With summer coming up right around the corner, the Narconon Freedom Center in southern Michigan is taking action to help keep the roads safer for everyone by issuing a warning about the dangers of drunk driving and drugged driving. According to statistics published by the federal government, more than 10 million Americans are estimated to Read the rest of this entry »
June is National Safety Month, an event that the National Safety Council sponsors every year with the goal of focusing the public attention on key safety issues. Week one of this year’s National Safety Month focuses on the serious problem of prescription drug abuse, Read the rest of this entry »
The end of the school year means the arrival of prom season for high school juniors and seniors around the nation. It also means that parents, educators and law enforcement are ramping up their efforts to detect and catch drug abuse among teenagers who are getting caught up in the moment, succumbing to peer pressure and taking steps down the path to addiction and possible overdose. Read the rest of this entry »
Easter was a happy day for countless people across the United States, but as is the case with any holiday, it was also a lonely day for many people who were spending their holiday in a drug rehab center. People who go to rehab usually make new friends from among the staff and their fellow clients at the rehab center, but the friends one makes in the short time at rehab simply cannot replace family. Holidays, therefore, are often tinged with a certain amount of sadness and longing. The person is in rehab, making positive changes and turning his or her life around, and usually wants as much as anything to be able to show off this progress to those who matter the most. When the holidays come around, the person may feel especially aware of the distance from family. To make matters worse, many drug rehab centers do not even allow contact between patients and their loved ones, believing that a ban on communication with those back home is an integral element of an effective rehab program. Narconon takes a different approach, and actually encourages contact with family as a way to keep up morale and to give the recovering addict more encouragement and support during what is often a challenging process. Read the rest of this entry »
The Narconon Freedom Center, located in the southern Michigan town of Albion, is one of the nation’s leading drug rehab centers. As one of the largest centers in the country, they have the opportunity to work with large numbers of people every year, people from all walks of life and who are struggling with addiction to a wide range of substances. In other words, they don’t specialize in the treatment of heroin addicts or alcoholics, for example. With such wide ranging experience in the field of addiction treatment, the team at the Freedom Center are familiar with virtually any type of drugs, and they are always working to stay on top of the latest trends in the world of drug use. In keeping with this, they have recently issued a new publication on the subject of a synthetic drug that has hit the streets and which has the potential to cause serious problems throughout society. The drug is most commonly referred to as “NBOMe” or “N-Bomb,” based on the full name of the chemical 25I-NBOMe. Popularly, the drug is also known as “Smiles,” and it is yet another on a growing list of dangerous substances that fall into the category of synthetic drugs. Read the rest of this entry »
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, an event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD). This yearly event has been observed since 1987, and it has the goal of raising awareness in the general public of the problems associated with alcoholism, as well as to reduce the stigma that attaches itself to this condition. The second part of this goal is important, because many people who suffer from alcoholism hesitate to take action and seek help because they don’t want to be branded with the label, “alcoholic” and inherit all of the negative attitudes that come with it. Through the work of the NCADD and its partner organizations during Alcohol Awareness Month and other events, progress is being made to make it easier for people to get the help they need with their problems with alcohol abuse and addiction. This year’s event carries the theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” a positive message of support and recovery for those who are struggling with their problems with alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »
This past February, schools and community organizations around the nation observed Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One of these was the Narconon Freedom Center, located in the small southern Michigan town of Albion. The Freedom Center is a drug rehab center, but they also engage in a wide variety of social improvement programs in the local community, doing their part to help make their area a better place for everyone to live. They chose to take part in the dating violence event because they recognize that there is a strong link between dating violence and drug use, and saw an opportunity to help raise public awareness of both of these important issues facing our young people. The first steps in handling any problem are to recognize it, to look at it and understand it. Once these steps have been taken, one is well on the way to a solution. In their efforts to participate in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the team at Narconon Freedom Center was hoping to help others take those steps, by exposing a serious problem and opening the door to a solution. Read the rest of this entry »
The week of January 27th through February 2nd this year was National Drug Facts Week, an event sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The theme of this year’s National Drug Facts Week was “Shatter the Myths” about drug abuse, and in all it included more than a thousand events scheduled for locations around the nation. NIDA went all out for this year’s event, producing free educational materials of teens, and recruiting young people to act as social media partners by Tweeting, blogging or posting on Facebook about the event and spreading facts to help shatter the common myths about drugs. They also held a national chat day, on which young people from around the country were invited to chat online with experts and pose questions ranging from “Why do teens think it’s cool to use drugs?” to “Why does smoking pot make a person get hungry?” NIDA was joined by a long list of partners who assisted in making the 2014 National Drug Facts Week a success, including the White House Drug Czar R. Gil Kerlikowske and DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. There were also many partners on the local level, and among these was the Narconon Freedom Center, located in the small town of Albion in Southern Michigan. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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The Narconon Freedom Center is located in the small town of Albion, Michigan, in the southern part of the state. Situated on a wide, grassy estate and surrounded by thick groves of trees, the center is found in an area where the fall foliage turns out in full force with brightly colored leaves marking the turn of the season. It is an ideal place to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and that is exactly what the staff and students of the Freedom Center did on Thursday, the 28th of November this year. They hosted a warm and joyous Thanksgiving feast for everyone at the facility, and the event was made all the more enjoyable by a special treat, something to make the occasion even more special for the students. Specifically, the staff of the Freedom Center invited the family members of students who are currently in rehab at the center to come in for a visit and to share in the feast together with their loved ones. Read the rest of this entry »
The holiday season is upon us, and people everywhere are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, all too many Americans are suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. For them, the holidays offer far less hope of merriment, and could end up being a time when they feel cut off from all that life has to offer. What better time to put everything else on hold and enter rehab? Brian Kuehne, Executive Director at the Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan, and the rest of his team recently offered a list of seven reasons why one should choose to check into rehab over the holidays: Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this month, the Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan issued an urgent warning against the drug known on the street by the name “Molly.” What is Molly? It is a colloquial term for the drug traditionally referred to by the scientific name 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine, which is typically abbreviated to MDMA. If MDMA sounds familiar to you, it is with good reason: MDMA is also known as ecstasy, a drug that has been popular on the club scene, at raves and other parties since the 1980s. What is the difference between ecstasy and Molly, and why is the Freedom Center raising a red flag on the subject? The basic difference between ecstasy and Molly is that the latter is pure and unadulterated MDMA, whereas the former is often found to be laced with other drugs. Mixing other drugs with MDMA has often been associated with unpredictable and often severe side effects ranging from hallucinations to heart problems and more, and this has given ecstasy something of a bad reputation in the drug scene. Consequently, Molly has been able to step into the role of a “cleaner” and “safer” version of ecstasy. Read the rest of this entry »
The 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 »
Earlier this month, the Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan marked its 11th anniversary at an event filled with celebrations, reflection on the past and optimism for the future. The event looked back to the day in October of 2002 when the center first opened its doors to the community. Since that time, the team at the Freedom Center has helped hundreds of men and women to overcome their struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol and to make a fresh start in life. In doing so, the Freedom Center has had a ripple effect on society, because for every person who they have helped to recover from addiction many more peoples lives were affected, from friends and family to employers and others in the community who could now benefit from the fact that the person who was previously an addict is now a happy and productive worker, neighbor, friend or family member. Beyond their core work of providing drug rehab services to clients, the staff of the Freedom Center also engages in community outreach, such as by delivering the Narconon drug prevention education program to countless school children throughout the region, thereby helping to reduce the numbers of young people who try drugs and end up as addicts later in life. In light of this, the Freedom Center’s 11th-anniversary event was an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and to look forward to the years ahead and a future which promises even greater success. Read the rest of this entry »
September of this year is National Recovery Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has been promoting the National Recovery Month every year for the past 23 years as a way to spread “positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.” This year’s event carries the theme of “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness.” Nearly 500 community events are on the schedule throughout the United States, according to SAMHSA’s Recovery Month website, with organizations nationwide planning activities to observe the month and to spread the message. One of these is planned by the Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan. The team at the Freedom Center have recently finalized their plans for the National Recovery Month events, and are looking forward to joining SAMHSA in increasing public awareness of the fact that alcohol and drug addicts can make an effective recovery from their addiction. Read the rest of this entry »
The Narconon Freedom Center has recently taken a significant step in its efforts to reach out into the community and make a difference throughout the region. The group has appointed Honalee Johnson to serve as their drug education officer. She will be leading a team of drug education lecturers whose job it will be to travel to schools in the area for the purpose of delivering the highly popular and effective series of Narconon Drug Education Talks. Ms. Johnson’s background is in the hospitality industry, experience which makes her well prepared to engage with large groups of students. She says that in her career to date she has “worked with people from all walks of life and many have needed help.” Having personally witnessed friends and family benefit from the Narconon drug addiction treatment program, she is eager to contribute her own efforts to the cause of putting an end to the scourge of drug use and addiction in the community. “Delivering drug prevention education talks to children on the truth about drugs is a great way to start and I’m excited about my new position.” Read the rest of this entry »
The experience of quitting drugs and overcoming addiction is one that is often described as being among the most difficult that a person will ever face. After all, addiction means that the person is hooked on the drug, cannot feel normal without it, and confronts the prospect of harsh withdrawal symptoms if he or she does not get another fix.
The barrier presented by withdrawals is great enough to keep a large percentage of all addicts from quitting. In many cases, this failure to get sober can be attributed to the fact that the person was still living in the same environment where he or she was accustomed to getting high. Not only is the person attempting to beat the addiction while surrounded by many of the same temptations as before, but he or she may also be having to put up with the same types of stress and pressures that drove the person to using drugs in the first place. For reasons such as these, it is highly advisable to pursue rehab in an environment where you can take a break from your normal life and where you will feel comfortable and at peace.
When standing up to the ordeals of detoxification and withdrawal, and when working to build new skills for dealing with life, it is wise to find a place that is off the beaten path and that offers you a relaxing and supportive setting. Read the rest of this entry »
Los Angeles County is home to 9.8 million people, making it the most populous county in the entire country. Trends in LA County tend to reflect or even predict trends in the rest of the county, given the role that Los Angeles plays in shaping the culture of the United States. A new trend which has recently emerged provides reason to be alarmed, as it portends a serious public health crisis for the rest of the country. According to a recent study published by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, there has been a major surge in the number of people who are taken to the emergency room following an overdose on prescription medication or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
In the five year period between 2005 and 2009, there were 14 million prescriptions written for opiate painkillers such as oxycodone, morphine, codeine and Percocet. The same period saw 3,048 hospitalizations and 5,382 emergency room visits for prescription/OTC drug overdose. A staggering 61 percent of the 8,265 drug related deaths in LA County between 2000 and 2009 were caused by commonly abused prescription or OTC drugs, and drug overdose is the third most common cause of injury and premature death in the area according to the County Director of Public Health.
Prescription drug abuse is increasingly common throughout society, both among current drug users and among people who begin using the drugs as patients. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 22 million people began abusing prescription drugs over the past decade. A similar segment of the population is following suit in LA County, where the 2011 County Health Survey found that 5.2 percent of adults abuse prescription drugs. The figures are even more shocking among young people, where 11 percent of high school freshmen, 14 percent of juniors and 37 percent of students in continuation, community day or alternative high schools admit to having misused prescription painkillers.
Painkillers are, in fact, beginning to overtake traditional street drugs, and they are second only to marijuana for the prevalence of abuse. The nationwide prescription drug abuse trends are not, however, limited to painkillers. The Drug Abuse Warning Network reports that between 2005 and 2010 the number of emergency room visits involving the use of ADHD stimulant drugs including Adderall and Ritalin more than doubled from 13,379 to 31,244, and the number of such visits for non-medical use of the drugs nearly tripled from 5,212 to 15,585 over the same period.
A Nationwide Epidemic Of Prescription Drug Abuse
As mentioned above, Los Angeles usually acts as a bell weather for the rest of the country, and this is true of prescription drug abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of drug overdose deaths has tripled since 1990, and that the vast majority of the 36,000 overdose deaths in 2008 were linked to prescription medications. That year saw 473,000 emergency room visits and 14,800 deaths resulting from painkiller abuse, figures which lead the CDC to describe the situation as being a “deadly epidemic.” The LA County report concludes that it will be necessary to engage in extensive education efforts to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and OTC medications in order to reduce these shocking statistics.
This is due in large part to the fact that the prescription drug abuse epidemic is driven to a significant degree by ignorance. Many of the people who abuse these drugs think that because they come from doctors rather than drug dealers and are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, they are somehow safe. They are not safe, and indeed can be powerfully addictive for those who do not overdose. Increased efforts at public education are a good place to start, but the most effective tool for combating this public health crisis is for people — beginning with you — to spread the word.
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