According to a recent study a link exists between childhood trauma, drug use and incarceration. The study published by the National Library of Medicine states that the impact of trauma as a child was directly connected to drug and alcohol use and later incarceration as a negative consequence of the problem. It was conducted with 500 women who were serving sentences in a correctional facility. The primary incident of childhood trauma was abuse; both physical and sexual but the sexual abuse caused more trauma overall setting the victim up for later abuse issues. While the study indicated that drug abuse prevention was key in stopping the cycle from occurring, another solution is to keep children safe and unexposed to trauma which will cause them major problem later in life.

The Cycle Of Trauma And Addiction And How It Occurs

Traumatic situations occurring with a child can happen in many environments. Some children experience these issues with friends or even family members. Others are exposed to trauma with strangers. Either way, this can scar a child permanently and leave them looking for a solution to deal with the pain, fear and anger of the traumatic incident. Some find this with drugs or alcohol because of the numbing effecting that they create on those using them.

As the person uses drugs for the first time they will “appear” to solve the problem or take away unwanted feelings. For this reason they are assigned value and the individual continues to use them. Because they are addictive substances the person will become both mentally and physically hooked and unable to stop taking them. From this point the addiction will progress and when “under the influence” the individual will feel like the drugs are help them. When they stop using them, they will crash, bringing back a flood of unwanted feelings coupled with withdrawal effects that include physical problem as well as mental issues like depression, anxiety and mood swings.

The Importance Of Keeping Children Safe

Narconon drug addiction has found, in working with thousands of addicts, that there are several solutions for preventing childhood trauma and dealing with the after effects of it. These include making sure that your child is not left unsupervised or in the hands of a stranger. In addition to this educating your child on the different types of abuse and how to handle the situation, should it arise is also beneficial. Children should be told that if anyone tries to hurt them, it is important to tell a trusted family member so that they can get immediate help.

If a child is exposed to trauma giving them all the support, love and assistance they need is key. They should also be educated on drugs, their effects, risks and potential for addiction so this does not become a solution. Children can be given other options to handle trauma like sports, art, music or other creative and uplifting activities that they can get enjoyment out of.

How To Help If There Is Already A Problem

If someone has suffered trauma and is now using drugs or alcohol, or has been incarcerated because of it the only solution is through drug rehabilitation. A long term program that is completely drug free and can address the physical and mental needs of the individual can help them to deal with the trauma in a healthy way. The goal is to allow the individual to free himself from the guilt, anger, sadness and fear of the situation and allow him or her to move on with life without the use of drugs or alcohol.

For more information on this topic or to get help for a loved one contact Narconon drug addiction treatment centers today.

Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1586137/

Recently, a study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health that found that adolescents with mental health disorders are at higher risk of long-term opioid use than others without mental health disorders. The researchers examined data from more than 62,000 people ages 13-24 in several Western, Southwestern and Midwestern states.

Their findings were published in June of this year. The researchers found long-term opioid use was more common among males, older youths and people who lived in poorer communities with predominantly white residents.

Furthermore, they discovered that those with mental health disorders were more likely to be prescribed opioid drugs for chronic pain. And they were 2.4 times more likely than those without mental health disorders to become long-term opioid users. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for the future of these young people.

Abuse and addiction to opioid prescription painkillers has increased by such a large extent that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now labeled it a prescription painkiller epidemic. When adolescents with mental health disorders are at higher risk of long-term opioid use, it may also mean they are at higher risk of abuse and addiction, which can be deadly.

Scope Of The Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

According to the results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2 million Americans reportedly started using prescription painkillers non-medically for the first time within 2009—nearly 5,500 a day. The CDC reports that this glut of prescription opioids has resulted in triple the number of drug overdose deaths since 1990. In 2008, the CDC reported 14,800 deaths due to prescription painkiller overdoses. This number was more than the deaths caused by cocaine and heroin overdoses combined. Overdoses can occur easily when one combines prescription painkillers with other drugs, which occurs in about half of prescription painkiller deaths. Alcohol is also involved in many of the reported overdose deaths.

With Narconon Drug Addiction Can Be Handled

When addiction or abuse has taken hold, it becomes a large challenge to the user to get free of it. Fortunately, at Narconon, drug addiction can be effectively addressed and handled before it kills the user. The three main parts of drug addiction — cravings, guilt and depression — are all addressed with the unique, eight-step Narconon drug addiction and alcohol addiction rehab program.

One begins the Narconon drug addiction program with a relatively tolerable withdrawal period. During this time while the person is coming off drugs he is given plenty of good food and nutritional supplements. He is also given assistance for pain along the lines of a gentle massage by a trained Narconon staff member. At the end of withdrawal, he is ready to begin the deep detox on the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. He will follow a strict routine of daily moderate exercise, time spent in a dry-heat sauna, and more good nutrition and supplements of vitamins and minerals. This combination has been shown to enable the body to get rid of the accumulated toxic residues of drugs that have been stored in the fatty tissues. These drug residues have been shown to be capable of triggering cravings for more drugs if they are left unhandled. When the body has eliminated all of them, most people report that they feel much cleaner, and have a renewed fresh outlook on life. Many express renewed optimism saying that they look forward to a drug-free future, and many state that they have far fewer or even no more cravings for drugs.

Once the person has completed this step, he is ready to go on to the life skills portion of the Narconon drug addiction program. During this part of the program the recovering addict learns or relearns sober living skills. He can learn how to communicate better and how to face the issues that he may have been trying to avoid when he started using drugs or alcohol. And he will have the opportunity to restore his personal integrity and moral values, including making up any damage he may have caused to loved ones when he was addicted. This helps him to let go of the guilt he felt during times when he may have lied or stolen in order to get more drugs. When he is done with the program in its entirety, he is ready to implement his own plan for a drug-free and productive future.

Seven of ten Narconon graduates stick to their plan and live drug-free lives after finishing the Narconon program.

To learn more about the full eight-phase program at Narconon and find out where Narconon rehab centers are located, contact us today.

Resources:

http://www.drugs.com/news/mental-health-woes-raise-odds-painkiller-abuse-38638.html

http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/

It is one of the saddest aspects of the long trend of prescription painkiller addiction in this country. In the last several years, the proportion of pregnant women who are addicted to opioid drugs has increased by nearly five times. This means that many of their babies are also addicted to opioids when they are born.

When babies are born addicted, they go through withdrawal when they stop receiving drugs through the placenta. The medical term for the withdrawal symptoms they experience is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). One recent study of the US found that three times as many babies were born addicted in 2009 as there were in 2000. The rate of increase in this syndrome was cited in a recent University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh joint study.   As a comparison, there were 1.2 babies per thousand born with NAS in 2000. By 2009, this number had grown to 3.39 babies per thousand births. Inconsolable crying, seizures, an inability to eat, diarrhea, tremors, and other symptoms that are similar to withdrawal symptoms in adults characterize the NAS condition in newborns.

This means that approximately 13,500 babies were born in the US with NAS in 2009 or the equivalent of one addicted baby being born each hour of that year.   Addiction Patterns Vary By States Already Burdened With Struggling Medicaid Programs  This report reviewed data from hospitals all over the country. Adding to that, a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that examined statistics in each of the states found that Maine was among the highest states for rates of prescription opiate abuse. States with more rural communities tended to have higher numbers of opiate abusers.   One study in Florida showed large variations of addiction patterns among counties within states as well. In one Ft. Myers, Florida hospital, doctors stated that the rise in opiate-addicted babies has gone up by eight times in the past several years. This mirrors the increase in use of opiate pain medicine abuse in the general population, they said.

The current study of the whole country points out that drug abuse among women in lower socioeconomic classes also puts an undue burden on the struggling Medicaid system to try to pay for the extremely costly care that the addicted newborns must receive to survive.

A typical baby born with this syndrome will remain in the hospital for at least 16 days, and some as long as 90 days to allow them to be fed and go through withdrawal in hospital nurseries. The medical personnel sometimes have to administer small doses of morphine, methadone or other drugs to calm the baby’s symptoms. The cost of such treatment is staggering. Nevertheless, this degree of care is needed to save the baby’s life. If the baby went home from the hospital still suffering from NAS there is a high risk of dehydration and death because of being unable to take in nourishment.

An Ounce Of Prevention

If a woman could get off opioid painkillers before becoming pregnant, this heartbreaking scenario need not occur. It would be wise for the young woman to get clean before she has a chance to get pregnant. This decision may be a hard one to make, but it is essential for both the young woman and her future offspring.

Fortunately, for young women as well as men and women of all ages, Narconon drug and alcohol treatment centers exist in more than fifty locations around the world. In a Narconon center, one finds caring staffs that will see one through the withdrawal period, and follow up with generous one-on-one support all the way through the program.   The holistic Narconon program has a very high rate of achieving lasting sobriety among program participants. In fact, seventy percent of Narconon graduates remain drug-free and sober at least two years after finishing the full Narconon program.

How Narconon Drug Addiction Achieves Their Remarkable Success Rate

The program at Narconon starts out with a relatively tolerable withdrawal period, where the Narconon staff members give the person coming off drugs plenty of nutritional supplementation as well as personal support. She will receive assists much like gentle massages to ease the aches and pains her body may experience while adjusting to the lack of drugs.   After this, a recovering addict will experience the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This is where she gets more nutritional supplements, like B-vitamins and many minerals including calcium, magnesium and others to further rebuild the body. Drugs actually deplete the body of essential nutrients. This step of the program also includes daily time spent in a dry, low-heat sauna and moderate exercise. When done with this step, most recovering addicts at Narconon report a renewed sense of optimism, an increased ability to focus, as well as far less or even no drug cravings.

If the drug cravings are gone and one can focus on his life ahead with optimism, this handles quite a bit of the problem of addiction. Next, the Narconon student will learn several life skills that she had been lacking, or needs to relearn following her drug abuse experience. In these courses, she regains her personal integrity and is able to make up damage she may have caused to her friends and family while on drugs. She also studies several other courses that will help her to make drug-free decisions for the rest of his life.

Find out more about the full Narconon drug addiction treatment program today. There is hope for all those who are addicted, no matter what age they are.

Resources:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1151530

Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).ÊÊThe Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS).Êhttp://oas.samhsa.gov/dasis.htm#teds2.

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1151509

To many it could seem surprising that a legal drug that is sold in some convenience stores and gas stations is more addictive than cocaine. However, recent studies indicate that this is the case with Bath Salts; a synthetic derivative of the stimulant drug methamphetamine.

Primary reasons why the substances are so dangerous are that they contain chemicals called Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone, psychoactive drugs with stimulant properties. Mephedrone is of particular concern it presents a high risk for overdose.

These chemicals act in the brain like stimulant drugs thus they present a high abuse and addiction liability.

What The Study Said

According to the latest study done by the University Of North Carolina, Bath Salts were found to be just as addictive as the drug cocaine. The study was done by implanting mice with electrodes that stimulate the brain and then measuring how the circuits respond to both cocaine and Bath Salts.

The mice do activities which they are trained on and their efforts were measured with doses of the drug given to them. The result of the study was that the mice who were given cocaine responded very similarly to those who were given Bath Salts.

The study reported that mephedrone, the active ingredient in Bath Salts basically produces the same, if not a more intense effect than cocaine.

Drugs like cocaine and Bath Salts taken by humans can produce a similar effect. The drug acts as a synthetic reward system for the individual. This triggers them to crave the drug and continue to take it to feel good or “normal.” When they stop using they experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They often feel physically “washed out” or exhausted. And their bodies suffer the consequences of this as well with a number of health risks.

[Ref: http://www.livescience.com/21825-bath-salts-addictive-cocaine.html]

The Basics Of Bath Salts

Bath Salts (also sold under the guise of plant food) are a threat to human health and public safety, as evidenced throughout the nation in recent months and the study cited above.  Classifying the synthetic drugs marked as Bath Salts under Schedule I control of the Controlled Substances Act is necessary, detailing health risks and the rise in ingestion and related medical emergencies through the nation.

As of July, about 21 states including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida have bans against the so-called bath salt drugs.

Between January and February 2011, there were over 250 calls to U.S. poison centers related to Bath Salts. This is well over the 236 calls received for all of 2010. What doctors at poison centers have reported is that Bath Salts can cause the following problems for users which include:

•    Rapid heartbeat •    High blood pressure •    Chest pains •    Agitation •    Hallucinations •    Extreme paranoia •    Delusions

Bath Salts are a relatively new drug, so it’s hard to know the full long-term effects, but they seem to have many similarities to methamphetamine (meth). Taking them for a prolonged period of time can lead to emotional and physical “crash-like” feelings of depression, anxiety and intense cravings for more of the drug.

And, since the substances contain amphetamine-like chemicals, Bath Salts will always carry the risk of stroke, heart attack and sudden death. Although enforcement officials refer to it as Bath Salts, it has nothing to do with toiletries and fragrances known by the same term that is used to improve skin conditions.

Bath Salts carry many risks and problems with them and programs like Narconon drug addiction treatment, as well as other facilities have seen an increase in the number of people seeking help for addiction to them.

The Narconon drug addiction treatment facility suggests that if you know someone struggling with a Bath Salt addiction to get them immediate help. For more information on this ongoing issue or to get help now contact us today.

In a recent study published in the journal “Injury Prevention,” researchers found that about a quarter of suicide victims are intoxicated at time of death. While this may not be surprising to many, this was a very broad study of more than 57,000 suicides of adults age 18 and older in 16sixteen states. What the study researchers found, when analyzing the data from 2003 to 2009, was that among men and women the methods of suicide were related to alcohol intoxication as well as the age at time of death.

Men were at higher risk of suicide overall. If they were younger, lived in rural areas, were of American Indian descent or Native Alaskan residence, and of lower educational levels, they were more likely to use violent methods to kill themselves when intoxicated. Overall, 24% of men who committed suicide had more than the legal limit of blood alcohol (BAC) to be considered intoxicated.

Women of younger age and those of American Indian descent or Native Alaskan residence were also more likely to be intoxicated at time of their death. Seventeen percent of women who committed suicide had BAC levels higher than the legal limit to be considered intoxicated.

Since more men than women committed suicide, the study showed that overall 22% or nearly a quarter of suicide victims is intoxicated at the time of death.

The study authors concluded that among both men and women, alcohol intoxication was related to violent suicidal methods, and this risk declined markedly with age. This implies that if one could prevent acute alcohol use one may be able to prevent violent suicides among young and middle- aged adults.

This still doesn’t address the question of why these people are moved to commit suicide in the first place or if the alcohol intoxication gives them the needed “courage” to commit an act that they are going to commit anyway. Or are they addicted to alcohol first, and then depression gets them to the point that taking one’s own life if seen as the only escape?  One would need to examine the root causes for alcohol addiction if that preceded the actions leading to suicide.

In the case of any addiction, there are three known factors that continue to plague an addict to any drugs or alcohol. These are cravings, depression and guilt. When one can find a way out of these three factors, he has a very good chance at beating his addiction and staying alive.

[Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150590/A-quarter-U-S-suicide-victims-drunk-die-likely-use-violent-methods.html]

At Narconon Drug Addiction Can Become A Thing Of The Past

At more than fifty Narconon drug addiction and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world, one can leave behind his drug- or alcohol-dominated lifestyle. The person who really wants to change his current lifestyle can do so at Narconon and will receive effective help to become sober and drug-free.

The journey to sobriety starts with the decision to get clean and sober. Once this decision has been made, the person begins at Narconon with a relatively bearable withdrawal, where he is supported with healthy nutrition and plenty of nutritional supplements.

Here he is also given ample assistance by a trained Narconon staff member, who will help ease any cramps or discomfort with gentle, massage-like procedures. When the withdrawal period is overdone, the person begins the Narconon rehab program itself, soon starting, the person will begin the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program.

On this unique phase of the Narconon drug addiction rehab program, the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, one actually has a good chance of getting rid of cravings for more drugs or alcohol. This is how this part of the Narconon program works. One takes nutritional supplements, eats very well, and gets moderate daily exercise while on this part of the program. He also spends some time daily in a dry, low-heat sauna. Through this regimen, the body has been shown capable of releasing and eliminating drug residues, which had been stored in the body’s fatty tissues. Releasing those toxic residues is crucial to being able to get reduce cravings for more drugs or alcohol. As reported by many people who have gone through this part of the Narconon program, most say they have far few cravings and some report no more cravings at all. In addition, most who complete this step also report a refreshed, brighter outlook on the future, and the ability to think more clearly, unclouded by the fogginess of drugs and alcohol.

After completing this step, the person is ready to learn or re-learn essential life-skills which can help him maintain his sobriety long after rehab is over. Here he faces the reasons that he started to use drugs or alcohol and he also can handle the guilt that accompanies addiction. He will study on this part of the program courses that help him regain his personal integrity, restore his moral values, and give him guideposts for charting his sober life. In fact, seven of ten Narconon drug addiction rehab graduates maintain sobriety at least two years after finishing the program.

To find out more about the full Narconon program, contact us today. There is hope for those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Avoiding the issues that led one into alcohol or drug abuse, and escaping from life is not necessary when one has gotten rid of cravings, depression and guilt.

A recent study has shown slightly more than half of young cigarette smokers also smoke pot, a proportion larger than previously documented. The principal researcher of this study, a University of California at San Francisco postdoctoral scholar, found this by surveying 3,500 people anonymously, mostly through the Facebook social media site. With the promise of anonymity, she felt that she obtained more accurate results than in earlier studies. In this study, author Danielle Ramo found that more than half of young cigarette smokers also smoke pot, while previous studies had documented about 35 percent.

Specifically the study found that of the sixty-eight percent of respondents who said they used cigarettes daily, fifty-three percent reported also using marijuana in the past month. This documented that more than half of young cigarette smokers also smoked pot.

One might think that with the growing trend of states’ legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, this pattern may occur more frequently in those states. Residence in a medical marijuana state was unrelated to the prevalence of marijuana use as well as the co-use of marijuana and tobacco in this young adult sample,” another author of this study said in the news release. “The prevalence of marijuana use also did not differ by respondents’ age, income or gender.”

The growing abuse of marijuana was also documented in the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) study results for 2011, which showed that although cigarette smoking had decreased somewhat, marijuana use is on the upturn. While marijuana use reportedly declined in these surveys through the 1990Õs and early 2000Õs, now five-year trends are showing increases among 10th and 12th graders for daily, current and past year marijuana use. It appears from this study more than 36% of 12th graders used marijuana in the past year. The Monitoring the Future 2011, a study of more than 46,000 students nationwide, documented more marijuana smokers (23%) than cigarette smokers (19%) within the past 30 days.

The researchers of the MTF study concluded that the attitude toward substance abuse, often seen as a harbinger of change, could explain these findings. Among all three grades, recent trends show a decline in the perceived risk of harm associated with marijuana use. It seems that when young people see marijuana commonly used and even prescribed by doctors for some medical conditions, they perceive it to be less harmful and addictive than it actually is.

Unfortunately, that may spell the beginning of a trend to experiment with pot and other substances. After marijuana, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the top illicit drugs abused by 12th graders in the past year, according to the MTF study results.

Both marijuana and other prescription painkiller drugs are addictive, and can lead to far more pain and suffering for both the young person and his family. When one has to confront drug abuse in one’s family, it is hard to know where to turn for effective help.

Narconon Drug Addiction Treatment Can Put Problem In The Past

Luckily, at Narconon, drug addiction is something that can be conquered. The staffs of Narconon all over the world, at more than fifty drug and alcohol rehab locations on six continents, have seen that rehab can be successful and lasting for the drug users who seek help there.

Narconon drug addiction services include a comprehensive, holistic program that includes both the physical aspects of detox and the emotional rebuilding and learning that a recovering drug addict needs. Narconon is not an NA program.

Starting with a relatively tolerable withdrawal period, a person entering Narconon drug and alcohol rehab finds support, both nutritionally and with one-on-one caring assistance from the Narconon staff members. He then begins the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This is a unique regimen consisting of daily moderate exercise, time spent in a dry-heat sauna, and more nutritional supplementation. Most people who experience this deep detox report afterwards that they feel far fewer or even no cravings for drugs and many also report a renewed optimism toward the future.

Once he has handled the drug residues in the body, the person begins the life skills portion of Narconon drug addiction rehab. He will study six more life skills courses which include handling communication; learning how to identify those associates who might lead one back into the realm of drug abuse; and how to regain one’s personal integrity now and in the future. These, along with courses on improving ones condition in life and charting a new course for the future, enable the Narconon graduate to remain drug-free and sober. In fact, among graduates of the Narconon drug addiction programs worldwide, more than seven of ten remain sober following the program for at least two years.

When one has to deal with drug addiction, there is hope for regaining lasting sobriety at Narconon. Find out more details of this program at www.narconon.org.

Resources: http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future/overview-findings-2011

http://www.everydayhealth.com/kids-health/0419/half-of-young-cigarette-smokers-also-smoke-pot.aspx