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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Drug Rehab Success Story

My name is R.D., I am a graduate of this drug rehab program and I was an alcoholic.

I am 44 years old and I have been living with alcohol every day for the past 10 years. My life has been rough and confusing during these years because of how I chose to handle problems, small or great and how I looked at life in general. What I found to be overwhelming and difficult to manage, I managed with alcohol. This was no solution to my problems; it was the problem to my solutions. So many things in my life needed me, needed me to be in control. But to me, if I didn't need them, I didn't need to have control of who I was or what I was, and certainly didn't need control of my drinking.

I am divorced and have a beautiful 12 years-old daughter as well as a brother and his loving family. Without their love and concern for me, I would have died on March 19, 2005. For whatever reasons I created so self-destruct and not need them…they still needed me. They wanted me and I did not. I just wanted alcohol. I am alive because I needed control and this is what my brother gave me. He stood by me through it all, through everything. He saw death, he smelled death, he touched death, he spoke death, he housed death and in his own loving way…he said "Goodbye" to death and hello to rehab. My brother said hello to life and control and asked one lost time to "Please get help, I love you and you can love yourself again through rehabilitation."

In November of 2005, my brother and his loving wife presented me with an opportunity to get my life back. We sat in their living room and they exposed to me their truest, most honest and important feelings and concerns they had for me. Basically what was discussed was they realized I had a death with and there was nothing more they could do for me and my alcoholism, BUT there is a Recovery Program that is designed in such a way, like no other, that they tackle the addictive behavior by first cleansing the body and the mind so that the person achieves a sense of clarity in thinking, then they instill and teach the courses to make the person become equipped in the way they think and handle their life, by using mental tools taught in each course.
My brother had been searching for two weeks using all the energy and resources he could utilize outside of his own family and life to find a solution to addiction and he found this rehab program on his own. He read what they offered and he and his wife looked me square in the eyes without hesitation or reservation and said, "If YOU do this program, just think, YOU get to live and everyone who loves you gets to have you and we all want to have you so much!"

On December 15, 2005, I got out of bed to a new start. I packed my belongings and spent a 5 hour drive with my brother to accept one of the biggest challenges of my like. I had made the choice to no longer live with alcohol, to no longer destroy my precious life and leave in its wake the path of destruction from something that is so socially acceptable and yet causes so much ruin by those who do not want and then cannot control their consumption of this poison. It is insidious to anyone's life no matter how it is used.

On October 6, 2006, at 8:15pm, some 9 ½ months later, I graduated this rehab a new man, a new father and a new brother. I walked away from alcohol and right into the arms of life. My stay here was longer than most, but I wanted it that way and all the loving, caring people there were more than glad to have me. They truly love what they do and I am living proof and testimony to that. I cannot begin to describe to you the changes I went through and experienced simply because it is such a personal experience. But I can tell you of the 485 other addicts I encounter during my stay (or students, as we like to be called). I realized that even though we may look different and have different addictive behaviors, there is within each of us a common thread that connects us all. We all want to get our like back and be in control of our actions. To be the cause of and not the effect of something that costs so much, not just in money, but in the lives of others as well. Let me remind you – I was willing to kill myself at the age of 43 for alcohol. Ask yourself, what kind of a trade was I thinking of? Really, what kind of trade is that? It is called, by exchange, "Everything For Nothing".

To whom this may concern, the only thing your life really needs is love and happiness. Go out and make a beautiful life. The kind of life you deserve and while you're at it. Do it with your eyes wide open! You will be amazed at what you see and receive. But most of all, you will be amazed at how much life is within you and how much you have to give. Just ask my family.

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Thursday, September 7, 2006

Drug Rehab Success Story

Drug Rehab Success Story

I started using drugs and alcohol at 13 years of age. I can clearly remember the first time that I drank alcohol. I had run away from home with a good friend of mine thinking that my home life was horrible and that running away would be a quick solution to my problems. On the way out the door my friend and I grabbed several bottles of liquor from my parents liquor cabinet and out the door we went. We stayed the night in some woods near the house in my little pop up two man tent and proceeded to think that we were grown man drinking it up and making it on our own. Well quickly within two days we decided that the home life wasn't really as bad as we thought, it sure did beat living in a tent and eating cold canned soup all day, and we quickly returned home to our parents.

That night began a ten-year struggle of finding myself and drug addiction. You see I always wanted to be the popular guy in school, the captain of the football team, king of the prom and dating the head cheerleader. You know the picture perfect teen life that we all see on TV on a daily basis. I started using drugs and alcohol on a regular basis because it gave me a "COOL" group to be a part of and I truly thought that I had the popularity that I was looking for.

Well as the years progressed so did my drug use. I found that I wasn't just using alcohol and marijuana anymore but was using harder drugs such as pain pills and cocaine. As time progressed along I moved out of my house and got a place of my own with several of my very close friends who also used illicit drugs. This is when my drug use and addiction started to skyrocket. I was using heroin and smoking crack and having to sell drugs just to afford my drug habit of $300-$400 a day. I found that I couldn't even get out of bed to brush my teeth or take a shower unless I had a fix right there on my night stand. I couldn't start or complete any cycle of action without a drug in my system to help me through the situation. I had absolutely no control over my actions or myself and began to lose all the things that I had worked so hard for. My true friends and family members wouldn't even speak with me because of all the horrible things that I had done as a result of my drug use. I even used drugs through out the birth of my nephew with no thought of what impression I was making on my family, as a result my sister wouldn't even speak to me for months. All control had been lost and I felt that I had no choice but to remain an addict for the rest of my life. I had been to AA and NA meetings and they told me that I was powerless and once an addict always an addict. My life had hit rock bottom and I had to find a way out.

I finally decided to inform my parents of the extent of my drug addiction and pleaded for help, as I honestly thought that if I did not quit soon I was going to die. My family was very supportive and found this program. With in a week I was off to handle my addiction. I must admit that in the beginning I was skeptical that I would be able to live a life without drugs and alcohol, but as time progressed and I completed the steps of this program I came to the realization that I would never have to use drugs and alcohol again and that I was in full control of my life. You see this program gave me the tools that I needed to stay at cause over my every day life and taught me how to set goals and determine a battle plan that would enable me to accomplish those goals. I have been clean and sober for over two years now and owe my life and thanks to my family and this program.

Thank you,
C.R. Drug Rehab Program Graduate

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Drug Rehab - Gateway to the Emergency Room

More than 94 million Americans (40% of the population) age 12 and older have tried marijuana at least once, according to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. While there was a temporary drop in marijuana use reported between 2001 and 2004, there is still a large concern about this drug. Per a recent report from the Drug Abuse Warning System, marijuana was a contributing factor in over 119,000 emergency room visits reported less than two years ago. About 15% of those patients in the emergency room were between ages 12 and 17. About 2/3 of them were male.

What we see now is a leveling off of marijuana use, with spikes of use among school children, particularly 12 graders. This of course leads to other societal problems, such as an increase in drug arrests. On average, 57% of male and 32% of female arrestees tested positive for marijuana. And it is known that marijuana use is associated with and leads to taking other drugs. If you take into account that today's marijuana is 10 times more potent than it was 30 years ago, you can see that we are facing a serious problem.We have all heard that marijuana is a gateway drug. There is some truth to that. However, what we must be acutely aware of is that, as a society, we are suffering from an underlying problem, which precedes marijuana use.

Until that more-basic problem is addressed and handled, we are not likely to win the war on drugs. WHY are kids turning to drugs at alarming numbers? The answer is: lack of proper and effective education on this subject! That is the underlying problem. It's not because teachers don't want to help their students! They simply lack reliable educational materials that effectively convey the truth about drugs to their students. And so the drug problem keeps escalating.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Drug Rehab Program Description

This treatment method consists of 8 phases of treatment that when combined achieve full physical detoxification, self-realized root causes of the individual's addiction and a reformed ability to identify and solve problems and change unwanted conditions for the better his/her life. This unique program addresses as well the three main causes of relapse after treatment: physical cravings, lingering depression and/or guilt from past misconduct connected to drug or alcohol addiction.

Book 1 Therapeutic Training Routines - Most drug and alcohol dependent people tend to withdraw from family, friends and loved ones. They lose their ability to communicate and relate to people around them. Addicts tend to think and focus their attention inward on problems, discomforts or self perceived emotional disabilities. Drying a person out alone doesn't correct this situation for the users. In fact, once individuals are taken off the drugs or alcohol they can find it even harder to relate and communicate with people in their environment than when they were using. The first step to successful recovery must include a method to extrovert the addict's attention from their past drug or alcohol related problems and teach them to be comfortable in their present treatment surroundings while at the same time improving their communication skills.

The Therapeutic Training Routines are a series of communication and exercises and drills that are done in a classroom setting. In this book, addicts learn a series of communication exercises that are drilled with another person in recovery and supervised by a trained counselor. These exercises and drills are done until each individual has accomplished a renewed ability to face and comfortably communicate with another person with eye to eye to contact. Additionally, these drills begin to help the addict exercise his ability to control his attention span and focus on the here and now rather then wandering back through drug or alcohol related memories, problems or misdeeds.

Book 2 The Sauna Program – The first major barrier that one encounters when starting the rehabilitation process is the physical and mental cravings for drugs and alcohol that can overwhelm and completely distract the individual in recovery from the treatment process. Physical and mental cravings for drugs and alcohol are the most common cause for people in recovery leaving treatment before they have completed it.
There is a biophysical condition that triggers cravings that can reoccur repeatedly long after a person withdraws and dries out from drugs or alcohol. Any toxin that is ingested in the body undergoes a digestive and filtration process that will eliminate most of the toxic substance but not all of it. That portion of the toxin that remains in the system is converted into a protein based molecule called a metabolite.

Once the body has converted drugs or alcohol to these protein based molecules some of these molecules will exit the body through sweat and urine however, a portion of these metabolites will remain in the body and attach themselves to fatty cells. Fatty cells are also comprised of protein molecules and so are compatible with the drug or alcohol metabolites. This is similar to placing a large drop of oil into a bottle of water. The two elements separate, they won't mix together. If you shake that bottle of oil and water, the oil will break up into many smaller drops of oil that spread throughout the entire bottle of water. If you slowly pour ½ the contents of the bottle out you have water with small drops of oil leaving the mouth of the bottle while the smaller oil drops that remain in the water in the bottle will begin to connect together.

Eventually all the remaining oil drops left in the bottle will rejoin as one element and separate from the water again. Much the same thing happens in the body during the elimination process of drugs or alcohol that a person has ingested. Some of the metabolites leave the body through sweat and urine and some of the metabolites join to the fatty cells of the body and remain physically there.

Metabolites are like finger prints in that each metabolite contains a minute amount of the original toxin that the body digested and filtered through the liver and kidneys. A cocaine metabolite has a traceable amount of cocaine in it. A heroin metabolite has a traceable amount of heroin in it, and an alcohol metabolite has a traceable amount of alcohol in it. Each is different and identifiable from the other. It is the drug metabolites that are exiting the body through the urine that are identified when a drug screen is performed that can provide a read out on what types of drugs an individual has taken.

The drug metabolites that remain in the body act as a physical level reminder of drugs or alcohol taken in the past that can also stimulate memories or feelings related to past drug or alcohol use. This is the origin and physical mechanics of drug and alcohol cravings.

The Sauna Program addresses this physical aspect of addiction. The program consists of a combination of light aerobic exercise, sweating in a dry heat sauna and a specific vitamin regimen. A full physical and medical OK to do the program by a licensed M.D. is required before a person can begin this portion of the program. the individual will undergo 20 to 30 minutes of light aerobic exercise (usually jogging or fast walk outside or on a tread mill) ,15 to 20 minute intervals of time sweating in a dry heat sauna with rest breaks in between sweating periods. Concurrent with the exercise and sweating a specific regimen of vitamins are taken which include cold-press polyunsaturated natural oil, which help free the drug metabolites from the fatty cells. The New Life Detoxification program is designed to assist the addict's body in breaking down and eliminating the stored drug and alcohol metabolites. The daily program runs for about 5 hours a day and can take from between 2 to 6 weeks to complete the entire process. The program length differs from individual to individual. Body weight, extent of drug taking history and medical history influence the length of this program and will program length will vary from person to person.

Once the physical cravings for drugs or alcohol have been addressed through this process the individual is ready to proceed with the next step of the program. Drug and alcohol usage tend to make one mentally dull and impair a persons ability to read, study and comprehend information. Therefore the next step of treatment is to rehabilitate the addict's ability to comprehend and apply information they are studying.

Book 3 – Learning Improvement Course - This is a course delivered in a class room setting with a trained Supervisor. This Course gives the student the ability to acquire and retain knowledge by recognizing and overcoming the barriers to study and comprehension. These study principals are tools that they can use for the rest of their lives when studying any subject and are used by the person through the remainder of the program.

Book 4 – Communication and Perception Course - Drug and alcohol abuse affects an individual's ability to focus on goals and objectives long enough to accomplish them. Addiction also greatly impairs the ability to communicate effectively and to use communication as a tool to identify and solve problems in their environment. Without focus and the ability to relate to environment addicts lose their self control. This then is followed by a lowering of self esteem and a lethargic state of mind. As a result, they tend to live in the past and to some degree disconnect mentally from the present.

The Communication and Perception Course consists of two segments. The first is another series of communication exercises and drills that further improves a person's ability to confront tough situations and increase their understanding of, and ability to communicate. The individual learns to use communication to help and counsel another in this segment. Once the individual has accomplished this ability, he then co-counsels with another addict and guides him/her a series of exercises. These exercises increase a person's awareness of his/her present-time surroundings while at the same time increases self control and focus. The end result of these exercises is and increased ability to set goals and a renewed which increases the recipient of these exercises ability to set and achieve goals.

Both sections of the Communication and Perception Course are done in a course room setting under the direct supervision of a staff member trained in these procedures. The supervisor oversees the delivery of the exercises and is there to correct as needed each counseling session so the processes are properly completed. In addition to helping the individual regain and build their focus, self control and ability to set and achieve goals, their responsibility level is also improved through the co-counseling that occurs in this phase of the program.
By co-counseling the exercises in this section of the program addicts in recovery are helping each other improve their lives as they are working on improving their own. Addicts are generally self-centered and focused primarily on themselves ignoring others in their life. Helping another addict to begin to regain control of his/her life over addiction begins to break this pattern of behavior and install a higher level of responsibility in the individual.

With a heightened awareness of the person's present time environment and life, a renewed ability to remain focused long enough to start and complete cycles of action and an increased level of personal responsibility, the addict in treatment is now able to clearly and rationally look into their life and begin to identify the positive and negative influences and relationships that exist there. They then move on to the Ups and Downs in Life Course.

Book 5 Ups and Downs in Life Course – Part of the life style that develops during the addiction process is the tendency on the part of the addict to develop some anti-social behavior. These individuals are in most cases basically good to start with. Because of the misconduct associated with drug and alcohol addiction, however, they begin to develop negative attitudes towards people they know and love and to some degree become aggressive towards the authority figures in their lives. As these negative attitudes develop addicts will pull away from the "good honest people in their lives. They begin instead to associate with negative people who are usually those in favor of, or in agreement with, the life style of drug or alcohol addiction. Once addicts sober up and begin to get back in touch with reality, it is important that they be able to identify social and anti-social characteristics in people and be able to differentiate from people who will support their sobriety and people who want to drag them back into the life of addiction.

The Ups and Downs in Life Course is a life skills training course that is delivered in a class room situation by a person trained in the technology that teaches an individual how to identify social and anti-social human characteristics in people. Once they learn these characteristics, they will have a workable system to identify and develop positive relationships with people who will be supportive to their continued recovery and know what type of people and relationships will jeopardize their sobriety and quality of life.

Book 6 Personal Values and Integrity Course – Unethical behavior and repeated misconduct go part and parcel with an addicted life style. Addicts become trapped in committing transgressions against people in their lives and against society at large. They get into the vicious circle of committing transgressions in an attempt to hide or continue their drug or alcohol use. This then puts them in situations where further transgressions are committed in an attempt to solve the problems that the earlier transgressions have created. As this cycle continues, these individuals begin to individuate from the people in their lives who love and care about them and may become antagonistic toward them. They hurt the people they love most and as a consequence they become ridden with guilt. This in turn makes them so uncomfortable they will use more drugs or drink in an attempt to cover up or medicate away these negative feelings.

The Personal Values and Integrity Course is delivered in a classroom setting under the supervision of a person trained in this procedure. This course teaches addicts a system that will help them alleviate the guilt that is associated with their drug or alcohol related misconduct. In this course past misdeeds are inventoried one at time in a very specific manner. This procedure helps the addicts identify transgression when they occurred, where they happened, who was involved with them at the time and the harm which resulted because of the misdeed.

Through this confessional procedure, addicts experience a tremendous relief. They also become aware of the damage they are responsible for in their environment that they need to repair. This opens the door for the individual to be able to start the process of repairing these negative conditions. Once this process is completed, they individual's integrity is restored, along with the understanding that true happiness can only be achieved through living an ethical life style.

Book 7 Changing Conditions in Life Course – As addicts confront their misdeeds and the damage these actions created in the various areas of their lives is realized, they are now ready to begin to repair relationships and situations that exist in their lives because of their addiction. This course is delivered in a course room setting and supervised by a person trained in this technology. In this course the person is taught that there are separate compartments of one's life that together make up the whole of an individual's existence, (one's self, one's relationship with family, one's job, living in the material world, what one's personal belief spiritually etc.) This course also teaches individuals simple formulas that can be applied to any situation in life, if these formulas correctly followed will help the person preserve those things that are going well for him in life or repair those areas that are damaged. It is through this course that individuals develop their individual discharge plan of what actions need to be taken to ensure they can live a sober ethical life style.

At this stage of treatment individuals going through the program have made significant progress towards repairing the mental and physical effects of addiction and have begun the process to repair the damage in their lives that addiction has created. They also have developed a plan of actions that they will need to follow to ensure a sober and responsible life style. They are now at a point where they have to evaluate and develop some stable rules of conduct for responsible living. The last book in this treatment series addresses this issue. It is called the Way to Happiness Course.

Book 8 The Way To Happiness Course – This is the final in this rehabilitation program. The course is delivered in a class room setting and supervised by a person trained in this technology. This course teaches individuals 21 precepts that cover a common sense moral code of conduct that when followed will help them become productive contributing members of society by living an ethical life style.

At this point the entire rehabilitation line up is complete. There is a final review step which consists of counseling that helps each graduate of the program design their individual plan of action that addresses the situations that may still exist in the person's home environment. In addition goals are set in the areas of family, work, relationships and any other situations unique to the individual along with a specific plan of actions that will be taken to achieve these goals.
When individuals complete the entire program they have a written plan of action of which a copy is kept on file at the center. Each graduate of the program is contacted after they are released and the progress on the individual plans are assessed. Additionally if a graduate runs into problems that are distracting them from their plan a staff member will help them to resolve this or to improve the plan so progress in accomplishing these set goals is achieved.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Drug Addiction – Cause of Depression

According to a recent government survey, 65% of students are on drugs. The information showed that 54% of high school seniors have experimented with illegal drugs. Add to this the fact that 87% of high school seniors have used alcohol, and you can see we have a big problem. Despite the fact that the legal drinking age in most areas is 21, approximately 2/3 of teenagers who drink report that they can buy their own alcoholic beverages.

The Drug Policy Alliance (a non-profit group) has the wrong attitude about the drinking problem; following is a direct quote from their web site:"Critical to reducing harm is reality-based drug education. In theory teenagers aren't allowed to drink alcohol, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be taught to always use designated drivers when attending parties where alcohol is consumed. Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence. Harm reduction strategies meet drug users 'where they're at,' addressing conditions of use along with the use itself." - Drug Policy Alliance

This goes along the same lines alcohol companies follow, which is to "Drink Responsibly". In other words, if we agree with the Drug Policy Alliance we admit that there is no solution; and if so, let's at least teach them to drink "safely." This group is sending the wrong message to the youth of today, one of hopelessness, however, addiction can be overcome”, said Margret Shaw, national president of

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Drug Rehab - I Gave It Up And Got A Life

"Meth addiction results in tremendous personal torment. Desperate meth users who’ve been deprived of their fix have been observed picking and eating scabs off of their bodies, along with going to the extreme of drinking their own urine in an effort to try to find enough meth chemicals to get high" said Joanna Young of the

Following is a true story of a person who beat this addiction:

"I am a single mother with two children and the life I had made for us came crashing down after I developed a serve addiction to methamphetamine, pain killers, and marijuana. We had suffered the loss of my fiancé in a motorcycle accident, that I witnessed, just before Christmas in 2003 and my inability to confront our loss fueled my drug use and subsequent addiction.

After I started using on a daily basis it didn't take long for me to lose everything, most importantly, my children and our home, my job, my vehicles and all communication with my family. I was using and using and finally began selling the drugs to maintain my habit. After being arrested many times and facing the loss of my freedom I thought that rehabilitation was a waste of time and that I would never be able to live a life without those drugs to help me function. The truth is I was not functioning with the drugs only I didn't know it.

My family came to me very gently and pleaded with me to get some help because they were in constant fear for my safety. When my family said to me that they did not want to visit me in one of three places, living on the streets, in prison, or at the cemetery, I knew that it was time to let them help me help myself. My oldest brother located this rehab for me on the internet and even though I was very resistant to rehabilitation I agreed to try it. I came to the program in September 2004 with no hope of ever being clean. It wasn't long after I entered the program that I realized I really had a problem, I needed help and that these people cared about my ability to be successful.

My family's unconditional love for me, the brilliant processes of this program, and amazing staff saved my life.

I now work for the rehab facility and have dedicated my life to helping others put the pieces of their shattered lives back together. The pride I see in my children's eyes has been worth every ounce of struggle I faced. This program has given back the child my parents so desperately missed and the mother my children so desperately needed."

Holly C.
Drug Rehab Program Graduate and Staff Member

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Friday, March 17, 2006


According to the most recently available statistics, in one year there were 46,600 admissions for drug treatment in Los Angeles County. 42,000 of these had had prior emergency room admissions. Based on the user’s principal drug of choice, the following percentage reported that they had failed from one to six times in earlier attempts to get drug-free: Methamphetamine 52%, Cocaine 60%, Heroin 79%.

An unavoidable conclusion is that tens of thousands of addicts yearly are recycling through LA County’s drug treatment system. To improve these statistics, to save huge expense, and, most importantly, to save more lives, our County deserves to have every rehabilitation program model available.

Per national survey the average outcome of drug rehabilitation programs Is 20% “improvement”— not drug free, just improvement (reduced drug use) Hence, the revolving door of relapse reported above. Not one of our communities can truly escape the consequences of this continuing crisis. Whether inner city, affluent suburb, or rural countryside, no community is immune.

In fact, our Southern California rural areas are even more challenged. This is where methamphetamine production and use is most on the increase. Meth hospital admissions rose 150% from 2000 to 2003, higher than any other drug, paralleled by the rise in distribution of “ice,” the extremely addictive smoke able form of meth. In addition, the street purity of meth is increasing. Our County is being targeted for meth sales. The broader LA County region now accounts for 55% of California meth lab busts, 41% being reported as ‘super labs’ (producing a lot of the drug.) LA County deserves the right and opportunity to get better results, and our communities need them in order to be safer, more secure, and more peaceful.

Joanna Young, national president of states
"For millions of individuals personally caught up in the trap of drug addiction or alcoholism, and for the millions of others who are also directly or indirectly affected, effective drug rehab centers provide a real and workable route to communities free from drug and alcohol abuse.”

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Welcome to Drug Addiction Help Line

Are you losing a loved one to drug or alcohol addiction? Is addiction destroying your life and happiness, or the life and happiness of someone you love?

Addiction does not need to be permanent; complete rehabilitation is possible and has been achieved by many.

Our job is to get the addicted person - whether yourself or someone you love - into an effective drug rehabilitation program.

Methadone clinics do not restore a person's life but just change the drug of choice to methadone. This makes it legal for an addict to get a fix as needed. This method makes billions of dollars for the clinics so is not intended to get someone drug free. Methadone is much harder to quit than any other drug that the person was taking before (including heroin). This method just adds to the problem.

Detox/rehabilitation facilities also give the addicted person anti-depressants. Once again another drug is added to the existing problem. Anti-depressants bring with them various side effects, one of which can be permanent damage to the nervous system. This causes many future health problems as well as adding to the feelings of depression and failure.

Drug free rehabilitation is the only way to help someone overcome their drug addiction and get back their life and happiness.

Rehab Programs Using 12 Step

First there is the 12 step Recovery Model. These methods are better known as Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. 12 Step was developed in 1934 by two Alcoholics who found a way to stay sober with these steps usually 21- 28 days. Some private facilities offer longer term Case. It has been around the longest and there was some moderate success in the beginning. When hard drugs showed up into our culture it was a natural progression to use 12 step methods on these addictions, as there was nothing else available. The method grew across the nation, as there was nothing else that was available to be used. For this simple reason 12 step is available almost anywhere. Today the success rate is approximately 5%-10% depending on the facility you choose. Private Facilities will yield a somewhat higher rate of success.

Drug Rehab Programs using Behavioral Modification.

Second there is the Behavioral Modification Method. Behavioral Modification was developed to work on the A Social Personality, or a person who was self centered. This method relies on boot camp style tactics where the individual is berated by groups of peers and then hopefully rebuilt into a more social person. There has been some use for this method with young teenagers who are on a warpath to destroy society. However the success is only very marginally about 10%, in most cases other methods are recommended. Due to that reason very few drug rehab centers use this method.

Drug Rehab Programs using Long Term Religious method.

Third is the long term religious based model of treatment. In this methodology the individual is required to go away for 1 – 2 years, and work on a farm. Example: Farming. This method is also combined with a heavy religious aspect of prayer, and bible study. The success rate is hard to determine as only about 10% of people will make it to the full completion of this method, however of those completing it will be around 20% - 40% who stay clean form hard drugs. Due to the long term it is usually not available to most addicts, and waiting lists are long.

Drug Rehab Programs using Bio- Physical method.

Fourth is the Biophysical rehabilitation. This method gets toxins out of the body in a purification sauna. What was found through research is that the human body will store a residue called a metabolite in the fat tissue for 5 – 7 years after drug abuse. This Residue causes cravings, anxiety, and depression. Also the drugs like heroin, oxycontin, cocaine, and meth are more powerful than the chemicals the brain produces to be happy. It takes 1 year for this chemical balance to be restored.

The Biophysical method uses a purification sauna, and vitamins to release residues stored in fat tissue so that there are no more cravings, anxiety or depression caused by the drug abuse side effects. The chemical balances also will come back much faster with the exercise and vitamins. This enables the person to have a fighting chance.

This type of drug rehabilitation center will use social educational classes to restore or build skills to make the individual a drug free and productive member of society. Drug Rehab Programs with this method are having a success rate of over 76%.

This is why Bio-Physical drug treatment centers are usually recommended for the drug addiction’s of our society today.

How I Found a New Life

My addiction started early on. I was drinking at an early age and by the time I was 16 years old, I was experimenting with drugs. I married a man that was a heroin addict and in turn, that's what I become. My life of crime also started early because I had to maintain my drug habit. I become quite infamous; my first conviction was in 1971 for breaking and entering. A few years later, I was the first person ever arrested under Crime Solvers in the mid-70s. I was in and out of prison five times. Two of those times, I did 6 years before released on parole.

Each time I was released, regardless of the amount of time I did, I returned home and within a short while reverted back to drugs and a life of crime. Prison and drug rehabs were a revolving door for me. Nothing ever clicked for me and I gave up hope for anything but a life doomed for failure because I didn't know how to live any differently despite my desire for a better life.

Addiction doesn't just hit families that are less fortunate. Addiction doesn't discriminate. My family was upper middle class until I totally depleted their finances through my years of legal fees, bonds, and restitutions.

My mother received a flyer in the mail from a place using the biophysical method. She read the flyer and became interested. What interested her was that they had a sauna program that eliminates the toxins that stay in your fatty tissues for years, which damage your health and your ability to think clearly. These toxins also contribute to drug cravings. She read on and realized that this different technique made sense and that it was worth a try.

I came to the rehab, thinking this was just another rehab with still no hope of ever being anything other than a drug addict. I had given up. When I first got here, I just knew that this place was going to help me because the technique they use here is real and made total sense.

This is one program that I completed successfully and I stayed on and became a staff member here whose sole purpose is to help others break the bonds of addiction. I have been drug free for 2 ½ years and with no desire or thoughts of ever using drugs again.

Thanks to this program, I have found my purpose in life which is to help others break the bondage that I was in for over
35 years.

T.G. - Graduate


Inhalant abuse, commonly called huffing, is the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to achieve an altered mental or physical state.

In a study issued by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), the number of inhalant abusers, also known as “huffers”, rose approximately 158 percent from 1990 to 1999. In numbers, that means from 392,000 abusers to 1,010,000 or more. The most saddening aspect of this is that the primary user group is children from the age of 12 to 17. Over 636,000 children had tried inhalants for the first time in 1999.

This number is almost double that of the 18-25 year-old user group, and statistics showing higher use among eighth-graders may be due to the fact that frequent inhalant abusers typically drop out of school and consequently do not participate in the tenth and twelfth grade surveys. It doesn’t necessarily mean that use of inhalants drops after kids turn 18.

What are inhalants?

Technically, they are any sort of vapor which can be inhaled: huffers use a vast range of substances and in fact chemical vapors used as inhalants can be found in over 1,000 common household products. The general categories are:

Aerosols – such as spray paint, deodorant, hair products, cooking products (spray oils) and fabric protectors.

Any product which contains propellants and solvents such as toluene - one of the most common solvents found in aerosols - can be used.

Volatile solvents – liquids that vaporize at room temperature if left in unsealed containers, such as paint thinners, gasoline, correction fluid, felt-tip markers, nail polish and remover, and glues, such as rubber cement.

Gases – substances that lack definite shape or volume, such as refrigerants and medical anesthetics. Abusers frequently inhale gases found in butane lighters, air conditioning units and propane tanks.

Nitrites – often available in adult bookstores and shops, as well as over the Internet, and a form of which is found in room deodorizers.

These are also sometimes called poppers, or snappers. In 2000, 18 percent of eighth graders, 17 percent of tenth graders and 14 percent of twelfth graders reported having abused inhalants at some time in their life.

How can parents recognize inhalant abuse?

Drunk or disoriented appearance
Paint or other stains on face, hands or clothing
Hidden empty spray paint or solvent containers and chemical-soaked rags or clothing
Slurred speech
Strong chemical odors on breath or clothing
Nausea or loss of appetite - Red or runny nose
Sores or rash around the nose or mouth.

Joanna Young, national president of states "Parents are often the last to know, often thinking that their children are too young to be experimenting with drug use. They are unaware of the many sources children can find right within their homes, leaving them, the parents, with a false sense of awareness and responsibility with regard to their children’s actions."

“While inhalants are of particular concern amongst children, adults, too abuse them,” she goes on to say. According to the same NDIC study, an analysis of 144 death certificates from Texas involving abuse or misuse of inhalants from 1988 to 1998 shows that the average age of those who died from inhalant use was 25.6. Ages, however, ranged from as young as 8 to as old as 62. In the Texas study, the most frequent cause of death was from Freon. Freon is most commonly found in air-cooling equipment (refrigerators, air conditioners), but is also used as a common propellant in aerosol cans.

“Parents who are aware of the way that inhalants are used will be more likely to spot children who are ‘huffing’”, Ms. Young adds. As the name infers, the person uses inhalants by breathing them through the nose and/or mouth in a variety of ways. They may inhale the chemical vapor directly from open containers or by huffing fumes from rags that are soaked in a chemical substance and then held to the face or stuffed into the mouth. Other methods include spraying aerosols directly into the nose or mouth or pouring inhalants onto the user’s collar, sleeves or cuffs and sniffing them over a period of time (such as during a class in school). “Bagging” is a common practice, wherein fumes are inhaled from a paper or plastic bag in which substances have been sprayed or deposited. Fumes can also be discharged into small containers such as soda cans and then inhaled from the can.

Effects of inhalant abuse are many.

Abusers initially feel a rapid euphoric effect, then drowsiness, lightheadedness and agitation. Users also often experience a lessening of inhibitions. The chemicals found in volatile solvents, aerosols and gases produce a variety of additional effects that can include strong hallucinations, delusions, belligerence and apathy. Long-term inhalant abusers usually suffer from weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, lack of coordination, irritability and depression. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, rapid pulse, hand tremors, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, hallucinations and in severe cases grand mal seizures.

Chronic abusers can suffer from serious and sometimes irreversible damage to the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs and brain. Brain damage may result in personality changes, diminished cognitive functioning, memory impairment and slurred speech.

“What parents don’t realize is that death can occur after a single use, or after prolonged use,” says Ms. Young. Sudden sniffing death (SSD) may result within minutes of abuse from irregular hearth rhythm leading to heart failure. Other causes of death include asphyxiation, aspiration or suffocation. Deaths may also occur as a result of automobile accidents caused by user impairment, as well as falls, etc. caused by the chemicals. She adds, “Being alert to the signs of usage and being willing to take quick and effective action are key to helping our children avoid the horrific damage that can occur with this particular type of chemical abuse.”

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

Ecstasy, The Real Story

Scientists in the United States have identified a key protein involved in one of the most lethal side effects of the popular but illegal drug ecstasy. Most ecstasy-related deaths are caused by an increase in body temperature, or hyperthermia, which leads to organ failure.

Coroners report:

18-year-old female who attended a RAVE PARTY between the hours of 2230 and 0230 hours at a vacant lot. Mother of decedent picked her up at which time the decedent appeared to be under the influence. Mother drove straight to Good Samaritan Hospital where decedent told staff that she had taken 3 Ecstasy pills at the party. Decedent kept in ER and monitored until about 0800 when she was released with doctor telling the mother that she would probably sleep for 18 hours and wake up with a headache. Decedent unable to get to car on her own and seemed to sleep the entire trip home to Sylmar. Decedent put to bed and check on every 30 minutes or so by family. When checked on at about 1600 hours she was found not breathing so family called 911. Decedent taken to Olive View Hospital where she was declared dead in the ER at 1701 hours.

In this story the young girl died after being sent home from the hospital. The doctors failed to realize the actual lasting effects of ecstasy and thus were unable to help this girl. If our own doctors don't even know how to handle a drug like ecstasy, just imagine the state of affairs our youth are in. They need the correct information in order to make the right decisions.

About 8% of high school seniors surveyed had tried Ecstasy at least once in their lives. About 5.5% of 19-22 year-olds surveyed had used Ecstasy in the previous year.

Ecstasy-related emergency room incidents increased nationwide from 250 in 1994, to 637 in 1997, to 1,142 in 1998, to 2,850 in 1999.

As if the drug ecstasy wasn't bad enough, a lot of times the drug has other things added into it. Things like rat poison, sedatives and other chemical combinations. While it is the drug ecstasy itself that does the most damage, nowadays kids don't know what they are taking. They need all the facts and complete understanding about drugs themselves in order to keep from using them.

Some of you may be I wishing you'd had this type of information when you were growing up doing drugs. You know this would have made a big difference. Why? Because you were lied to by friends, who were drug users, and by the drug dealers. This situation is still happening today. What makes things even more horrifying today is that drugs are much more powerful then they were 30 years ago.

Combine this with a pure lack of knowledge on the subject of drugs and you can begin to see the uphill battle our youth have in today's world."We have an opportunity to reach kids about this drug before they go down the dark side of using Ecstasy. I hope the above story illustrates the importance of this for all of you", said Young.

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