It is not even news these days that many of our youth are suffering from drug and alcohol abuse. It has become almost commonplace to hear of drug-related murders, overdose deaths and other drug-related violence. In the city of Atlanta, Georgia in recent years, trends in arrests, seizures and drug distribution activities have shown the Atlanta metropolitan area to be a new hub for drug traffickers. There is increasing evidence that drugs are being transported along Interstate 20 to the Atlanta metropolitan area. This is where they are stashed for local distribution and future shipment to other cities along the Eastern Seaboard. When there is a demand for drugs, the supply will inevitably be there. One key to eliminating the drug problem is to effectively reduce demand. Only effective education and drug rehab can reduce demand.
Narconon provides an effective education to prevent drug abuse in the first place and an alternative rehab treatment program for those suffering with alcohol or drug addiction. The comprehensive eight-phase program at Narconon drug and alcohol rehab centers has helped tens of thousands to regain a drug-free and sober life. This program is offered in more than fifty locations around the globe.
Narconon provides the recovering drug addict with a relatively tolerable withdrawal, followed by the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This sauna-based detox includes daily moderate exercise along with generous nutritional supplementation and time spent in a dry-heat sauna. This strictly-followed regimen allows the body to eliminate the harmful residues of drugs and alcohol that have been lodged in the fatty tissues. Otherwise, these residues remain in the body for years after one has stopped taking drugs and have been shown capable of triggering cravings for more drugs. When people complete the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, most say they experience far fewer or even no more cravings for more drugs. And many people completing this step also report an ability to think clearly once again. For many Narconon students, this is the turning point to get them on the road to sobriety.
The Narconon program also includes several life skills courses that one studies. Now more able to concentrate more on the future, the Narconon student can learn essential decision-making skills and other abilities that contribute to his charting a drug-free course for the future. The program's effectiveness is shown by the fact that seventy percent of Narconon graduates worldwide go on to lead drug-free, sober lives.
Atlanta is Southeastern United States Crossroads for Drug Distribution
Atlanta's location at the crossroads of East-West and North-South interstates plus the fact that there is an extensive transportation, shipping and business infrastructure, makes it a desirable spot for the drug trafficking business. Increased drug and cash seizures and drug-related violence provide evidence that drug trafficking organizations are taking full advantage of Atlanta's central location. In 2008, there were two major seizures related to drug money: $7.65 million was taken from one house in the Atlanta area. Another vehicle that had started out in Atlanta and was driving toward the Southwest border was stopped and $29 million seized. Statistics from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for 2008 show Georgia drug use has increased since 1992, both in the number of admissions to treatment, from about 30,000 in 1992 to nearly 45,000 in 2005 (the most recent year for which data are available).
The type of drugs for which people enter treatment has been changing in Georgia too. For the last 14 years, there has been a steady decline in the number of treatment admissions mentioning alcohol and an increase in the percent of those mentioning cocaine, other opiates, or methamphetamine as the reason for entering treatment. In fact, alcohol-only admissions declined from over 45 percent of all admissions in 1992 to just over 21 percent in 2005. Concurrently, drug-only admissions have increased from 25 percent in 1998, to 46 percent in 2005 in Georgia.
According to the CDC, in recent years there has been a huge increase in prescription opioid drug abuse and overdose deaths. As one indicator of how far this problem has spread, there was even a recent case of a Clayton County Sheriff's deputy in training who was arrested while trying to obtain the addictive painkiller Roxicodone from a drug dealer.