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With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Students Abusing Drugs

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower.

According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests?

Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some hope their children will not use drugs, some are too wrapped up in other concerns to pay much attention to the matter and some take effective action to fight drug or alcohol abuse by their children. It can be hard to tell which path is the most effective.

Is the best route to skip drug education and simply administer frequent drug tests? Certainly drug tests are in the news recently, as the Ohio School Board deliberated on the best method of using random drug tests among students in performance and competitive events. And in Florida, debate continued over whether or not it was proper to give welfare recipients drug tests as a condition of receiving their benefits.

On this point, parents can look to recent reports from the National Center on Addiction and Drug Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) for evidence of what methods are available to them to prevent drug abuse by their children.

According to CASA, something as simple as family dinners together makes a big difference. Look at this comparison, for example. CASA compared teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week) with those who have fewer than three per week.

Teens with fewer family dinners are:

  • Nearly four times as likely to use tobacco
  • More than twice as likely to drink alcohol
  • More than twice as likely to smoke marijuana
  • Almost four times as likely to say they expect to use drugs at some point in the future.

CASA’s surveys also show that it is essential for parents to agree on their drug use and alcohol use messages. When parents do not agree completely on their anti-drug message to teens, those children are 3.5 times more likely to expect to use drugs in the future. When parents don’t agree on an anti-alcohol use message, teens are twice as likely to drink as other children whose parents do agree.

Narconon Centers Sponsor Drug Education Classes in Hundreds of Schools to Help Reduce Drug Abuse

Schedule Drug Education Presentation

Along with running centers that provide drug rehabilitation services around the world, Narconon staff from many centers go out into the community to deliver anti-drug messages to young people. From Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma and centers in Southern California and Italy alike, staff teach children of all ages in schools and clubs the dangers of illicit or prescription drug abuse or alcohol abuse. When the anti-drug curriculum is from Narconon, schools can find that their drug problems drop. A peer-reviewed study, published on the website www.substanceabusepolicy.com, reported on the decrease in drug abuse among students who had received the entire Narconon curriculum.

CASA studies report that a young person who does not start abusing drugs or alcohol until he or she is 21 years old is virtually certain never to do so. The best tools to use to prevent drug or alcohol abuse are accurate lessons in the problems created by substance abuse and parental concern, communication and attention.

Call a center near you to find out more about the Narconon objectives used in the drug education presentations.


Resources:

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf

http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: The Importance of Family Dinners VII and National Survey of

American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents

http://www.substanceabusepolicy.com/content/3/1/8

http://www.bcrnews.com/2012/01/24/ohio-looks-at-drug-testing-options/ac9ga6f/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/25/florida-primary-candidates-drug-policy?newsfeed=true

Even as Early as College, Some May Need Drug Rehab

Curious about alcohol use in colleges? There’s an amazingly easy way to find out if this is a popular activity. Just follow this simple procedure.

Decided on a well-known college. Go to Facebook and look for people attending that college. Look for profile pictures where young people are crammed together, grinning widely for the camera. Select a few of these people and check out the photos they have posted to their Facebook pages. It will not take long to find photo after photo that endorse the collegiate habit of abusing alcohol.

Facebook alcohol endorsement may be supporting and furthering the alcohol consumption that has been ruining academic careers and even resulting in the deaths of more than seventeen hundred college students per year. Hundreds of thousands more suffered effects like injury, assault or unwanted sexual encounters while drunk.

According to the Surgeon General, more than 12% of 18 to 20 year olds meet the criteria for alcohol dependence. With dependence goes destruction to one’s life, college career, studies and more.

When Careers are at Risk, Addiction Treatment Drug Rehab is Called For

Families watching their young members may grow concerned, and with good reason. The right choice can be alcohol recovery programs, even this early in life. Many colleges will work with a young person who needs rehabilitation by giving them a leave of absence for such a program.

So then the focus becomes choosing the right addiction treatment drug rehab center for the purpose of helping this person achieve long-term goals.

Choosing Conventional or Alternative Drug Rehab

When it comes to making a choice of rehabs, this can be difficult for families facing it the first time. Without experience with rehab, it can be hard to decipher the real meanings of rehab offerings. Here’s a simple way to start: ask the center for their success rate. Then ask how they measure their success. And listen closely to see if anyone says “relapse is part of recovery.” If the recovery rehab is less than 50%, or if they measure their success by any other statistic than the number of people who remain sober after going home, or if they tell you to expect relapse, move on to the next center.

Narconon Centers Around the World Help Scholars Return to Accomplishment

Narconon rehabilitation programs are alternative programs, meaning they do not utilize conventional methods. But they do have a success rate of more than 70%, as evidenced by two years of followup surveys and compilations of results from Narconon centers around the world. Since 1966, the Narconon technology has been helping people recover from alcoholism or drug addiction, no matter what age they are.

Each person going through the program has a chance to eliminate stored drug toxins that have been shown to be involved in the triggering of cravings, even years after drug use stopped. While bodies do break down drugs and eliminate them, some residues are left in the fatty tissues of the body, and time in a low-heat sauna, moderate exercise and generous nutritional supplements are the key to flushing them out.

In addition to lowering or eliminating cravings, this step, the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, helps lift the foggy feeling that can remain after substance abuse. This brightness plus recovered self esteem and the right life skills to make drug-free decisions helps anyone return to a productive, enjoyable life. A long string of Narconon meetings after graduation turn out not to be needed when one has goals in sight and the skills to accomplish them.

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/underagedrinking/calltoaction.pdf