Hospitals and other drug treatment programs are seeing an increase in people coming in for multiple drug problems. No longer does the typical person walk in with abuse of only one drug, but more often, two or more drugs are involved. A recent report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows there has been a sharp rise in admissions for a certain drug combination over the past ten years. In particular, those who were admitted for substance abuse treatment for addiction to the combination of benzodiazepines and narcotic pain relievers increased a total of more than five times over a ten-year period, reaching more than 33,700 by 2010.
Narcotic pain relievers have been the subject of numerous articles in recent years as these drugs have become so widely abused that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now labels it an epidemic. The number of accidental overdose deaths reported due to prescription painkiller abuse has skyrocketed in the past ten years. In addition, when combined with drugs like Valium or Xanax, both benzodiazepines, the cocktail becomes potentially much more deadly.
A recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that the OxyContin and Vicodin are at the very center of this storm of drug overdoses. These two drugs contributed seventy-five percent of medication overdose deaths.
Death rarely results when benzodiazepines are the only drug taken but when these are combined with othercentral nervous system depressantslikealcoholandopiates, the potential for fatal overdose increases.According to this latest report, benzodiazepines are commonly misused and taken in combination with otherdrugs of abuse. In fact, this combination even has its own nickname: the Las Vegas Cocktail.
These tragic statistics point out the problem of treating drug addiction. If drug abuse treatment is to be effective, it has to get to the basic reason that one would abuse any drug. Multiple drug users are really no different from individuals who abuse one drug. They have just tried to escape from the realities of life by resorting to multiple drugs. An addict's decision-making is governed by the pressing need to get more of these highly addictive drugs at any cost. And when one has to face the drug abuse or addiction of a loved one, the issue is how to quickly get them the help they need.
Narconon Helps Addicts to Regain Lasting Sobriety
Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers provide effective help that result in lasting sobriety. The Narconon network has grown to more than fifty rehab centers plus many more drug education centers around the world. Narconon Arrowhead, located near McAlester, Oklahoma is the largest Narconon facility in the world. Luckily for many thousand former addicts, Narconon Arrowhead was the rehab program that provided them with lasting sobriety. The effectiveness of the comprehensive Narconon rehab program is shown by the success rate in maintaining sobriety. In fact, more than seventy percent of worldwide Narconon program completions remain sober for the long haul. The Narconon program addresses both the physical and the emotional or mental reasons for addiction.
David was one of the lucky ones. He graduated from Narconon Arrowhead several years ago. David has remained sober ever since. He talks about his life before and after the full eight-phase Narconon program.
David had been addicted to alcohol, methamphetamine and prescription drugs for twenty years before coming to Narconon. When he first arrived at Arrowhead, he found the place beautiful, and even while he was struggling with withdrawal, he noticed that the people around him were all smiling. After being at Narconon Arrowhead for a while, David said, "I realized that I was the one who had forgotten how to smile. I had been a dead person for twenty years, but I then realized that I am a person worthy of living."
David said the real turning point for him was the day he learned why he started doing drugs in the first place. He says, "Had I not figured that out, there would be nothing to prevent me from doing the same mistakes again."
When David completed the full Narconon program he said, "Now that I finished, I know that regardless of what kind of difficulties I face in my life, I can handle them without turning back to drugs. I can have a happy, productive life for the first time in my life."
At Narconon drug rehab centers, drug and alcohol abuse can be vanquished. To learn more about Narconon around the world, visit www.narconon.org.
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