What if your Child or Loved One is already Using Stimulants?
Determine if he (or she) is addicted by checking these points.
Has he or she:
- Tried to quit or promised to quit and then returned to use of more of these drugs?
- Suffered damage to health?
- Been arrested once or more than once for DUI, DWI or drug possession?
- Been arrested for crimes he (or she) committed to get money for these or other drugs?
- Suffered serious damage to family life?
- Suffered severe financial damage or ruin?
- Overdosed or suffered serious adverse effects once or more than once and needed emergency medical help?
- Abandoned goals or educational plans?
- Suffered significant personality changes that could include aggression, paranoia, dishonesty or loss of motivation?
- Created suffering for those around him due to neglect, physical or mental abuse?
- Been seriously affected by stimulant abuse in other ways?
- Already been to rehab one or more times and relapsed every time?
This is only a very brief test. But if these signs are present and the person has continued to abuse these drugs, it is very likely that addiction exists. This person may only be able to get sober with help from an effective rehabilitation program.
When a Person Needs Help
At some time or another, nearly every family will have to deal with the addiction of one of their members. It could be an uncle that seems half-drunk at every family celebration, someone who lost everything to prescription opiate addiction or a loved one who has fallen into a pattern of abusing synthetics, hallucinogens or club drugs. It is important to know how to find this person a lasting solution.
The kinds of changes that must occur to recover from addiction include:
- A person must find relief from the incessant, intense cravings that make sobriety difficult or lead to repeated relapses.
- He (or she) must overcome the depression that accompanies addiction.
- He must gain more self-control and recover his clear perception of his world.
- He must also find relief from the guilt that results from addiction.
- He must regain a sense of morals and personal responsibility.
- He must learn the life skills that make it possible to maintain a sober path toward success after he returns to his usual life.
When you look at this list, you are probably looking at the changes and life skills you hope to see in your loved one, if you are dealing with someone who is already addicted. Narconon addresses these changes and many more that are necessary for a person to stay sober for the rest of his or her life.
With almost five decades of experience in repairing damage done by addiction, the Narconon recovery program is structured so that the individual has tools that help him succeed in life and remain drug-free.
You can locate a Narconon drug rehab program here: http://www.narconon.org/narconon-centers/
The Narconon program is different. It is not a 28-day program and does not use substitute drugs. It is not a drug-based program. It does not require faith or belief.
The program’s goal is a drug-free individual.
Getting Help from Other Drug Rehabs:
More than ten thousand rehab programs in the US can be found here, including the dozen Narconon centers in the United States: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov
This is a complete database of all different types of drug rehabs, searchable by city, county, state and type of program.
Addiction does not have to be a permanent curse. It can be overcome. But it is best when it can be prevented entirely.
For help with drug education or rehabilitation, contact Narconon International
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