Relationship between Joblessness and Drug Abuse
Recent research has been done on the relationship between joblessness and drug use. A Canadian researcher named Richard Florida documented the U.S. unemployment figures state by state along with state drug use statistics. He found a correlation that states with higher unemployment rates tend to have higher rates of drug use. The research does not imply that the relationship is causal, but it shows there is some relationship between the two factors. As one person commenting on the research states, "It could be true that being unemployed makes us more likely to use drugs. It could be that using drugs makes us more likely to become unemployed. It could be that some third factor causes both of these outcomes."
Data collected in 2009 by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) show most adults who are not in the labor force because of a disability do not have a substance abuse disorder. Those who do, however, may face a complex range of economic and physical health problems that may make recovery more difficult. These people may become chronically unemployable. Additionally, chronic substance abusers may become unemployable without effective rehabilitation.
As far away as Sierra Leone in Africa, exceedingly high unemployment among youth has resulted in a large number of youth abusing drugs. According to a recent article, youth unemployment in Sierra Leone was cited at a "staggering 70 percent" per the World Bank. The article states that Sierra Leone's high unemployment rate is fueling an entire culture of drug use among the country's urban youth. Experts say this drug abuse is responsible for acts of violent crime, while medical practitioners are concerned about serious health effects on long-term users. Many drug users in Freetown, the capital, say that if the government provided jobs for them, they would no longer feel the need to use drugs and alcohol. However optimistic these addicts sound, it seems that chronic drug use makes it harder to hold a job, regardless of the country one lives in.
Effective Rehab at Narconon Opens Doors to Future Productivity
When one can find an effective drug rehab program which includes life skills courses to help one make better future decisions, he can regain his footing in the workaday world. Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world offer a highly effective rehab program that addresses both the physical and mental or emotional aspects of addiction. The program at Narconon is comprehensive and long-term. It does not include the use of other drugs to help one get off the drugs of addiction. In fact, the Narconon program is so effective that seventy percent of its graduates worldwide remain sober for the long haul.
In the life skills portion of the eight-phase Narconon program, one learns skills that help him sort out what kind of people would be best to choose as one's friends and associates. It also shows one the characteristics of those people who you might be better off avoiding. It includes courses that help one recover his personal integrity and learn to take responsibility for those decisions and actions that one later regretted. The recovering addict learns how to make future drug-free decisions, no matter what difficulties may arise.
Luckily for Wayne, he found recovery from his addiction at Narconon Arrowhead, near Tulsa, Oklahoma. When he spoke about his experience there, Wayne said, "Before Narconon, drugs had torn me apart. I was in a downward spiral. My family considered me hopeless." He added, "I couldn't hold a job because of the drugs. The drugs ate me away little by little, and soon I became nobody."
Wayne said about Narconon Arrowhead, "The staff there welcomed me with open arms. Everybody was happy... Narconon has everything to offer including happiness. Everybody here is one big family."
After completing the Narconon program, Wayne said, "It has changed my life forever. I have my life back. My family has their son back. And I'm ready to start living life on life's terms. I'm happier than at any time in my life. I feel healthier than any time in my life." And finally, Wayne concluded, "When one can love himself, they can love everyone around them. It has given me my life back. Thank you Narconon."
This can be the outcome for your family member or loved one. He or she can become productive once more and can regain a positive outlook on life with the help of Narconon. See if Narconon is the right rehab for you. Speak with a representative today.
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- http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/12/does-higher-unemployment-lead-to-more-drug-use/ (*Mr. Florida is the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and professor of business and creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.)
- http://www.samhsa.gov/data/spotlight/WEB_SPOT_050/WEB_SPOT_050.pdf (Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), 2009, based on data received through November 3, 2010. TEDS is a compilation of data on the demographic characteristics and substance abuse problems of those admitted for substance abuse treatment in the United States. TEDS is one component of the Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS), an integrated data system maintained by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, SAMHSA.)