Our Wish for You – a Drug Free Life

We’ve been getting some heat lately from people who love methadone and suboxone.  What can we say?  We want you to live a drug free life, not dependent on any addictive substance – and yes, methadone and suboxone are addictive.  We hope that you will live a drug free life and if you disagree with that – oh well.  Why would we want anything less for you?  We know it’s possible, so that’s what we wish for you.  And if you have gotten sober on a 12 step program – like our recent interviewee, Craig DeRoche – that’s fantastic.

Garth’s Story-Pot at age 12-All Downhill Until Recently

Today’s podcast is an interview with Garth.  Garth is 26 years old and began his addiction history when he was 12 years old and smoked his first joint.  He then moved on to heavier drugs, tried a 12 step program and ultimately attempted to get himself off heroin with methadone and suboxone.  Neither of these worked.  His wife got him to Narconon and he is a new man.  Take hope from his story.

Kratom – Part 2- And What about Suboxone?

We struck a nerve with our views of Kratom in our last episode.  We want to let you know that we don’t think Kratom is right or wrong.  The main point is that it isn’t fully researched and until that time, those people taking it are to some degree guinea pigs for the manufacturers of Kratom.  Some people swear by the effectiveness and some people have died from taking it.  The jury is out on Kratom.  However, if someone has to have Kratom to function, that’s addiction and we would like to propose that people live drug free lives – completely drug free, if possible. We share that goal with many listeners.

In this episode we also touch on the nasty withdrawal that accompanies Suboxone.

Kratom – The New Wonder Drug?

People are touting the new drug Kratom as the solution to Suboxone addiction, but did you know that Suboxone was touted as the solution to Methadone; Methadone to Heroin and Heroin to Morphine?  Kratom is a drug.  In fact the FDA has just labeled it as an opioid. Substituting one drug for another usually doesn’t work.  Not if you want to live a happy and sober life. Listen, learn and make your own decision.

Synthetics are Not a Solution

In many cases, the current mentality and methodology for treating drug addiction is to substitute a supposedly  “less dangerous” drug like suboxone or methadone for the one addicted to.  It’s a “drug for drug” mentality and we believe there are alternatives in most cases.

Synthetic drugs, also referred to as designer or club drugs, are chemically-created in a lab to mimic another drug such as marijuana, cocaine or morphine.

The resulting designer drugs typically have a new different effect on the brain or behavior. Because these drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and strength are almost impossible to know.

There are more than 200 identified synthetic drug compounds and more than 90 different synthetic drug marijuana compounds.

Many of these synthetic drugs are made in foreign countries and then smuggled into the United States.

Drugs are not the real problem to solve in addiction.  Drugs are the solution to whatever problem the addict can’t quite deal with in life, so to just substitute one drug for another doesn’t get at the underlying problem for which the drugs are the solution.

If you know someone that you think might be abusing drugs – this is the podcast for you.  You need to be educated and learn the tough truths about addiction and treatment.

When Help Fails or Succeeds

The standard 28 day rehab program often fails.  It’s usually just not long enough to get someone stably sober. When you consider that someone did not become addicted in 28 days – it may have taken many months or years of scaling up to full on addiction – it a hard road to rehab in 28 days.

However, 28 days is what insurance will generally pay for.  When parents and loved ones come to Narconon for help, they often ask if rehab works and if it can be done on a limited time frame. The answer is no. But their program ‘takes as long as it takes’ as their goal is a drug-free, stable and winning individual.