A Choice to Make: Life on Drugs or Life without Drugs

Narconon Review of Vista Bay Graduate

When one has started down the path of drug addiction, it is difficult to find your way back to sobriety. All that matters to an addict or alcoholic is getting high again, and avoiding the pain of withdrawal. Nevertheless, for those already addicted, they ultimately will choose whether to keep doing drugs or to find a way to have a life free of drugs.

Teen Drug Use

An estimated 40 million people today are addicted to drugs and alcohol. But only about ten percent of those who need treatment for addiction actually receive it. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, (CASA Columbia) those ten percent compare unfavorably to the number who get treatment for physical illnesses: seventy percent of hypertension, heart conditions, and diabetes patients get treatment.

Many things fuel the growth in drug abuse and alcohol addiction. One of those factors is teens' attitudes towards drugs. In the Monitoring the Future Study of more than 47,000 high school youth, the perceived risk of taking marijuana has been falling consistently for the past five years at the same time that daily marijuana use has increased significantly.

Another recent national survey measured attitudes toward substance abuse and found that 90 percent of high school students know that classmates are using drugs, drinking and smoking during the school day. Almost half of those surveyed know a student who is selling drugs at school. The CASA Columbia survey found that three-fourths of 12 to 17-year-olds say that seeing pictures of teens partying with alcohol or marijuana on Facebook, MySpace or on other social networking sites encourages other teens to want to party like that. According to the same study, 45 percent of teens (10.9 million) have viewed pictures online of other teens getting drunk, passed out or using drugs. Nearly half of those who have seen such pictures (47%) say that it seems like those teens pictured are having a good time.

The reality is that drug abuse is not fun. Ask anyone who has been addicted and you will find out he (or she) has stated that he wants to stop doing drugs, but does not know how. Some have tried numerous rehabs or other 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous but have not succeeded.

For Many Addicts, Narconon is the Answer

Luckily, in more than fifty locations around the world, Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers provide the last rehab program an addict needs. The Narconon program is different from other programs in that it does not consider addiction a disease, but rather a lifestyle one can control and fully recover from. In fact, more than seventy percent of Narconon graduates have fully regained long-lasting sobriety after completing the Narconon program.

The comprehensive, eight-phase program offered at Narconon centers provides the recovering addict the means to get back his sober life, and to not need or even want to ever do drugs again. This was the case for Nate T. who found Narconon Vista Bay after trying numerous other Twelve Step programs. He said that before he completed the Narconon program, "Wanting to get high was all that mattered. Now, I know what life would be like if I used drugs or alcohol again."

Nate had been addicted to heroin and was a drinker and heavy pot smoker. During one part of the Narconon program Nate realized he was not going to need to use drugs any more. He had this realization during a part of the program that sharpens one's perceptions of the current environment, brightening one's perceptions and enabling people in recovery to leave the trauma of addiction behind. This step is called the Communication and Perception Course. These exercises are just one part of the full eight-phase Narconon program. Nate concluded that the "Narconon program gives one the ability to understand the difference between a life on drugs and a life without drugs, and how much better a life without drugs is."

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  • http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/NewsRoom.aspx?articleid=704&zoneid=94
  • http://monitoringthefuture.org/pubs/monographs/mtf-overview2011.pdf
  • http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/PressReleases.aspx?articleid=693&zoneid=95

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