the unMarch 20th was declared The International Day of Happiness by a resolution of the United Nations, and Narconon supported an effort to help promote the message of the event throughout the world. The Day of Happiness Project was launched to line up with the UN’s International Day of Happiness, as a way to contribute to the momentum of the global event and to spread solutions for living a happier life to as many people as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

drug useThe executives and staff of Narconon centers in the United States are encouraging open communication as a strong foundation for preventing summer drug experimentation and use. Decades of very successful Read the rest of this entry »

eventsThe holiday season in 2013 was a busy time for the staff and students at Narconon centers around the United States. Here are a few examples of what was going on in several of the locations:

Families Reunite at Narconon Freedom Center

People who check into rehab ahead of the holiday season often face the prospect of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas alone. They will be able to enjoy the company of their friends at the rehab center, but many will miss their loved ones back at home. Things were different at the Narconon Freedom Center, located in the southern Michigan town of Albion. The center invited family of the students to visit for Thanksgiving dinner, where all enjoyed a traditional feast complete with everything from turkey to pumpkin pie. As great as the meal was, the greatest treat was getting to witness the families reunite with their loved ones. The visitors were able to see how much progress the Narconon students had made on their road to recovery, and for many it was the first time in a long time that they had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving together.

Holiday Activities at Narconon Arrowhead

The 2013 holiday season was a busy time for the staff and students at the Narconon Arrowhead center in the small town of Canadian, Oklahoma. The staff put up a large Christmas tree in the lobby, and everyone was invited to a “decking the halls” party early in December to decorate the building for the season. The staff and students also teamed up to build a float for the Christmas parade in the nearby city of McAlester, as well as the Eufaula holiday parade. A message of drug-free living was the theme of the float. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Christmas activities at Narconon Arrowhead this year was their annual food pantry. For the past several years, Narconon Arrowhead has been running a food pantry, raising donations to provide much needed support to families in the community. Through solicitations of donations, regular bake sales and other efforts, they worked to collect food, supplies and money to purchase further goods for needy families in the area of Pittsburg County.

Another Christmas Time activity at Narconon Arrowhead this year was their Sponsor a Student program. The program is a way for people who have completed the rehab program at Narconon Arrowhead to reach out to those who are currently working their way through the program and lend their support. The program graduates take the time to write a letter of encouragement that is given to the current student on Christmas day. Alumni also contribute by sending a Christmas stocking filled with small presents as a nice surprise to brighten up the holiday.

Narconon Redwood Cliffs Toy Drive Supported by Paul Walker’s Charity

This Christmas, 9 women and 21 children spent their holiday season at the Pajaro Valley Women’s Shelter in the Central California town of Watsonville on the coast of Monterey Bay. On the evening of December 17th, Santa Claus showed up at the shelter bearing more than 100 personalized gifts for the children, and he stayed to take photos and enjoy a holiday celebration with pizza, pastries and soft drinks. The occasion was organized by the Narconon Redwood Cliffs center, also located in Watsonville, their fifth annual Christmas toy drive. The success of the event was thanks in large part to the charitable contributions of the Leapfrog toy company, Purist Car Group, and Reach Out WorldWide, the charity organization founded by the late actor Paul Walker. Through the donations of these groups and the work of the staff at Narconon Redwood Cliffs, the families at the Pajaro Valley Women’s Shelter had the opportunity to enjoy the Merry Christmas they deserved.

For more information on these events see the press releases at:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11451707.htm

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11446001.htm

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11403422.htm

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Narconon-Freedom-Center/Reunite-Families-Thanks/prweb11394040.htm

Addiction starts for many different reasons–to ease stress, to numb pain or loss or loneliness, to cover up insecurities, to have a good time, or to be accepted by friends.  It can also start unexpectedly, as is often the case with prescription drugs–a person may find himself addicted when all he was doing was trying to manage pain from an injury.  It takes a lot of courage to walk the road back to recovery, and for those who do it, they may be at risk for another addiction.

Cross-Addiction

It is estimated that one out of every four addicts switch addictions, which is known as cross-addiction.

Cross-addiction may occur in many ways:

•    An alcoholic may become addicted to sugar because his body craves the carbohydrates from alcohol. •    Someone formerly addicted to heavy drugs such as heroin or coke might start binging on alcohol, thinking nothing of it because it is not an illicit drug. •    An alcoholic may turn to more powerful drugs such as opiates. •    They may turn to non-drug-related addictions, too, such as gambling, food or sex addiction.

Former addicts often start or increase tobacco use, as well.

Why It Happens

A person may relapse or turn to a different drug for many reasons.  A former addict may be so confident of his recovery that he attempts a small amount, thinking he can now control his addiction, but things can quickly get out of hand.  Someone may turn to a different drug because he knows that his drug of choice is off-limits.  It may occur accidentally, when a recovering addict is prescribed medication that reminds him of the rush of being high.

The reason for addiction in the first place needs to be addressed.  If a person was pushed into drug use by his peers, it will be very difficult for him to fully recover from drug use if he is still surrounded by the same people.  For some, even returning to their previous environment can cause relapse.  If drugs were used to fill a void or numb a loss or other emotional pain, this will need to be addressed or relapse or cross-addiction could occur.

What most addiction centers don’t know is that drugs stay in the body long after the user has stopped taking them.  Chemicals and toxins embed themselves in the fatty tissue of the body, and even years after taking drugs a person can experience the effects of the drug again if it becomes dislodged and re-enters the bloodstream.  Many of those who battled addiction describe suddenly finding themselves high even a decade or more after using.  This can also lead to cravings and re-addiction. How Narconon Centers Handle This Problem

The Narconon program offers a precise technology to remove all traces of toxins from the fatty tissue of the body so that a person can live drug-free for the rest of his life.

This is through the use of a dry heat sauna where clients can sweat out toxins in intermitted periods. This program is very specific and is also done with a full vitamin regimen, plenty of water and cold pressed oils.

Once complete with the Narconon sauna program, clients feel cleaner, and more capable of resolving the mental and emotional aspects of the problem. The result is that seven out of ten Narconon graduates remain permanently drug free after treatment.

For more information on the Narconon treatment program or to find one of our Narconon centers contact us now.

Source:  http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2012/09/recovering_from_one_addiction.html

For years, marijuana has been a topic of great controversy.  To legalize, or not to legalize?  It offers great pain relief, but doesn’t it turn people into stoners?  There are those who swear pot doesn’t affect intelligence, but a recent study shows that pot use during developmental teenage years may lower the I.Q.

Researchers studied a group of over one thousand marijuana users in New Zealand at the ages of thirteen and then again at thirty-eight.  At various points throughout their lives, they were re-evaluated to check for dependence–that is, relying on marijuana to feel normal, needing to smoke greater quantities or more frequently to get the same results, or being unable to quit.

Approximately five percent used marijuana more than once a week before age eighteen or were reported as marijuana-dependent.  Those who did saw an average eight-point drop in I.Q. by the time they turned thirty-eight–even when they stopped smoking for a year before the study.  Those who became hooked on pot after their teens, however, did not see such a severe decline.

Researchers also interviewed friends and family members, finding that those who were pot-dependent in their teens also demonstrated lowered mental alertness and attention span as they aged.

The study found that pot use decreases IQ by eight points.

An I.Q. of 100 puts you in the 50th percentile, making you of average intelligence.  A drop of eight points, however, gives you an I.Q. of 92, which places you in the 29th percentile.  This can affect long-term career prospects, job performance and income.

Signs To Look For When Grades Drop

Those who used marijuana heavily after their teens didn’t appear to be as affected as those who started smoking early.  Researchers believe this is due to the fact that teen users are thwarting brain development, which continues into the early twenties.

Some signs that a teenager may be using marijuana include:

•    Dropping Grades •    Trouble concentrating or paying attention in school. •    Lack of ability to handle homework and other responsibilities. •    Depression or anxiety. •    Change in the way one dresses, or deterioration in physical appearance. •    Approval of or promotion of the drug culture. •    Trouble remembering things. •    Inability to keep agreements.

More On Marijuana And Dangers

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States.  It has been linked to harder drug use such as heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs (a growing problem).  In fact, research shows that pot users are 2.5 times more likely to become hooked on opioids than those who abstain.

The active ingredient in marijuana is THC, a substance that affects receptors in the part of the brain that deals with pleasure.  This is what gives a feeling of euphoria, or “high”.  It also causes a distortion of perceptions, impairs coordination, and slows thinking.  It has been known to reduce academic and athletic performance for these reasons.  It can also cause heart and lung problems, including increased risk of heart attack.  As the body becomes dependent on the drug to produce endorphins, one can become prone to panic attacks, anxiety and paranoia.

Nearly twenty percent of fatal accidents in the 1990’s were caused by drivers with narcotics in their system.  The most prevalent drug was marijuana.  In the 2000’s, that number rose to twenty-five percent.

Studies show that those who make it through their teenage years without turning to drugs or alcohol do not generally have trouble with drugs as adults.  Narconon centers have seen this trend with young adults enrolling into treatment for many years.

For more information on the dangers or marijuana, or to get someone help contact one of our Narconon centers today.

Source:  http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20120827/pot-use-teen-years-lower-iq

Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta and Focalin have been prescribed to kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for years. But the apparent “uses” of the substances don’t stop there. According to recent articles, more and more high school and college students are turning to these drugs, called “Good Grade Pills” because they believe that taking them can help them to get ahead in school.

The trend, that was primarily happening on college campuses has made its way into high schools in a big way making many wonder if those students who are “over-achieving” actually high on these stimulant drugs?

Why Prescribing These Drugs At All Is Dangerous

Many wonder why the trend has caught on in so many high schools with students experiencing a risky rise of Good Grade Pills. Well, according to recent statistics the number of legal prescriptions of these drugs rose 26% for those ages 10 to 19. The United States now writes 21 million prescriptions per year for these substances.

Because these drugs are so available many more kids have accesses to the drugs now than ever before. This coupled with the fact that teens feel that the drugs are not dangerous or addictive because they are “legally prescribed” is a recipe for disaster.

A teen can easily be introduced to Good Grade Pills from a friend or even a family member and then visit a doctor for a legal prescription. If they know the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, they can easily lie to get the pills; beginning a drug problem that they are dangerously unaware of.

Risks Of Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants are just as addictive as illicit drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine. They are also some of the biggest gateway drugs in existence; leading users to much harder substances. In fact Narconon centers across the country have spoken to many recovering cocaine and meth addicts, only to find out that their addictions began with legal prescriptions like Adderall or Ritalin, among others.

The drugs also carry with them many health risks and side effects including:

•    Stroke •    Heart Attack •    Increase in blood pressure. •    Increase in heart rate. •    Aggressive Behavior •    Hostility •    Mood Swings •    Depression •    Suicidal Thoughts •    Suicidal Actions •    Seizures •    Slowing of growth. •    Eyesight problems like blurry vision. •    Headache •    Stomachache •    Decreased Appetite •    Weight Loss •    Dizziness •    Dry Mouth

Signs That A Teen Is Abusing Good Grade Pills

There are several signs that indicate that a young person may be taking Good Grade Pills. Parents, educators, other family and friends should be aware of these and help the individual to get immediate help to stop taking these drugs.

Some of the most common signs are:

1.    Trying to get a valid prescription for one of the drugs or asking for them by name. 2.    Staying up for long periods, inability to sleep at night and then crashing. 3.    Experiencing major mood swings or feeling good one minute and bad the next. 4.    Withdrawal from family and friends. 5.    Being emotional, depressed or sad for no apparent reason. 6.    Money troubles; losing money or never having any money. 7.    Inability to handle responsibility, hold a job or keep agreements. 8.    Committing crimes like theft or attempting to get fraudulent prescriptions. 9.    Supporting drug use or the drug culture with actions, dress or communication to others. 10.    Complaining that one cannot get ahead in school without some type of help, i.e. drugs.

If someone is using Good Grade Pills, they need immediate help through Narconon centers or other programs that use long term rehabilitation methods that are completely drug free.

Sources: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/11/good-grade-pills-how-high-school-students-are-using-prescription-drugs-to-get-ahead/ http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085819.pdf