Family Relationships Suffer when a Member is Addicted

Narconon Review: Arrowhead

Arrowhead Testimony Amy

Drug abuse and addiction causes damage to more than the individual. Family members and others around the addicted person suffer too. Many families do not know how to come to terms with the addiction or how to get the person the help he or she needs.

It has been estimated by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse that approximately 40 million serious injuries or illnesses are attributable to drug use annually. This problem directly or indirectly impacts virtually every community and family in the country. The agency further estimates that thirty-one percent of homeless people in the United States suffer from drug abuse and addiction and at least sixty percent of the prison population is incarcerated on drug-related charges.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated in 2012 that 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older were illicit drug users.Considering that each of these people is part of a family, the effects that spread out from each one cause a devastating wave that reverberates throughout society.

Some recent news stories document how some families have made the very difficult decision to cut off their children financially. They know that any money given would be misspent on drugs. Families of drug addicts also face trust issues which stem from family members stealing, lying and concealing the drug habit that drives their behavior. Families in the suburbs of cities like Cleveland, Ohio as well as in urban centers have to face the issue of marijuana, cocaine, prescription painkillers, and even heroin addiction. One who is addicted is not concerned with how his actions affect others. He is only trying to figure out how to get his next dose or fix of the drug which has taken control of his life.

Knowing Where to Turn for Help

In order to get help, one must know where to turn. This can often be very difficult for families. Luckily for tens of thousands of former addicts, Narconon was there when they decided to get real rehabilitation help.

Effective help is available at Narconon rehabilitation centers. There are more than fifty Narconon centers located around the world from Taiwan to Russia, and in the US from Florida to California. The Narconon program is so effective that more than seventy percent of its graduates recover lasting sobriety.

Amy went to Narconon Arrowhead with the help of her family. She says that before Narconon she was miserable and her life was miserable. She admits that she was using the people she cared about and none of her family wanted her around. She said she didn't feel like she had a relationship with her family at all. But once she arrived at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma she began to rediscover herself. She said she first went through the withdrawal part of the program where she felt the staff really cared about her and knew how to help her through it.

Amy said she felt happier after completing the sauna detoxification portion of the program. This is the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, where one spends time daily in a dry-heat sauna, and doing moderate exercise while also getting good nutrition. Finishing this part of the program, many people say they feel clean and refreshed, and that their cravings for more drugs are gone or greatly reduced.

Amy commented that towards the end of the complete Narconon program she "saw the most change in myself." She said, "My responsibility level went up, I was really able to mend things with my family and I just became more focused on my future." For Amy, the comprehensive eight-phase program at Narconon worked. In her own words,

"This program worked for me. I didn't think it would. It did and no other program was able to change me the way this program did."

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