syringeThe holiday season is a time when problems with drug and alcohol abuse often come to the foreground. A person who has been struggling with addiction may be able to keep things relatively under control throughout most of the year, but when the holidays come around the seams start to split and the cracks begin to show. When an addict has to spend time with family during Thanksgiving or Christmas, the stress and pressure of the situation often push the addict over the edge and make it difficult or impossible to keep things under wraps. Read the rest of this entry »

ghettoEarlier this month, Narconon Arrowhead issued a warning about the dangers of synthetic marijuana. The center also features a section on their website which is dedicated to providing information about this drug, but they saw that it was time to raise the alarm about synthetic marijuana in an effort to make as many people as possible aware of the issue. Synthetic marijuana has been on the rise over the past few years, and recently the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control spoke out, saying that the use of the drug has reached epidemic proportions there. Given that Narconon Arrowhead is located in Oklahoma, they felt a duty to support the state in addressing the problem and keeping young people there safe from what has become a serious public health threat. Synthetic marijuana sent more than 28,000 million Americans to the emergency room in 2011 alone, and has already killed far too many people in the relatively few years that it has been on the scene. Now, it can be hoped that the statistics of synthetic drug abuse will experience a sharp decline, as more people are learning about exactly what these drugs are and just how dangerous they really can be to someone who makes the mistake of using them.

Synthetic drugs are a class of drugs which are also known as designer drugs, and the two most widely recognized examples of these are synthetic marijuana and bath salts, the latter of which are used as stimulants similar to amphetamine. They have until recently been entirely legal, despite the fact that they were just as powerful as illicit street drugs and in some cases even more dangerous. This situation existed thanks to the fact that the laws which prohibit drugs apply to specific chemical substances. The federal or state government could pass a law that would ban a known synthetic drug, but clandestine chemists could simply come up with a variation on the chemical formula and start producing a new version which had essentially the same effects but which didn’t fall under the blanket of the applicable drug laws. This circumstance not only made synthetic drugs more dangerous in terms of avoiding the efforts of lawmakers, but also in respect of the variability of the substance itself. Marijuana, heroin, cocaine and others are all bad enough, but at least we know what they do, how they work and what their effects are on the user. With an ever-changing recipe, synthetic drugs are typically not very well studied, and health care workers treating emergency room patients often have trouble figuring out what the person took and therefore what is necessary to treat the condition.

Oklahoma Law Targets Synthetic Drugs

A new law in Oklahoma seems to have taken the variability of synthetic drugs into account, and should prove to be effective at stopping these drugs in their tracks in that state. Upon its signing, the law targeted 142 chemicals, making them illegal for purposes of manufacturing or using synthetic drug. This initially broad sweep is important, but it is not all that makes the law effective. A provision of the law includes the power to add more chemicals to the list based on expert testimony, which demonstrates that a given chemical could be used for making synthetic drugs. The law not only addresses the current situation but also takes into account the future developments in this field.

t will now be significantly more difficult for drug dealers to stay ahead of the game, and young people should not be able to buy synthetic marijuana and bath salts in gas stations, convenience stores and smoke shops any longer. Narconon Arrowhead supports this new law, and they hope to not only help prevent the spread of synthetic drugs in Oklahoma but also offer effective treatment for those who have become addicted.

grand openingItaly is a country with one of the richest cultural, artistic, and historical heritages in the world, but it is also a nation, which, like most others in the developed world, is struggling with serious problems with drug abuse. Too many Italians are living their lives trapped in the chains of drug addiction. Fortunately, there are six Narconon drug rehab centers in locations spread throughout Italy, providing effective solutions for treatment to those who have decided that it’s time to quit drugs and make a fresh start in life. Read the rest of this entry »

handEveryday people with substance abuse problems turn to Narconon and other rehab centers all over the world for help. Whether their choice to go is fueled by their loved ones stepping in and helping them realize that they have a problem, or sparked by a real live experience where they realize that their life is going down the chute faster than they can stop it on their own, then result they are after is always the same. That result is exactly what Narconon of Louisiana is giving to individuals who choose Narconon as their way out. One past graduate is letting the world know what this program did for them. Read the rest of this entry »

christmas treeEvery year, the staff and students of Narconon Arrowhead ring in the holiday season with a Deck the Halls party, a time when everyone gets together to festoon the center with holiday decorations. Narconon Arrowhead is not at all a center with an institutional feel — as a former resort lodge, it retains a warm, welcoming and beautiful lakeside atmosphere. But the Deck the Halls party sees the building take on a whole new character, with a large Christmas tree in the lobby, and decorations throughout the center so that everyone can share in the cheer of the holiday season. By involving the students in decorating, rather than having the staff take care of it on their own, the center gets everyone on board and they all have a part in making the place more festive and a nice place to spend the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

moscowMoscow was being flooded with heroin from Afghanistan and cocaine from Colombia in 1998. There had been a 400% increase in the rates of drug abuse over the past three years, and this was largely driving another epidemic, the spread of HIV/AIDS. At the time, the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union were suffering from the world’s steepest increase in rates of HIV, and this was due in large part to the widespread sharing of dirty needles for injecting heroin and other drugs. Read the rest of this entry »

rehabWith the holiday season fast approaching, Narconon centers around the country are getting ready to help their clients celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. They also engage in community outreach activities to help those in need and spread the goodwill and cheer which are at the core of the holidays. Some examples of things that Narconon centers did last year include: Read the rest of this entry »

veteranNarconon Arrowhead observed Veterans Day earlier this month by issuing valuable information about the dangers of substance abuse and addiction to drugs and alcohol. The goal of this activity was to aid in efforts to prevent binge drinking and drug abuse, two problems which are taking a heavy toll on the United States military, in terms of lost efficiency and morale, injuries and illness, and most importantly, in the numbers of service members who die from drug overdose or drug-related suicide every year now. Read the rest of this entry »

sombreroNarconon is a secular drug rehab program, but that does not mean that the program cannot be delivered by a religious organization. More than two years ago, a Catholic priest by the name of Padre Jaime Lares Chairez made the decision to open a Narconon center in his home city of Tijuana, and on October 25th of this year, Read the rest of this entry »

drugsOctober was National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and Narconon centers around the country were actively supporting the effort to get out the message for the event. Prevention Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.(NCADD), with the stated purpose to “highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have Read the rest of this entry »

kidsIf you had a program for educating middle and high school students about the dangers of drugs, and found that the program produced outstanding results, you would want to make sure that the program was put to use and reached as many young people as possible. A drug prevention education program which taught 80% of students something they didn’t already know about drugs and which led 90% to say that they could put the information to good use by Read the rest of this entry »

person“The welcome we receive from youth and community members is proof that our drug prevention outreach is vitally important,” says Narconon International President Clark Carr, speaking about the organization’s activities for National Substance Abuse Prevention Month in October and throughout the year. “Helping young people grow up Read the rest of this entry »

peopleIf you haven’t yet heard of Red Ribbon Week, you should have, since it is one of the nation’s oldest drug awareness education campaigns. For nearly 30 years, people from all walks of life and from across the United States have been pinning small red ribbons on their chests in support of the event, and the campaign has reached millions of people over the years with a powerful anti-drug message. It is sponsored by the National Family Partnership, and is part of the Read the rest of this entry »

fairThe 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 »

personal trainerThe 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 »

bottleThe United States is a nation with a serious drug problem. Not only is the U.S. one of the top markets for the international trade in illicit drugs, but it is also a country where the population consumes massive quantities of pharmaceutical drugs, with a wide range of prescription medications to treat various types of conditions. The scope of America’s pharmaceutical drug use is truly staggering. According to a 2013 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, close to 70% of people in this country Read the rest of this entry »

girlThroughout the month of October, individuals and organizations around the nation will be observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The event was launched 33 years ago, when in October 1981 the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence held their first Day of Unity. Over time, the Day of Unity expanded in scope Read the rest of this entry »

shelterCathy Steiner loves to help. In her current position as the CEO of the Narconon New Life Retreat in Denham Springs, Louisiana, she plays a vital role in making it possible for people from all walks of life to make a fresh start by quitting drugs and alcohol and achieving a new level of stability and confidence. Steiner’s work in the field of Read the rest of this entry »

substance abuseIf you wanted to know anything about a subject, you would probably want to ask someone with experience in the field. This is true of the subject of drug addiction, and the common question, “Is drug addiction a disease?” Gary W. Smith knows the answer to this question. He has spent several years as the Executive Director of the Read the rest of this entry »

girlIt takes a coordinated effort to fight back against drug abuse. Any individual addict already knows how hard it is to try to stop using drugs. Just decided to stop can have very little impact when you are dealing with powerful narcotics that Read the rest of this entry »