According to the latest survey of drug use among Americans, in 2011 an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older were currently using illicit drugs. This estimate represents nearly nine percent of the population aged 12 or older. The illicit drugs these people used included marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics (pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives) for non-medical reasons.
If close to a tenth of the population is using drugs, an average family probably has someone close to them who is a drug user. The toll this takes on families is huge. Besides just the usual worry and concern a parent has for his child's safety, the dangers of drug overdoses, police encounters and other drug-related mishaps adds another layer of stress to parenting. Connie, the mother of one young man who was addicted to drugs, described how concerned she was in those days. Connie said she knew that "something bad was going to happen. It is a constant worry. You jump whenever your phone rings."
Families all over the nation are trying to do something effective about drug abuse and its effects.
Parents in the suburbs of Pittsburgh who have lost youngsters to heroin overdoses are holding vigils for their lost children. These grieving parents are trying to inform other parents about the real dangers of drugs in the suburbs. They would like to prevent other parents from having to go through their nightmare.
A 2010 study by researchers at Roosevelt University's Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy showed that the Chicago metropolitan region ranked among the worst in the nation for heroin use and problems associated with it. According to the Lake County coroner statistics, deaths attributed to heroin use jumped from 13 in 2007 to 35 in 2011. Numbers in other neighboring suburban counties around Chicago reflect the same trend, county coroners said.
How to Get Someone off Drugs
When drug addiction affects your family, it is often difficult to know where to turn to find effective help to get someone off drugs. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program offers an effective solution. There are currently nearly fifty Narconon rehab centers around the world on six continents. There are many in the United States from California to Florida and in many states in between. There, one can recover lasting sobriety through a very comprehensive program which helps a recovering addict address the physical and mental factors of addiction.
The program helps one first to rid the body of drugs and their residues, and then one is ready to focus on learning the skills he will need to remain drug-free for the rest of his life. Seventy percent of the graduates of Narconon programs worldwide recover long-lasting sobriety through this program. This very high rate of success demonstrates the effectiveness of the Narconon program.
Connie said she was always worried about her son Dan while he was taking drugs. She described how scary it was before they found Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. She said her son was hopeless, defeated and had no self-confidence. He had given up on himself. But she never gave up.
After Dan completed the Narconon program at Arrowhead, Connie said through grateful tears, "I got my son back."
Seeing him after he'd completed the program was like seeing somebody she hadn't seen in years, Connie said. "He's funny, very confident, helpful and the person we all want our kids to be."
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012.