Current research from SAMHSA has found that young adults between the ages of 18-25 years old are the largest age group abusing prescription opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulant medications and anti-anxiety drugs. There are many reasons behind their misuse of these drugs including to get high and to help them study better in school. What these young adults do not realize is that prescription drugs can be just as deadly as illegal street drugs when misused or taken in combination with street drugs, other prescription drugs or alcohol. Reports show that in 2010, nearly 3,000 young adults died due to prescription drugs (primarily opioid) overdose. Even more young adults died that year because of illicit street drugs such as heroin and cocaine raising the death toll even higher.
Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are able to help prescription drug addicted individuals stop using, uncover and resolve their underlying issues and develop new ways of handling life without resorting to prescription drugs as a solution. Their treatment methods are entirely drug-free and utilize a cognitive behavioral modification model of addiction recovery resulting in a very high success rate at accomplishing true rehabilitation for over 45 years. The treatment philosophy that Narconon Fresh Start programs operate under is not based on the disease model of addiction, which states that a person with an addiction will always be an addict with an incurable disease. The addicted person can only hope to learn to cope with their disease for the rest of their life, never truly recovering from it. Narconon Fresh Start treats addiction to drugs and alcohol for what it truly is, a physical and mental problem that has to be overcome while addressing and resolving the underlying issues that drove the person to use in the first place. Their rehabilitation philosophy is centered on identifying and handling the specific causes of the individual’s addiction and the many behaviors related to it.