There is no doubt that drug abuse and addiction problems are difficult to recover from. Even with the right support and help, individuals who are seeking to overcome these problems may find that it is not easy or fast to do so. In order to be successful, drug rehabilitation treatment must assist the individual in addressing and resolving each and every physical, mental and emotional cause and effect of their drug use. However, treatment cannot end there. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many things that can threaten the health and happiness of humans, not the least of which is mental health issues and substance abuse problems. These problems often go hand-and-hand, and they can quickly destroy lives, communities and indeed society at large. When addressing these problems, often the biggest barrier standing in the way of full resolution is ignorance, which prevents individuals not only from comprehending these problems, but also from comprehending what can be done to solve them. Read the rest of this entry »
As May is now upon us and summer is rapidly approaching, it is time to observe National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The main purpose of National Prevention Week is to increase public awareness of both substance abuse and mental health issues in an effort to increase general public action toward reducing and resolving these problems. Individuals, organizations and coalitions in communities all across the country work hard during National Prevention Week to promote various prevention strategies, educate others and build stronger partnerships in the fight against substance abuse and mental health issues. Read the rest of this entry »
For young individuals, Spring Break can be a welcome diversion in the middle of a seemingly endless school year. It can be a time to hang out with friends and enjoy wonderful weather out of doors. Some fifty years ago, Spring Break for college kids and young adults was similarly innocent in nature – a time for individuals to enjoy each other’s company and the outdoors. Unfortunately, Spring Break has transformed into something else entirely over the past half-century. In most cases, when individuals consider the proposition of Spring Break today they are thinking about wild parties with plenty of booze and other drug substances. Read the rest of this entry »
The Narconon New Life Retreat is located in the small Louisiana town of Denham Springs, a community with a population of around 10,200 people. Denham Springs is located in Livingston Parish (a parish being the equivalent of a county in other states), which has a population of 128,000 people. Every year, for the past 77 years, people from throughout that area have been flocking to the Livingston Parish Fair. In 2013, the event was selected as the fair of the year by the Read the rest of this entry »
The Narconon New Life Retreat is not only a drug rehab center, but it is a place where people can come to get a break from the stress and pressure of the day-to-day world and get their lives back on track. The center is located on a property spanning 15 acres in the woods in the Louisiana town of Denham Springs, and it offers a quiet setting for relaxation and recreation while students make progress through the Narconon program. Students at the Read the rest of this entry »
Statistically, 3.3 million people worldwide die each year due to alcohol use. That accounts for 6 percent of all deaths. While alcohol is one of the most socially accepted substances in the world, it is at the same time one of the most deadly. Prevention is a vital element Read the rest of this entry »
Marijuana is on the rise in the United States, with rates of use climbing at the same time as perceptions of the risk of using continue to drop steadily. Two states have legalized marijuana for private consumption, while roughly half of the states have decriminalized it or made it legal for medical use with a prescription. Is the trend moving in the Read the rest of this entry »
It was 48 years ago now that Narconon was originally founded by a man sitting in a cell of a prison in Arizona. Over the course of nearly half a century, Narconon has expanded to dozens of rehab centers in locations scattered throughout the United States and worldwide. In the beginning, Narconon was developed by a single person, William Benitez, a man who had spent half of his entire life in and out of prison, living as a drug addict and watching his future slip away. Following his release from prison, Mr. Benitez founded the first Narconon center in Los Angeles, and from that point it spread to where it is now. Now, the organization that he founded has helped countless thousands of men and women to recover their own lives and to get a second chance after nearly losing it all to addiction. Recently, a large group of people gathered at Narconon Arrowhead, the flagship Narconon facility located in the small town of Canadian, Oklahoma. The gathering was for a celebration of Narconon’s 48th anniversary, and it was held on the evening of Saturday, March 8th in the facility’s conference hall. Narconon Arrowhead is the leading drug rehab center in the international Narconon network, and it sets the standard in terms of delivery of the rehab program. Read the rest of this entry »
Substance abuse, alcoholism and addiction currently claim thousands of US lives every year. A startling 23 million Americans are functionally dependent or completely debilitated as a result of their addiction to drugs.
Although the ultimate solution to resolving an addicted situation is rehab, this is not always an option for all individuals. Legal mandate can restrict a person from leaving the state or even his or her own home, removing the possibility of attending a rehab program.
For those who need it desperately and immediately, herein Narconon offers tips to stopping substance abuse—both personally and subjectively.Sobriety Starts With You
The Narconon program is built firmly on the basis of personal responsibility and accountability for one’s actions. Although beating addiction on your own can be extremely tough, we believe that with enough determination, you can do anything you want in life.
(Of course, it is highly recommended that you enlist the help of treatment professionals and seek medical guidance to ensure you safely withdraw from drugs and/or alcohol.)Overcoming Abuse
Listed below are 5 tips to overcoming substance abuse:
1. Make the decision. This step may be all too obvious, yet often the role of personal decision is often overlooked. If you want sobriety badly enough, it will be yours. Try writing down your goals and objectives with quitting so you can refer back to these later. These notes might help you to remember, in a time of intense craving, why you so desperately need/want to stop abusing drugs or alcohol.
2. Build a support structure. Usually the immediate circles of substance abusers include fellow drug addicts and alcoholics. Needless to say, these individuals are not positive or supportive of your new life goals. Cut ties with these people, and work on yourself for a little while. Improving yourself and getting clean just might enable you to help these people get back on track down the road.
Turn your focus to the development of a supportive, drug-free group of people who are “on your team,” so to speak. Reach out to family, friends, loved ones, parents and close friends who you know are supportive of your goal to get clean.
At the foundation of recovery is honesty, both with yourself and those around you. Put some focus into rebuilding your integrity to yourself.
3. Be honest with yourself and others. Overcoming substance abuse isn’t easy—if it were, there would be far fewer drug and alcohol treatment centers in the US today. The task at hand is not easy, so be honest with yourself and your supportive friends/family about your journey. Some days will be better than others. Stay in touch with yourself and your loved ones about your progress. Doing so will allow you and them the opportunity to help you through the tough times.
4. Take care of yourself. Incorporate nutritious eating and healthy levels of physical activity into your routine. Drugs and alcohol ravish the body of nourishment, and replenishing yourself physically will be a huge step towards your recovery.
Mentally and spiritually, participate in activities of your choosing which make you happy. Attend church, play an instrument, take cooking lessons, draw a picture—whatever you find fun and which makes you feel creative.
The truth is that you’re in charge of your sobriety. Your success is ultimately up to you. Along the way, you will learn what works and what doesn’t. Keep track of these and follow your own advice when you hit a bump in the road.
5. Set personal guidelines and refer to them often. Nobody knows you better than yourself. You know more than anybody the triggers which cause you to crave drugs and/or alcohol—the places, people and situations.
Keep a journal for yourself, and set personal guidelines along the way, including places to avoid (at least for now) and personal rules for success.
(For example: “Whenever I go out past 11pm, I find myself craving drugs/alcohol more. From now on I will head home around 10pm and get to bed earlier.”)
The above are major components in stopping abuse. Of course, those addicted to drugs and alcohol should seek professional help through the Narconon program where seven out of ten graduates stay permanently drug free.
A recent warning issued by Join Together, a collaboration of Boston University and The Partnership at Drugfree.org, focused on a recent report from public health officials in Tennessee. There have been 15 locally reported cases of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a potentially fatal condition of blood clotting in the small veins, all of which were associated with the intravenous injection of drugs. The most alarming aspect of the Tennessee report, however, was that 14 of the 15 cases involved the opiate painkiller Opana ER (extended release).
Opana ER is specially formulated to provide a low-level sustained dose, but users are known to crush the pills in order to insufflate (snort or “rail”) the drug or to dissolve the powder for the purpose of injection with a hypodermic needle. This allows the drug to reach the brain far more quickly and therefore to produce a much more powerful and immediate effect. Taken in sufficient quantities, Opana ER and other opiate painkillers not only have analgesic (painkilling) effects, but also produce a sensation of profound euphoria which is largely responsible for the addictive quality of the drug. Authorities in Tennessee say that they are unsure as to why Opana ER injection is linked to TTP, but this is only the most recent public health warning on the subject of painkiller abuse.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that the U.S. is currently in the grips of a “deadly epidemic” of painkiller abuse, with 15,000 people dying every year to painkiller overdose. This makes prescription painkillers a more common killer than cocaine and heroin combined. Used as prescribed and under the supervision of a doctor, opiate painkillers can provide a patient with enormous relief from overwhelming pain, but staggering numbers of patients become addicted: 12 million Americans began using painkillers non-medically in 2010 alone. These drugs are now second only to marijuana for the prevalence of abuse nationwide. The number of deaths from overdose has tripled over the past decade, but for every person whose life is lost to overdose, there are many others who live in the misery of a crippling addiction. Families and communities are torn apart, and crime rates increase due to addicts who are desperate to get their next fix.
Perhaps the most appalling aspect of the situation is that a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that between the years 2000 and 2009, there was a nearly threefold increase in the number of pregnant women taking painkillers. The result is that there is now a baby born every hour suffering from the devastatingly painful effects of neonatal withdrawal syndrome — the babies begin their lives addicted to painkillers and wracked by the torture of opiate withdrawals, which are among the worst type known.
Mitigating The Spread Of Prescription Drug Abuse
Opana ER and some other painkillers such as Oxycontin are specially manufactured in a way that makes them more resistant to efforts at crushing the pills and therefore more difficult to abuse, but the same is not true of generic versions of the drugs. The patent for OxyContin will soon expire, and the patent for Opana ER already has. The generic drugs are not only easier to crush, but they are also cheaper and often easier to buy. This presents the country with the spectre of an even more widespread painkiller abuse problem. Fortunately, there are things that can be done. First, clear out your medicine cabinet and take unneeded or expired drugs to drop-off locations maintained by local law enforcement. This helps to limit the availability of the drugs and prevents your loved ones from finding them in your home.
Next, support legislative initiatives to implement statewide prescription drug monitoring programs which track the doctors and patients who write and receive prescriptions for painkillers with the purpose of ensuring that doctors aren’t writing too many prescriptions and that patients aren’t doctor shopping, which involves obtaining multiple prescriptions for the same drug from several doctors. Finally, take the time to educate your friends and family members about the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse. Vicodin is the number one prescription drug in America, and it is only one of many popular brands — you probably know someone who is either taking the drug or who knows someone that is. Spread the word and help to protect our communities.
For more information on this topic or the Narconon program call us now.
In light of the recent surge in prescription drugs causing property crime increase, officials are urging homeowners to immediately report any suspicious behavior. The face of home burglaries is changing, and it’s taking on a more desperate hue as people turn to thieving to fuel prescription drug habits.
Unexpected Thieves Burglaries are no longer what you might think–darkly-clad men moving in the thick of night, slipping in the back door to smuggle electronics into the escape van. They’re now happening in broad daylight, by younger, clean-cut people that witnesses wouldn’t look twice at.
For example, instead of cleaning out the homes’ interiors, burglars may opt for stripping air conditioning units of their copper wires. Metal pawning has become a popular mode of income for those desperate for fast cash. Thieves may go door-to-door checking to see if anyone is home, and they may have a convincing pretense for those who do answer. One burglar was known to make his rounds in a particular neighborhood and tell people that he was looking for his dog. Another couple in their mid-thirties was known to drive through the neighborhood dressed as surveyors.
These are milder cases, however. There are the more brazen thieves who simply walk up to the front door and kick it down. Burglars also tend to target neighborhoods with more foreclosures and abandoned homes, as it is easier to step onto these properties without looking suspicious.
Officials are attributing more and more burglaries to drug addiction. While other illicit drugs are tied to violent crime, prescription drug abuse seems to be the biggest cause of property crime. Officials attribute this to the highly addictive nature of prescription opioids.
Prescription Drugs Are Addictive Prescription opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin are so addictive that after just a few days’ use, patients can start to feel withdrawal symptoms if they stop. Withdrawal symptoms mirror that of illness–stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, fever, sweats, chills, tremors, and respiratory distress. When a person feels that sick when stopping, he becomes desperate for his daily fix just so he can feel normal.
The difference between prescription opioids and other illicit drugs is that medication doesn’t carry the same stigma as substances like cocaine and heroin. If it’s legally prescribed by a doctor, it can’t be that bad, right? Think again. Prescription painkillers are of the same ilk as heroin and opium, and they are now used recreationally.
Users report that it is very easy to “doctor shop”, meaning fish around for an abundance of prescriptions in order to get their hands on more meds. Not only do they use them to get high, they often end up selling their pills for heroin–a cheaper but similar high.
Officials urge consumers to dispose of their medication responsibly. Sometimes pharmacies take left-over pills, or you might check with your local sheriff’s office. Don’t flush it down the toilet or send it to the landfills; these are not substances we want coming back to us in our groundwater.
If you know someone that is abusing prescription drugs contact the Narconon program. Seven out of ten Narconon drug rehab graduates stay permanently drug free after treatment.
The United States military may be continuing to grow technologically, but its living, breathing parts–the ones who get the show on the road–are suffering. A recent study reveals a gruesome increase in drug and alcohol abuse over the past decade.
The report from the Institute of Medicine reveals that in 2008, forty-seven percent of personnel on active duty reported frequent binge drinking. This is a twelve percent increase since 1998. Prescription drug abuse is also on the rise, up from two percent in 2002 to eleven percent in 2011. While this is not a high percentage, it is a sharp increase. Compared to civilian drug use, this is quite a drastic change.
Unaware Of Prescription Drugs
Experts speculate that part of the problem may be in the current screening methods. The focus tends to be on well-known illicit drugs such as cocaine or marijuana, since the military’s drug-testing regimen dates back to post-Vietnam War. Experts say it is time to update testing methods to include prescription opiates, as this is a growing problem.
Military personnel say that drug screening and treatment are lacking due to being under-staffed and under-financed. The majority of treatment is done on a residential and inpatient basis, but addiction experts advise outpatient treatment as a more effective recovery method.
One factor that is not often looked at is the number of military who are on antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs. Well over one hundred thousand soldiers were known to be on regular antidepressant or antipsychotic medication just midway through 2012. It is a well-known fact that such drugs also lead to prescription opiate abuse as well as other hard drug addiction.
Soldiers are not only overwhelmed by stress, they can easily become addicted to prescription opiates after being given painkillers for an injury. Follow-up appointments are infrequent, especially on the battlefield, and when a soldier is sent into a combat zone he is typically given six months’ worth of medication. This makes it too easy to pop an extra few pills after a stressful day or to trade meds with other soldiers.
Other Effects Of Use In The Military
Other problems are escalating that could be related to drug abuse. Since 2006, the percentage of soldiers committing sex crimes has gone up thirty-two percent. The number of domestic abusers in the army has increased nearly fifty percent since 2008, and the number of child-abuse offenders is up sixty-two percent.
Lawyers are learning more and more about the effects of mind-altering drugs when they defend military clients who have been prescribed medication such as Zoloft. They are able to prove that many homicides were caused by the drugs. Whether these crimes are all caused by drugs is debatable, but what is notable is that crime statistics mirror drug abuse increases. What is most frightening about this is that these drugs are being abused by men with loaded guns.
Help For Military Drug Use
While the problem of prescription abuse is a major dilemma in the military, it should be handled the same as any other addiction problem. Long term treatment should be available for those in the military that will not put individuals on more drugs. One should be able to address all of the physical and mental issues associated with the problem and learn tools for life-long recovery.
The Narconon program has these components and seven out of ten of those that complete treatment remain permanently drug free. For more information on the Narconon program contact us today.