What is Really Happening with Teenage Drug Abuse?
There are some seemingly conflicting trends in teenage drug abuse statistics that make it difficult to see what is really happening with teenage drug abuse. Although teens are smoking cigarettes less and the alcohol statistics have improved slightly, increases in marijuana smoking and use of prescription drugs for non-prescribed purposes may more than overshadow any improvement. What is it that prevents our young people from heeding warnings about teenage drug abuse? What message needs to be delivered in order to really effect a change in drug taking behavior among teens and other young people?
Alcohol consumption by teens has decreased slightly but at least 75% of high school students still try alcohol before graduating. About 25% have had binges of drinking (six or more drinks in a short period of time) recently when surveyed. Still, the leading cause of death for teens is an automobile crash involving some type of alcohol consumption. When one drinks alcohol excessively, there is also a relationship to other irresponsible behaviors, such as engaging in unprotected sex, which may spread HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as resulting in unwanted pregnancies.
There has been an increase in the number of teens who engage in heavy marijuana smoking. Approximately 20% of teens say they currently use marijuana and 10% are using it frequently, at least 20 days each month. Why would this usage be increasing, despite many efforts at education which point to the dangers of marijuana use? One reason may be the laws for legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, adopted now in seventeen states. The message this sends to our youth is "If marijuana is safe for medical reasons, it might be safe for me." From a teenage point of view, the dangers that heavy marijuana use present such as difficulty learning and solving problems, memory loss, and mood swings may not appear to be significant. But, there are other more insidious issues which can arise, such as anxiety and depression. Furthermore, there are many studies which relate early use of alcohol or marijuana to later use of more powerful drugs and drug addiction.
Teenagers are also using extremely dangerous "club drugs" such as Ecstasy and Rohypnol, particularly in combination with other drugs or alcohol, which can lead to overdose. And, recent trends show increases in the proportion of young people who use prescription drugs, especially with opioid pain killers (like OxyContin or hydrocodone) or drugs like Ritalin and Adderall when they are not prescribed. These drugs can cause withdrawal symptoms when one tries to stop taking them, as well as overdoses or life-threatening seizures in some cases.
Narconon Objectives for Drug Treatment
Fortunately, the Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment program offers a holistic and very effective program to help free a drug user from his addiction. This program offers plenty of nutritional support, along with a very thorough drug withdrawal and detox program. This allows one to first address the physical aspects of drug addiction and then move on to addressing other aspects of addiction once one can think more clearly.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program furthers the Narconon objectives to help one fully recover from drug abuse and addiction. In this part of the program, one will follow a strict routine including moderate exercise, time spent in a dry-heat sauna, and nutritional supplementation to help the body rid itself of residual toxins left behind by drug and alcohol use. This portion of the program helps to advance the Narconon objective to rid one of residues that could trigger future drug cravings, even long after drug usage has stopped. Once free of these toxic residues, many who complete this portion of the Narconon program report no more or far fewer drug cravings than before. In addition recovering users report a brighter outlook on the future, and more energy and focus after completing the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program.
After completing this step of the Narconon alcohol treatment and drug treatment program, one is ready to confront that life that was destroyed by addiction and learn the tools he will need to remain drug or alcohol free long after completing rehab. Here one learns skills for effective communication, identifying people who could drag one back into drug or alcohol abuse, and one rediscovers his own personal integrity and moral values.
It is this comprehensive program delivered at Narconon centers all over the world that allows more than seven out of ten Narconon graduates to succeed in remaining drug- and alcohol-free, at least two years after graduation from the program.
Each of more than the fifty locations offers the full Narconon long-term (usually residential) rehabilitation program. Some of the centers have drug educators who will deliver education to young people and civic groups so they can learn the truth about drug abuse. When young people have all the facts of what harm drugs can actually do, they are less likely to abuse drugs.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from the pain of drug addiction, no matter at what age, find out about the Narconon drug and alcohol treatment program. Talk to a trained intake counselor who really understands this issue. Call today.