carefully examined for any signs of FAS. The researchers then correlated any signs with the amount of alcohol consumed and when in the pregnancy it was drunk.

The report based on this research now states that the second half of the first trimester – or about 43 to 84 days after conception – is the most sensitive time for alcohol consumption, based on the appearance of FAS-type symptoms of women who drank during this time.

But because of the appearance of symptoms in babies born to women who drank in varying quantities at various times in the pregnancy, the researchers were forced to conclude that there were no safe levels of alcohol consumption while pregnant.

This is Bad News for Those Who Can’t Control their Alcohol Consumption

This may not present a problem for the average pregnant woman who has no trouble controlling her drinking. But for the pregnant woman who has lost control due to prolonged alcohol abuse, this is not good news. Some women may seek help at Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or if her problem is drug abuse, Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Many alcoholics, however, benefit greatly from being removed from the environment in which they were drinking. With alcohol being legal, it can often be found within a few blocks of almost any point of an urban landscape. This is where Narconon can provide a unique kind of help.

Help to Quit Drinking Pregnant

Narconon residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers located across the US and in dozens of other locations around the world offer a pregnant woman a chance to recover from alcoholism in a safe, controlled environment, protecting not only her sobriety but also her unborn child.

Utilizing life skills training and nutritional support, a pregnant woman can learn how to get her life back on track so she can nurture her baby when it is born. At a Narconon drug and alcohol rehab center, Narconon meetings consist of learning how to choose one’s friends properly to preserve a drug-free life, knowing how to recover one’s personal integrity that might have been lost during drug or alcohol addiction, and much more.

For anyone you want to help recover from alcohol or drug addiction, pregnant or not, contact the Narconon International offices at 1-800-775-8750 today to find out more.