On September 13, 2015, the doors opened on an exquisite new Narconon drug rehab center perched on a hilltop near Ojai, California. This location, about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, was designed as a resource for those who have lost control of their lives due to alcohol or drug abuse.
During the grand opening event, dignitaries from local communities and guests flooded through the buildings, touring the accommodations, the sauna area used for the deep detoxification called the New Life Detoxification Program, the classrooms, lounges and dining area. All had been renovated to the highest standards of both beauty and functionality. Students on the Narconon program have access to a gorgeous indoor pool, 42 acres on which to take walks with staff and unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean a few miles away.
Actress Kelly Preston described the role of this new Narconon center perfectly. Referring to the many losses due to drug and alcohol abuse among luminaries in the entertainment industry, she said, “Year after year we are losing our artists and colleagues we’ve worked with—often at too young an age. To make the tragedy even more distinct is the fact that we do have the solution that could have turned those lives around. We just haven’t had the location to deliver it. Until now. You don’t have to ‘always be a drug addict.’ You don’t have to ‘always be an alcoholic.’ That’s a lie. Our program works. And you can have a new life.”
In this private and safe location, it will now be possible to achieve lasting sobriety through the innovative Narconon drug rehab program. To learn more about Narconon Ojai or the Narconon program, call today.
Paul Walker was best known as the star of the Fast and Furious film franchise, but his recent death brought the spotlight onto another major aspect of his life: his charitable work. Walker’s fatal car accident occurred while he was at a fundraising event for a charity that he founded, Reach Out WorldWide. The fact is that Walker’s efforts help those in need reached people across the globe, in places ranging from the Philippines to Alabama. Although the world has lost him, we still continue to benefit from his purpose to serve others, as was the case this past Christmas at the Parajo Valley Women’s Shelter in Watsonville, CA. Reach Out WorldWide was among the donors who made it possible for Narconon Redwood Cliffs to buy more than 100 gifts for the 21 children who were spending Christmas with their mothers at the shelter. The toy drive was an enormous success, and it provided each of the children with a chance to meet Santa, receive the Christmas presents they deserve and enjoy a bright spot in what might otherwise have been a bleak holiday season. Read the rest of this entry »
When most Americans hear the word “Cancun,” they think of college students celebrating a wild spring break at one of the top resort destinations in the world. What they don’t usually consider is the fact that Cancun is a city in and of itself, with more than 600,000 year-round residents, several large universities and a thriving economy. It is also the largest city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, a region that encompasses the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cancun may be a place where Americans come to party or to relax at a seaside resort, but it is also a place that many people call home, and like any other city in the developed world, it has problems with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Worse, it is also an epicenter of Mexico’s drug war, with incidents reported on a regular basis of violence and homicide involving opposing drug cartels and standoffs between drug traffickers and law enforcement. Drug cartels bring their goods to Cancun to sell to tourists, as well as to smuggle them out of the country and into the United States. Cancun is a city in need of effective solutions to the problems of substance abuse and addiction, and they have found them in a new Narconon Center.
New Narconon Center for Mexico
With the blessing of a local Catholic Bishop and the warm welcome of officials from the city and state government, Narconon Cancun celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, the 30th of November. Narconon Cancun is the only such center in the entire state of Quintana Roo, and indeed the entire Yucatan region. It joins the list of other Narconon centers in Mexico, including one near Mexico City, one in the state of Sonora and one in Tijuana, but is the first to provide the full Narconon program in an in-patient residential rehab setting in the region. Around 90 people were in attendance to celebrate the grand opening of Narconon Cancun, which was opened with a blessing from the Bishop of Quintana Roo, Pedro Pablo Elizondo, a major figure in the religious life of the area. There were also several officials on hand, including:
- • Mrs. Adriana Teisseir, Quintana Roo Under Secretary of Social Development
- • Dr. Sonia Elena Galvez, Health Department Coordinator of Innovation and Quality
- • Ludivina Menchaca, the local Deputy
- • Señor Jorge Acevedo, Quintana Roo Director of Radio and Television.
Another notable guest at the grand opening was Jose De Carpio, the Narconon Consultant for Latin America. As Narconon continues its expansion throughout the region, Señor De Carpio travels from Colombia to Ecuador and even as far afield as the Galapagos Islands, helping to introduce individuals, organizations and governments to the solutions that Narconon has to offer. He was joined by Dr. Anna Grace Tagliaferro, the Medical Director for Narconon International in Los Angeles. The two shared their congratulations for the team at Narconon Cancun in establishing a point of stability to help in the effort to put an end to the drug-related issues that plague the people of Cancun and the Yucatan in general.
About the Narconon Center in Cancun
Narconon Cancun is an in-patient residential drug rehab facility with room to accommodate as many as 20 students (as patients are referred to in the Narconon program) at a time. It is primarily intended to offer drug rehab and addiction treatment solutions to the people of Cancun and the surrounding region, though their doors are also open to people from around the world who would like to pursue their path to recovery while enjoying the beautiful scenery and climate that have helped to make Cancun famous. Now that their doors are open to the public, the staff can begin the work of helping people turn their lives around and get a second chance after falling into the trap of addiction.
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Prescription drug abuse continues to gain popularity among the teen population, with nearly eight percent reporting pharmaceutical abuse in 2011. These substances are highly addictive, taking hold of even the most innocent user. Not only that, they are now sold on the street and pushed in schools and online. Teens are fed false information about them, being told they are safer than illicit drugs because they are “medicine”. Yet they cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
What Is Prescription Drug Abuse?
Fewer teenagers abusing alcohol, tobacco and more are abusing prescriptions. Prescription drug abuse means using medication for purposes other than those recommended by a doctor. This can mean continuing to take medication for longer than prescribed, increasing the dosage, or altering consumption (which typically means crushing pills in order to smoke or snort them).
Oftentimes users don’t know they are dependent on medication until they try to stop. They may find themselves experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, which are similar to those of illness–cough, runny nose, nausea, abdominal cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. They will also notice cravings for the drugs. All of these symptoms subside when medication is resumed.
The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids like Oxycontin and Vicodin, central nervous system depressants such as Xanax and Valium, and stimulants such as Adderall. Over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup are also abused.
The Dangers Of Prescription Drug Abuse
Using prescription drugs in a manner other than that prescribed by a doctor is very dangerous. Physicians know exactly what dosages to give according to body size, age, allergies and various other factors. Abusing this medication causes a very high risk of overdose, as the user may not know just how much his body can handle. Also, administering the drugs intravenously or through the nasal canal changes the way that it works in the body, thereby increasing the possibility of overdose. A dose of Oxycontin, for example, is designed to last for twelve hours. Snorting it causes the entirety of the drug to be absorbed immediately, which can be fatal.
All drugs have side effects, and these can be increased when they are abused. For example, Oxycontin is take for pain, but it can also slow the breathing and cause drowsiness. Adderall is used to increase attention, but it also raises the blood pressure and heart rate. Some teens also mix medication with other substances such as alcohol, which can warrant a trip to the emergency room or worse.
What Can Be Done
Experts speculate that the increase in prescription drug abuse might be due to less parental involvement as a down trending economy causes work overload. Less families are eating dinner together and more teens are being left alone at night, which increases the chance of experimenting with drugs. Parents should find time to talk to their teens and open the subject of drug abuse. Studies show that this is the best way of preventing the unimaginable.
Schools should implement successful drug prevention and education programs and these program should be delivered to every pre-teen and teen several times a year. Teens should be educated on the dangers of drugs, their side effects and the risks associated with addiction.
For those already addicted, the best option is to find a Narconon center and enroll for help. Seven out of ten Narconon graduates stay permanently sober from drugs after completion of the treatment program.
Some parents are aware of the dangers involved in being a teen today. The influence of drugs and alcohol is widespread, with ninety percent of the public school population aware of drugs being sold and used on campus. Even private schools are no longer exempt, with more than half of the private student population admitting that their schools are drug-infected. And home-schooling is not the protected haven it once was, with digital peer pressure invading the home through children’s computers and phones. Parents are wise to stay up on the latest drug trends, especially the ones you might least expect.
Marijuana is an ongoing and major problem; yes. Heroin, cocaine and prescription drug abuse are also continuous issues. There is even the ever-changing landscape of synthetic drugs, such as Bath Salts, synthetic marijuana and the latest, Smiles. But nutmeg, whipped cream and Freon? These are drugs that no one say coming.
Strange Spice Is Being Used To Get High
That’s right, desperate teens are turning to the spice rack to get high. That grated fruit that you sprinkle in espresso or bake in pumpkin pie can be used in large quantities to produce the same kind of euphoria as LSD, including hallucinations.
But is it worth it? Consumed in large quantities, nutmeg produces severe gastrointestinal pain, nausea and vomiting. It can also cause heart and nerve problems. It takes several hours for the high to set in, so more often than not, kids take more than they should because they think it’s not working. Someone with an unknown heart condition could overdose quickly with the heart palpitations that accompany too much nutmeg.
If you notice an increased appetite for whipped cream, think beyond strawberry shortcake and smoothies. Kids inhale the gas from whipped cream cans–nitrous oxide, the same gas used to make you dopey at the dentist–to get high. However, this can cause seizures, damage to the heart, and sudden sniffing death syndrome. SSDS means exactly what it sounds like–one minute the person is alive and high, and in an instant the heart fails and death occurs. Fear manifests itself far worse in someone on this substance, as the heart rate goes up rapidly, bringing someone immediately to death.
Kids are also turning to the air conditioning units and compressors to get high. Huffing Freon from wall units and outside compressors for internal air is another of the latest trends. However, this can freeze the lungs, cause frostbite in the airway, and bring about cardiac arrest, as well as causing brain damage and sudden death.
Recently homeowners have witnessed teens stealing Freon from their compressors and, as a result, have had to build fences around them to prevent theft. Air conditioning service companies can install locks on compressors, which makes it impossible to let Freon out. Often what appears to be a Freon leak in your compressor may just be someone siphoning refrigerant to get high.
Freon does not show up in drug tests, and it produces a fast high similar to that of intoxication. But is that five-second high really worth dying over? For careless and desperate teens, it may be.
Because of the new trends in teen drug abuse the International Narconon center recommends that parents look for not only the commonly used drugs but those household products that are being abused by teens. This includes those mentioned above as well as alcohol hand sanitizer and cough syrup which have become other growing problems.
Awareness of the drugs used is needed but communication to your kids about not taking drugs and educating them to understand the dangers of these substances is also key.
For more information or to find a Narconon center contact us today.
For a while, oxycodone was becoming the drug of choice on the street. Dealers could fly to Florida and get hooked up in “pain clinics”, shipping boxes of pain meds home or bringing it in their suitcases. Bath salts, too, brought a wave of interest with the fact that they could be sold legally under the guise, “not for human consumption” in convenience stores across the country. Recently, however, there has been a surge in heroin use, with fatal results. In fact, increased heroin on the street surpasses oxycodone and bath salts as the latest drug death threat.
Why Has Heroin Become The Drug Of Choice
For those addicted to prescriptions which have opiates in them, the reason is obvious. In fact, prescription opiate addicts are turning to heroin for a number of reasons. Not only is heroin less expensive, law enforcement has been cracking down rigorously on the oxycodone business. Not only that, the manufacturers of Oxycontin recently changed their capsules to make it more tamper-resistant–when it comes into contact with moisture, such as when mixed for injection, the powder turns into a gel. Oxycontin is on a time release so when it is ingested normally, it doesn’t give the same initial high.
Secondarily when a prescription addict has been using for a long enough time, they develop a ‘drug tolerance.’ This means they have to take more and more opiates for the same effect. Eventually the highest amount of the strongest pain reliever is not enough. They turn to heroin for a stronger and sometimes less expensive high.
Experts say that the changeover to heroin may be indicative in the increase in overdoses. Opiate addicts know how much they’re taking since the amount is marked on each capsule. With heroin, however, it’s a different story. Formulas are so variable, it is hard to tell what you’re taking. Heroin is frequently mixed with cocaine, which is less potent, so users grow accustomed to taking greater quantities. When a pure formula comes their way, they may not know what to do with it and therefore find themselves in overdose. Heroin can also come laced with other unknown drugs.
Heroin is no longer associated with the frightening “needle in the arm”. The substance is now snorted, ingested and smoked as well, making it much easier to take.
Knowing The Signs Of Heroin Use
You may have seen signs of increased heroin use in your neighborhood or among friends and children and not even known it. There are various tell-tale signs of heroin addiction.
Physical signs during and after heroin use include:
• Shortness of breath • Small pupils • Dry mouth • Behavior changes • Disorientation • Increased alertness followed by extreme drowsiness • Appearing to have heavy extremities, droopy-looking.
You might notice heroin paraphernalia around the house, such as:
• Needles or syringes • Burned silver spoons • Missing shoelaces, which are used to tie off before injection • Aluminum foil or gum wrappers with burn marks • Straws with burn marks • Small plastic bags with traces of white powder • Water pipes or other pipes
Heroin overdose can be fatal, although some cases, if caught early enough, can be turned around with medication. Watch for the following signs of heroin overdose:
• Weak pulse • Difficulty breathing • Slowed breathing • Discoloration of the tongue • Constricted pupils • Blue fingernails and lips • Muscle spasms • Hallucination or disorientation • Extreme sleepiness • Coma
For more information on heroin abuse or to get help now contact a Narconon center today.
Prescription drug abuse may seem like an adult problem, but these days a surprising number of teens are turning to pain meds for a good time. Across the nation, teen tobacco and alcohol use is down while a large number are now turning to marijuana and prescription drugs to get high.
Why are so many teens using these drugs and what are the myths surrounding them?
Why The Increase
Some speculate that the down-trending economy might be affecting drug use. As parents turn to night and weekend work for income and health care, family dinners and quality time diminishes. Studies show that teens that are left alone at night are more likely to experiment with drugs, and those whose parents talk to them about drugs are far less likely to experiment with them. Losing family time may be more detrimental than parents might think.
Couple that with digital peer pressure and a higher rate of drug-infected schools and it’s no wonder kids are turning to their classmates or their medicine cabinets for a good high. And it doesn’t end there. Many teens are turning to heroin after becoming hooked on prescription drugs because it is cheaper and gives the same high.
Prescriptions are being looked at as “safe” and “non-addictive” because so many people take them legally. Unfortunately many teens don’t know just how dangerous they really are and only realize this after they become addicted.
What About The Problems With Marijuana
One of the nation’s most controversial drugs is gaining more and more national recognition. There are seventeen states which have offered legislation to legalize the home-grown substance, and it appears to be rather benign–alcohol causes more deaths directly. What most teens don’t know, however, is that marijuana can be a gateway drug, leading to heavier drug abuse. Additionally, recent studies have linked teenage marijuana use to lowered IQ in adulthood. Developing brains need nutrients, not pot.
However teens also tend to think that marijuana is “safe” because it is grown. The truth is that the drug causes many mental and physical problems along with its high potential for addiction.
Prescriptions Causing Trouble Another issue with prescriptions is that oftentimes, teens become addicted to them before they know it. It starts with a sports injury or dental work–the doctor prescribes Percocet, Vicodin or Oxycontin for the pain. After a few weeks, the user notices that he feels ill when he tries to stop taking it. This is the body going through withdrawal from the drug. The symptoms mirror that of actual illness–runny nose, cough, fever, the shakes, anxiety and depression. He finds that taking the drug makes him feel better. Continuing to take the drug leads to full-blown addiction, with the user consumed by the thought of drugs.
Prescription drugs are also sold in school and on the street. They can be crushed and snorted, ingested or injected for a fast high. These drugs are extremely dangerous due to their addictive nature and potential for overdose.
The Role Of Parents In Preventing Teen Abuse
Parents have the power to prevent drug abuse in their children. Surveys show that teens list their number one reason for staying away from drugs as their own fear of disappointing their parents. Families need to consider it essential to carve out time for their children on a daily basis. Parents should talk to their kids about the contents of the medicine cabinet, the long-term effects of marijuana, and not be blind to indications that their children might be abusing drugs.
For more information on this topic or how to help a teen who is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem contact a Narconon center today.
If you haven’t heard of the rising epidemic that is Oxycontin by now, you haven’t been paying attention. Oxycontin has been one of the biggest problems in the United States for the past decade or so. The numbers are growing rapidly with regards to Oxycontin abusers. However, recently there is a new dug in town. Say hello to Opana, which is the trade name for oxymorphone. It is a similar pain killer to Oxycontin and is also the new number one for prescription drug abuse.
Oxycontin has long been abused by crushing it to snort or inject it for a fast high. As Pharmaceutical companies began to catch on they made the pill nearly impossible to crush so that it would have to be a time released dosage.
At first, drug addicts filled internet chat rooms and blogs trying to discover a way to beat the new pill’s formula and still obtain the snortable and injectable substance. Then Opana started to pop up. Here was a painkiller that was just as powerful as Oxycontin that could be crushed like the Oxycontin pills of yesterday. The rest was history.
Now Opana has officially overtaken Oxycontin. In a recent report, it was shown that Opana is now one of the main drugs found in autopsies of drug overdose victims.
Opana’s creators have a formula released as of late last year that is similar to Oxycontin’s un-crushable version. But officials are worried that with the creation of this pill that another drug will simply fill the void. Like Whac-a-Mole, the pattern will just continue. It is anticipated that the Opana users would default to heroin as they are very similar highs and heroin is cheap and accessible.
There is still quite a bit of the old version of Opana on the streets, however the price per usage has skyrocketed from $45 to around $185 each. Comparatively, a single dose of heroin can be as cheap as $5. It is pretty easy to connect the dots and see where users will go.
The White House Office on National Drug Policy reports that prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially classified the abuse of these opiate painkillers as an epidemic, with 1.3 million visits to the emergency room in 2010, which is a 115 percent increase in just six years. These figures show no signs of slowing down.
What to Look for in Opana Addicts
Some of the obvious early signs will be declining health, weight loss and poor school or work performance. There are also signs of disorientation, vertigo and drowsiness. Look for mood swings and emotional changes as well.
In addition to this information from a Narconon center indicates that an individual on Opana will behave similar to one on Oxycontin or another opiate or prescription. The person will fall physically ill when they stop taking the drug developing flu like symptoms like nausea, vomiting, muscle and bone aches, insomnia and depression.
Narconon center warns that if you see an individual with the above symptoms on a continual basis, get them immediate help. Prescription drug abuse kills more individuals than cocaine and heroin combined. Both Opana and Oxycontin have contributed to this heartbreaking trend.
If you feel that you have a friend or family member that is abusing Opana, contact us. We know the exact procedure to take to get a person off of these dangerous painkillers and our Narconon center achieves a 76% success rate for prescription drug recovery.