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Teen Prescription Drug Use

When teens are routinely prescribed prescription drugs throughout their young years --

When Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Meridia may be prescribed for children as young as 6 or 7 and stay prescribed through adulthood --

When prescription drug ads run every hour of every day on every channel --

Then we should not be surprised that teens are abusing prescription drugs in ever-increasing numbers.


How Narconon Handles Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction, most generally, starts with a dependency to recreational use. Once prolonged use sets in, physical dependence takes control of the person’s body and behavior as well. But like all opiate addictions, the addiction can be stopped through detoxification and rehabilitation.

No one who tries heroin for recreational use intends to end up with an addiction to it. A person gets addicted to heroin in an attempt to self-medicate emotional pain or to alleviate physical ailments. A person will continue to use to prevent the painful withdrawal symptoms.


Heroin Addiction by Narconon

What is Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive, and illegal Schedule I substance. Heroin use and abuse has become an epidemic in the world, especially the United States. Heroin is the most abused opiate, as well as the fastest acting. Heroin is derived directly from morphine, which is a naturally occurring compound extracted from the seed pods of the opium poppy.

The two most common forms of heroin are tar, or powder. The purest heroin is usually in powder form, also known as “china white”. The majority of heroin is marketed as a white powder or brownish tar like substance. Heroin is usually combined, or cut with other drugs or with substances such as quinine, powdered milk, and even sugar. There have also been reports of heroin being cut with toxic chemicals such as strychnine. Another common form of heroin is known as black tar. Black tar is usually sticky, like tar used for roofing houses. Some common street names for heroin include H, Brown sugar, Skag, Junk, Smack, Black tar, Horse, and Mud.


Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that takes over and destroys lives. Users who are dependent on cocaine tend to put everything they have into their own abuse. Addicts have gone as far as selling their children in order to obtain more cocaine. People do not intend on becoming entirely dependent on cocaine, moreover they just wanted to enjoy themselves for a certain interval of time, but soon find themselves unable to quench their thirst for the drug.


Cocaine Addiction

Why Is Cocaine Addictive

The reason why cocaine is so addictive is that is causes feelings of euphoria in the user, cocaine affects the brains natural dopamine levels by raising them.  The initial feeling of euphoria will last for twenty to thirty minutes in new users, but once the cocaine users’ addiction has formed, the addict will start to feel less of a high with each dose. Sometimes the initial feeling of happiness will last only minutes, and the user feels compelled to take another hit to prolong the emotion. This is the beginning of dependence. This onset can happen very quickly in some people, while others may take more time to develop the full symptoms. Once addiction has been formed, the person will also suffer feelings of extreme withdrawal, which can make them desire another hit in order to take away the anxiety.


Crack Information

Crack is the street name given to the form of cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal, which, when heated, produces vapors that are smoked. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock as it is heated. Since crack is an already prepared form of freebased cocaine, the user does not have to buy the equipment or be exposed to the explosive chemicals associated with freebasing. Crack is most often packaged in vials or plastic bags and sold in small quantities, usually 300-500mg or enough for two to three inhalations. Smoking cocaine produces a quicker, stronger high than snorting. On the other hand, faster absorption means shorter duration of action; the high from snorting cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes, but the high from smoking may last only 5 to 10 minutes.  In order to stay high the user must use over and over causing binges and the dose is increased to maintain the same affect.


Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol is a drinkable form of ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. Upon consumption, the alcohol acts on the nerve cells deep in the brain. Alcohol acts on the central nervous system as a depressant and is powerfully addictive. When an individual drinks, it initially acts as a stimulant, then later it induces feelings of relaxation and lessened anxiety.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 19.3 million people needed alcohol treatment in a one year period. In addition, 87% of them did not receive treatment.


Alcohol Rehabilitation

What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is produced when fruits, grains, or vegetables are fermented; fermentation is a process that uses bacteria or yeast to change the sugars that are in food into alcohol.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 41% of admissions into treatment are for alcohol rehabilitation.

Alcohol comes in many different forms and can be used as an antiseptic or cleaner; however the kind of alcohol that people drink is ethanol, which is a sedative. When alcohol is consumed, it's absorbed into and through the user’s bloodstream. From that point, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all of the users body functions. Alcohol has the ability to actually block some of the messages trying to be sent to the user’s brain. This alters the users hearing, emotions, movement, perceptions and vision.

Alcohol is addictive because the user wants to continue to experience the same ‘high’ off of alcohol and this desire grown he more the individual drinks.


Alcohol & Alcoholism

The statistics on alcoholism are staggering. Alcoholism, in today’s society, is a serious problem. If we ever want to see the reduction of statistics involving fatalities, injuries, diseases caused from the use and abuse of alcohol, it is extremely important that the public, including the large groups of users and abusers of alcohol, gain as much knowledge as possible about the symptoms and effects of alcoholism.  We can help lower the number of individuals who are addicted to alcohol using tools such as education and realization of the effects alcoholism can have on the different aspects of a person's life are the best to date.


Alcohol Addiction

Recovery from alcohol addiction is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.
Alcohol in the United States

It is estimated that in the United States, 23.1 million people suffer from addiction to alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, alcoholism also affects the family and friends of the alcoholic. Once in recovery, the alcoholic’s life becomes manageable, family relations are restored and life returns to a healthy, functioning level. They, in essence, become productive members of their family and society.


How to Treat Methamphetamine Problems

What Effect Does Methamphetamine Have On The User?

The most recent studies in chronic methamphetamine abusers has revealed severe functional and structural  changes in areas of the brain associated with memory and emotion, which may account for many of the emotional and cognitive problems associated with chronic methamphetamine abusers. Repeated methamphetamine abuse can also lead to addiction—a chronic, relapsing to the drug characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, which is accompanied by chemical and molecular changes in the users brain. Some of these changes continue long after methamphetamine abuse is stopped. The reversal of some of the changes, however, may be observed after sustained periods of abstinence or 1 year or more.

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