Improve your health. Feeling tired, not well or being in pain opens the door to drug and alcohol abuse. A healthy, nutritious diet is important to maintaining health and preventing disease.
You may have heard that alcohol has some medicinal value, and at the same time you have probably heard how many people lose their lives to alcohol consumption .
A new study from Johns Hopkins shows that many parents are still not fully aware of the dangers of prescription medication abuse , and the need for keeping pills locked up out of the way of children.
Celebrity Corruption of Youth More celebrity irresponsibleness is manifesting this week in the world of drugs. This time with Kim Kardashians range of clothes promoting drugs.
When deciding to try drugs initially, no one can deny there is a strong moral element. The same goes for pushing self through rehabilitation and onto long lasting sobriety.
Drug use in Belfast is being termed as epidemic. A recent article by the Belfast Telegraph, shows disturbing stories, all from just this month.
Here we are one year on from the death of Prince, and there has been a spate of deaths in Yorkshire over Easter apparently from the same source: Drug testing done on the bodies, found traces of the prescription painkiller Fentanyl.
A charity called Crimestoppers is currently appealing for information regarding mamba in North Wales.
Our Narconon programme consists of different phases, following the drug-free withdrawal and the New Life Detoxification comes The Objectives . The Objectives are unique exercises designed to help bring a person’s attention off the past and into the present.
Many people resort to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with stress. A beer after a hard day’s work can lead to a dependence on that drink … and more drinks to follow. Taking a pill to solve the problem of stress-related insomnia can lead to dependence on that pill… and more pills to follow.
Being drug free is just one part of living a safe and healthy life but the avoidance of accidents, and the maintenance of a secure job are deeply tied in with living a drug-free life.
There are certain rules of life that everyone must follow. These rules are the ones that come at great cost to oneself if they are broken. If you are not caught for a crime, it does not mean that for that particular crime there is no cost, for it broke the moral code that is within yourself.
Here at Narconon UK, we are acutely aware of the dangers and risks of meth use and addiction. As a long-term residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education centre, we see all too much the devastating effects of meth use.
Young athletes can sometimes face more exposure to substance abuse than many of their peers by taking performance enhancing drugs such as steroids , for their sport or using pharmaceutical drugs for pain resulting from an injury.
New Year’s resolutions are so great… in theory! And let’s face it most resolutions stay as theory and never quite make it to the real world. If you have a drug or alcohol problem and you made the resolution to get sober—good for you!! Now let’s make a real plan, to ensure you achieve the goal.…
I am out in Guatemala currently, and heard some disturbing facts. In Guatemala, over the last ten years the mortality rate caused by drinking and driving, particularly motorbike accidents has gone up by five times! This is usually young healthy people with a whole future full of potential ahead, which is suddenly snuffed out from the combined effects of drinking and driving.…
Narconon rehabilitation technology gets to the problem at its source—and provides a path many have travelled to report long-term success.
Once a loved one is enrolled in the Narconon drug rehab program, the largest stress is over; the family can relax, knowing that the person is getting the help that they need. BUT it is important that the family don’t think that their job is totally over.
There are many different barriers to recovery, all of which are important to recognise for anyone planning on staying sober. Awareness or knowledge of something is the first step into being able to understand and control something.
I recently heard an interesting story on the radio of a family torn apart, one child growing up with a solid and sober father, while another brother grew up with a drunken mother.
Not every addict in need of rehab is going to jump at the chance of a handling. For this reason, an intervention can honestly be the difference between life and death for a person.
Withdrawal symptoms after long use of methamphetamine can be so strong, and users fear the reaction so strongly that it keeps them hooked and constantly turning back to the drug, even if they no longer experience a high.
Addiction currently is often treated as a disease, rather than an addict themselves being rehabilitated. The drugs used for this “treatment” against heroin and painkillers, are usually methadone and buprenorphine.
Narconon’s Objectives are unique exercises – designed to help bring a person's attention off the past and into the present. Here is what one student had to say about them:
Nowadays addiction treatment and rehabilitation are two totally different concepts, and if you, or a loved one wants to completely overcome addiction to live a drug-free life, it is vital that you understand them both.
If you have never really been around an addict you may not realise that there are certain characteristics that most addicts have in common. It may not be 100% of them, but it is a high percentage and they are behavioural characteristics.
Most programmes nowadays use drugs during withdrawal to help with symptoms, and then later to prevent cravings and relapse. We are proud to offer a different option, a natural alternative for withdrawal.
One problem with drugs really is the multiple ways which they are obtainable, whether it is over the counter, from a prescription, from a friend, or from the internet or a dealer. There are just too many ways to get them…
Plenty of people getting in drugs, or even full blown addiction, insist that taking drugs is a personal choice, and no one should interfere because it only affects them.
You would think that medical students and those in the medical profession with all of their education on drugs and their effects would stay well clear of drugs and addiction.
Having read all the work I have done on this course , I realise just how much pain, heartache, and damage I have caused in the past four years. It has shocked me to the point of crying. All I wanted to do was to pick up the phone and talk to my wife and apologise.
“Previously, when I was doing drugs, I never felt any emotion because of the routine I got into. I thought that emotions weren’t real. I know that, because, now I feel completely different to how I felt about my girlfriend.
“Narconon has helped me tremendously to start on my journey towards discovering myself in the here and now. The Sauna aided me deeply in shedding layers and detoxing, I felt rejuvenated, renewed and cleansed afterward and clean of alcohol.“
Here are a few useful things that if everyone got into practice would rapidly decrease the demand, addiction and overdose statistics for heroin , and the good news is they aren’t complicated.
There has been an ongoing debate in the area of rehab and addiction whether drinking alcohol after rehab is truly a relapse or not, and what to really think about it.
It is interesting looking at the pros and cons of decriminalizing drug possession. What really is best for our country? Forbidden Fruit One of the points that pro-decriminalization people tout is the forbidden fruit effect of illegalizing drugs.
I have recently picked up some more good news in the newspaper. This time from the Evening Standard on Wednesday 16th.
A marriage ending is a turbulent time for everyone involved. Unfortunately it does not often happen amicably and it is certainly a time of big change. For those couples splitting up who have children, things get even tougher.
Too many addicts coming in for rehab say the same thing: “If only I had known then, what I know now, I would never have taken that first hit.” It matters little if it was heroin , cocaine , or alcohol .
There were 3,346 drug poisoning deaths registered in England and Wales in 2014 , the highest since comparable records began in 1993 . As the use of drugs continues to rise, so does the number of overdoses. Every time a user takes another hit, it is another possibility to OD.
Though the figures and statistics of drug overdoses can sometimes be hard to face, it is important to know what we are tackling and what the current scene is.
Glue sniffing is the intentional inhalation of gases or vapours to achieve a high. There are all sorts of household chemicals that contain volatile substances that can create a high.
I don’t normally consider the Daily Mail Herald of important news but on Tuesday the 8th they published a story regarding the truly terrifying effects of benzodiazepine.
Though people can get into drugs or alcohol at any time, there are certain circumstances that put one more at risk to turning to drugs and alcohol as a solution. These times usually contain vulnerability due to pain, injury, loss or change.
When kids are young, full of energy, hormones and angst, their biggest problems are usually which grade they will get on the next test; if that girl or boy likes them back, or if they will get another unfortunate spot on their face.
Many clinics and rehab centres consider relapse to be an every-day, ordinary affair. Here at Narconon, we do not. We have found over the years what most people struggle with, so here is some tips and advice for you…
If you see these signs, then alcohol use has reached a point where it is no longer under control. Learn the signs and don’t wait to take action…
Problems, unhandled situations, stress, anxiety, worries, phobias, pains, aches and diseases are the most common beginning for regular drug or alcohol use.
Many addicts come out of rehab feeling very positive and in control of their addiction. Although that is a good thing, of course, unless that confidence is built on a firm foundation, it can occasionally leave the person open to situations that become very difficult to handle, that could be easily avoided. From experience these are the top three things to avoid in early sobriety:
It is sadly the case that it is considered normal for most people at some point in their lives to try pot . This is quite commonly during teenage years.
LSD may not be the most talked about drug in recent years, but it is still out there and being consumed at an alarming rate. How much do you know about LSD? Well if you think “not very much,” or want to check out your facts, read on.
Parents often wonder how really best to go about educating children and teenagers so that those kids then go on to make good decisions regarding alcohol. Though good drug education is important, you don’t necessarily have the materials on hand at home for that, and anyway is that really enough?
When someone goes to rehab it is normal to think of the physical and mental affects that this person will be relieved of, by withdrawing and detoxifying from drugs or alcohol . What is sometimes overlooked is how widespread the help truly reaches.
Don’t Wait Around for Addiction — Act Now Many people find it uncomfortable to talk about addiction, another person’s choices and behaviour. That being said, many people also have friends, family or even partners that they see drinking or doing drugs.
Eight Physical Signs that Someone is Suffering from Addiction It is important to know the signs of addiction so that a situation does not creep up on you.
An interesting article from Vice last month ( www.vice.com/en_uk/read/glue-sniffing-epidemic-mdma-ecstasy-deaths-uk-narcomania ) highlighted how we can look at successful programmes in the past to help us tackle different situations in the present.
High Functioning addicts can often be the hardest to spot as the outwards signs of success can be so misleading. See (blog on The High Functioning Addict) for more information on what this actually is.
The high-functioning addict will commonly be leading a secret life . True, the actual consumption of drugs or alcohol may be known about, but the dependency is not and that is the key difference.
You may have started taking painkillers with good intentions. They were prescribed by the doctor to get over a surgery or a chronic pain. Alternately it may have just been recurring headaches, menstrual cramps or toothaches.
There are different signs that you can look for to determine the answer to this question. But the first thing to say is that if you are even wondering, it is quite likely you either are, or you are at least in dangerous territory regarding drugs.
Having a loved one suffering from addiction is an awful situation to be in. Watching them go in a downward spiral, as their dreams and ambitions fall by the wayside and worse and worse habits take their place.
Dr Zubin Demania is a practising internal medicine doctor in the USA who is using songs and raps to raise awareness of the dangers of addiction to pharmaceutical drugs. As ZDoggMD he has 10s of millions of views on Facebook with such songs as ‘Big Pharma’ or ‘Treat Yourself.’
Most people are aware of the ravages drugs play on the user both physically and mentally. How it affects the whole family is sometimes less thought about. When things get more dramatic, such as child abuse, the effects are more evident, but what about the insidious smaller effects?
Well it is understandable that many people looking into rehab want to know the answer to that question. Unfortunately there is no cut and dry answer .
As drugs and alcohol set in on a person so does certain behaviour. Things like lying, hiding and keeping secrets as well as things like where to find the drugs, which drugs give you the best high or how best to handle a come down, all of this behaviour is learned.
Working in drug rehabilitation—it is so nice to see what looks like a healthy trend popping up around England—dry bars! Dry bars are normal social bars minus the alcohol.
When faced with addiction in a loved one it can be hard to know what to do about it. There are obstacles that need to be overcome and sometimes you just don’t know where to start. A successful intervention is needed but you may not yet be up to that point.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of drug abuse is so important. Waiting for full on collapse of a person’s life due to addiction is too late. If you can catch it early on, the easier it is to handle the drug abuse and potential addiction.
Once you have gone through all the effort of helping a loved into rehab your job isn’t over. Now you need to help keep them there until the programme is fully completed. Unfortunately, drug withdrawal and adjusting to a sober life isn’t easy.
Unfortunately, when most of us think ‘drug addict’ we think of a person down in life , probably job-less, maybe criminal, generally spending their days at home in drunken or drugged stupors.
There are many different types of rehabilitation programmes out there but they will all fall into the categories of inpatient or outpatient programmes.
Heroin is an all too powerful drug by itself. Drug dealers when dealing with new clients will usually sell pure and powerful heroin until they have a new client, a fully hooked addict.
Shocking news as we hear that Fabric , one of the best-known clubs in London got its licence revoked by the council this week. Based in Farringdon, it is world-known for its dub-step, house, drum and bass and techno music.
Executives often live high pressured lives. With challenges coming at them not only from work but also at home.
The figures on relapsing back to drugs after completing rehab is all too high. In fact, it has become so common as to seem normal or expected .
In order to strengthen your company and help all employees on an individual basis, it is important to take a look at how much alcohol really is being consumed and the effects that this may be having at work.
Most people are aware that delirium tremens can set in when withdrawing from alcohol and as the name suggests one of the symptoms is tremors and shaking. What many people may not realise is how severe the other effects of delirium tremens can be.
In 2014 an anonymous survey was done across 1,080 adults in the UK, representing a cross section of society, regarding their drug use. Though the amount surveyed is not that high it gives an interesting view on some facts and figures here in the UK.
It does not take only the withdrawal process and some time being clean to get someone able to live a happy and functioning life while sober. There are skills and abilities that one needs, to enable a person to go through the travails of life and overcome them without resorting to drugs.
Sometimes this can be difficult if you are unsure on how they are going to act, respond or deal with it. This shouldn’t stop you though. The first step for maintaining your relationship and perhaps helping the person through addiction is to be able to talk about it.
A couple of generations ago there was really only a dozen street drugs generally available and the effects were known about. Times have now changed though, with a multitude of synthetic drugs being made month to month.
Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. Cocaine is extracted from coca leaves and was originally developed as a painkiller . When it is in powder form it is known as cocaine and when in crystal form it is known as crack cocaine .
What are the risks associated with taking mood stabilisers? “Mood stabilisers” is a generic term for the class of drug that is prescribed to handle a range of mood disorders.
Although medicine is sometimes a necessary part of our lives, many of those prescribed contain addictive substances such as opiates. For some individuals, prescription medication leads to the trap and misery of addiction. Narconon has helped many overcome such addictions.
Almost every month we read or hear about an artist who has succumbed to drugs . Artists are important for our society because they inspire the culture and society to better things. These individuals are talented and deserve support.
Alcoholism can be just as much a problem for women as for men, and in fact there are certain factors women face that men do not. A key reason that alcoholism can be so life destroying for women is related to pregnancy and raising children.
The New Life Detox: An Amazing Experience! A student’s joy with the successful outcome of our comprehensive New Life Detoxification.
Alcohol can seem so safe at first—everyone drinks, it's legal, it's not really a drug... until it is out of hand, and someone you know is addicted. Then is the time you really have to face the effects of alcohol abuse.
Withdrawal is often the most feared stage of getting off drugs. At Narconon we use simple yet precise and effective techniques, along with a specialised Nutritional programme that helps relieve the symptoms associated with drug or alcohol withdrawal. Here is what one student said about his Narconon Drug-Free Withdrawal…
When you think of people addicted to opium you think of the illicit drug heroin, but with many prescription painkillers and even over-the-counter painkillers containing opium, this is far from the only problem.
Drug use affects all parts of life and that most definitely includes the workplace. For each individual, a job is vital not only for keeping busy and active but for the means to live and support a family.
Did you know that the abuse of prescription medication has reached a point of epidemic proportions? And we are not just talking about the U.S. but here in the UK as well.
The Narconon programme is a very effective drug rehabilitation system, for full information you should check out the Narconon United Kingdom website but here I am going to give you a little overview so that you can get an idea of how the programme works.
The overwhelming majority of these deaths were accidental overdoses. The second-largest category is suicide by drugs.
The Loved Ones of Addicts often find themselves at a crossroads. They can see clearly that the addict’s life is in chaos, they experience the backlash of that chaos in their own lives, and yet…
“This final programme has shown me how to be able to start to improve my life when I get home. “ It allowed me to look at the mistakes I’ve made in the past and how they affected me.
“The formulas that Narconon gave me can be used in so many ways for the rest of my life”
Narconon UK New Life Skills After completing one of the New Life Skills Courses called Overcoming Ups and Downs In Life “This course has helped me recognize and understand the people and conditions that were causing me to binge drink initially and later do it daily.
Is your partner a addicted to drugs or alcohol? Maybe you’ve been trying to find a way to help your partner to quit.
How You Can Help to Save the Life of a Loved One Suffering from Drug or Alcohol Addiction It can be devastating for many people to discover that a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol. All too often the family have no idea how to help.
Shocking Statistics Emerge: England’s National Summit on Drug-Related Deaths In January 2015, Public Health England, DrugScope and the Local Government Association held a National Summit on Drug-Related Deaths.
“I lived moments where I didn’t care if I would die. I felt lost, depressed, I lost control and reached a profound state of desperation because I really wanted to stop using drugs but was losing hope that I would ever be able to do it on my own.
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