Is it Possible to Restore Sobriety?
Many people addicted to drugs think it is not really possible to truly recover a sober lifestyle. Even those who do think it's possible may not believe that life would be any fun without the high they attain on drugs.
Life as an addict becomes a struggle to get more and more drugs. Due to the high costs of maintaining addiction, many addicts have run-ins with the criminal justice system. Those who do may find themselves in jail doing time for possession or even dealing. Those who have not yet had run-ins with the criminal justice system but who are committing crimes to be able afford drugs live in fear of being caught.
Drug-related crime is the biggest reason people wind up in the criminal justice system. In the last three decades, the number of adults involved in the criminal justice system has grown four-fold, from about 1.8 million in 1980 to 7.3 million in 2007. Criminal offenders are more than four times as likely as the general population to have problems of substance abuse and dependence.
However, the National Institutes of Health have found when criminals are treated for drug addiction rather than just punished for breaking the law "treatment works, is cost-effective, and can help end the vicious cycle of drug abuse and criminal recidivism."
Some studies have demonstrated that treatment works for drug abusing offenders, even when entered involuntarily. Forced abstinence, when it occurs during incarceration though, is not the same as treatment. Few prisoners are actually receiving treatment for drug addiction during their incarceration.
In a recently released report, the NIH concluded, "More and better treatment is needed in the criminal justice system, and continuing through the period of re-entry into the community." The same report estimated that about half of state and federal prisoners meet the criteria for drug abuse and dependence but said that fewer than twenty percent who need treatment actually receive it.
Narconon is The Answer for Attaining Lasting Sobriety
When someone has decided to really quit the drug habit, or is ordered to rehab by the courts, it is important to find an effective drug rehab program. The Narconon drug and alcohol program has been helping drug addicts and alcoholics to turn their lives around since 1966. For more than forty-five years, the Narconon program has been so effective that seventy percent of its graduates achieve long-lasting sobriety. The program includes eight steps, some of which help one address the physical aspects of addiction and others which help one to handle the mental and emotional factors of addiction. There are currently nearly fifty Narconon drug rehab centers on six continents of the world.
Marty found Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma several years ago after using drugs for thirty years. He is now drug-free and has maintained his sobriety for many years since graduating from the Narconon program. Marty's favorite part of the program was the sauna (the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program). After about three weeks on that step, Marty said he could smell again, he was aware of all his senses and he could see, hear and taste better than before. He also noticed that each morning when he woke up he was happy and wide awake with more energy than he previously had.
Marty always had the idea that somehow he could be fun-loving and sober, and even be someone that people looked up to. But even he wondered how someone who was sober could be that fun-loving and respected individual. Marty said with the help of the Narconon program he learned how to be that person. He said, "With the information that I've learned here, I have become that person and I'm very happy about it."
Find out all the details of the full Narconon program and see how your family member can find lasting sobriety at Narconon by calling today.
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