Heroin Use Increasing Among Young People
Recently, there has been a disturbing increase in the number of young people using heroin. Some studies show a relationship between the increased abuse of prescription painkillers and this spike in heroin usage. Many young people have become addicted to the opiate-type drugs and if the prescription painkillers are too hard to come by, it seems heroin is readily available. It is even cheaper than the OxyContin or Vicodin pills they've been abusing.
Prescription Painkillers - a Gateway Drug?
One new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that people aged 12 to 49 who previously abused prescription painkillers were nearly 20 times more likely to start using heroin than others in the same age group. And, of those who had started using heroin recently, 80 percent had used prescription painkillers before.
The growth in heroin users is staggering. In the last nine years, the number of people abusing heroin doubled. This increase is largely being seen in suburbia.
When it is Your Loved One who needs Help
When it is your own loved one who has become trapped in drug problems, what do you do to get them effective and safe help? Very often, the addicted person will not seek help for his own drug problem. It usually falls on the family to find help. Sometimes it may even take the skill of a trained interventionist to convince the user that he really needs to get to rehab. When it is your child, don't hesitate. Get safe and effective rehab help quickly. For many families, Narconon has been the place they turned to for real help.
Narconon Helps Drug Users Return to Sober Lives
Since 1966 where it began in an Arizona State prison, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been helping drug users recover sober lives. The Narconon program has grown to nearly fifty residential rehab centers today. In the majority of cases, a recovering user who completes the Narconon program remains stable and sober long after his graduation. This is because the program is very thorough and helps one to deal with the physical as well as the mental or emotional aspects of drug abuse. There are even courses that a person studies to help him learn to live drug-free. He will learn how to repair some or much of the damage he has done to himself and others while on drugs.
This program does not have a fixed length of time to complete. Most people will spend between three and six months at a Narconon rehab center to recover a fully sober life. When he is confident that he can follow his own plan for a drug-free future and has completed all eight steps of the Narconon regimen, he graduates from the program.
Tens of thousands of people over the past forty-six years have completed the Narconon program successfully and have gone on to lead drug-free lives.
Brooke Regained her Life with the Help of Narconon
By the time Brooke had arrived at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, she had left home and was not in touch with her family any longer. She said she left home when she was 17 because her dad was going to try to stop her from using heroin. Fortunately, instead of staying on the streets a long time, she arrived at the Narconon program with the help of her family.
About midway through the program at Narconon, Brooke realized she was not the person she thought she was. She said, "I realized I wasn't that daughter who was betraying her parents or that girlfriend that betrayed her boyfriend. I was not any of those things. I was the person I am today and that was awesome."
Brooke spoke about her life today, a few years after having regained her sobriety with the help of Narconon. "My life today as opposed to before is awesome. I'm married. I have two beautiful children and I thank God every single day for what this program has given me."
This can be the happy outcome for your family member.
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- Hidden America: Heroin Use Has Doubled, Spreading to Suburbs, ABC News. July 31, 2013. Online at: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/07/hidden-america-heroin-use-has-doubled-spreading-to-suburbs/
- SAMHSA News Release, Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers may raise the risk of turning to heroin use. 8/22/2013. Available online at: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1308215815.aspx