manAs the holidays passed and everyone at the Narconon Riverbend center began getting ready for 2015, the staff of the center had to take a moment to reflect on how much they had accomplished in the previous year. Indeed, 2014 was a banner year for Narconon Riverbend. More than 100 people graduated from the Narconon program at the center in Denham Springs, Louisiana, an average of about 2 student completions per week. Considering that the Narconon program takes an average of 3 to 5 weeks to complete from start to finish, it can be understood that getting someone through the program, let alone getting 100 people through, is a considerable achievement, one which involves quite a bit of effort and dedication. Read the rest of this entry »

walk for recoveryOn Friday and Saturday, the 17th and 18th of October, nearly 600 people descended on the Crystal Palace in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. They were assembled to attend the 14th Latin American Congress of Clinical Toxicology and Chemical Safety. The Congress is a major event at which leading experts discuss topics across a wide spectrum of subjects, with this year’s event covering matters including agriculture, environmental contamination, ecotoxicology, forensics and risk evaluation, in addition to drug rehabilitation and the toxicity of drugs. On this final pair of topics, two representatives from Narconon International traveled to the event to share their insight and to explain to the attendees how and why the Narconon program works. One was José de Carpio, a Narconon Latin American Consultant who was born in Ecuador, while the other was Dr. Anna Zaucha Tagliaferro, Medical Director of Narconon International in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

video cameraThe men and women who work at Narconon are dedicated to helping people find the help they need in the fight against addiction. They are always looking for new ways to reach out to people who are struggling with addiction or who are looking for solutions to help a friend or family member who is an addict. Narconon spreads its message of hope and recovery in a variety of ways, including traditional advertising, websites, public service announcements, passing out literature on the street, and participating in community events, to name only a few. Read the rest of this entry »

un day against drug abuseOn June 26, Narconon staff and volunteers across the globe took part in the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This event has been observed on an annual basis for the past quarter of a century, and it represents a worldwide effort to reduce and eventually to wipe out the plague of drugs across the planet. The goal of the event is to bring awareness and information about drug abuse and trafficking to people at all levels of society, ranging from national governments down to community organizations and individuals.

The UN’s anti-drug intentions are directly in line with those of Narconon, a drug rehabilitation treatment program with centers located on six continents. Narconon has been bringing effective solutions for drug addiction to people throughout the world for more than four decades, and was eager to join in with the recent international anti-drug event. Individuals and groups representing Narconon engaged in public-awareness activities in places ranging from Los Angeles to Russia, from Italy to Uganda, and everything they did shared one message in common: Something can be done about drugs. Read the rest of this entry »

As if parents of teenagers did not already have enough concerns, there is one more subtle threat that they may not have considered dangerous: can caffeine harm your teen’s health?

Legal Energy Drinks Sold Everywhere

However, what parents may not consider dangerous are numerous legal, caffeine-filled drinks known as “energy drinks” and sold everywhere today. You can find them sold under brands such as Red Bull, Rock Star, Monster, Full Throttle and many others. These drinks are made of caffeine, water, sugar and sometimes contain other added stimulants. Made to be stimulating so one feels more alert and full of energy, they can also cause strain on the heart and kidneys. Caffeine is a stimulant to the kidneys so it could lead to dehydration.

According to one doctor who specializes in adolescent medicine, caffeine is absorbed into every tissue of the body. It increases heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine changes the body temperature and the composition of gastric juices. It changes how attentive one is; it can increase anxiety and can really cause trouble in terms of sleep.

The potential effects of these energy drinks by themselves can be deadly, as illustrated by an Australian motocross racer and an 18-year-old basketball player. The Australian died of cardiac arrest after drinking energy drinks and then racing all day, and the 18-year-old basketball player died after drinking only two cans of Red Bull and then playing basketball.

When someone ingests too many of these drinks, he does not know how damaging it can be to his own health. So one should ask, can caffeine harm your teen’s health? In the case of mixing caffeine-filled energy drinks like these with alcohol, the answer is definitely yes. This is a dangerous combination.  Here is what can happen when one mixes these two: alcohol causes dehydration, so mixing alcohol with energy drinks can increase the danger of dehydration, although the person is drinking liquids so he may not feel thirsty.

Additionally, the energy drink can mask the degree of impairment one actually has from drinking alcohol. The energy boost may make one feel that he is okay to drive when he is not. This occurred in at least one case when the NFL football player, Donte Stallworth, hit and killed a pedestrian following being intoxicated with alcohol and drinking Red Bull at the same sitting. He stated that he did not feel drunk when he got in his car.

Narconon News Says Narconon Offers a Solution for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

According to Narconon News, Narconon offers a very effective, holistic approach to alcohol and drug addiction. While one may not consider an addiction to caffeine as serious since millions of people daily consume coffee and tea worldwide, nevertheless, when taken in combination with other drugs or alcohol, this can be a deadly formula.

At more than fifty Narconon centers around the world, drug and alcohol abuse can become a thing of the past. In fact, over the past forty-five years, Narconon has been helping tens of thousands of people to regain sobriety and to maintain a drug-free life.

Narconon offers an eight-phase program including a deep detox known as the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, as well as seven other steps to achieve lasting sobriety. When one starts at Narconon, he will go through a relatively tolerable withdrawal period at first, assisted by a caring and trained Narconon staff member. Then he is ready to begin the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This strict regimen includes daily time spent in a low, dry-heat sauna, along with moderate exercise and plenty of good nutrition and nutritional supplements. At the conclusion of this phase of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program, Narconon news reports that most people feel refreshed, with a brighter outlook on the future, and more energy. They also report that most achieve the ability to think more clearly, and they often feel fewer or sometimes no cravings for more drugs.

Once done with this part of the program, the Narconon student is ready to learn or re-learn sober living skills that will remain with him for the rest of his life. The Narconon program includes six more courses that help him learn the tools he will need to remain drug-free, even when faced with obstacles and challenges.

Learn more about Narconon and its full, eight-phase program by visiting www.Narconon.org.

Resources:

http://www.salemnews.net/page/content.detail/id/554802/Can-caffeine-harm-your-teen-s-health-.html?nav=5015 http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2271-caffeine-bad-kids.html

You may have heard of synthetic drugs like fake marijuana, sold under such brand names as K2 and Spice. But there is another category of synthetic drugs used by young adults, on the rise called bath salts. These are not actual bath salts in the traditional sense at all, and they will do nothing to make your bath a more pleasant soak. They are named “bath salts” to make them appear not to be drugs at all, and to avoid any FDA or DEA or state drug enforcement regulations.

Bath salts actually are synthetic combinations of various amphetamine-like drugs such as methylone and several other long chemical names. Methylone (which is like a synthesized version of the club drug Ecstasy) and other ingredients in bath salts were mostly legal in the United States up until 2011. These were sold in packages online and also at some gas stations, convenience stores and head shops. A few individual states had banned the substances, but until October of 2011 the federal government had not taken action to make substances in bath salts illegal.

However, as of October of last year, the DEA did ban these substances after increases of at least twenty times the number of distress calls to poison control centers around the country involving these drugs. Many people had died following only one experiment with taking bath salts. These bath salts are actually a dangerous drug cocktail that can lead users to mutilate themselves or commit suicide, experts said.

Emergency room physicians are particularly concerned about this epidemic of synthetic drug use by young adults on the rise. Dr. David Seaberg, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, warned his colleagues and others that these drugs are particularly dangerous and that as E.R. doctors, they witness first-hand the dangers that these synthetic drugs can cause. He said that emergency physicians treat patients every day for a variety of different symptoms associated with synthetic drug use including elevated blood pressure, nausea, paranoia, erratic heartbeat, chest pain, agitation, muscle tissue breakdown and/or hypothermia. 

Bath salts can have other seriously harmful effects on users. Some bath salts users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, extreme paranoia and violent episodes. Synthetic drug use by young adults on the rise has been facilitated by these products being sold at various retail outlets and over the Internet.

These drugs can also be highly addictive to users.   No matter the drug, when addiction has taken hold of a person it is often hard to find one’s way out of this trap. If you are aware of someone who has fallen into addiction, whether to synthetic or other drugs or alcohol, there is hope for lasting recovery at Narconon.

Narconon News Reports Seventy Percent Of Graduates Find Lasting Sobriety

According to Narconon News, seven of every ten Narconon program graduates find long-lasting sobriety through the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. This program offers a unique sauna based detox called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program in addition to many other phases of the program. One starts off at Narconon with a relatively tolerable withdrawal period, aided by generous healthy nutritional supplements and some one-on-one time with a trained Narconon staff member. The staff member may give a recovering user some assistance like a gentle massage to help ease any aches or cramps that the body may experience when getting accustomed to the lack of drugs.

This is followed by the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, unique in that it is not offered by any other program than Narconon. This strict regimen consists of daily moderate exercise, plenty more nutritional supplementation and time spent in a dry heat sauna. After this phase of the full Narconon program, many participants report a much brighter outlook on the future, along with fewer and sometimes no more cravings for more drugs.   In addition to the physical aspects of handling addiction, there are many other parts of the Narconon program where one learns or re-learns the key life skills he will need to maintain a drug-free life.

These vital skills enable the person to stay sober long after completing the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program. With seven of ten Narconon graduates remaining drug free and sober, even two years after finishing the program, Narconon News shows that this a very effective drug and alcohol rehab program. To learn more about the entire Narconon program, visit www.narconon.org.

Resources:

http://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=83830

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6019a6.htm?s_cid=mm6019a6_w

As unlikely as it may seem, it is yet the fact: prescription drug abuse abetted by family and friends all the time.   Here is what could happen: someone gets a prescription for a strong painkiller usually an opiate after surgery or after a dental extraction, etc. They take the medication until their pain is better and then still have a number of pills left in the bottle. But instead of tossing out the remaining pills, they may simply put them back in the medicine cabinet without thinking that they would be contributing to a trend in which prescription drug abuse is abetted by family and friends. The child in the home, or a visiting friend or family member, or even a person such as a repairman, or any other person who may have access to the bathroom can easily check out bottles of pills in the medicine chest and take them. It is also possible that a robber may break into a home, looking for this exact type of “find.”

Extensive Prescription Drug Abuse Becoming a Deadly Epidemic  According to some prescription drug abuse statistics, there are already 20% of Americans under the age of 12 who have admitted to abusing prescription drugs. There are also 33% of the elderly who are prescribed drugs that lend themselves to abuse. Put these two facts together, and one could see how grandma or grandpa may unwittingly leave their medication leftovers in the medicine cabinet which are later found by a grandchild whom no one would suspect of abusing prescription drugs. And certainly grandma or grandpa had no intention of contributing to this trend of prescription drug abuse abetted by family and friends.  An alarming statistic is that 99% of hydrocodone (an opioid pain killer) is consumed by American citizens, and that 71% of the world’s oxycodone (sold under the brand name Oxycontin, another opioid pain killer) is consumed by Americans.

According to another resource, every day in the United States 2,500 youth aged 12 to 17 are abusing a prescription pain reliever for the first time. And the largest percentage of drug overdose deaths is caused by prescription drug abuse. Overdose risk is highest with opioid abuse, alone or in combination with alcohol or other drugs, as these drugs can depress respiration and lead to death. Unintentional overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999 and as of 2008, these statistics outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined.

Clearly there is a need to properly get rid of leftover medications. Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration has started to sponsor drug drop-off days. These allow someone to safely dispose of unneeded or expired drugs, usually dropping them off with police, Doing so has already reduced the amount of drugs which were left sitting unneeded in medicine cabinets by almost 500 tons.

Hope for Prescription Drug Users According To Narconon News

For those who are already hooked on prescription pain killers or other drugs, fortunately there is hope for full recovery at Narconon centers around the world.  There are more than fifty locations of Narconon in forty countries of the world. There, one can get clean of any drug that one has become addicted to, and without the addition of other treatment drugs such as methadone or Suboxone.  The Narconon rehabilitation program uses a holistic, alternative approach to recovery which results in successful long-lasting sobriety for seven out of ten people who complete the program. It is a process of first detoxifying the body and getting rid of the drug residues through the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, and then building up the person’s life skills in order to make it easier for him to continue to make drug-free choices for the rest of his life.

According to Narconon news the rehabilitation program results in a person who knows how to identify those who may lead them back down the road to further drug abuse, and how to handled difficult situations without the need for drugs. He has also handled for himself the main reasons for addiction: guilt, depression and cravings. After the Narconon program, which is not NA, most people find they have a renewed energy for life, more optimism for the future, and they are able to create a new, productive and drug-free life.

For more information on Narconon news contact us today.

Resources:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/prescription-drug-abuse-statistics/

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

During the Red Ribbon Week, the Narconon centers give drug education presentations and other settings. Narconon report on news and press releases from around the rehab and prevention network. Read the rest of this entry »