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Drug Abuse in the Italian Region of Puglia

Narconon Gabbiano Rehab Puglia

"Drugs in Puglia, Red Alert," blared the title of one of the main Italian newspapers, La Republica, in 2007. A strong title, that definitely caused a sensation, but not without reason.

At the time, it was up to the Mayor of Bari, the capital city of the region, to launch this appeal, describing a situation that could not pass unnoticed, referring mainly to the trafficking and consumption of cocaine in the city. At the time, the seaport of Bari, one of the most important commercial hubs of the Italian coast, was also a major heroin traffic center, with almost 70 kilos of the drug seized in 2006. Official reports of the same year stated that eleven thousand people requested assistance in the public services for drug addiction of the region, but mentioned also 16 deaths from overdoses, half of which were in the city of Bari.

The Situation Today

What has changed in the scenario of drugs in this particular region of Italy after a few years? And, if anything did actually change, in what way? According to the annual report of the Italian Direzione Centrale dei Servizi Antidroga in 2010, Puglia was still the Italian region with the largest seizures of heroin, along with Lombardy and Veneto; up to this day, the use of cocaine continues to grow, and it remains the drug most requested and experimented by many -- entrepreneurs, students, and even housewives.

Up to this point of 2011, there is no reliable change in the statistics, which after all represents only the tip of a vast iceberg -- drug trafficking and drug abuse -- that unfortunately continues to grow every day, while public authorities and citizens can only speculate over its real proportions and ramifications. Between January and July of this year, in the district of Bari more than 17 kilos of heroin have been seized, while cocaine is already over 5 kilos. The amount of hashish and marijuana seized during the same period has been about 1158 kilos in total. This data is fully accessible to the public and updated monthly for each city district of Italy by the State Police.

The Narconon Program in Puglia

Narconon has been active in Puglia since 1992 and is an integral part of the regional and national network of drug rehab centers. The key to the success of the Narconon drug rehab program is in its unique and innovative approach. The Narconon program takes drug addicts step by step along their rehabilitation journey from the withdrawal phase, without using any other drug as substitute and, nevertheless, overcoming the withdrawal symptoms with minimal discomfort; to the body detoxification achieved through a regimen of exercise, saunas and nutrition; after that the individual can focus on a true personal rehabilitation through an educational program where he or she learns again -- often for the first time -- to address and solve those same problems that would have been intolerable before without the "aid" of drugs or alcohol.

In Puglia, the Narconon Center Il Gabbiano is specialized in any kind of drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation, with a high quality of service and professionalism. Up to this day, Narconon Center Il Gabbiano has successfully helped more than 1,000 drug and alcohol addicts from all over Italy, who now live a healthy, happy and productive life.

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