Drug Addiction and Heartbreak Go Hand in Hand
Drug abuse or addiction of a loved one is heartbreaking. With drug addiction, it isn't only the addict who is harmed but his family and close friends suffer along with the addict. He may be feeling depressed, despairing, angry and a number of other emotions but simply tries to escape from these feelings by using drugs. Meanwhile, the family who feels betrayed by the lies and manipulation - and sometimes crimes - generally feels hurt and puzzled. Few people know how to deal with a loved one's addiction.
No one really wants to be an addict. By and large, addicts are good people who have lost control. The drugs take over the person. His common sense and personal values and integrity are not strong enough to counteract the highly addictive nature of most of today's drugs.
Unfortunately, for the past eleven years, prescription painkillers have been causing increasing numbers of accidental overdoses and deaths. In a recent article, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that drug overdose deaths increased in 2010 for the eleventh straight year, mostly involving the use of addictive opioid painkillers. This epidemic is growing despite attention to risks from these drugs.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, said "The big picture is that this is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly."
A research article in the Journal of the American Medical Association citing this report quotes Frieden as saying that many doctors and patients don't understand how addictive these drugs can be, adding that they're too often prescribed for pain that can be managed with less risky drugs. "They're useful for cancer," Frieden said, "but if you've got terrible back pain or terrible migraines, using these addictive drugs can be dangerous."
Medication-related deaths accounted for 22,134 of the drug overdose deaths in 2010. Additional data show that combinations of drugs are often involved in overdoses, including opioid painkillers taken in combination with alcohol or benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax, drugs that are supposed to ease anxiety.
Families who are already suffering with worry over an addicted family member are often faced with the difficult task of finding effective rehab for their loved one.
Narconon Has Helped Tens of Thousands Recover from Drug Abuse
In order to help a person recover from addiction, one must find really effective help. Since being founded in 1966, Narconon has helped tens of thousands of people to recover a sober and productive life. Narconon was begun by William Benitez in an Arizona State prison. Since then, the comprehensive Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has grown to include more than fifty rehab centers and many more drug education facilities around the world. The largest of the Narconon facilities is located near McAlester, Oklahoma at Narconon Arrowhead. For twenty years, thousands of very fortunate people have been able to recover their sobriety at this Oklahoma center. In addition to addressing the physical aspects of addiction, life skills courses at Narconon help a recovering addict to reclaim his self-respect and restore his moral values and personal integrity.
Brian found Narconon Arrowhead when he was at the depths of his depression and in despair over his drug addiction. He was angry, and says he didn't care about himself, but the people who worked at Narconon Arrowhead cared about him anyway. They helped him through the withdrawal period of the program. He says now, after remaining sober for years after completing the program, that the care he received during the withdrawal portion of the program carried him through the entire eight-phase Narconon program. Brian went through the program more than four years ago and said after completing it, "I love myself now, and I can look at the reflection in the mirror and smile. I can give now, where I used to just take, take, take... And I can help others. It makes me feel good to help out." This was made possible by the Narconon program.
Drug and alcohol abuse can be beaten with the highly successful, effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation program available at Narconon. Find out all the details of Narconon around the world. Call us.
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