Alcohol and Drugs - A Tough Combination to Defeat
Alcohol and drugs are often used in combination, resulting in increased danger for users and others. This combination has been shown to increase risks of traffic and other accidents and even death. A study reported recently on drivers who died within an hour of a traffic accident and who were tested for the presence of alcohol and drugs in their bloodstream. The findings are frightening.
Of the 20,150 fatally injured drivers in this study, nearly sixty percent tested positive for some alcohol or drugs, including twenty percent who were found positive for two or more substances. Alcohol was most commonly detected, followed by cannabinoids - marijuana or derivatives - then stimulants, narcotics and depressants.
According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates, 10.5 million individuals aged 12 years or older drove under the influence of illicit drugs in 2009. More risks are taken by drivers who use several drugs in combination than by those using only one drug. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that compared with the use of alcohol or cannabis alone, the combined effects of these substances pose excess danger due to poor driving performance as documented by multi-drug affected drivers being involved in more crashes.
When the individual using drugs, alcohol or both realizes that he is traveling down a very dangerous road, he may not be able to ask for the help he needs to quit. It can be a daunting task to try to give up something as addictive as drugs or alcohol. The families of drug abusers often have to take the initiative and find effective help for their loved one before he or she becomes another fatality.
Narconon Provides Effective Help
Luckily for tens of thousands of former drug or alcohol abusers, the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program was there when they needed help. There are nearly fifty Narconon residential rehab centers around the world, each offering a highly effective and comprehensive drug rehab program. Whether in Taiwan or Northern California, the UK or Russia, there are Narconon centers around the globe. The eight-step program at Narconon takes into account both the physical and mental or emotional aspects of addiction. The program includes a very thorough detox on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program which helps many people who complete it to feel fresher and cleaner and experience far fewer drug cravings. Some people even say their cravings are gone.
A recovering alcoholic or drug addict can take as long as he needs at Narconon to fully recover long-lasting sobriety. In fact, more than seventy percent of the graduates of the Narconon program around the world regain that sobriety and stay sober for the long run. This is due to the fact that Narconon students have the opportunity to study several life skills courses before finishing the program. After completing the detoxification program, the student studies courses which help him learn to maintain his sobriety even in the face of difficult situations.
One student who finished the Narconon program talked about his experience. James had been addicted to alcohol and drugs prior to finding Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. He said his entire appearance and skin complexion changed on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. After the sauna detoxification, he was able to sleep through the night, felt a hundred times healthier and he started to notice that he smiled at people. He said he felt good about himself again. James also said the best thing about the Narconon program for him was that "drugs and alcohol do not have control over me. I have control over me. I don't need them in my daily life. It's getting your power back, being able to control your life." He concluded, "There is no longer a 'want' there to destroy myself."
Find out more about all the details of the full Narconon program and its many locations around the world. Contact us today.
See more reviews:
- Review of Narconon Los Angeles by a graduate of the drug rehab program
- Reviews of the Narconon Melbourne drug rehab program by graduates
- Parent of an ex-drug addict reviews the Narconon program
- Review of Narconon Sweden by a graduate from Norway
- Review of Narconon Arrowhead, by a graduate and his mother
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings. Rockville, MD: Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. (http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k9NSDUH/2k9Results.htm#1.1)
National Highway Traf?c Safety Administration. Marijuana and alcohol combined severely impede driver performance. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2000; 35: 398-9.