Drugs and Families in Society
When a person has been on drugs for any length of time, he tends to drop out of mainstream society. He may go out of touch with his family, becoming estranged from those who really care about him. The drug user often will try to do anything he can just to obtain drugs so he can function. This can include lying to and stealing from those he loves. He may not even be trying to get high any more but to just maintain some kind of stable functioning and avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Why Teens Use Drugs
While some have said that alienation from society is a cause of drug abuse among youth, more recent studies have shown that peer pressure and influence from other teens probably accounted for more young people's drug use than alienation. Other factors affect the likelihood of youth using drugs including the frequency of having family dinners together. For several years, studies by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) have shown the importance of family dinners on teenagers' drug use. Those who have less frequent dinners together are more likely to smoke, drink, use marijuana and have access to prescription drugs than those who dine five or more nights a week with their family. Parents may not realize the strong anti-drug effect they can have on their children.
When a person has gone down the road of drug abuse however, it is often up to the family to find an effective and safe rehab program for a family member. Luckily, there is help available at Narconon centers.
Narconon Offers Help to Get Off Drugs
The Narconon program started in 1966, when it was founded in an Arizona State prison by inmate William Benitez. Since that time it has grown to nearly fifty rehab centers on six continents plus dozens more drug education and prevention centers.
The rehab program at Narconon is effective in helping a former drug user to handle both the physical and the mental or emotional issues of drug usage. The program at Narconon does not use one drug to substitute for another. Tens of thousands of people have succeeded in kicking the drug habit and maintaining lasting sobriety after graduating from the Narconon program.
Russ Finds Lasting Sobriety at Narconon Arrowhead
Russ was one of the lucky people who came to Narconon before it was too late. He said before he got to Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma that he had tried other rehab programs but never really was able to stay clean for more than a few days. Since he finished the Narconon program, he had been clean for more than two years when he recorded this interview.
Russ said his biggest win on the Narconon program was just the fact that "I could go to bed and get up in the morning and not have to get high just to get out of bed. Instead, I was able to get up and be a functioning human being again rather than being addicted to drugs."
Russ also said since he finished the program at Narconon Arrowhead, his family is ready to welcome him back home again. This is a major win he said as he hadn't talked to his mother more than a few times in many years and he used to steal from his father to buy drugs.
He added, "The program worked great for me! I don't know what I would have done without it. Every day now I know I'm going to be a successful person."
Russ continued, "My life has completely changed (since the Narconon program). I know I don't have to use drugs and I don't have to go out and hunt or rob or steal from people to get what I need to get out of bed. Now it's just great to know when I get up in the morning, I can go to work and be a happy member of society."
Find out more about the Narconon program for you or your family member. Contact us today.
- The Importance of Family Dinners VII: Press release from The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Sept. 22, 2011. Available online at: http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/PressReleases.aspx?articleid=653&zoneid=87
- The Guilt-Trip Casserole: The Family Dinner, The New York Times. October 2, 2009, online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/fashion/04dinner.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
- Warner, Richard W., Jr. and Swisher, John D., Alienation and Drug Abuse: Synonymous? Published in the NASSP, available online at: http://bul.sagepub.com/content/55/357/55.abstract