Tag: substance abuse

Ending Addiction the Drug-Free Way

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are entirely drug-free and holistically based. Clients who enter treatment with severe physical addiction issues and require medication during their withdrawal process are taken to medical detox until their withdrawal symptoms have subsided. Once they return to the drug rehab center they will begin Narconon Fresh Start’s drug-free withdrawal program.

This group of drug rehab facilities does not use any form of drug replacement or drug substitution therapy to help their clients end their addiction. It is their belief that helping a person get off drugs only to still remain dependent on a prescription drug is not true rehabilitation. Clients in the Narconon Fresh Start program truly end their dependence on all substances during their time in treatment. They graduate from the program no longer controlled by any addictive substances and in charge of their thoughts, actions and future. They do not attend meetings and no longer think of themselves as addicts because they have fully recovered from their addiction. Having learned all the necessary life skills, intrapersonal skills and relapse prevention techniques and tips they have all they need within themselves to maintain their sobriety.

Prescription Drugs: What Parents Need to Know

Talking to your child about the dangers of prescription drugs can be a difficult topic to discuss. As a parent of two boys I understand the struggles of just getting them to open up about their day and who they are “hanging” out with. It is shocking to hear but a recent survey found that only 22% of teens today report discussing the risks of abusing any prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription with their parents. While it may be a rough topic to bring up, it is vital that you speak with your child or young adult about the dangers of prescription drugs before they hear about them from their friends. Current statistics show that one in five seniors in high school has abused a prescription drug by the time they graduate high school! It is estimated that each day in America an average of 2,000 teens abuse a prescription drug for the very first time.

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Today’s youth are under the impression that all prescription drugs are safe because they are prescribed by a doctor and come in regulated doses. They are right there on their parent’s medicine shelves so how could they be dangerous?  Unfortunately, this misguided belief draws more and more youth to try prescription drugs each year without realizing that under certain circumstances the prescription drugs they are abusing are just as dangerous for their health and wellbeing as street drugs. When prescription drugs are abused, taken in combination with alcohol or other substances or ingested in a way contrary to the directions on the container … severe consequences are likely to take place; anything from dependence, slower brain activity, irregular heartbeats, dangerously high body temperature, heart failure, even strokes and seizures.

As a parent, if you don’t know what signs or symptoms to look for regarding prescription drug abuse then you might miss them all together. Common signs and symptoms of prescription opioid painkillers include: constipation, depression, low blood pressure, decreased breathing rate, confusion, sweating, and poor coordination. Signs and symptoms of prescription sedatives and anti-anxiety medications include: drowsiness, confusion, unsteady walking, poor judgment, involuntary and rapid movement of the eyeball and dizziness. The common signs and symptoms of prescription stimulant abuse include: weight loss, agitation, irritability, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, restlessness and impulsive behavior. Additional signs of prescription drug abuse among teens include stealing, excessive mood swings or hostility, an increase or decrease in sleep, poor decision making and appearing to be “high” either energetic/revved up or sedated.

America’s youth are abusing prescription medications as well as over the counter drugs such as cough syrups. These substances are being abused because they are easily accessible, harder to detect by parents and simpler to hide. Teens are getting prescription drugs from their own parent’s medicine cabinets, the homes of their relatives or friends and even for sale from some drug dealers.

For many young adults, prescription drug abuse has become a gateway into the abuse of “harder” street drugs. A person who abuses and becomes addicted to a drug such as OxyContin may eventually switch to using heroin because it is cheaper. Recently, the University of Buffalo conducted a study, the results showed that 92% of the drug users who abused heroin were doing so because they had first become addicted to OxyContin and had switched to heroin.

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Speak openly with the children you care for about prescription drugs. Instill in them the fact that they need to respect the power of prescription drugs and choose to use these substances properly. Explain that ALL medications, including prescription drugs have RISKS when taken along with their benefits; and that these risks increase when the mediation is abused. Be sure that the young adult in your life understands that it is their responsibility to only take their prescription medications and to do so safely and appropriately. Lastly, if they recognize that they or a friend has a problem with prescription drugs or any other substance they need to speak up and seek help right away so that the problem does not escalate.

Addressing the physical part of recovery

“This is the best part of the program, getting rid of all residual drug toxins in my body. No other program addresses the physical part of recovery like the New Life Detoxification Program does.  I feel cleaner, brighter and more energetic. I am ready to continue the rest of the program and keep on having great wins.”
H. M.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers utilize the New Life Detoxification Program to help their clients fully detox and purify their bodies. After taking substances such as prescription medications, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, meth, etc. for an extended period of time the substances leave behind toxic drug metabolites that stay in the body long after the person has stopped using. When a recovering person experience times of stress, physical activity, etc. these drug residuals become dislodged from their fatty tissue. When the residual drug toxins begin to circulate in the blood stream it can cause the individual to experience physical cravings for the substance. The New Life Detoxification Program is a specific regimen of medically supervised exercise, nutritional supplements and time spent sweating in a dry sauna in order to flush out the remaining drug metabolites and fully purify the individual. This intensive detox process is the cornerstone of the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program and is credited to be the reason behind their exceptional success rates.

Remaining in treatment

Entering drug rehab means admitting that you need help with your substance abuse and that you were unable to stop using on your own. While many people enter treatment willingly, some do so only to get their loved ones off their back about their drug or alcohol use. Whether the program participant has entered the program willingly or not, they will probably struggle at one time or another about remaining in treatment. There will be many hurdles and obstacles to overcome that challenge even the most devoted program participant. One of the key times a program participant may become upset and want to leave is during the withdrawal process. Withdrawal is often physically uncomfortable and the drug cravings, drug using dreams and emotional discomfort is exceptionally difficult to get through. However, once this phase of treatment has passed the program participant often begins to feel much better and slowly embarks on the process of learning to live a drug-free lifestyle.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs understand how difficult the process of drug rehabilitation can be. This is why they have created many techniques to help their clients get through the desire to leave and ultimately make the choice to stay and work on achieving lasting sobriety. Many staff members are former clients who have completed the program. They are able to personally identify with program participants and address their feelings and compulsions very effectively.

The Cause of Addiction

The cause of one’s addiction problem varies depending on the individual. Over the years there has been a lot of controversy over the root cause of addiction sighting societal problems, lack of willpower, poverty, moral weakness, anti-social personalities, mental illness, genetics and family socialization. Many people believe that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a disease; however, the minimal scientific evidence to support the disease theory of addiction is weak at best.

The substance a person chooses to use is known to be part of the cause of their addiction. While some substances are not considered very physically or emotionally addictive, others are exceptionally addictive. This is due to the pharmacology of the substance and how it affects the user’s mood when they ingest it. A drug that provides instant gratification is going to become very valuable to the drug user quickly. They know that if they take the substance, (e.g., heroin) they will almost instantly feel better and the problems they are looking to escape from will seemingly go away.

How a person views themselves is also one of the causes of addiction. Research has shown that individuals with low self-esteem or who feel bad about themselves have a higher rate of addiction than a person who thinks well of themselves. A person with low self-esteem will use drugs or alcohol to enhance or create pleasure in their lives or to decrease the emotional turmoil they live with. The ratio of how good an individual feels about themselves directly correlates with how likely they are to use or abuse psychoactive substances. When society as a whole is unclear on what is “acceptable” regarding the use of psychoactive substances, has easy access to drugs and chooses to blame one’s drug or alcohol abuse on genetics or a disease instead of a personal choice the rate of addiction rises.

Lastly, the environment one lives in plays a role in the cause of addiction. Today’s biochemical society sends mixed messages about the use of psychoactive drugs. There are some drugs such as tobacco and alcohol that are accepted and then there are other drugs such as heroin and cocaine deemed “hard drugs” that are not socially acceptable. Movies, T.V. shows, music and other forms of media have glamorized the use of many different substances, continuing to blur the line between what is “normal” and what is going too far when it comes to public intoxication. The more people see the lines blurred when it comes to socially acceptable substance use and intoxication the easier it is for them to view drug use as “normal” and choose to experiment with substance use too.