The American people were touched by the news of the recent death of Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reports of Hoffman’s death from apparent heroin overdose made a major impact even on Super Bowl Sunday, when the news media is otherwise worked up into a frenzy to cover the big game and the entertainment circus surrounding it. Hoffman’s fans were deeply moved, actors, actresses and others in the entertainment industry went on record sharing their thoughts on the loss of their colleague, and people across the nation were given yet another reminder of the fact that the United States is plagued by a serious and ongoing problem with drug abuse and addiction, with overdose now outranking car accidents in many states as a leading cause of accident related death. One group of people who were especially moved by the death of Hoffman was former addicts. These people know all too well what must have been going on in Hoffman’s mind in the days and hours leading up to his demise, and most of them know that if things had turned out differently for themselves they could have suffered the same outcome as he did. Read the rest of this entry »
“The way that I feel now and the way that I felt when I came in here are two totally different feelings.” These are the words of a young woman who appears in a video posted online recently by Narconon Arrowhead. “Anything that a new person is feeling, I felt it, and so has 90% of the staff here. Everyone knows what they’re going through.” Indeed, the experiences that people go through during their time on the Narconon program do tend to have certain things in common. The program takes a personal approach for each individual who comes in for help, but the results are very often the same. This fact is reflected in the new video, which features the young women and several other people who all tell their own personal story of rehab and recovery through the Narconon program. Each of them is speaking for his or herself, but at the same time is also representing countless others who have also done the program and whose experiences were similar or substantially the same. Read the rest of this entry »
Narconon’s flagship drug and alcohol rehabilitation headquarters, the Arrowhead center in Oklahoma, has now launched an online reviews site. Online reviews are a key way for consumers and the public to find out about an organization, so this is an important step for the center to take. When more addicts can hear about the successes of Narconon Arrowhead’s graduates, more can get themselves recovering! Read the rest of this entry »
To discover the beginnings of the Narconon drug rehabilitation treatment program, one must look back fully 40 years to a state prison in Arizona. William Benitez, an inmate who was addicted to heroin and who was currently serving his sixth sentence in prison, is the individual who was responsible for developing Narconon. During this term of incarceration, Mr. Benitez came across a book by the philosopher and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. In the book, he discovered what he recognized as the solution to beating drug addiction, both for himself and others. Based on Hubbard’s works, Mr. Benitez immediately set to work developing a program that he could use to help his fellow inmates, and indeed anyone in the world, to address the problem of addiction and thereby to turn their lives around. He decided to call the program Narconon because it was his intention that the program would, unlike so many others, help addicts to rehabilitate themselves without the use of drugs. After several months of lobbying the prison administration to allow him to implement his program with an initial group of inmates, Mr. Benitez was finally permitted to put his plans into action. The results he got were not only satisfactory, but were so good as to lay the foundation for Narconon’s eventual spread into dozens upon dozens of centers across six continents. Read the rest of this entry »
Alcohol abuse and addiction are among the leading social and public health problems in the United States and worldwide. Countless people every year are killed in alcohol related accidents and alcohol fueled acts of violence, while many others die as a result of diseases which are caused or contributed to by the health damage caused by heavy and chronic alcohol consumption. Further, alcohol is at the root of untold numbers of familial and social conflicts, and it causes inestimable grief and upset across all strata of society.
There is no single answer to explain why some people who are exposed to this ubiquitous drug get addicted while many others don’t, and in examining the reasons why individuals begin abusing alcohol it is usually possible to identify multiple causes. Some research seems to indicate that alcoholism and alcohol abuse are primarily the result of environmental influences, while other studies point to genetic factors as being the main predisposition.
A recent interview with a substance abuse expert who focuses on alcohol abuse at the University of California at San Diego indicated that the current consensus is that about 40 percent of alcoholism is the result of environmental factors, while the remaining 60 percent is caused by genetic predisposition. For example, the UC researcher pointed to studies which have demonstrated that people whose brains make them less sensitive to the physiological effects of alcohol are predisposed to develop abuse disorders, given that they typically need to drink more to get drunk and are therefore more likely to develop a physiological dependence.
Another recent study, this one performed by researchers at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Masstricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, highlights the 40 percent of alcoholism causation which has its root in the environment of the individual. This study found that men who have trouble maker friends and family members are more prone to develop alcohol abuse problems.
The study tracked 1,560 adult male twins who were participants in the Virginia Adult Twin Study of Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorders, interviewing and surveying them on the subject of their drinking habits while they were between the ages of 15 and 36 years old. The researchers scrutinized the data for patterns and trends which could demonstrate links between the risk factors for alcohol use and abuse, the protective factors that would tend to prevent alcohol misuse, and patterns of alcohol use in the period from adolescence into adulthood.
Factors That Cause And Prevent Alcohol Abuse
The researchers were successful in discovering several links, such as that patterns of sensation seeking and poor academic performance were associated with higher average levels of drinking, while symptoms of ADHD, a family history of externalizing disorders, and a history of alcohol abuse in the family increased the risk of beginning to abuse alcohol in early adolescence. The greatest predictors of initial high alcohol consumption during adolescence were a family history of externalizing problem behaviors and the presence of peer trouble makers.
In other words, young men who live with family members who dramatize their emotional disorders and who spend time with friends who engage in risky, dangerous or disruptive behavior are more likely to begin drinking heavily during their early teens. Interestingly, having a family history of externalizing problem behaviors was found to be a greater predictor of alcohol abuse than was having a family history of alcohol use disorders, meaning that alcoholism is not necessarily genetic.
Narconon reviews reports that as important as it may be to identify the risk factors and causes of alcohol abuse and addiction, it is also vital to discover the most effective safeguards and remedies to prevent the behaviors in the first place. The researchers found that the greatest protective factors were — unsurprisingly — involvement in church activities and parental monitoring.
In August, a dentist in Colorado was exposed for drug addiction, including vicodin and vicoprofen. The truth, however, is that he is not alone. Physician drug use is not uncommon–and can be even more dangerous. Prescription drug abuse among the medical profession is five times higher among physicians than among the general public.
Seduced In Close Quarters It could be proximity to the drugs that entices and leads to addiction, as is reflected in the fact that anesthesiologists and surgeons have a higher rate of addiction than most physicians. Dentists with small practices don’t have to worry about the possibility of being discovered and reported by their employees.
There is currently no drug testing in place for physicians, but experts believe this may change soon due to several high-profile physician addiction cases. Those in the medical profession who choose to stay clean are allowed to continue practicing, but only if they do not relapse.
Hospitals and clinics have changed a lot over the years due to such cases. Medication used to be readily available, sometimes even sitting out in break rooms for casual use. For those working twenty-four or forty-eight hours straight, popping pills was an easy boost to keep going. This is no longer the case. Medication is more closely watched, and as a result, physicians have had to come up with unusual solutions to their cravings.
From Dirty Needles To Returned Prescriptions One doctor was convicted for dirtying needles in order to get high and then returning them to be used by patients. The horrifying outcome was the unexpected spread of Hepatitis.
Another was accused of asking patients to return their unused medication at their next doctor visits.
Yet another was found treating patients while high on prescription opiates, leading to frightening mistakes.
In fact, drug addiction can be a major factor in medical malpractice and negligence. It also leads to illness, family troubles, added stress on the job, and a mortality rate of up to seventeen percent.
Failed Attempts To Outsmart Drug Abuse
Doctors may be of the mind that because of their status and education level, there is no way that they could become addicts. But addiction takes over no matter what your degree says or how much you think you can outsmart it. Many find themselves addicted to prescription drugs when they least expect it.
Recovery can also be difficult for doctors addicted to drugs because they may think they know what’s best for them or may presume to be done with treatment prematurely. Pride can also be a barrier to recovery, as it may be difficult for such accomplished individuals to admit defeat. And they are less likely to be asked about drug abuse by colleagues, who watch for signs in patients but are less aware of signs in each other.
Stress, overwork and regular access to drugs and exposure to prescription drug abuse are all reasons for such high rates of physician drug abuse. Substance abuse is also linked with physician suicide.
If one sees the symptoms of drugs use, they should not pass them off merely because the user is a physician. Talk to the person about the problem; get them to agree to get help. Use intervention services if necessary and see to it that they gain lasting recovery through treatment.
For more information or Narconon reviews on the subject of physician drug use contact us today.
Teen drug use is a problem, but whether or not it continues into adulthood has long been a controversial topic. A recent study by Yale University revealed that adolescent drug use does, in fact, lead to harder substance abuse in adults. In fact, prior substance abuse is linked to opioid abuse in young men.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examined information on eighteen to twenty-five year-olds in the 2006-2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Based on prior drug use, it was found that twelve percent of adolescents reported current abuse of prescription opioids. Of those:
• 57 percent had previously used alcohol • 56 percent had used cigarettes • 34 percent had used marijuana
Young women were evidently only affected by marijuana, while opioid abuse in young men was associated with previous drug and alcohol use. Researchers found that girls reported taking drugs more frequently for emotional issues while boys were influenced by their environment and the people they surrounded themselves with.
The Use Of Prescription Opioids
It is estimated that three and a half million teens abuse prescription opioids. Narconon reviews have found that the study demonstrates the need for effective rehabilitation early on, so as to prevent opioid addiction.
Opioids are among the earth’s oldest drugs. Also known as narcotics, these substances derive from the opium poppy. They work on the part of the brain that deals with pain, both reducing the body’s ability to feel pain and increasing the pain threshold.
Opioids can be classified in three different groups:
• Natural opioids such as opium and morphine. • Semi-synthetic opioids, which consist of both natural opioids and synthetic substances. Some examples are heroin and oxycodone. • Synthetic opioids such as methadone and codeine.
Other opiates are brand-name substances such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet.
The most common prescription narcotic is oxycodone. It is also among the most habit-forming. More oxycodone is used in North America than in all other countries combined.
There Are Side Effects To Opioids
Many opioids have uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening side effects, even when they’re not abused.
Percocet is used to cope with moderate to severe pain. It is one of the most frequently used painkillers, but it is highly addictive. Side effects include dizziness, mood changes, vomiting, vision changes, breathing difficulties, slow or irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, and death. Overdose occurs quite easily.
Morphine is another painkiller taken for moderate to severe pain. Its side effects include nausea and vomiting, fainting, irregular heartbeat, hallucinations, mood swings, chest pain, unusual bruising or bleeding, weakness and vision changes. It is also highly addictive.
Oxycodone can cause memory loss, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, anxiety, itching, heavy sweating, and even impotence and decreased testosterone. In high doses, the substance can cause shallow breathing, cold, clammy skin, respiratory arrest and death.
How You Know When Someone Is Abusing Opioids
Narconon reviews have found that there are a number of signs to watch out for when it comes to opioid abuse:
• Changes in personal hygiene. • Unexplained mood swings. • Lethargy. • Decreased appetite. • Sly attempts to get more drugs, such as asking family members for medication or stealing from the medicine cabinet.
If you know anyone with the above symptoms, get them in contact with a rehabilitation program or a trained professional right away. Contact us today at 800-775-8750 for more information.
With national statistics indicating that over 22% of high school seniors using marijuana, it is clear that the drug problem with this substance is not going away. What most don’t know is that marijuana has one of the longest histories of drug use in the country that is not only limited to teen marijuana use.
In our last article covering this topic, we went over the dangers of marijuana use. However the history of the drug is one that is very relevant to show how dangerous and damaging use of the substance can actually be.
In Narconon reviews of the subject of marijuana a very interesting and lengthy history exists describing the uses and dangers of the drug.
The History Of Marijuana
Since the ancient times and even as early as 2737 B.C marijuana was described as a medicine. The drug became more well known around 500 A.D. In the beginning the focus was on any medicinal value of the drug; however it’s euphoric properities were known.
As ancient times went on individuals and groups used marijuana more and more for recreational purposes and less and less as a medicine. It was soon banned in many countries. At about the same time the use of the drug spread across the world.
The mid-1500’s was when marijuana started to be used in the United States. It started as a source of fiber and was growing with tobacco plants. By the late 1800’s it had been replaced by cotton as a cash group for commerce. But as it died out with other uses, the recreational use of marijuana started to spread like wildfire.
Prohibition has been named as one cause for the increase and spread in use although this has not been proven. Throughout the 1900’s use of the drug happened in major cities in the U.S. However no one, at that time saw the drug as a major threat. The drug was even still used medical until 1942 and given to those with nausea, pains from labor and rheumatism.
In the 1960’s marijuana sprang up during the “hippie era.” The drug became a symbol for this generation. In 1970 the drug became a Schedule I narcotic with no medical use. Until mid-2000 marijuana was completely illegal and those using, growing and selling it were arrested.
In 1996, medical marijuana was legalized in the state of California and following this 16 other states also legalized the drug. However problems with this have already cropped up with medical marijuana dispensaries being shut down. With the legalization of this substances for medicinal purposes came those with false medical claims, crimes [especially around dispensary areas], and an increase in addiction as well as treatment needed for marijuana abuse.
How Does This Affect Teens
The history of marijuana affects our teenage and young adult population in many ways. Because of the latest legalization of the substance teens are lead to believe that marijuana is safe, not harmful and not addictive. This coupled with the way that the drug is perceived in the media and my opinion leaders and celebrities is a recipe for disaster.
According to Narconon reviews the majority of those at attend Narconon rehab programs for help have had drug use issues at one time or another that involved marijuana use. The drug was a gateway for many harder core addicts who later entered treatment for drugs like heroin, prescription drugs, methamphetamine and cocaine.
The negative effects of marijuana coupled with its history are enough to show that the drug does more harm than good. For more information about Narconon reviews on the subject contact us today.