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Drug Rehab Provides Effective Addiction Treatment

October 1, 2010

Narconon Arrowhead’s drug rehab facility provides addiction treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism. Our rehabilitation program has been providing effective treatment for addiction since its inception in 1966. This unique program has helped thousands of addicts and alcoholics get their lives back from addiction. All substance abuse and addiction treatment facilities are not created equal.  That is why it is vital that addicts and alcoholics can seek input from someone who understands what they are going through and what they have been through. The counselors here at Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab take a different approach from the traditional 12 step program and many of our counselors are survivors of addiction themselves and can relate directly to what addicts and alcoholics are struggling with.

The Narconon drug rehabilitation program is one of the most effective drug rehab programs in the world. We have a high success rate; over 70% of our graduates choose to remain drug-free and alcohol-free after completing the rehabilitation program. Our unique approach, often incorporating holistic and osteopathic methods, to drug and alcohol addiction is what gives us this high success rate.

Another secret to our success is identifying that addiction and alcoholism are symptoms of other underlying and painful issues. Addicts use drugs and alcohol in an attempt to resolve problems in their lives. Here at Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab facility, we can help identify those underlying problems that are causing an addict or alcoholic to continue through the destructive cycle of addiction.


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Withdrawal Symptoms

September 24, 2010

When people take drugs or alcohol for prolonged periods of time they can become physically addicted to the substance they are abusing. Once they become addicted they will face painful and possibly deadly withdrawal symptoms. Their bodies have become dependant on the substance in order to function. If they have become mentally addicted to a substance, such as a stimulant like cocaine or methamphetamine, they will not be motivated to do anything until they have the drug in their system giving them energy.

After people have been doing drugs for so long they are used to making themselves feel good, and generally avoid anything that is uncomfortable or not enticing. Going from this extreme to the other of feeling sick and being in intense pain, makes it almost impossible for an addict to consider quitting. This is why it is such a vicious cycle for an addict to be caught up in.

When an addict is going through withdrawals they are in pain, sick, depressed, anxious and irritated. They do not want to listen to what anybody has to say; especially when it comes to the way they are living their life. All they can think about is how bad they want their drug or alcohol, and how bad they feel without it compared to how good they will feel with it.

When an addict reaches this point there is no limit to what they will do to get more of the drug or alcohol. Their morals and inhibitions take a back seat to their desire for the drug or alcohol. Once proper and highly moral people can turn into the most vile, manipulating and crooked individuals. They will steal from their parents or grandparents. The very people who gave them life and put blood, sweat, and tears into providing the best life possible for their loved one will be suffering so much.  People have pawned their parent’s wedding rings, family heirlooms and even sold their own children.

There is no limit to the depravity addiction can cause a person to experience. It doesn’t matter what a person’s background is. They can be from a wealthy and very supportive family, or even a hard working middle class family that goes to church and is very devoted to God. Addiction does not discriminate. More and more people all over the globe are feeling the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.  A lot of people think that they can just try drugs or alcohol and have fun with it. They have the attitude that it will never happen to me. I will be in control and I can stop whenever I want to. They have no idea about the painful withdrawal symptoms they will experience one day.


September 9, 2010

There are all type of addictions today. First, let’s define the word addiction. Addiction defined by the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010 is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Not all addictions are life-threatening but all addictions affect the person and those close to them. Here are some of the addictions that are not life-threatening yet may still be just as destructive and devastating as drug or alcohol addiction.

Some of the other addictions are gambling, eating, shopping, internet, video games, sex and work. Anything in which a person becomes obsessed can become addictive.

There is much debate about the causes of addiction. There are two components to addiction — the physical addiction and the mental aspect of addiction — it is likely that many factors create a risk for addiction. In the case of certain drugs such as methamphetamine or heroin, almost any individual who comes into contact will become addicted. On the other hand, addictive behaviors such as shopping or eating are used moderately by the majority of the population and only become addictions for some.

Some of the risk factors for developing are genetic, environment, abuse, emotional disorders, the substance and low frustration tolerance.

Genetics: some believe that addictions may be inherited. Individuals who come from families are more likely to develop an addiction sometime in their life.

Environment: children growing up in households with parents addicted to drugs or alcohol are more likely to see that it must be okay drinking and using drugs since their parents are increasing their odds in having to battle an addiction in their life.

Abuse: individuals who have experiences physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse have increased odds of battling an addiction in their lifetime. Their addiction becomes their coping mechanism to handle all the negative emotions surrounding their abuse such as low self-esteem and flashbacks.

Emotional Disorders: Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder can increase the risk of addiction for those misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. The addiction becomes the way to self medicate and escape what is actually wrong in their life.

Substance: certain substances are more addictive than others, and risk of full-blown addiction is higher for drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine because of their ability to create dependence after just a few uses.

Low Frustration Tolerance: a common factor found amongst addicts of all types is a low frustration tolerance. Addicts are highly susceptible to the negative effects of stress, often experiencing distress at a relatively low level of frustration. They become easily upset over everyday stress factors, creating a need for escape. They find this escape in their addiction.

There are multiple addictions and multiple causes for addiction. Find the root cause and the addictions can become overcome and handled with the person being able to live a normal day to day life.

Addiction Treatment

September 2, 2010

A quick glance at most addiction treatment articles today usually shows some stories about high-profile people or celebrities entering a treatment center, some new piece of legislation being supported by one group or another, and even the latest attempt to treat addicts with more drugs.

The first category starts to become redundant when a celebrity goes in and out of multiple centers to relapse over and over. This sort of news is helpful to the addiction treatment field as far as general promotion goes, but harmful when multiple relapses occur. A successful program will ensure that the majority of its clients do not have to be readmitted for treatment ever again in their lifetime.

The last example might be the most startling one, since the goal of addiction treatment should be to get people to stop using alcohol and other drugs for good. By prescribing a new drug to someone already addicted, they are being left under the influence, mentally and/or physically, of yet another toxic substance complete with its own set of side effects, so how can we really rely on addiction treatment if this is the case.

News of these drugs, most of them already on the market for some other treatment and being tested to see if they have any effect on addicts, is typically related to the stock market shares of the drug’s manufacturer. There never has been a wonder drug that will cure any kind of addiction on a broad basis, or even produce newsworthy results which is why we are still stuck in the cycle of addiction that is affecting so many today. Therefore the addiction treatment news focus isn’t on how effective the drug is, but how many millions or billions of dollars in sales the for-profit drug maker is projecting for its new market.

History has demonstrated that drug-free addiction treatment has a longer-term effect on the individual. With so many millions of Americans addicted to drugs or alcohol, a different approach to addiction treatment needs to be taken. We need to open our eyes and realize that substituting one drug for another is not working and more needs to be done. The focus needs to be taken off of what prescription drug a person can take for their illegal drug addiction and needs to be put on how the person addicted can live a drug free life with out the assistance of any medication, legal or illegal, ever again.

Many do not believe that addiction can be overcome because they believe that it is a disease that you are going to live with for the rest of their lives. Addiction is not a disease and something can be done about it.


August 25, 2010

There are a variety of different rehab centers, rehabilitation services and rehab facilities.  There is addiction rehab, cocaine rehab, marijuana rehab, Christian rehab, heroin rehab, inpatient rehab, substance abuse rehab and many other different types and categories of rehabs.  There are also rehab services that include a rehab program, rehab facility, rehab clinic, recovery center and all different sorts of sober living options.  All centers, clinics, facilities and programs revolve around providing rehabilitation for an individual who needs help.

A rehabilitation center provides answers and solutions to all different kinds of addiction problems.  These centers, facilities and programs not only appeal to individuals who are suffering from substance abuse or addiction but may just want a place to seek refuge from the struggles of daily life and a safe environment.  Many adolescents look for a teen center to provide them with services that are positive, productive, stimulating and educating.

Unfortunately our government doesn’t feel that it should allocate funding towards these types of programs and many people are suffering because of it.  Many of the successful and effective programs and centers are privately funded making it very difficult for individuals and families to be able to afford these types of services.

People are in distress and in need of immediate help and are looking for the government to help provide assistance and help to those who can’t otherwise afford to pay for private services.  There is a major epidemic in this country and thousands of people are suffering.

The only way to successfully handle this situation is through education, making people more aware and pressuring the government to help organizations and services through providing and allocating more funding and resources to these types of services.

An individuals needs are unique. A treatment program should be, too. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to addiction treatment. There shouldn’t be a standard drug rehab program, facility or center. Counselors should develop a treatment plan that is unique to each and every individual as everyone is different and needs a variety of different issues addressed and handled. These are the aspects that successfully help others achieve true long-term sobriety.

Proven, successful and effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment philosophy incorporates a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional methods, employing both Western and Eastern medical techniques. Utilizing the talents of some of the best practitioners and experienced counselors in the world is what makes rehabilitation and rehab successful and effective and gives individuals hope at a bright future.  Allowing individuals to achieve long lasting sobriety and have a chance at a good clean and sober life is the main goal and prerogative. Successful drug and alcohol rehab will change your life. Failed drug and alcohol rehab will doom you to an unspeakable fate.  If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse or addiction, please don’t hesitate to contact a rehabilitation center today.

Alcoholism Addiction

August 19, 2010

Alcoholism is both a chemical and psychological addiction to liquor, beer, wine and spirits. It is a destructive addiction that must be understood in the framework of an illness. According to the National Institute on alcohol abuse and Alcoholism, 4.65% of the American population suffers from alcoholism. Alcoholism Addiction continues to destroys people’s lives each and every day. Alcoholism Addiction not only affects the lives of the addicts, but the family and friends of the addicts as well. Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control over drinking, or physical dependence on alcohol. Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking that result in a failure to fulfill responsibilities at work or at home, or dangerous drinking behaviors, such as driving under the influence of alcohol. Although alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism, many effects of alcohol abuse are also experienced by alcoholics. Accepting the fact that help is needed for an alcohol problem may not be easy, but the sooner you get help, the better your chances for a successful recovery. Today’s Society is plagued by Alcoholism Addiction. Many people have friends, relatives, or family members who are alcoholic. What exactly, does this mean? Stated differently, what is alcoholism? Also known as alcohol addiction and alcohol dependence, alcoholism is a progressive debilitating disease that includes the following alcoholism symptoms (or alcoholic symptoms):

• Craving: A strong and continuing compulsion or need to drink.

• Tolerance: The need to drink increasing amounts of alcohol in order to “feel the buzz” or to “get high.”

• Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms when a person stops drinking after a period of excessive drinking. Such symptoms include: anxiety, sweating, nausea, and “the shakes.”

• Loss of control: The inability to limit one’s drinking over time or on any given occasion.

Alcoholism Addiction on a regular basis causes chemical changes to a person’s brain. For example, it alters the composition of the body’s gamma-amino butyric acids, which function to inhibit impulsiveness, and glutamate, which stimulates the nervous system. Excessive drinking also tends to deplete these chemicals, which can depress the nervous system and damage vital areas of the brain. Loss of control over the tongue and posture is symptomatic of an alcohol-poisoned bring, as is fatigue, memory loss, weakness of the eye muscles, and paralysis. In serious cases, long-term heavy drinking can even send a person into a coma from which they may never awake.

New Studies Point Out Early Start of Alcoholism

August 12, 2010

Two new reports issued by the Substance abuse and Mental Health Administration give parents all the reason they need to crack down on teen drinking as a way of preventing alcoholism.

One of these new reports, Quantity and Frequency of alcohol Use among Underage Drinkers, states that the ten million young Americans (ages 12 to 20) who report consumption of alcohol are drinking an average of six days a month, an average of nearly five drinks apiece each day. This compares to 2.8 alcoholic drinks per day for drinkers aged 21 or older. This report also states that underage drinkers consume more than 11 percent of all the alcoholic drinks consumed in the United States.

The other new report, Substance Abuse and Dependence Following Initiation or Alcohol or Illicit Drug Use tells us that the overwhelming majority of those who start using alcohol are still using it a year or more later.

One of the most compelling statistics related to young alcohol consumption is this one: Alcohol consumption starting in the teens results in alcoholism four times as often as alcohol consumption that starts at twenty-one years of age. Each year nearly three-quarters of a million people are admitted to treatment for alcoholism. And nearly 40 percent of those will enter treatment five or more times in an attempt to recover from their alcoholism.

“When you work with those who seek rehab for alcoholism, you see before you the destruction that alcohol consumption does to a person’s life when it becomes habitual or addictive,” stated Ryan Thorpe, Director of Admissions at Narconon Arrowhead, one of the country’s leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, located in Canadian, Oklahoma. “Education for underage drinkers is an essential part of saving thousands of these young lives. And effective rehabilitation for alcoholism needs to be available so that our citizens can be restored to drug and alcohol free lives.”

Asking alcohol manufacturers to stop marketing to youth is asking them to lose the $22.5 billion dollars a year they make from underage drinking. Parents can be effective in protecting their children from problems with alcoholism.