The war on drugs looked like good idea at the time but no one foresaw its harsh effects on women in America.
In the early 1980s, laws intended to fight the increase of drug trafficking into the U.S. and the spread of cocaine addiction changed the way drug offenders were sentenced. But one of the unexpected results of this change was that the number of women being incarcerated for drug-related offenses shot up dramatically.
Over a thirteen-year period starting in 1986, the ratio of women serving time for a drug-related offense rose from 1 in 8 women to 1 in 3 women. Nationwide, the total number of women incarcerated for drug offenses increased an incredible 888 percent over this time. At the same time, the number of women incarcerated for other offenses rose only 129 percent.
As women are most often the primary caregivers for the next generation, it becomes particularly important that they find a solution to a substance abuse problem or addiction that could end up sending them to jail or prison. It’s well known that the only outcomes of addiction are sobriety, prison or death. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program offers drug recovery programs to both women and men in more than one hundred locations around the world.
By 2008, about half of women confined in state prisons reported that they had been using alcohol, drugs or both at the time of the crime for which they were arrested. And about half of these women admitted that they were daily users of drugs or alcohol. About a third of these women committed the crime that sent them to prison so they could get money for drugs or alcohol.
When women find their way to one of the Narconon drug treatment facilities, they find a program that enables them to learn new life skills to replace the ones that addiction may have destroyed. Improved communication skills, a restoration of personal integrity and values, and a retraining in morals feature in this long-term drug treatment program. As a result, women and men alike are able to stay clean and sober in seven out of ten cases, after graduation from the Narconon drug program.
When we can return women to their homes and their children, ready for sober, productive lives, the entire society wins.
For more information about Narconon, visit www.narconon.org
Narconon has never in 40 years given up on the goal of full recovery of addicts
A policy shift in the United Kingdom toward a desire for a more effective handling for drug addiction comes at a time when there are 320,000 heroin and crack cocaine users in England. “The call for more effective handling of drug addiction is good news, says Narconon® President, Clark Carr. “We have always worked for recovery from addiction versus a maintenance strategy that is clearly not working,” says Carr.
James Brokenshire, the Home Office minister responsible for drugs policy, said the new strategy puts more responsibility on individuals to seek help and overcome their dependency. The case for harm reduction is based on the idea that a person who does not have to worry about withdrawal can find time to do things like go to school or work. But whether this is valid is being questioned.
The new policy steps away from harm reduction language, suggesting that lawmakers are recognizing that allowing an addict to live with an addiction is bad for the addict and in the long run, bad for society. “There are no quick fixes,” said Brokenshire. “Today’s focus is clear: simply focusing on reducing the harms caused by illicit drug use is no longer enough – we must focus on recovery as the most effective route out of dependency.”
‘The trouble is that the individual is addicted to a feeling, and often a lifestyle, not to mention there are many reasons that the addict is taking drugs in the first place that are never addressed by maintaining the habit with substitute drugs like methadone,” says Carr.
The Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in France has issued multiple warnings concerning the dangers connected with methadone when it hits the streets, which is almost impossible to prevent. One such warning reads, “Drugs like heroin, crack and even nicotine work quickly, but the effects don’t last long. However, methadone works very slowly—it takes hours to get the full effect. Because methadone works so slowly, the effect can last up to 24 hours. There is no ‘rush’ when you take methadone, but its other effects are similar to those of heroin and OxyContin: too much can make you go to sleep and stop breathing.”
“What must be addressed is the underlying reasons the addict started taking drugs in the first place, the biophysical factors that cause continual craving for the drug, and the deep sense of guilt that addicts feel when they realize they need help,” says Carr. “The point is that Narconon has been on the same path all these years – getting the addict moving on a new life free of drugs, and we have proven that it can be done consistently with a success rate that is four times that of the international average.”
Narconon is a worldwide organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse and rehabilitating those who have become addicted.
New Profile of Substance Abuse in the UK Requires Radical Change in Treatment Methods, says Narconon
(London, UK) – For many years, the UK has been one of the top drug-consuming countries in Europe. More than three million people abuse cannabis every year, more than 400,000 consume highly-addictive opiates and another million use cocaine. Year after year, hundreds of thousands enter drug treatment programmes to try to get sober. In 2008 just in England and Wales, nearly 200,000 sought help for addiction problems, many of whom were attempting sobriety for the second, third or even more times.
But unlike years past, a new pattern of drug abuse complicates the addiction problem and its treatment. Poly-drug use is now the norm, and concomitant alcohol use is so common among chronic drug users that it tends to go unmentioned. “This new pattern presents problems that are not addressed by earlier methods of fighting drug abuse,” states Alison Withey, Senior Intake Counsellor at Narconon London at Hastings.
Firstly, she says, drug interdiction efforts are ineffective, she continues, when you are dealing with poly-drug users. Reduce the amount of one drug on the market, and these users will just turn to other drugs of choice. Secondly, one of the major methods of addressing addiction – substitution therapy – fails to encompass the scope of this problem.
Many of those addicted to opiates (comprising 69 percent of those seeking drug treatment in England and Wales in 2007) seek avoidance of the pain and sickness of withdrawal symptoms through administration of substitute opioids such as buprenorphine or methadone.
“But this one avenue of treatment,” says Withey, “completely misses the fact that they also chronically abuse alcohol and may use other drugs such as cocaine or amphetamines. One of the most significant problems with substitute therapy is that it misses the point of ideal drug addiction recovery – achieving a fully drug-free life.”
The Narconon® drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme offers a uniquely drug-free treatment protocol that helps an average of seven out of ten graduates truly leave drugs and alcohol behind.
“Poly-drug users can indeed recover completely,” she adds, “when we help them reconstruct a new drug-free life to replace the one that was destroyed or damaged by addiction. This is not something one can do overnight, but Narconon graduates routinely achieve this.”
The Narconon drug rehabilitation programme includes a thorough detoxification step that goes far beyond medically-supervised detoxes. The Narconon detoxification utilizes sweating in low-heat, well-ventilated saunas and nutritional supplements to reduce the body burden of drug residues that may be involved in triggering later cravings. Reduce the stimulus for cravings, and recovering addicts have a much better chance of making sane, drug-free choices. At the Narconon centre in Hastings, forty people at a time can achieve their dreams of drug addiction recovery at the beautiful Tudor mansion that houses the programme.
More information on the Narconon drug rehab programme in UK can be found at www.drugrehab.co.uk
President Narconon International, Clark Carr, just finished his fourth tour of Mexico in less than two years, bringing unique Narconon® drug-free withdrawal and relapse prevention technology to Mexico. Accompanied by U.S. and Mexican volunteers, Carr demonstrated pain reduction and emotion-calming techniques to men’s and women’s facilities in Guaymas, Sonora and Uruapan, Michoacan as well as to street children, under rehab protection and help in Michoacan.
“The purpose,” says Carr, “is to show up with real help when and where help is needed. Every man, woman, and child we assist to come off and stay off drugs in Mexico will be one less person for the drug-cartels to feed off. While others fight them with guns, as may be necessary, Narconon is pulling the rug out from under their boots -reducing drug demand.”
Mexican daily newspapers trumpet continued killing and acts of wanton cruelty, most traced to warring drug cartels. The head of the PRD, Mexico’s ruling political party, was kidnapped only a few weeks ago. It is all about drug money, but not all coming from sales in the U.S. Mexico now has its own burgeoning drug problem -Mexican-manufactured ‘hielo’ (ice), the smokable variant of meth. Heroin, from Mexican-grown opium. Of course, alcohol, still the world’s most abused drug, and then glue and other inhalants ‘huffed’ in glue-smeared cloths by children abandoned by drug-addicted parents or, worse, sent to the streets to beg and spy on gossip for the cartels.
“Drug addiction cannot be fought with guns,” says Dr. Julio Marquez, Guaymas surgeon and emergency room doctor. “We need to address the problem at its root. That is why we asked Narconon to come down and show us its new simple, teachable tools to help our local rehabs and prisons.”
The Narconon First Step is a compact tool kit, composed of data on effective non-pharmaceutical nutritional supplements, hands-on “assists” that reduce pain and manage emotional and mental discomfort and disorientation, communication skills, and The Way to Happiness, a non-religious guide to common sense rational choices to make in life, by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. “These are practical tools,” said Arturo Angel Medina, director of Uruapan’s Providencia rehab group, “You can see it in the happier faces. Narconon and its help is welcome back anytime.” “Yes, God bless Narconon for coming,” said Leticia, Arturo’s director of the Providencia children’s rehab. “Come back soon.” Narconon will, says Carr, very soon. Much more to do.
For more information on Narconon and the First Step program, visit www.narconon.org or call 323-962-2404
Opiate addiction in its many variations has plagued populations for centuries, largely because the typical response has been to give some sort of substitute drug to opiate addicts rather than finding an effective way to stop the addiction.
This is still the situation today in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries throughout the world. For example, the typical treatment for someone addicted to heroin or painkillers in the UK is to see their General Practitioner (GP), who then sets them up on methadone or some other replacement drug and refers them to a community detox to try and taper off the drug over a couple of years as well as attend meetings and counseling sessions. Only in more severe or chronic relapsing cases do addicts get referred to an inpatient detox clinic and residential rehabilitation facility, according to the National Health Service (NHS), and even then they still may be given these replacement drugs, from which the National Treatment Agency (NTA) and Glasgow University Research confirm they achieve abstinence in only 3% of cases.
However, there is an alternative approach that has a proven track record for success that doesn’t require drug replacement therapy. Narconon has been helping people permanently recover from opiate addictions for more than four decades with its residential, drug-free rehabilitation programme. With facilities in dozens of countries throughout the world, Narconon also operates a residential programme on the coast near Hastings, where people from all over the UK and abroad come to attend its addiction recovery training programme.
"We have seen heroin addicts come in here that thought they were hopelessly addicted to heroin or methadone for the rest of their lives," comments Narconon Hastings director Alison Withey, "Yet they leave here a few months later mentally and physically restored to the way they were before they ever started using drugs and have a completely new outlook on life."
Narconon® uses the drug-free rehabilitation methodology based on research and developments of the late author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. To find out more information about the programme and international locations visit www.narconon.org. To contact Narconon Hastings call 0800 169 4803. You can also visit www.drugrehab.co.uk.
A recent Associated Press (AP) story claimed that the drug “war” has met none of its goals. The article stated, “After 40 years, the United States’ war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread.”
A CNN story this week reported that nearly 900 people have died this year in Juarez, Mexico alone from drug-fueled violence. At the beginning of this May 24 people were reported killed in 24 hours. It’s devastating, and so close to home.
One group doing something about this in Mexico is Narconon International. Narconon International president, Clark Carr, has traveled to Mexico numerous times recently to help train Mexican drug rehabilitation centers on the Narconon® First Step Program – a drug-free withdrawal and relapse prevention system that helps reduce the heavy mental, emotional, and physical symptoms associated with drug toxins.
Narconon has also distributed tens of thousands of copies of the non-religious, common sense guide to making saner, better choices in life, called The Way to Happiness, written by the late American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.
At a recent conference, representatives from rehabilitation programs in Sinaloa, Mexico described the effects that the Narconon First Step Program and The Way to Happiness booklet have had on their rehab participants. From first-hand knowledge, they said that conditions were in fact improving not just in their centers, but in their communities.
“We cannot sit back and allow good people to continue to be terrorized by drug cartel thugs in Mexico without doing something about it,” comments Clark Carr, “We know we have workable tools that do help people. We knew we could assist local area rehabs and volunteers to produce positive change. And we have. Step by step, as we help local citizens calm their areas down, perhaps we can help quell the violence.”
For more information on how you could help with this campaign, or to find out more about Narconon, visit www.narconon.org today.
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Situated in a distraction free rural area of Central Québec, Narconon Trois-Rivières has had the privilege of helping people for the past ten years, who were battling problems with drug and alcohol addiction. This drug rehab centre is proud to be a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction within Canada, and has been helping people from all across the country. This centre is also very fortunate to have welcomed and served many people from other countries over the years. The Narconon program delivers a 100% natural drug treatment method, which allows an addict to fully handle the physical and psychological problems that are involved with drug addiction. Combined with a biophysical detoxification method and in-depth cognitive therapy and life skills, the Narconon Trois-Rivières drug rehab centre is able to deliver a 70% success rate.
Narconon Trois-Rivières has dedicated and caring staff whom go above and beyond to help every person who comes through its doors. This dedication and care shown by the staff is what has made this rehab centre an ideal location and fit for anybody who has been struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Many addicts looking for treatment tend to choose a drug treatment centre that is away from their present environment, and doing this will only increase their chances of success. Drug rehabilitation should be the opportunity for anybody addicted to drugs and alcohol to truly give themselves the chance to move forward with their lives, eliminating the drug or alcohol problem. Narconon Trois-Rivières offers the perfect non-stimulative environment for any individual to accomplish this.
Taking into great consideration that a person will be away from home for a minimum of three months, Narconon Trois-Rivières has gone through much length to make its centre as comfortable as possible for all of its clients. Narconon Trois-Rivières provides all the amenities and necessities needed for a truly comfortable environment. This is a temporary home away from home for all of the people who are working to achieve a drug-free life. Achieving life long sobriety is possible, and Narconon Trois-Rivières provides the best opportunity to accomplish this.
This year, Narconon Florida will celebrate more than a decade of successful substance abuse treatment.
For the last 10 years, Narconon Florida has helped hundreds of clients from the state of Florida and throughout the world get their lives back through their successful drug rehabilitation program. The Outpatient Detoxification and Treatment Program center, located in Clearwater Florida, is a model center for treatment in the state and is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Children as well as the Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
Because of their unique approach to rehabilitation, the center has been able to get positive results with addiction treatment and achieves a more than 70% success rate for permanent sobriety.
The way that Narconon does this is by using a drug-free method that handles both the physical and mental aspects of addiction. The first part of the program focuses on handling the physical addiction using a sauna detoxification program that reduces residues left in the body by drug use. The second part of the program handles the psychological aspect and addresses the addictive behaviorisms that are learned while abusing drugs and/or alcohol and uses life skills therapy to raise the ability of the individual.
The outcome is that the client is no longer plagued by addiction and is considered a recovered addict.
Because of its successful model of treatment, Narconon Florida has received many awards and proclamations in the last 10 years in the drug rehab field including The Provision of Exemplary Services to Florida Citizens award, and the Best Promising Program and Best Practices awards for three consecutive years.
The center will continue to operate in Clearwater and has recently moved into a new facility to better service its growing number of clients.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a drug and/or alcohol addiction and are looking for a drug rehab program that gets results, contact Narconon Florida today at 727-796-1011 or log onto www.narcononflorida.org.
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Narconon Louisiana, a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, opened its doors in 2006 as a resource for locals struggling with addiction. In an area that had seen some of the worst devastation in years after Hurricane Katrina, there was no real solution in place for the rampant drug use. Today, after three years in operation, and 150 graduates Narconon Louisiana has maintained that the people of the state do not have to suffer from addiction; that there is a way out.
One reason why Narconon Louisiana is so successful is because the rehabilitation program does not subscribe to the idea that addiction is a disease, instead, they work on handling the underlying problems and reasons why a person uses drugs in the first place. Once these issues are isolated and handled and the individual can see that they are in control of their life they no longer feel the need to use drugs as a solution to a problem.
Jeff Lukas, Executive Director of Narconon Louisiana treatment center explains that these problems can differ depending on the individual. "Some people don’t feel comfortable in life, or handling a physical pain while others are suffering with an upset or a loss in life,” he says. “Everyone has a different reason for choosing drugs but the one thing that they all share in common is that they started using drugs because they saw them as a solution to this problem."
Another unique portion of the Narconon program is a module called the New Life Detoxification Program. This is the part of the Narconon treatment that handles the physical aspect of addiction, where clients are able to rid their bodies of the harmful drug residues that are left in the body by drugs. It has been found that, left unhandled; these residues can stay in the body years after consumption of all drugs, and can inducing cravings – a primary reason for relapse.
Using this successful model of treatment, Narconon Louisiana achieves a success rate of 76% for permanent sobriety from addiction.
Drug abuse currently affects 22 million people in the United States. But it does not have to go unhandled. If you or anyone you know is in need of help please contact Narconon Louisiana drug rehabilitation treatment center at 866-422-4650.
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In speaking about cocaine abuse and cocaine addiction it is important to understand some of the history of cocaine in America, which has been addressed previously with the articles on the history of drugs in America. This article is written to help one understand the nature of the drug so that one can have truth about cocaine rather than the many street myths.
Cocaine addiction in America
It is estimated that as many as three to four million people are chronic cocaine users in America. Chronic use denotes a continual use and craving for the drug. In the 1997 National Household Survey, a survey that estimates the extent of drug use in America, found that there were 600,000 crack users in our country. A figure that has seemed to stay close to that range since the 1980s.
Since cocaine’s early use in the 1800s, there as been the prevalent myth that cocaine is a non-addictive substance because it lacks the traditional withdrawal symptoms that are observed with alcohol and opiates, such as heroin. It is true that cocaine doesn’t have such extreme physical withdrawal symptoms, but it has powerful psychological addictive properties. Cocaine is rarely used by itself, but is usually part of a polydrug abuse situation with alcohol being the drug most commonly combined with cocaine use. Since cocaine causes nervousness and paranoia with continued use, it is commonly combined with “downers”, such as Valium, Ativan and even heroin. In adolescents, it found that it is popular to use cocaine in combination with alcohol and marijuana.
Cocaine is a naturally occurring alkaloid usually extracted from the leaves of the coca shrub, which is native to the Andes Mountains of Peru and Bolivia. With the huge profits that come from its sale, it is now cultivated in Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the West Indies, and Ecuador. As early as the 6th century, the Peruvian Indians chewed the coca leaves to extract the mental effects so as to better handle the consequences of the cold, hunger and fatigue. When the coca leaves were introduced to Europe, the Germans learned to produce its alkaloid, cocaine.
As most people know, Coca-Cola was originally an elixir comprised of coca leaves and caffeine which created the wealth that founded today’s company. Coca-Cola was forced by the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914 to remove the cocaine properties from its drink, but continued to make the drink with caffeine in hopes that they would lose their addicted public.
Cocaine in America today
Today cocaine comes into America mainly from South America where it is converted to cocaine hydrochloride and is exported at about 95% purity. After going through many different distributors, it can hit the streets in the U.S. at anywhere from 0 to 95% purity. Intermediate distributors will dilute, or cut, the cocaine to increase their profits, using sugars, or other drugs that act like cocaine, like procaine or lidocaine. It has also been found to be sold, at times, without a trace of cocaine, but with caffeine, amphetamine, PCP added to simulate the cocaine effects.
Addiction myth — The important information to remember about cocaine is the fact that it is HIGHLY addictive. The myth that cocaine is non-addictive has been around for years, but laboratory research and personal testimony prove quite the opposite to be the case.
The duration of effects varies according to the route of administration. If snorted, the effects will peak within 30 minutes with the duration of effects lasting 1-3 hours. If used intravenously or smoked, the effects peaking seconds to two minutes, but the effects only last 15-30 minutes. The metabolites of cocaine can be detected in the urine for 24 to 72 hours, except in chronic users who may how positive test results for up to two weeks. These figures do not take into account the cocaine that is stored in the fat tissue of the body.