Regaining Trust of Family and Friends
One of the most difficult issues a drug user faces is the loss of trust of his family and friends. It is very difficult for those who love him the most to see him going down the wrong path. When someone feels he needs something so desperately that he is willing to lie to and steal from those he loves to obtain it, that person's integrity to himself and others is gone.
When a drug user wants to get better and leave drugs behind, it is often difficult to ask for help from those you've already hurt. However, it does usually fall on those who love the drug abuser to find a way for him or her to regain his sober footing in life.
Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
So many young people were abusing prescription painkillers and accidental overdoses were becoming so common that in 2009, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared it an epidemic. Accidental overdoses from prescription drugs overtook the number of overdoses from heroin and cocaine combined. Some of the drug companies who make those drugs were required to make the pills more difficult to abuse but even so, people who were hooked either switched to other pills or took to the streets and bought heroin instead. The truth is that prescription opioids are so addictive that one or two pills may be all it takes to get one hooked.
Alcohol and other drugs are involved in about half of all prescription painkiller overdose deaths. Polydrug use has become much more common in the past decade. People visiting an emergency room for only one drug have become less common than those using a variety of drugs.
Finding Effective Help is the Priority
When a drug user is your loved one, your most important task is to find him or her safe and effective help to overcome his drug problem. Fortunately for tens of thousands of families, Narconon has been the program that helped.
Narconon Offers a Workable Solution for Drug Abuse
The Narconon drug and alcohol program began in an Arizona State prison in 1966, initiated by an inmate named William Benitez. Since that time, the program has been developed into eight distinct steps to help a recovering drug user handle both the physical and the mental or emotional aspects of drug abuse.
Narconon has expanded to nearly fifty rehab locations around the world in the past forty-six years, plus several more places that deliver drug education and prevention services. The Narconon rehab program is so effective that the large majority of its graduates go on to lead drug-free lives.
Jack Found his Way Back Home
Jack had tried several other rehabs before finding his way to Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. He said, "When I was out on the streets, it was rough. I was in this endless cycle of using, doing what I had to do to get the money, and then using some more. It seemed that I was going to be in this endless cycle forever. I was doing crack cocaine, alcohol, methamphetamine and OxyContin (a prescription painkiller). My family was at their wit's end."
After finishing the program, Jack said he was really surprised how much he improved his relationship with his family. Jack felt Narconon was the program for him. He said, "I've been other places but this is the only thing that works, to get yourself back to where you were."
He added, "Now I have a sense of purpose. I have a sense of direction and I have something I want to do with my life. Narconon gave me the opportunity to get my life back on track. I can accomplish anything I set my mind to."
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- CDC Grand Rounds: Prescription Drug Overdoses - a U.S. Epidemic, January 13, 2012 / 61(01), available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6101a3.htm
- Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: What's the Issue? CDC, available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/rxbrief/
- Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), 2009 (ICPSR 31921), US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Data Archives (SAMHDA) of the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: available online at: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/SAMHDA/studies/31921?q=Polydrug+abuse&x=3&y=12