The Risks of Using Drugs
Drug abusers face serious risks. Many of them meet untimely deaths from overdoses or serious accidents. Drug users are often at risk of other serious health problems such as HIV or AIDS. Young people who use drugs are likely to engage in other risky behaviors such as haphazard sexual encounters.
In 2010, drugs such as marijuana and cocaine were reported to have been involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver fatalities. Those driving under the influence of alcohol were involved in the deaths of 10,228 people, or about one-third (31%) of all the deaths due to traffic accidents that year. Combined, those driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol were responsible for nearly half of traffic fatalities.
In recent years, even more people have died of unintentional drug overdoses from prescription painkillers than those who died in traffic accidents. The CDC concluded that prescription drug abuse was the fastest growing drug problem in the United States and in 2009 declared it an epidemic.
It is tragic that many young people have found they can get high with pills easily found in many families' medicine cabinets. Since 2003, deaths due to overdoses of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone (OxyContin and Vicodin, among other brand names) have surpassed deaths caused by cocaine and heroin combined. Due to tighter regulations and attempts by the drug manufacturers at making these drugs more tamper-resistant, many more young people are also now turning to cheaper, more accessible heroin, even in the suburbs.
What happens when one of these young people is your neighbor's child, your own son or daughter or another person close to you? How do you help guide them to find help before their name is added to the list of fatalities?
Lasting Sobriety is Possible with the Help of Narconon
Although some drug users meet the unfortunate fate of an early demise, there is hope of recovering lasting sobriety. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program has been helping people to get clean and stay that way since 1966 when it was started in an Arizona state prison. It has now grown to nearly fifty centers on six continents and many more locations that offer drug education and prevention.
Narconon offers a drug-free way of getting off drugs including steps that help a person address the physical and mental or emotional aspects of addiction. There are a total of eight steps to this recovery program, including several life skills training courses. Some of these courses can help the user figure out why he got into drugs in the first place. Others help him see the danger associated with ill-intentioned people he might have been hanging around with. These courses give him tools he can use to make good decisions and stay off drugs for the rest of his life. In fact, the vast majority of Narconon program graduates remain drug-free for at least two years following completing the program.
Tracy Finds the Help She Needs at Narconon
Tracy went to Narconon Arrowhead after trying some other drug rehab programs that turned out to be unsuccessful. She said she was hopeless when she arrived in Oklahoma at the Narconon Arrowhead facility. She had lost everything, including the respect and trust of her family. Tracy said even her friends had given up on her due to her crack cocaine abuse.
But after completing the entire Narconon program, Tracy said her life without the drugs and alcohol is unbelievable. She stated, "I wake up every day and I feel awesome. I know I've got something to give to the world again and to my family and to myself. It's wonderful not to have cravings anymore and to wake up every day and know it's going to be a good day and a productive day."
Tracy concluded, "It's an incredible feeling."
Let this be the success of your family member or close friend. Call a rehab counselor today.