I recently read an article from the National Institute of Drug Abuse that said that fewer and fewer teens are using illegal drugs. The number of teenage alcoholics and cigarette smokers seems to be declining as well. If you’re thinking that all the anti-drug literature and messages were making a positive impact, think again — and don’t get too excited about closing the teen rehab centers.
While it is true that cigarette smoking, the use of methamphetamines, amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, and alcohol is down, the use of marijuana, smokeless tobacco, Vicodin, OxyContin and other prescription narcotics is on the rise. Some teens report that they steal the drugs from family members, others say they buy them outright online. Teen addiction statistics may be changing, but they are not necessarily improving.
I worked in a teen drug rehab center before I went to college. I remember being astounded because there was a six year old child in detox. She had been stealing prescription sleeping pills from one of her parents for months so she could sleep and not hear them argue. Her addiction came to light after the parents separated and the child no longer had access to the drugs. Don’t just automatically assume your son or daughter is too young to have a drug problem. Monitor your medications carefully. Monitor your child’s internet access and personal spending habits.
Most of you know by now that I used to be married to an alcoholic. Sometimes I think I would still be married to an alcoholic if I hadn’t gone to work in a drug & alcohol rehab hospital. I don’t think the hospital did a lot to help it’s patients, but the education I received was invaluable.
I was just reading about a drug rehab program that sounds 100 times more humane and effective than the one in the hospital where I worked. The Narconon Drug Rehab Program begins by enrolling students rather than “patients”. I know it’s just a word, but language is powerful and how a person thinks or feels about him/her self is critical to his/her recovery and healing.
Narconon was founded by William Benitez while he was an inmate at Arizona State Prison. He realized that his drug addiction had caused most of the problems in his life. He set out to change his patterns of thinking and expectations, and after successfully transforming himself, he fought for the right to teach other inmates the life lessons and principles he had learned.
Today one of the original members of that first Narconon Program in 1967, Gordon Weinand, works for Narconon Drug Rehab in Georgia. He was one of the first of many success stories. Narconon doesn’t treat patients, they educate people. They start first by giving addicts a new vision of themselves and setting a goal — becoming the person they always wanted to be — and then Narconon teaches them the tools, strategies and concepts that will lead to obtaining those goals.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from addiction, call Narconon. They have over 40 years of success behind them. Go to the website, read the stories. Call the phone number. Save a life.