HCR 64 Box 15
Caliente, NV 89008
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Caliente, Nevada is far from the neon and slot machines in either the north or the south but provides a solution for all addicted Nevadans.
Sitting at the base of craggy mountains, Narconon Nevada enables its students to put drug use behind them and achieve a fully drug-free future. Unlike many other drug treatment facilities, Narconon Nevada does not administer any medication as part of the rehabilitation treatment. Recovery is not sought by labeling a person with a mental disorder. Drug addiction treatment at Narconon occurs by helping a person restore their own personal integrity and rebuild broken relationships.
For this reason, the Narconon program is not a 28-day program where you leave residential treatment when the month is up, ready or not. When a person graduates from substance abuse treatment at Narconon in Nevada, they have the tools to make drug-free decisions for the rest of his or her life.
The Narconon program includes the unique sauna detoxification method that enables a person to eliminate drug residues that are lodged in the body and can affect them for years. This alone helps increase the addicts chance of staying sober for the long-term. Once the person has been rehabilitated physically, they then complete their life skills training which gives them the tools to address situations in life that prior to the program would have triggered drug use.
As much of Nevada is arid, unusable land, the attentions of drug trafficking groups are naturally drawn to Las Vegas in the south and Reno in the north. Casinos thrive in both cities, and people drawn to gambling are sometimes also drawn to drug abuse as well as alcohol consumption. The channels for getting drugs into these areas are simple: in the north, they travel down I-80 from Sacramento or San Francisco. In the south, they can come on many routes. I-15 from Southern California, I-40 up from Phoenix or following the tourist routes into "Sin City." Buses, aircraft, personal vehicles and commercial trucks all transport the drugs that visitors to Las Vegas might need to make their parties complete.
Demand is steady at high levels in many areas of the state, and normally, drug traffickers from California or Mexico can meet the demand. Due to changes in law in Mexico, methamphetamine supplies fell short of demand, so prices went up while purity went down. Higher levels of violence between drug cartel members accompanied these shortages.
Supplies of cocaine have remained steady, and indoor and outdoor grows of marijuana have been increasing to meet an increasing demand. While much of Nevada is not suited to agriculture, some enterprising drug cartels have been planting marijuana crops near springs in the western part of the state, near the California line, or in the northernmost part of the state, not far from Boise. Indoor seizures have increased from 18 in 2005 to 80 in 2008. Outdoor grows have increased five fold in the last three years. Augmenting these grow sites are shipments of marijuana from Mexico or British Columbia. As Nevada recently passed a "medical marijuana" law, some individuals are abusing this law to legally grow marijuana for their own use but then add more plants for commercial purposes.
Of course, club drugs are in ample supply in adult nightclubs and raves in both Reno and Las Vegas. Asian drug trafficking groups supply most of the MDMA (Ecstasy) and use Las Vegas as a transshipment point for the Midwest and East Coast as well. Other club drugs such as ketamine, GHB and LSD are brought in from California or New York.
Federal figures for those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol in Nevada might be somewhat misleading. After all, more than 40 million visitors enter the state each year. There are no figures for the number of these people who visit Nevada and try crack cocaine or Mexico's black tar heroin and start the addiction process rolling.
Of the two million residents in Nevada, nearly 200,000 admitted to being dependent on or abusing illicit drugs or alcohol in 2006. Sadly, about the same number stated that they needed and did not receive addiction treatment for their substance abuse problems.
And like the rest of the west, Nevada has a pervasive problem with methamphetamine. Meth produced in "Superlabs" in California or Mexico provides Nevada's supply. It is the most frequently encountered drug in the state, is fiercely addictive and takes a terrible toll on the health of the user. But even addiction to methamphetamine can be overcome with the right residential treatment program.
Nevada has a vigorous and dangerous problem with prescription drug abuse. In the second half of 2008, there were more deaths due to prescription drugs abuse than there had been in all of 2006. The abuse of controlled prescription drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), Soma (muscle relaxant, sedative), benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax), methadone and many others are obtained through prescription fraud, Internet purchases or "doctor shopping."
Not only are these drugs addictive, but it is deceptively easy to overdose. Mixing them with other drugs such as alcohol can also create life-threatening situations.