Drugs and Alcohol Create Problems

Rehab Graduate John B.

In the U.S. and around the world, drug and alcohol abuse is the number one public health problem. When a person starts abusing alcohol, he frequently ends up using drugs as well. The downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse can start simply with occasional use of one drug or just a drink here or there. It can then progress to a lethal mixture of substances. The person may soon find himself unable to get out of that vicious cycle. Many people find they start out enjoying a drink occasionally and then progress to a craving for more alcohol. Before they know what happened, they have to have that drink just to function in life.

Helping our kids wait to drink until after the age of 21 seems to help. The National Survey of Drug Use and Health showed that in 2011, American adults who started drinking when they were 14 or younger were more than seven times as likely to have alcohol dependence or abuse problems.

This study also estimated that 19.3 million people needed substance abuse treatment but did not get it. Of those people, only five percent felt they needed treatment for their drug or alcohol problem. Of these 912,000 persons who felt they needed treatment, fewer than a third reported that they made any effort to get treatment. Most of the time, to find help for a person with serious drug or alcohol problems, it takes a caring family member to locate a safe and effective rehab center.

Narconon Can Help

When one of your family members needs help recovering his or her sobriety, Narconon can help. There are nearly fifty Narconon drug and alcohol rehab centers on six continents. They each offer a comprehensive, highly effective, eight phase program to help anyone recover long-lasting sobriety. Tens of thousands of individuals have found Narconon to be the last drug or alcohol rehab program they needed because lasting sobriety was the result.

John Found His Way Back To Sobriety with the Help of Narconon

John said he used to drink a lot, every day and then he progressed to using cocaine and marijuana. He was depressed before he found help at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. John said his friends used to laugh at him at parties because he would drink so much he would pass out.

He had been to other different treatment centers before coming to Narconon, but he said, "As soon as I got to Narconon it was different." John noticed the people were different and that they were happy and smiling and genuine. He said, "I knew that I was in a better place."

John also noticed his cravings were going away on a part of the program called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This is where "you sweat out all the toxins left from using drugs." John added that during that step, he started to dream again and his appetite came back.

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After completing the full Narconon program, John said he was guilt-free. "I was no longer the person that I was before I came to Narconon, and that made me feel a lot better and more able to do the things I wanted to do."

John concluded, "Once I finished the program, I got a chance to look back. I came in a person who was depressed, not really knowing who I was, or knowing what was going on in my life, or where I was going. And I left with a plan, knowing I can do great things, knowing what I want and knowing I can conquer the world."

This could be the success for your family member. Contact a Narconon 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. Available online at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2k11Results/NSDUHresults2011.htm
  • UNODC, World Drug Report 2013 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.13.XI.6), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, New York, 2013. Available online at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/secured/wdr/wdr2013/World_Drug_Report_2013.pdf

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