Addiction Affects Judgment and Decision Making

Narconon Review: Arrowhead

Arrowhead Testimony Hayes

Alcohol and drug addiction profoundly affect the user in so many ways. He may not grasp that his decisions are majorly controlled by the need to get more drugs. His normal life may go by the wayside while he is busy figuring out how to stay high or get drunk. Many times, one's family life suffers dramatically as does one's professional life. In the United States, more than 25 million people aged 12 or older are currently using illicit drugs. When one calculates how many accidents, injuries and crimes these people are involved in, these 25 million are affecting the lives of many millions of others.

The high number of school dropouts who abuse drugs illustrates one of these effects. A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration noted that youth aged 16-18 who are high school dropouts are far more likely to abuse marijuana and other drugs, smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol than those who decide to stay in school.

Another report cites how prescription drug misuse is still a huge nationwide problem. Currently, abuse of prescription painkillers is second only to marijuana use. Since 2002, more than 22 million people have started to use pain relievers for non-medical uses. These facts show that we are not protecting our youth from drug abuse. Each day, 2,000 young people reach for a prescription drug to abuse it for the first time. Judgment and decision-making can soon become ruled by the need to get more of these highly addictive drugs.

Recently, in response to the huge prescription painkiller addiction problem, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City announced that the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers will be severely restricted in New York City's eleven public hospitals' emergency rooms. This is an effort to crack down on what he called a "citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse." The city's new policy will restrict most public hospital E.R. patients to only three days' worth of narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet. Longer-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, Fentanyl patches and methadone, will not be dispensed at all. And Mayor Bloomberg added that lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions will not be refilled. Although some doctors protested this type of "legislative medicine," most said it would not restrict their ability to properly treat emergency room patients.

New York City has more than 250,000 residents over age 12 abusing prescription painkillers, Mayor Bloomberg said, leading to rising hospital admissions for overdoses and deaths. Similar rules have also recently been adopted in the states of Washington and Utah. According to Dr. Thomas A. Farley, New York City's health commissioner, opioid painkillers are not very different from heroin. He called them "heroin in pill form."

No matter what drug one becomes addicted to, when drug abuse strikes your family, how do you get the help that is needed? Where can you find effective help?

Narconon Helps Tens of Thousands to Regain Lasting Sobriety

In order to help anyone addicted to any drugs, one must know where to find really effective help. Since being founded in 1966, Narconon has helped many tens of thousands of people to regain lasting sobriety. Started in one Arizona State prison, the program has grown to more than fifty rehab centers and many more drug education facilities around the world. Narconon Arrowhead, located near McAlester, Oklahoma is the largest Narconon facility in the world. For several thousand very fortunate people, Narconon Arrowhead has been the last rehab facility they needed to achieve lasting sobriety.

One of these individuals was Hayes, who graduated from Narconon Arrowhead several years ago and has maintained his sobriety ever since. He talks about his life before and after completing the full eight-phase Narconon program. Hayes said that for twenty years he lived with nothing but drug and alcohol abuse, the last two years of which he was never sober. He said it was a "living hell for anyone I came in contact with. I'd given up on myself."

After finding Narconon Arrowhead, Hayes says, "The staff were so kind and caring and they knew how I was feeling. I felt comfortable here." And after finishing the full Narconon program he said, "Now that I finished the program, I feel like I did before I started using drugs, something I never thought I would ever have again." He continued, "I have myself back - my dignity, respect and work ethic. I thought it was gone for good, but Narconon gave me that back."

Drug and alcohol abuse can be overcome with a truly effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Find out more about Narconon around the world at

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