(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 NarcononĀ® 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.