One of the characteristics of someone on drugs or alcohol is that he is not really "there." It is like he or she has a veil that distorts or interferes with accurate perception. This can make him dangerous to others, particularly behind the wheel of a car, motorcycle or other vehicle.
Sometimes an abuser is carrying so much baggage from the past that he cannot really see the present. He is burdened by things in the past that may have led him to use drugs or even steal from those he loves in order to obtain more drugs. The user may have so much of his attention fixated on the past that he's not able to be in the present.
Continuing drug use is often the only thing on a drug user's mind. Sometimes he is not even trying to get high. If the current drug user has developed a tolerance, it may take more of the drug than he can afford to feel the euphoria again. This is especially true of opiates but can apply to other types of drugs as well. Prescription painkillers or opioids (synthetic opiates) have become so prevalent and accidental deaths from overdoses of them so pervasive that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared it an epidemic in 2009.
Increase in Accidental Overdose Deaths among Middle Aged Women
In the first decade of the twenty-first century there has been a 400 percent increase in accidental overdose deaths among middle aged women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the accidental overdose deaths among these women are usually caused by opioids (prescription painkillers). The CDC said that from 1999 to 2010 the increase for men was about 2.5 times.
When it is Time to Quit
When a person has had enough of struggling to maintain his habit and is fed up with depending on drugs just to live, he may reach the point of wanting to quit. It is important that he finds a drug or alcohol rehab program where he will be able to successfully get off drugs and learn how to live drug-free. Family and friends often have the task of helping to get their loved one the help he needs. One program that has helped thousands of former users get clean is the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
Narconon is Safe and Effective
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program was started in 1966 by William Benitez in an Arizona State prison. Since that time, it has grown to nearly fifty rehab center locations around the world and even more education and prevention centers. The eight-part Narconon rehab program includes steps that help the former drug user to address the physical as well as mental and emotional facets of his drug usage. He will have the opportunity to get his body clean of drugs as well as study several courses to help him learn skills to be able to live drug-free. The program at Narconon is safe and effective.
By far, the large majority of graduates of Narconon programs go on to live healthy, drug-free lives.
Rebecca Found the Help She Needed
Rebecca found the help she needed to regain her sobriety at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma a few years ago. Before coming to Narconon, Rebecca said she felt she was on the verge of dying, losing her parents or going to jail.
After finishing the program, Rebecca said that her biggest win was regaining her parents' trust and the ability to carry on good conversations with them.
She said Narconon teaches you how to live. "It concentrates a little bit on the past," she said, "enough to get it off your chest and clear your mind." Rebecca found that the Narconon program mainly helped her to concentrate on the present and see a little bit into the future. It helped her see where she was at the moment and where she could be.
Rebecca concluded, "It doesn't talk about war stories from the past and bring you down. It helps you and builds you up. I really liked that about this program."
Narconon can be the program to help you or your loved one regain true, lasting sobriety. Call a rehab specialist today and get help.