3 Ways YOU Can Save a Life During the Opiate Crisis With no end in sight to the opiate crisis in this country, we, as a society, need to be causative over the situation. We cannot lay back and expect our government, leaders, or physicians to solve the problem for us.
Fentanyl has been making news headlines for years in the world of drug addiction. It’s notoriously known as the number one killer drug that is often mixed with heroin to increase its potency and addictiveness.
Life, in general, before coming to Narconon Suncoast was going downhill in all different ways. I was out-of-control. My addiction was destructive; it destroyed myself, my body, and my family. All I could do was think of the next time I could get high. I became a stranger to my family.
In the wake of the opiate epidemic , families across the country have one nightmare in common… a loved one overdosing. Any family touched by opiate addiction knows all too well the fear that shoots through their body like electricity every time the phone rings or an ambulance drives by.
“When I was younger, I used to dream about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Like all addicts, I didn’t dream about growing up to be someone physically and mentally dependent on drugs and destroy the people around me.
One of the most important parts of the Narconon program are the Life Skills courses. These courses are able to put the pieces of an addict’s life back together and allow them to deal with the real reasons why they used drugs in the first place.
A new, sad statistic has just been released by the Center for Disease Control - heroin deaths now outnumber gun homicides. The opiate epidemic has been on the rise for years, with no end in sight.
Narconon Suncoast joined neighborhood businesses, schools and other community groups this past weekend at the Clearwater Community Gardens to participate in a community cleanup.
On December 1, 2016, I overdosed and died for almost twenty minutes from shooting heroin mixed with Fentanyl. I want to share this experience because I want to give thanks to God for giving me another chance to live and to help others find peace in Him…
The current opiate epidemic in this country has become an ever growing issue and is affecting more people every day. The following information provided is for the everyday person and how they can help save lives amidst this opiate crisis.
Narconon Suncoast Spreads Message of Freedom On January 16th, 2017, Narconon Suncoast joined community leaders, activists and neighbors on Monday to celebrate the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Coachman Park in Clearwater Florida...
When I came to Narconon Suncoast, I had just left the hospital that I had been at for 4 days, due to an abscess I had in my left arm from shooting up. I was beat down, depressed, anxious, and tired. I had cravings all the time and I wanted to leave.
Drugs have been involved in our society since its inception. Whether it be alcohol , marijuana , or heroin , drugs have always been around. And for as long as drugs have been around, so has the search for a cure for addiction.
As if we, as a society, didn’t have enough drugs to worry about; heroin cut with elephant tranquilizers , Fentanyl , “ Pink ,” Etc… Now, the newest item that may actually get approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is powdered alcohol.
Let me start off by saying that this program works, if and ONLY if you put the work in. No one here will give you the answers or tell you what to do, and that’s the beauty of it. You need to figure it out on your own. No program in this world will work if you don’t want it bad enough.
Narconon Suncoast Graduate: “I’ve also realized that I have a lot more self-confidence than I used to have. I used to be extremely insecure and constantly worried about how other’s perceived me, but the best way I can describe my gained confidence is just a general feeling of being much more comfortable with myself…“
Do you feel completely helpless with alcohol and/or drug addiction, feel that it’s hard to face each day without something to help you get through it, or even ruining your relationships because of these problems, or know of someone facing similar difficult times with their life?
I grew up about 20 minutes outside of San Francisco in Marin County. I had a pretty amazing childhood. Sure, there were some ups and downs, but for the most part, I was a happy, energetic child that loved life.
When it comes to addiction, there are various ways to handle an addict. With all of the lying, stealing, manipulation and the other things that come along with addiction, many families can feel overwhelmed by the situation.
Family involvement in the recovery process is vital to an addict’s success. I was fortunate enough to have a cousin who was working at a Narconon center while I was struggling with a heroin addiction.
When it comes to addiction, those who have never used drugs before or have never had any experience with drugs usually fail to understand why anyone in their right mind would ever use them.…
The presents have been opened, everyone has eaten way too much, and the family has survived another Holiday season. For most families, now is a time for preparing for a new year, going back to work and getting on with life.
At the age of 15, I started drinking alcohol and doing drugs. More importantly, just before I started drinking or using, I let go of the moral and ethical codes that one should adhere to in order to have a happy life. As I became an adult, I found myself doing things that I knew were wrong, but I did them anyway. I then used drugs and alcohol to hide from how this unethical behavior made me feel.…
Before coming to Narconon Suncoast , I lived and died for heroin. It was who I had become. I had been using for 8 years and I truly got to the point where I just threw in the towel and accepted the fact that I was going to spend most of my life in jail or prison. Or I was going to die a junkie.
Last month, Narconon Suncoast celebrated its one year anniversary of being open at its new Clearwater, FL location. The new, state-of-the-art center was built for one purpose: to be the most cutting-edge drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the world.
A person is never too old to change. Addiction can affect anyone of any age. Whether you’re 16 or 65, addiction can take hold. No matter what the drug, whether it be pills, cocaine or alcohol, they’re all used for the same reason; as a solution to a problem.
There’s never a “ good “ time to go to drug rehab and it’s usually inconvenient to handle an addict in the family. Addicts will come up with all sorts of excuses as to why they shouldn’t go to rehab right now.
Aside from the hundreds of displaced addicts roaming city streets after having relapsed and gotten kicked out of their sober houses, another problem is the buying and selling of addicts. Yes, that’s right, addicts are bought and sold at a cost…
“Before I came to Narconon Suncoast, my life was completely out of control. When I was 13, I started drinking and smoking weed. I would run away from home every weekend and party while my mom was out searching for me, praying I was alive.“
Before I came to Narconon Suncoast , I was badly addicted to drugs and extremely suicidal. I lacked enthusiasm for anything, except for heroin and my cat. I constantly lied to my mother and refused to take responsibility for any aspect of my life.
Getting together for turkey feasts, football games, parties and shopping extravaganza’s opens each family up to more contact with alcohol and messages of over consumption.
“Your family is always going to be there for you. Your friends are just temporary.” My mother always said that to me when I was a kid. I never really believed her. For a long time, I had always thought that it was just me and everything that I wanted.
“I used to think I was worldly because I had experienced things that many people didn’t understand. That because I had been homeless, a junkie, a panhandler, that I had some invisible high horse that people needed to find a pedestal to meet me eye-to-eye on what it meant to live life.…“
It used to be a lot easier to spot the addicts who were using, buying and selling drugs in our neighborhoods. In the past, menacing looking individuals lurked in the shadows.
Throughout the decades, creativity, music and drugs have gone hand-in-hand. Rock musicians and artists have long proclaimed the benefits of drugs, saying that they give them the inspiration they need to create their art.
Narconon Suncoast Joins the Clearwater Community Downtown Block Party Recently, the City of Clearwater, FL put on its twice-a-year downtown block party. More than 3,000 locals attended the event that was hosted by many of Clearwater’s non-profit and charitable organizations.
Using drugs carries many risks. Addicts have to be constantly vigilant about avoiding the danger that lurks around every corner and in the bottom of every bag.
“ When I was an addict, I felt like I couldn’t actually have anything. My addiction was full of loss; lost possessions, lost family and lost relationships. I was a heroin addict and the drug completely consumed my life…“
Veterans and Substance Abuse— A Simple Guide on How to Help a Veteran Struggling with Drugs or Alcohol
Veterans make up a large percentage of individuals who suffer from substance abuse. Many veterans arrive home injured, suffering from PTSD and start to lack purpose. The information provided is to help a veteran stricken with addiction and their families to combat it with all tools available.
The drug abuse crises have born nothing but pain, death, suffering, misery, over-stuffed prisons and billions of dollars for the profiteers.
My addiction has affected my life by destroying my health, my relationships with my family and friends, as well as destroying my body and mind. I was an Adderall addict for 5 years.
One of the main components of the Narconon program is the Life Skills Courses. In these courses, students handle the negative influences in their lives, get relief from their past transgressions and learn specific tools they can use to help keep themselves sober once they leave.
When I arrived at Narconon Suncoast on July 8th, I felt angry, ashamed, trapped and a little crazy. What I was, was defiant, hostile, destructive and irrational.
What If Amendment 2 Passes in Florida? In Florida, Amendment 2 is The Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which is on the ballot and up for vote on November 8, 2016.
Let’s face it, drugs are everywhere . A person trying to get clean from a lifestyle of drug addiction has challenges around every corner.
“Before coming to Narconon Suncoast, I had become virtually everything I loathed in life. I was a thief, a liar, someone that did not show up for life. I not only lied to myself, I lied to everyone else around me. I stole from those I hold dearest on so many occasions that I eventually lost track.
Interventions can honestly be the difference between life and death for a drug addict or an alcoholic. Not every person in need of rehab is going to initially jump at the chance to get clean and handle the issues that drove their addiction.
“Before coming to Narconon Suncoast , my addiction to heroin controlled my life. Every moment, from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed, revolved around the drug. My body depended on that next fix. I woke up every morning and was immediately sick.
“My life before coming to Narconon Suncoast was pure chaos. Since the age of 14, I would take whatever substance I could get my hands on. Throughout my twenties, I took pills and eventually switched my addiction to Meth in order to get off of the pills.
Narconon Suncoast recently rolled out new Public Service Announcements to reach more people with a message of recovery.
There has long been a debate on whether those who are fresh out of drug rehab should drink or not.
Drug Addiction is a very difficult demon to tame. There are many different reasons a person gets addicted to drugs. No one ever sets out with the goal of becoming an addict.
“A mental state of panic was how I felt. I never would have thought that one hit off a joint when I was 13 would have led to laying on a bathroom floor, praying for something, anything to put me out of my misery.
Right now, I think it’s safe to say that the heroin and opiate epidemic in this country is beyond out-of-control. The drugs that are in circulation in communities around the country trump those of 20 years ago, ten-fold.
The illegalization of Kratom is all the rage in the news these days. Thought to be a viable solution to opiate addiction , Kratom has gained massive popularity as a legal way to get high and is sold in head shops and gas stations around the country.
Before coming to Narconon, I was living in Hell. I was at the tail end of a 6 year relationship with my daughter’s father; halfway through, we started using Crystal Meth as a way to mend our broken relationship (that’s what I’d told myself at the time).
When living a life of addiction , an addict has a lot to be scared of. They have to guard themselves constantly from getting robbed by drug dealers and getting bad dope that could kill them.
All that comes to mind when I think of my life before coming to Narconon Suncoast is me, alone, sitting on my bathroom floor, crying because the very thing I had given my life to no longer took my pain away.
Back to school means back to finals, back to midnight projects, parties and drugs…
Each addict in recovery has their own set of triggers that if left unhandled, can throw them right back into their addictions.
Before coming to Narconon Suncoast, my life completely revolved around drugs and alcohol . My addiction evolved from an after work activity to using just to get through work, to a full time job in of itself. I began taking pills to wake up and start drinking in the morning.
Addiction is a very hard monster to tame. Finding the right treatment is the first step to take after a person has become addicted and wants help.
Before I came to Narconon Suncoast , I was homeless, sleeping on the ground in a cardboard box. The only way I could fall asleep was if I was high. My addiction started innocently enough, or so I thought. I was smoking weed and drinking occasionally.
“Kids can be so cruel!” is a phrase that has been said by most everyone in their lifetime. Recently, the media has been buzzing with the latest stories of the effects of bullying. Schools make promise after promise to parents that they have the issue “under control” when in reality, they don’t.
Drug addicts take regular gambles with their lives and each day they play a new game of Russian Roulette. It’s no secret that drug addicts put themselves in sketchy situations that no sane person would ever contemplate doing.
Upon completing the Narconon Suncoast program, one of our students had a powerful message she wanted to share with all students and staff. She wrote: ’ It is what I was born for—to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this safe world—to instruct myself over and over.
Bad batches of dope, 15-year-old kids going to methadone clinics and massive amounts of overdoses are just some of the symptoms of a ridiculous, out-of-control opiate crisis. Back in the day, the worst of the worst kids smoked cigarettes, marijuana, dropped acid and ate mushrooms.
We, as a community, value a higher education so much so that some people find it nearly impossible to gain employment and make enough money to support one person, let alone a family, without some kind of college degree. For me, continuing education wasn’t something I was worried about.
Methamphetamine is a growing problem across the nation. Once mainly concentrated on the West Coast and the Mid-Southern states, meth is now in almost every town across America. Small communities, once untouched by drug addiction, are now breeding meth addicts, resembling a post-apocalyptic war zone.
I am a 28-year-old single mom who lost her way. I was at the lowest point in my life just a few months ago. I was using heroin, cocaine and crack. My life was on a downward spiral. I pawned everything I ever owned, lied, cheated and stole from my own family.
Let’s call a spade a spade and say that the current opiate epidemic in this country is completely out of control. News media is filled daily with reports of huge numbers of overdoses, deaths and “bad batches” of heroin, leaving almost no community unaffected by this growing crisis.
For the first three years of my son’s life, I was reckless and, although I didn't intentionally mean to cause my son harm, I did. I have been at Narconon for about 2 1/2 months now and this is where I came to realize my purpose.
An artist, an athlete, a lover and a fighter were all words that described a young man, before getting lost in a dark, alternate reality imposed upon him by his drug addiction. Methamphetamine and LSD brought this talented young man to his knees, leaving him hoping and praying for a way out.
“ I will always be thankful for the time I spent at Narconon Suncoast. To stay, was the best decision I have ever made. I will never forget the way I felt the day I arrived. I was so tired and broken. I had given up. All my plans and dreams were over.
“Back in the day, Suboxone was considered a ‘miracle pill’ for those of us that didn’t want to face the nasty withdrawal symptoms we would get when trying to get clean or when we couldn’t get dope or pills…
A recent Graduate details what drove him into addiction and how the Narconon Suncoast program helped him find his true self: “Before coming to Narconon Suncoast, I was using opiates for a total of 4 years.
The Same Story Told a Thousand Times While discussing the lack of proper drug and alcohol education in our schools, a Narconon Suncoast Staff member recounts her experience with these early educational programs: It all started innocently enough.
The Narconon Objectives Course uses unique exercises that are designed to help get a person unstuck from their past, bad life experiences and finally be able to move forward once again. Drugs have a tendency to stick people in their past, causing them to be utterly unaware of the world around them.
The Cost of that First Hit When kids are young and full of hormones and teenage angst, they feel invincible; immune to life’s problems. Their biggest fear is having a pimple breakout before school photos or whether or not the girl or boy they like doesn’t like them back.
The Problem with Free and State-Funded Facilities When looking for a drug treatment facility a person is usually faced with 3 options: Outpatient Free and State funded In-patient Long-term, residential Outpatient Out-patient clinics are the lowest level of care you can give someone who is struggling
Before I came to Narconon I did not have a solid idea of who I was, even though I was convinced that I did.
The first step of the Narconon program is the Drug-Free Withdrawal. When addicts first enter treatment, they are usually sick, malnourished and feeling the effects of coming off drugs.
I played sports my whole life. It was what I was good at and it was all I knew growing up. Sports were my passion and I worked so hard at it to be the best I could be. I played sports all through grade school and high school.
A big part of the Narconon program is the battery of life skills courses. Not only do these courses teach a person how to live life free of drugs and alcohol but they also help them to put the pieces of their life back together that have been destroyed by their addiction.
I started using drugs at the age of 15. I started with cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. I initially used drugs to cope with stress and anxiety, but they started to control every aspect of my life. This made it extremely hard to be a person. In all reality, I was not in touch with who I really was.
When Do You Just Give Up? Dealing with a loved one who is an addict presents multiple challenges. Deciding to send them to rehab, not enabling them or disconnecting from them completely are just a few of the challenges that lay ahead.
For 2 years, I was always on drugs. I was in an abusive relationship with a drug dealer. I was doing drugs just to cope with life, my boyfriend and to feel better about myself.
Many parents who have a newly discovered drug addict in the family usually find comfort in support groups. It’s extremely helpful for families to come together to support each other through one of the most difficult situations a person can face as a parent.
As a child, I had the unfortunate experience of being raised by a drug addicted parent. My mother started abusing drugs when I was just over one year old. Her addiction and I grew up together as siblings would, developing into two separate parts of her life that she would soon have to choose from.
A Narconon Graduate Finds His Purpose “In High School I played football and had a lot of friends. I had dreams and ambitions to be somebody one day; to make a difference in the world. I started experimenting with prescription pills just after I graduated High School.
Act Now…A New Drug Coming to a Store Near You!!!!! America is the land of innovation and overconsumption. While we have our freedoms, as compared to other nations, we also have our downfalls. The United States reportedly consumes more drugs than any other nation on the planet.
Before coming to Narconon Suncoast I was lost, angry, strung out on heroin, meth and was homeless. My life was hell. All day, every day I was all about myself and chasing that high, nothing and no one else mattered.
Throughout my whole life, I never had to deal with any real problems or responsibility. I always had someone to help me with the trouble I got into. I never faced any real danger. When I was 23 I got into a really bad car accident and I almost killed myself and two of my friends.
To most people, friendship is described as a combination of admiration, love, respect, loyalty and trust. When drugs, alcohol and addiction are added to that combination, most relationships rapidly deteriorate to disdain, dishonor, hate and distrust.
Before coming to Narconon Suncoast, my drug use was in complete control of my life. I decided to come to Narconon after everything else had failed. Although I wanted to be clean, I honestly didn’t feel like it was possible. I just knew this was my last chance and that I needed to give it my best.
D.T. , a recent Narconon Suncoast Graduate A recent graduate had some amazing realizations about one’s journey through life.
According to a press release by the White House, President Obama will be spending 1.1 Billion for the treatment and prevention of opiate addiction. $920 Million of that budget is allocated specifically for “medically assisted treatment.
I was in worse shape than I initially thought. I was in complete denial about how lonely and miserable I really was. Years of mental and physical abuse led me straight into a decade of drugs and alcohol, leaving me cold and empty. At 13, I started drinking and smoking marijuana with friends.
I’m excited about living life for the first time ever! A Narconon Suncoast graduate and his proud grandpa I remember being 8 years old, waking up the morning of my mother’s funeral, feeling that something was terribly wrong.
Go fight for it because you’re worth it! A fellow student congratulating a Narconon graduate upon completing the Narconon program Prior to coming to Narconon I didn’t know how to live. Crack Cocaine took complete control of my life.
Generation Z's Marijuana Some form of addictive plant or drug has been present since the beginning of time. Cultures around the world each had a “sacred herb” or intoxicating drink its member partake of. As society has evolved, so has drug use.
Methadone: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse…#3 in a 3 Part Series on Methadone Like any other drug, methadone is used and abused by addicts trying to get high. Methadone has been used for many years as a “detox” drug to get addicts off of heroin and other opiates.
“I believe in miracles now because I am truly experiencing complete happiness“ I always dreamed about the moment my family would get their daughter back. I would envision it and play the scenarios in my head but it was fleeting and quickly replaced with how or where I was going to get my next fix.
I Didn’t Know Anything Was Wrong… Many addicts, in an attempt to handle their addiction, have found themselves sitting in front of a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist’s seemingly sole purpose was to prescribe drugs and psychoanalyze our lives to “determine” why we use drugs.
When I first started the New Life Detoxification I had no idea what to expect. I was out of my comfort zone and coming off heroin. I felt alone and thought I could never get sober.
Lisa and Larry Herd, parents of Kylie B Straight to my knees. That’s where I went. It was almost like it was all in slow motion, like I was watching myself from the outside. Then came the overwhelming feeling of nausea.
“I feel that I can face life and its challenges and be a successful person.” “Before I came to Narconon my life was pretty stagnant and I was very unhappy and not doing well. Years ago, I abandoned my morals and adopted a ’do whatever I want’ attitude.
Methadone: Profits Made At the Expense of Addicts #2 in a 3 part series on: Methadone: A "safe" replacement for heroin?
Methadone: Profits Made At the Expense of Addicts #2 in a 3 part series on: Methadone: A "safe" replacement for heroin? The use of Methadone has been employed for years as a substitute drug for heroin and painkiller addiction.
Pam and Jeff, who got their son back thanks to the Narconon Program! On August 14, 1981 our beautiful baby boy was born. We had hopes and dreams of his future, what he would become and where he would go. We gave him the best childhood possible.
Methadone: The Wrong Solution #1 in a 3 part series on: Methadone: A "safe" replacement for heroin? In the modern practice of drug and alcohol treatment employing the use of drugs to help get people off of drugs is a standard, or, as the insurance industry might refer to it, as a “usual and customar
“I feel like myself again.” “Before I came to Narconon Suncoast my life was completely out of control. I had lost interest in everything I used to love. I was completely distanced from my family and in and out of jail constantly. Nothing seemed fun to me anymore. I felt dead on the inside.
Nowadays ADHD medications are overprescribed and the diagnosis of ADHD is handed out as a rote method of dealing with hyperactive children who “lack” focus and concentration.
Success at Narconon Suncoast After years of alcohol abuse, Veronica was able to face her life in a way she never could before. By doing the Life Skills Courses I was able to analyze the people in my life that I was connected with.
47 Days Into Recovery; A Candid Conversation with an Ex-Drug Addict On December 24 th , 2015 Melissa entered our facility un-showered, dangerously malnourished, dirt caked up under her fingernails and wearing three-day old clothes.
Personal Values Course I am ready to move on and keep having wins and I’m feeling better and better each day. I was pretty angry the day before I started writing up my past transgressions.
When the addictive issues of a loved one come to light, the first response, generally, is anger. “How could they do this to us again?” “Doesn’t he realize he has a family to take care of?” “She has so much going for her.
Sobriety is a Lifestyle Choice Once an individual decides to get sober, many aspects of their life must change to achieve long-term abstinence. When a person becomes addicted to drugs, their daily routines change and their priorities shift.
I Just Graduated Rehab… Now What Do I Do…? One of the most common dilemmas for addicts and their families is what to do after graduating from a rehabilitation program.
Synthetic Drugs: The Constant Search for a New Way to Get High Synthetic drugs are man-made chemicals that drug users consume to get a cheap, legal high. In the past few years, the various types of synthetic drugs has risen quite substantially.
What Is an Intervention? Drug addicts cannot stay addicted to drugs forever. Addiction only ends in one of three ways; incarceration, death or attaining sobriety. Eventually a crisis occurs that causes a family to take action against the addict in order to save the addict's life.