While there are some encouraging statistics in teenage drug abuse, there are also many indications that difficult times are ahead for many teenagers. In addition, although we try to get the message across that teenage drug abuse and alcohol abuse are dangerous and may cause potential addictions, are they really getting that message?
Although recent surveys show teenage alcohol abuse to be lower than it was, the rise in the use of "club drugs" such as Ecstasy, and increases in heavy marijuana use more than compensate for the trend. Even the alcohol picture isn't pretty when one considers that about three-fourths of all high school students have tried alcohol and one-quarter of them have had a recent binge of drinking at least six drinks all consumed within a couple of hours. One frightening indication that things are not going well in this area is the fact that is the leading cause of death for teenagers is automobile accidents related to alcohol consumption. Drinking can also raise the likelihood of teens having unprotected sex, contributing to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
In terms of marijuana use, the statistics show that about one in five teenagers currently use marijuana and one in ten are using the drug at least twenty times per month. This is a significant rise in heavy marijuana smoking by teens. Some teens may consider that marijuana isn't harmful due to the recent trend in using it for some medical conditions. In fact sixteen states have legalized marijuana for medical conditions. This trend may send a message to teens that the drug is not dangerous. But, what teens may not have learned, despite our efforts at drug education is that marijuana can hinder their memory, problem-solving and learning skills. It can contribute also to mood swings, anxiety and depression.
Teenage drug abuse of "club drugs" is also an extremely hazardous trend. Club drugs such as Ecstasy, GHB or Rohypnol (the latter two known as "date rape" drugs), are often used at all night dances or "raves." The number of teens using these may be small compared with those using cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana, but they are very dangerous drugs. These can lead to overdose especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
Prescription drug abuse by teens may have stayed about the same in terms of numbers of reported users, but the common practice of abusing opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin and hydrocodone, or diazepam (Valium), methylphenidate (Ritalin) and other powerful prescription drugs is alarming. The number of young people who are risking their lives with these drugs shows the lack of sufficient education to teach them the risks these drugs pose including overdose, withdrawal symptoms, or life-menacing seizures.
Narconon Alcohol Treatment and Drug Treatment Offers Hope for Drug Users
Fortunately, there is hope for drug or alcohol users of any age. Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment is a holistic program which is effective in helping a drug user get free of his addiction. This program uses generous nutritional support during a well-supported withdrawal phase of recovery, and a healthy method of detoxification.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program is an innovative aspect of the Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment program. In this part of the program, one undergoes a regimen of moderate exercise, along with time spent in a dry-heat sauna, and nutritional supplements designed to free the body of the toxins left behind by drug and alcohol use. This portion of the Narconon sauna program has been shown capable of getting these toxins out of the body's fatty tissues where they are stored. Once one had rid himself of these toxic residues, many report no more or far fewer drug cravings than before. It may be these cravings, which can be triggered long after one has stopped using drugs that cause one to fall back into future drug use after other rehab programs.
The rest of the Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment program deals with learning the tools one needs to remain drug or alcohol free after rehab is completed. It may take a few months to learn all these life skills, but one proceeds at his own pace, studying such topics as effective communication, identifying people who can bring one down and back into drug or alcohol abuse, and finding one's own personal integrity and moral values once more. When one has completed all eight portions of the full Narconon program, he is ready to go on to lead a drug-free, sober and productive life. This is evidenced in the success rate of more than seven out of ten Narconon graduates who do succeed in remaining drug- and alcohol-free, at least two years after graduation from the program.
Narconon Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers Located Around the World
There are Narconon alcohol and drug treatment centers on six continents of Earth, in more than fifty locations. There are centers in Taiwan, Russia, South Africa, Australia, England and Europe, and many in North America. At each Narconon location, one finds caring staff, who really understand the addiction problem and will supervise and support one who wants to get off drugs or alcohol.
Each location offers the full Narconon long-term rehabilitation program (most of them are residential), and some of the centers have drug educators who will deliver education to young people and civic groups about the truth about drug abuse. When young people have all the facts of what drug abuse can do, they are far less likely to choose to go down the road to drug abuse.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from the pain of drug abuse or alcohol abuse, find out all the details of the Narconon drug treatment program. You can speak to a trained intake counselor or visit on the web at www.narconon.org.
- WebMD - Abuse of Prescription Drugs