Polydrug abuse, or combining different drugs and sometimes alcohol, has become a common trend among drug users. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, (CASA), the tendency for young people to use multiple drugs such as marijuana and antidepressants has become widespread. A recent report from CASA stated, "These statistical and biological findings are underscored by the fact that most addicts are polydrug abusers. Alcoholics are likely to abuse tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or other psychotropic drugs. Older teens who abuse prescription drugs are often found to be to be abusing other drugs as well." Overall, the report estimated that 75% of all users are abusing multiple drugs.
This problem has spread to the military as well. Recently, the Marines admitted they have trouble tracking multiple prescriptions in their wounded warrior program, as many different pharmacies can be involved in filling their prescriptions. The issue means that multiple medications may interact with each other, with sometimes deadly side effects.
People who take Xanax (an anti-anxiety medication) along with Ecstasy, cocaine and alcohol or prescription painkillers have a high risk of accidental overdose and death due to combining these potent substances.
Another example is in Marietta, suburban Atlanta, where specially trained police officers are used to try to track drivers who are involved in polydrug abuse. Their definition of polydrug abuse is those who are using alcohol along with other illicit drugs. They say that alcohol is no longer the key contributing factor while driving under the influence (DUI). The police in Marietta say that with the dramatic rise in the abuse of prescription medications, bath salts and "spice" (synthetic marijuana), alcohol is now only a contributing factor for most DUI's.
What Can Effectively Help Polydrug Abusers?
When it comes to handling drug addiction, whether to one drug or many, an effective rehab program is available all over the world. Fortunately, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has nearly fifty locations on six continents. It includes a very effective drug-free withdrawal step of the program, followed by the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. The entire program is drug-free, that is, there are no other drugs used to get one off the drugs addicts are hooked on. These first few program steps help one to recover physically from the effects of drugs on the body. One also does some one-on-one counseling to aid the transition from an addictive past to a new, drug-free present.
When one has completed these steps, he can progress to the life skills portion of the Narconon program. On this part of the program, one learns the skills he will need to remain drug-free for the remainder of his life. There are many skills that one can learn at Narconon, including learning to take responsibility for those actions he regrets that he did when addicted. He can learn how to make up the damage he may have caused to his family and friends. He can now repair relationships that he may have thought were gone forever.
Such was the case with Russ, who started using marijuana and Xanax at the age of 12 or 13. By the age of 19, when he found the Narconon program at Arrowhead, near Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was hooked on a variety of drugs including, Ecstasy, cocaine, OxyContin and Xanax. He said before finding Narconon he didn't have much of a relationship with his family.
At first, Russ said he was skeptical about a drug-free withdrawal, but once he experienced it, he said it was fine due to all the support from the other people there. Russ said that he felt wonderful after the sauna detoxification program. His body was clean, he said his skin was baby-soft, and his head was clear.
Russ said his biggest win was "the whole program. It gives you the information you need to know to get you prepared for the world and going out there in the real world and not using. I believe I got all the information I need to know and I can put it to use in the real world. That's my biggest win."
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