Restoring the Brightness of Life to Hawaii with Drug Rehabilitation
With Hawaii being so far off the beaten path and offering such an exquisite environment, it would be easy to imagine that this paradise has little or no problem with drugs. That would be wrong. It has its own dangerous profile of drug use—one that is quite different than other states on the mainland. IAlcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine vie for first place in sending the addicted to drug and alcohol rehab centers in Hawaii. Since 2010, these three drugs have been neck and neck in this race as you can see in this graph.
Methamphetamine poses the greatest threat to Hawaii and any community where its use is prevalent. The use of meth is not only associated with high levels of addiction, it’s also associated with rapid physical and mental decline, violence and crime. Hawaii had the misfortune to be in the path of Asian drug traffickers who wanted to start distributing meth to markets outside China. The Philippines, Korea, Hawaii and West Coast states were chosen as initial markets for this new product in the mid-1980s.
But these days, the drug comes from Mexico. There are now reports that traffickers bringing in methamphetamine are also bringing in heroin and that use of that drug is gradually increasing.
Methamphetamine Affects Employees, Employers, Families – Everyone
One study showed that employees on the islands were using meth at a rate four times that of the national average. In just three years, nearly 750 pounds of meth was seized with a street value of almost $12.5 million. Considering the small size of this state and its smaller population, just these seized drugs alone work out to a quarter-gram of meth per Hawaiian.
It’s been estimated that 10% of the state’s population is addicted to meth. An assessment of men jailed in Honolulu showed that 35% had the drug in their systems—the highest percentage in the U.S. Every area where meth use is high sees the extended effects of this drug: child neglect and abuse, domestic abuse, property thefts, assaults and prostitution.
Offering Hawaiians a Road Back to Sobriety with Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Since 1966, the Narconon drug rehabilitation program has been helping people get back on a sober, ethical and productive path after addiction. In dozens of Narconon drug rehab centers on six continents, more than 40,000 people have chosen Narconon to bring back the brightness to their lives. This is a drug-free program. Unlike many other rehab programs, no methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone, Vivitrol or other medications are used as part of recovery. Instead, each person is taught new, strong life skills to help them stay sober.
After safely withdrawing from all substances through the Narconon Drug-Free Withdrawal, the next step that must happen on the way to recovery is to help a person increase their ability to think clearly. Certainly, after years of drug abuse, no one thinks as clearly as they did before drug use. The New Life Detoxification helps return clarity of thought to pre-drug condition.
This special detox utilizes a low-heat sauna, a tightly-controlled regimen of nutritional supplements known to help aid detoxification, and moderate daily exercise. This combination helps the body flush away old, stored residues from past drug use. As these residues leave, each person’s thinking and outlook become brighter. Many people say their cravings drop to a manageable level. Some people even say their physical cravings for drugs are gone. This is an incredible blessing for a person who wants to see a complete end to drug use.
Strengthening the Individual
Feeling fresh and clean is a great start, but now the person must learn greater control of themselves, their choices and their environments as well. This improvement occurs on the objectives, an intensive series of procedures that help a person leave a painful past behind and learn to start relating to the present. Gradually, trauma and grief begin to fade. A person begins to learn to control their own emotions and reactions. Decisions are no longer being made by the person’s need for drugs. Self-determinism returns.
The next requirement is the building of specific life skills that will be needed for lasting sobriety. There are three phases to this training. First, each person must learn how association with antisocial individuals led to their fall. They must learn to spot and deal with these individuals in the future. Next, lessons cover personal integrity – how it is lost and, most importantly, how it can be recovered. As they feel their guilt drain away to be replaced by integrity, the relief is miraculous.
Finally, each person learns how to overcome obstacles and problems. If this lesson is not well learned, a setback or loss could send them back to drugs to escape the pain. Before graduation, each of these training courses is applied to one’s own life to initiate recovery in every part of life.
The result is someone who understands himself (or herself) much better than he ever did, who has recovered from so much of the damage and darkness of addiction and who can initiate actions that aid his own survival and the survival of others around him.
Schools Struggle with Drugs and Violence
In the last few years, the attention of the Hawaiian school systems and the public at large have been focused on increases in drug seizures and violence on campuses. Olomana High, a school for at-risk kids, had the highest rate of drug seizures, with 11.1% of their students involved. Keaau High was in second place with 6.5% of students involved. During the 2014-2015 school year, there were 57 drug-related incidents on the Keaau campus. That’s about one every three school days.
A recent survey of high school students showed that nearly one in five was a current marijuana user. Early use of drug use has been associated with a greater development of dependence on drugs or alcohol later in life.
No Hawaiian of any age deserves to lose themselves, their families or their careers to these drugs. For a resident of Hawaii, there are Narconon centers in California, Nevada and Colorado. A little further away, there are also centers in Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Florida and Louisiana. There is help available for you and your family. Call Narconon International to learn more about this effective drug rehabilitation program. Call 1-800-775-8750 today.