Restoring Maine to its Original Beauty and Dignity

Iconic Maine landscape

Beautiful, rugged Maine. On one hand, it’s a state of rugged individualists who shrug off deep snowfall and moose wandering through their backyards. It’s the land of white lighthouses whose brilliant lamps protect lobster-men from rocky outcrops. It’s also a land where painkiller addiction has launched a devastating epidemic of heroin use.

It staggers belief. Why should this beautiful state so far out on the frontier of America struggle with an opiate epidemic? This curse has been visited on any state where the doctors began prescribing painkillers too freely. You send a person home with 60 days worth of OxyContin when he is just going to suffer from four or five days of pain at most and that person could become addicted without meaning to. After all, the doctor knows best, right? If the doctor sent those pills home, then the patient may figure he is supposed to take them. After 60 days of painkillers without proper education, monitoring and care, most people are going to be addicted.

To make a long, painful journey short, in the end the patient goes looking for heroin because it is much cheaper and he does not need to go back to the doctor and tell lies to get more pills. Because the drug cartels were keeping up with this trend, they made sure there was plenty of heroin to feed to these people subjected to over-prescribing of painkillers.

Drug overdose deaths in Maine

Eventually, this trend resulted in an increasing number of overdoses and drug-related deaths. In one 24-hour period in 2015, the city of Portland coped with 14 overdoses. Two of those people couldn't be saved. Residents of the state were shocked when overdose deaths rose from 208 in 2014 to 272 in 2015. But then the next year, they shot up another hundred deaths.

Helping Good People Find Recovery

There are, amazingly enough, some people who feel that those who are addicted brought it on themselves. But no one wanted to be an addict. They might have just been following doctor’s orders or maybe they thought they could use drugs a few times with friends and not get into trouble. No one planned to become addicted and no one, despite what they might say, wants to continue to be an addict. It has been the job of Narconon for over fifty years to help these people find sobriety, recovery and their true natures again.

It is true that when a person is deeply addicted, he (or she) no longer acts like himself. He does not make choices like he did when he was sober. He has been putting his drug use before his own health, family and community. If he had not been overwhelmed by pain and intense cravings, it never would have been this way.

At Narconon centers across the United States and around the world, it’s possible to leave this addicted personality behind and become yourself again—honest and productive. This is what families hope and pray for each day, when someone they love is addicted.

The First Step Back to Health: Detoxification

This is not like the detoxes you might have heard about, where a person is supported while they come off the drugs they were taking. This one goes much deeper. Once through the Drug-Free Withdrawal, once starts on a healthy combination of time in a low-heat sauna, a strict regimen of nutritional supplements and moderate exercise have the effect of flushing old, stored drug toxins out of the body. These toxins could have been lodged for years, constantly affecting mood and thinking.

As these residues of past drug and alcohol use are washed away, a person’s thinking is clearer and brighter. His outlook improves. One person who finished this step said, “After going through the sauna, I kind of felt like I had before I had done any drugs. It was a pretty life-changing experience.” With this brightening of viewpoint, an individual is ready to start learning how to stay sober.

The Next Step: Teaching Lasting Life Skills

Now it’s time for a person to break the habits he developed just so he (or she) could survive. To start acting with consideration for others, he needs to come out of the hard shell addiction trapped him in. On the objectives, each person will go through a series of exercises that help him communicate with and regain control over his present time environment. Without a fresh new ability to perceive the present, he could stay trapped in trauma and fear from the past.

Each person then learns basic principles related to a productive, enjoyable life. The lessons include knowing who your safe friends and associates are, regaining your own self-respect, finding relief from the heavy guilt carried for so long and learning how to overcome problems and barriers. The lessons are studied and then applied to one’s own life to continue the healing. Lesson by lesson, a person comes out of the bad attitudes of the past and can once again embody his own true nature and personality.

Before going home, he will prepare a plan to use these lessons to rebuild his life once he gets home. Once again, his goals and his family are his priorities and this plan helps him restore relationships that were once devastated by his addiction.

For Some Mainers, A Desperate Need for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Admissions to addiction treatment programs, Maine

The graph of addiction treatment admissions quickly reveals the trends that began taking the lives of Mainers. At one time, alcohol sent the majority of Mainers to rehab but no longer. Painkillers began their steady and threatening climb in 2004. They only dropped from their peak in 2012 as heroin admissions began to increase.

There are Narconon drug rehab centers in many corners of the United States—Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, California and Oklahoma. A Mainer is welcome at any of these centers. What is important is only that he (or she) is ready to leave addiction behind.

For immediate help, call 1-800-775-8750 today to learn more.