No Matter What Age, Drug Addiction Can be Overcome
Some people start using drugs at an early age, maybe drinking occasionally at parties, eventually progressing to more and more drug usage in their twenties and thirties. Many people never start using drugs until some event in their life strikes so hard that they need an escape and the only escape they can find is using drugs. If one gets hooked at an early age, he may not see another way to live and think that drugs are the only answer to living. But the truth is at any age drug addiction can still be overcome.
The statistics from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that more than three million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug for the first time in 2011. This averages out to about 8,400 first-time users per day. More than two-thirds of these first-time drug users were reported to have used marijuana as their first drug.
Unfortunately, every day drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs cause hundreds of traffic accidents. As more young people start or continue to use drugs that slow reaction time and impair judgment, the likelihood of being involved in an accident increases.
In the NSDUH survey, young adults (25 and under) were more likely to say they'd used drugs recently than teens or those over 25. The highest rate of current illicit drug use was among 18 to 20 year olds (23.8 percent). But these figures do not include alcohol usage which was much higher.
Deciding to Quit
No matter what age one is when he decides he must stop using drugs or alcohol, it is vitally important to know that effective help is available. The family often is charged with the task of finding the right rehab program and it can be difficult to know what programs will really help your loved one when it comes to regaining lasting sobriety.
Narconon Provides a Way Out
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program provides effective help on six continents around the world. This program has been providing effective drug and alcohol rehab for more than forty-five years, growing from one facility in an Arizona State prison in 1966 to nearly fifty locations around the world today. The comprehensive Narconon comprehensive rehab program addresses both the physical and the emotional or mental aspects of addiction.
When one begins the program, he finds caring and well-trained staff members who first help see him through a relatively tolerable withdrawal phase. Soon after this step, he will begin on the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. After these steps are done, the Narconon student can concentrate better. As he detoxifies the old drug residues, he finds that his thinking gets clearer and his mood improves.
When this is done, he studies several courses to help him come to terms with why he began using drugs in the first place and to chart his drug-free future.
Jim found Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma before it was too late to turn his drug habit around. He said his life was out of alignment before arriving at Narconon. The program helped him to see why he was unhappy and why he turned to drugs in the first place so he was able to correct that aspect of his life. He also reported that the Narconon New Life Detoxification program helped him get rid of the cravings for more drugs. Jim said he felt healthy again and really great following that step.
When he completed the entire program, Jim said he was back to being a sober, ethical, productive member of society again. He added, "This was the most successful thing I've ever done. I'm 47 years old and this is my proudest moment. I am successful."
Learn more about the full Narconon program and find out if this is the program for you or your loved one. Speak with a rehab specialist today.
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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. at