important newsThe Narconon Freedom Center is located in the small town of Albion, Michigan. With a population of only 8,000, activities in Albion gravitate towards the nearest city, Battle Creek. Only about half an hour to the west, Battle Creek boasts a population of more than 50,000 people. As is the case with nearly any city in today’s America, Battle Creek has problems with drugs, poverty and homelessness. Recently, an organization known as Haven of Rest Ministries took a major step to combat these problems by establishing a substance abuse rehab center in Battle Creek. Haven of Rest Ministries is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides services to those who are struggling to get by in life and who need help to overcome problems such as drug and alcohol addiction. At the end of 2012, they purchased the Emily Andrus Home, an historic home located only blocks away from the creek that gives Battle Creek its name. Now as many as 20 women can get the help they need to get clean and sober through Haven of Rest Ministries’ Women’s Life Recovery Program. Read the rest of this entry »

making most of rehabRehab can be treated as a curse or a blessing.  Some are dragged kicking and screaming while others are really working to get clean.  No matter how prestigious the program and how many resources available to you, ultimately you are the one who has to get through it.

It has often been said that no drug treatment program can do the work of recovery for you.  However there are thousands that enter recovery with a minimal amount of effort to get sober. For those in this case as well as anyone who is giving it there all, how can you make your rehab experience more pleasant?

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your drug rehab. Read the rest of this entry »

getting someone into rehabEntertainer Michael Jackson is making headlines once again, four years after his death due to prescription drug overdose. The physician who was overseeing Jackson’s use of sedatives and other drugs was convicted on criminal charges for involuntary manslaughter, and the singer’s mother and children are suing a concert promoter for hiring that doctor, on the grounds that the company would be partially responsible for the death. Mr. Jackson had a history of drug abuse, including the time in 1993 when he had to cut his “Dangerous” tour short in order to enter rehab. His death in 2009 came as a shock to most of his fans, however, people who assumed that his troubles with drugs were in the past. At that time, Elizabeth Taylor and others staged an intervention in Mexico City, pleading with Jackson to enter rehab for treatment of his addiction to opiate painkillers, after which he travelled to London to check into a center. While the actions of Liz Taylor and others in getting Michael Jackson into rehab in 1993 may have saved his life, evidently no one did the same to help him avoid his tragic death in 2009. Unfortunately, it is highly common for drug addicts to receive little or no encouragement from their friends and family in terms of checking into rehab. Some of the most common reasons for this include: Read the rest of this entry »

When the term “drug addict” comes to mind, one wouldn’t usually think of someone their grandma or grandpa’s age, but today the abuse of drugs isn’t all that uncommon with the elderly. Most older adults, especially those who are considered part of the baby boomer era, were the first generation to be introduced to prescription drugs, which are handed out by doctors for any little ailment one could think of.

Furthermore, while alcohol abuse accounts for around 75 percent of substance treatment admissions among older adults, surprisingly, heroine comes in second. In fact, 15 percent of the 5,357 elderly adults admitted to substance abuse services in Massachusetts last year were treated for heroin addiction. A survey taken by the Substance Abuse Administration between 2006 and 2008 showed that out of 20,000 adults, ages 50 and over, 5.2 percent of them had used marijuana during that time. Another 2.9 percent had taken prescription drugs that were not prescribed for them, painkillers being among the most common. Overall, 7.9 percent said they had taken some kind of illicit drug.

This poses an additional problem: Persons taking prescribed medicines for things such as high blood pressure and cholesterol are now mixing these drugs with the ones already in there system, which could cause dangerous interactions and side effects. Also, unknowing physicians may wrongly diagnose patients that are abusing drugs. For example, memory loss as a result of chronic marijuana use could be mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Lack Of Education Geared Toward Elderly

This may cause further complications in the future. Researchers worry that high rates of chronic drug use among the elderly will most likely create many health complications for millions of aging Americans and overwhelm the country’s drug-treatment programs. It has been projected that by the year 2020 there will be enough people, ages 50 to 59, which will require substance abuse treatment. This means that the number of treatment facilities will have to double in order to accommodate that amount of patients in need of care. Recent studies have shown that there is an increased risk of people having problems with drug abuse later in life if they used drugs in their teens and early 20’s. Another issue is the absence of drug education directed towards this age group, as most campaigns are targeted towards a younger crowd. This may be the reason why drug use and addiction continue to increase among this generation.

Records show that the number of people between the ages of 51 and 60 admitted into state-funded drug rehab centers in Florida has gone up by 37 percent since 2001. No one can really say why more and more elderly adults are abusing drugs but it is safe to assume that the lack of good education and guideline on how to properly use the drugs prescribed to them may contribute to the abuse of prescription drugs. In response to this epidemic, lawmakers are working to establish safety measures to benefit doctors and their patients and hopefully reverse this trend.

However without good treatment the elderly population will be able to fully recover from addiction. What is needed is long term care with a good success rate for permanent recovery. The facility should also be completely drug free.

For more information on finding a drug rehab for an elderly person, contact us today.

Source: http://bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2012/08/25/opiate-abuse-afflicts-seniors-too-but-many-are-loath-seek-help/qEJDxK2ZNbPFGzyvV1YCSK/story.html

Fall is here and students have headed back to school. While that is a relief or some parents, the truth of the matter is that school can be a dangerous place for kids. Particularly speaking, high school can be loaded with peer pressure to take drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA, Columbia) recently conducted its 17th annual back-to-school survey. Its findings? That 2.8 million high school students (17 percent) drink, smoke and do drugs during the day at school. The survey was conducted on just over a thousand 12 to 17 year olds via telephone at their homes. THe interview asked questions about their lives at home and at school, as well as their attitude towards drugs and alcohol.

A Look At The Numbers And Social Media’s Effect

For the sixth straight year, it was found that at least 60 percent of high school seniors reported that they attend a “drug infected school”. This means that drugs are sold and taken on school grounds. 44 percent said that they personally knew someone taking drugs at their school. Also, 91 percent said that the drugs sold were marijuana, 24 percent said prescription drugs, 9 percent said cocaine and 7 percent said ecstasy.

The surveyors closely examined the effect that social media played in this. 75 percent of those surveyed said that seeing pictures of teens partying with alcohol and drugs on social websites like Facebook and MySpace would encourage them to do the same thing. 45 percent (which is 11 million teens) said that they had seen pictures like this online and 47 percent of those teens said that they looked like they were having a good time. Research shows that teens that see these pictures were four times more likely to use marijuana, three times more likely to drink alcohol and three times more likely to use tobacco.

This year’s survey shows that digital peer pressure is a real problem that should be addressed. Last year’s survey indicated similar numbers on the topic.

The Other Notable Findings From The Survey

Another part of the survey revealed that the gap of drug use difference between public and private schools is shrinking, when compared to previous years’ surveys. 50 percent of private school students surveyed said that their school was drug infected. This compares to just 36 percent in 2011’s survey.

One third of teens surveyed said that they had been left alone overnight before. Research indicated that kids left home alone overnight are twice as likely to use marijuana and twice as likely to drink alcohol. They are also three times as likely to use tobacco.

Another part of the survey indicated that teens are turning to more dangerous drugs. One third said that they knew a friend or classmate that used acid, ecstasy, meth, cocaine or heroin. Also, one third knew a teen that abused prescription drugs.

What the survey did not include is how to reduce this growing problem. The solutions lie in both drug education and prevention for teens and young adults to stop addiction. The other side of it is help through drug rehab. If a teen or young adult is using drugs they have to seek immediate help through a professional drug rehab organization.

For more information on digital peer pressure, or if you know someone who is in need of a drug rehab contact us today.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57498147-10391704/survey-digital-peer-pressure-fueling-drug-alcohol-use-in-high-school-students/

Numbers are soaring. The amount of prescription drugs that are being used in America is baffling. Doctors are prescribing pain medications at alarming rates. The number of households that have prescription drugs including highly addictive opiates in there medicine cabinets is higher than it has ever been.  Some of these prescriptions are very addictive and when you combine that with easy accessibility it is a dangerous combination.

More and more of our youth are seeing this trend of taking a pill for every ailment as the norm and when these impressionable youth start taking a prescription whether obtained from a relative or on the street the chance of addiction is high. And the last thing that most of us want is to unknowingly get the youth of today hooked on prescriptions.

However, it is definitely not just the youth of America that is causing this explosion of prescription drug use. Ever age bracket is being affected by this epidemic. Many adults feel that they can handle taking a prescription “that they have it under control”. However many of the prescription drugs on the market today are highly addictive. It can take only a few weeks to be physically dependant on a prescription medication. And, that pill that you were taking to alleviate one symptom can easily turn into a dangerous addiction.

How Do You Know If You Have A Prescription Problem

Prescription drug abuse means taking a prescription drug that was not prescribed to you or taking a prescription drug for other reasons than it was prescribed or in dosages other than prescribed. Prescription drug abuse includes everything from taking a friend’s prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting ground-up pills to get high.

If you feel that you need to take more of a prescription than you have been prescribed. If you feel you can not function with out taking a pill. If you start obtain additional prescriptions from another source, if you are turning to the street for your prescription medications. These are all signs of abuse and addiction.

If you feel that obtaining your medications is more important than your daily life, activities and family please seek help to see if you may be addicted to a prescription medication. Some other indications that you have a problem include:

•    Cravings for prescription medications. •    Withdrawal or sickness when coming off of them. •    Doctor shopping or coming up with fake injuries or illnesses to get more prescriptions. •    “Borrowing” or stealing prescriptions from friends of family members. •    Lying in order to get the drugs. •    Thinking of reasons why you have to take more prescriptions or why you should take more than the recommended dosages.

These symptoms and many more could indicate that there is a problem that needs to be addressed through drug rehab.

Side Effects Of Prescription Drugs & What To Do Addiction is not the only side effect of prescription drugs. Many of the very popular prescription drugs that fill the majority of the medicine cabinets in America today have very dangerous side effects.

Both physical and mental side effects are prevalent with taking prescription medications. Taking one medication can cause the need for another and another. This turns into a dangerous cycle. Some of the physical side effects can cause permanent damage including death.

Long-term use of opioids or central nervous system depressants can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Opioids can produce drowsiness, constipation and, can depress breathing. Central nervous system depressants slow down brain function; if combined with other medications that cause drowsiness or with alcohol, heart rate and respiration can slow down dangerously. Taken repeatedly or in high doses, stimulants can cause anxiety, paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, irregular heartbeat, or seizures.

Take action through drug rehab if you think someone is using prescriptions. Don’t wait as the side effects and problems covered above can affect anyone who is mis-using the drugs.

Source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/topics-in-brief/prescription-drug-abuse

Although some recent study results have shown that Adderall is on a slight decline among some high-school students, Adderall remains a popular study drug for students, particularly in colleges. Adderall is made up of a combination of different types of amphetamines, and is sometimes abused by students because they feel it helps them focus on their studies.

According to the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, a survey of more than 46,000 high school students conducted annually by the University of Michigan, Adderall is still the most widely abused amphetamine drug among high school students. MTF researchers found its use declined slightly in their 2011 survey among 8th and 10th graders, while no change was reported among 12th graders in its use.

Adderall Remains Popular Study Drug For Students In College

The culture in colleges seems to support the abuse of Adderall as a drug to help students focus on studying, or staying up for long hours to cram for a test, write a paper, etc. While students may get accustomed the sharing of Adderall around the campus, in fact the abuse of Adderall is dangerous and addictive and the sharing of Adderall constitutes illegal drug trafficking.

One student wrote a research blog about why college students turn to Adderall when there are so many known dangerous side effects. Her conclusion was that students become addicted to the drug, and while they are saying otherwise, dependency and addiction is the real reason for their continued usage.

While long term effects of taking Adderall are either unknown or unpublished, there are many serious side effects linked to taking the drug. Those include addiction and dependency as well as a long list of others.

A few of the more hazardous side effects include a dangerous increase in blood pressure, tachycardia or high pulse rate, irregular heart rate, difficulty breathing, chest pain and many more. Doctors do not always take these into account when prescribing drugs for students who are diagnosed with what are referred to as attention disorders. And, despite these side effects, Adderall still remains a popular study drug for students in college. Some students will continue to obtain Adderall with or without a prescription and despite the dangers of addiction.  If someone you know has a problem with addiction to Adderall, it is important that they get help as soon as possible. You may find that you want to help someone with a drug addiction problem, but don’t know where to turn for effective help.

Fortunately, Narconon drug rehab centers offer effective drug rehab services for people who suffer with addiction to any drug or alcohol. Narconon has been providing drug rehab services for forty-five years and has helped tens of thousands of people to recover and live drug-free lives. With Narconon, drug rehab doesn’t mean substituting one drug for another.

It is possible to recover from drug addiction without relapsing when one handles the three main factors involved in any drug addiction. These are cravings, guilt and depression, and the Narconon drug rehab program offers effective solutions for all of these three factors. There are Narconon drug rehab centers in fifty locations around the world where real effective help is provided daily. Seven of ten graduates of the Narconon program attain long-lasting sobriety.

Learn more about the full Narconon, eight-phase drug rehab program by visiting www.narconon.org.

Resources:  Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2012). Monitoring the Future: national results on adolescent drug use: Overview of key findings, 2011. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.

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