Kurt was an addict for 26 years starting at age 15 in high school, to a ‘functioning addict’ to homeless. Happily married, two kids, nice house. Starting with pot, acid, alcohol and “I’ll never do the needle”, to cocaine, ecstasy but it wasn’t until he was put on various psychiatric medications that his life took the most unbelievable morbid and sad downturn. Several rehabs, family help then divorce and unhappiness, but now clean and sober with his life back together, seeing his kids again and more.His story is not for the faint hearted but has a happy ending.
Often friends and families of addicts say that they want to wait until after the holidays to get treatment for their addicted friend or family member. This is not a good idea because the person will be getting high while the family is gathered for the holiday and every day you let the addict continue to get high is one day closer to possible life threatening condition or death. If you know someone who needs help, get them help TODAY.
Often families want to wait until after the New Year to get their loved one into treatment but NOW is the time to get help to your family member or friend or yourself. What we are encouraging is life without drugs. What better gift could there be to someone who is addicted or to those who have to live with the addicted individual than to have their loved one ‘back’.
When a family member is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is devastating on the other members of the family. There is shame, regret, fear, anger – a myriad of emotions. Most parents and loved ones feel very alone when they suspect that someone they love is addicted. They don’t want to tell anyone and as a result, they often can get the help THEY need, much less actually help the addict.
There are resources for friends and families of addicts. One resources is a support group – Learn2Cope.org. Often when someone has an addict in their family, they feel alone and need to know that others have been through it. The drug problem in this country is at epidemic proportions and it’s going to take effective rehab programs plus parents taking a very active role in the lives of their kids to conquer this epidemic. We can do something about anything.
Because Adderall is prescribed by a doctor, must be OK, right? Not so. Adderall is the same chemically as methamphetamine. So do you want to give your child methamphetamine? Might want to think about it.
We’ve got no beef with medical marijuana but legalizing it for recreational use? Not a good idea.
The amount of THC in marijuana has been increasing steadily over the past few decades.4 For a new user, this may mean exposure to higher THC levels with a greater chance of a harmful reaction. Higher THC levels may explain the rise in emergency room visits involving marijuana use.
Just look at Colorado and all the problems they are having with it. Marijuana is addictive. People are contacting Narconon who are addicted to marijuana. Wake up! If nothing else, Marijuana is a gateway to more potent drugs. Anything else is false propaganda.
Aydin turned to drugs because of an inability to talk to his parents about his feelings and emotions. Sounds like a simple thing to handle but not when the culture of the family is NOT to do this.
Aydin completed the Narconon program for the second time. He was clean for 7 years but the death of his father sent him into a tail spin.
He is now complete with the program. His story is very hard hitting and one that you should hear.
This mom’s son started with alcohol in high school and moved onto other drugs such that this mom found her son unconscious. Thankfully her son is now fully recovered. Her story is for those who have loved ones that they suspect are addicted.
Drug addicts are sometimes stereotyped as poor, homeless or only teens.
While morals may be an issue in that addicts make decisions that are questionable as regards morals, it doesn’t matter what someone’s income level is, their education level, their intelligence or their religion – they can become addicted to drugs.
There is no class, age, religion, political leaning or familial ties that define person addicted to drugs. White collar, blue collar, employed or not, drug addiction can touch anyone. And opioids have exacerbated the problem.