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Prescription Drug Addiction

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program helps people recover from prescription drug addiction, no matter what path they took to arrive at that addiction.

prescription drug addictionAt one time, not that long ago, there weren't that many prescription drugs on the market. There were a number of antibiotics, morphine and the opium preparation called laudanum. In the 1940s, pharmaceutical companies began gearing up, releasing hydrocortisone, blood pressure medications, tranquilizers and antipsychotics. Miltowns were the first tranquilizer on the market, followed by Quaaludes and Valium. Seconal and Nembutal were available for those who could not sleep. And the boom was on. As the popularity of prescription drugs grew, more people became dependent on them. And along with dependency, some people lost their lives to them. Judy Garland died of an overdose of Seconal and Marilyn Monroe succumbed to enough Nembutal and chloral hydrate (another sleeping drug) to kill ten men.

This trend of losing celebrities to prescription drugs has continued to this day, with the deaths of Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith, among others, being attributed to prescription drug overdoses after the fact of drug dependence.

Now, government surveys indicate that more than seven million people in America alone abuse prescription drugs each month.

Two Different Paths to Abuse and Addiction

One of the problems with prescription drugs is that there are two routes to abuse and addiction. The first is by way of legitimate use. Many people take medications like painkillers Vicodin, Lortab or OxyContin or benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax per their doctors' prescriptions. As their bodies learn to tolerate the drugs, their dosages must go up to keep symptoms at bay. At some point, many people find that their doctors will no longer increase the dosage or perhaps will no longer provide a prescription, telling the patient they must wean off the drug.

By this time, many people are so dependent on their pills that they feel they must take these drugs simply to feel "normal." When they resort to doctor-shopping to get as many prescriptions as they need to maintain their desired dosages, or prescription fraud or theft, they run the risk of losing everything if they are arrested for these crimes.

Drug Taking Becomes Recreational

The second path to prescription drug abuse and addiction is through recreational abuse. A young person goes to a party where someone has obtained prescription OxyContin from a relative and they decide to try this drug that others are saying is such a "good time." They try it once, maybe twice and then find that they crave the drug and can't quit. In too many cases, one of the first few times a young person has taken the drug resulted in their death.

Some people will become and stay addicted to prescription drugs for years, after getting started on them recreationally. It's as true for opioids as it is for benzodiazepines or stimulants.

No matter how a person gets addicted to prescription drugs, the fact is that getting one's life back after addiction very often involves drug rehabilitation.

Getting Off the Drugs and Into a Clean and Sober Life at Narconon

For more than 40 years, Narconon centers around the world have been safe havens for people suffering from prescription drug addiction. The first thing that must happen is a safe, tolerable withdrawal from the addictive drug. For some drugs, the withdrawal symptoms are so severe that the threat of going through that torture may be enough to keep a person abusing their prescription drug. In the case of OxyContin, severe muscle pain and spasms make the detoxifying addict miserable. Many drugs burn up vitamin and mineral supplies in the body so when the drug influence starts fading away, the recovering addict may experience a crushing depression accompanied by guilt for all the terrible acts and lies while he was addicted.

There is a solution. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program uses nutritional supplements specifically designed to help the recovering addict replace the nutrients destroyed by drug use. A calming calcium-magnesium drink helps with body pain. Simple body "assists" developed for the Narconon program, physical procedures that help the person relax and re-orient to a drug-free body and environment, also improve the recovering addict's progress. For most addicts, withdrawal becomes a tolerable process when experienced at a Narconon center. And since withdrawal can now be faced in fair comfort, this often gives the addict the hope that perhaps this time they can walk all the way into a sober new life at a Narconon facility.

At Narconon Centers, Detoxification has a Different Meaning

In many drug rehabilitation centers or hospitals, detoxification mostly takes the form of getting a person fully sober after a period of drug-taking. But it does not involve flushing the residual drugs from the tissues where they are lodged.

Because drugs are fat-soluble, they tend to be attracted to the fatty tissues of the body and can lodge there. The effects of this fat-bonding has often been seen in people who previously took LSD. Some people experience flashbacks of earlier LSD trips when those stored drug residues are released from the fat. The same is true for hydrocodone, ocycodone, methadone, morphine, stimulants like amphetamines and ADHD drugs Ritalin or Adderall or sleeping pills like lorazepam, Klonopin, or non-benzodiazepine sleeping aids like Ambien and Sonata.

So while a person may be sober after a traditional detoxification, they may not have recovered a bright outlook on life, both because of nutritional deficiencies and a kind of internal pollution caused by years of heavy drug use. With the use of a dry-heat sauna, exercise, nutritional supplements and close supervision, those recovering from addiction at a Narconon center have to chance to rid themselves of these lingering physical traces of their addictions.

Restoring the Life Skills Lost to Addiction, the Narconon Way

So once a person has withdrawn from their addictive drug, and they have thoroughly detoxified, are they ready to leave a Narconon drug rehabilitation facility and go home? Not yet. Because they need to address the problems that led them to start using drugs in the first place.

This is another place that the Narconon drug rehab program departs from the traditional drug treatment model. At this point in the Narconon drug treatment program, the recovering addict learns how to face his or her life honestly and how to make drug-free decisions. This is achieved through a series of life skills training courses. A return of personal integrity, an education on a common-sense moral code - these training actions rehabilitate the spirit of the recovering addict.

Only then does drug treatment become rehabilitation in the truest sense of the word. The outcome of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center? Seven out of ten graduates of the program go on to live sober, productive lives, even when interviewed as long as two full years after completion.

Get the Narconon scienctific research behind the Narconon drug rehabilitation program.


Resources:

  • http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/medicines-and-remedies/3
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Marilyn_Monroe
  • http://www.nida.nih.gov/Infofacts/Painmed.html
  • http://help-me-to-sleep.com/insomnia/benzodiazepines.html
  • http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/2k9Results.htm

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