Unfortunately, it is no longer news when a person takes drugs today. Drug usage and drug abuse have become so entrenched in society that it would be unusual to find a person who doesn't know someone among their friends or associates with a drug problem.
When it's close to home, it is an altogether different matter. When addiction affects your own family or your loved ones, you begin to know how difficult this epidemic is to deal with.
Once one has really faced the fact that he has a drug problem, he must first decide to get help. It then becomes a challenge to know where to turn for effective help. Fortunately for tens of thousands of people with drug problems, Narconon drug and alcohol addiction rehab centers offer effective rehab help all over the world.
Narconon offers an alternative program which includes a relatively tolerable withdrawal period, a full detoxification on the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, and several life skills courses to help the recovering addict to learn or relearn the skills he needs to maintain a drug-free life. In fact, Narconon is so successful that 70% of the program's graduates go on to live sober, drug-free lives. Narconon has centers from Taiwan to California and from Australia to the United Kingdom to Florida. Most of the centers are residential but a few allow people to attend the program full time during the day and return to sleep at their own homes at night.
California's Drug Situation
California was the first of seventeen states in the US to allow medically-prescribed marijuana. That may help to explain the large number of people there, particularly young people, who use marijuana regularly. They are inundated with a constant stream of pro-marijuana messages, in movies, music, TV and the drug-infused culture around them. Why should they believe marijuana would be harmful to them? They know that doctors even prescribe it for medical conditions.
According to the latest Monitoring the Future Study, many teens nationwide have started to perceive marijuana usage as not very risky, which the study ties to more teens using the drug. In fact, in the past year's study, more teens nationwide were using marijuana at least 20 times per month than those who smoked cigarettes.
Although many teens may not perceive their drug use of marijuana as dangerous, clearly there is a problem. In 2009, more than 360,000 Californians went to treatment programs for help with marijuana addiction. Three out of ten were seventeen or younger. Almost half were under age twenty-one and two-thirds were twenty-five or younger. This shows that addiction to marijuana is primarily a problem with our young people. Marijuana is the top drug by far that sends people to rehab in California, followed by alcohol in second place.
The California pattern of drug usage follows much of the rest of the nation with the exception that it is an almost ideal environment for smuggling and production of drugs. This may contribute to a rate of illicit drug use that is 20% higher than the rest of the nation.
In California the use of marijuana in the past year by persons 12 and older was also significantly higher than the rate found in the nation as a whole (13 percent compared to 10.8 percent nationally). By survey, youth in California had a lower perception of harm being possible from using marijuana than youth in other states.
- California Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control Branch and Office of Applied Research and Analysis, California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. California State Epidemiological Profile: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Consumption and Consequences. CDPH: Sacramento, CA, June 2009.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008-2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH Series H-40, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4641. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011.