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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.”

Drug rehabs: to find an effective rehabilitation facility and to get help with overcoming drug and alcohol addiction, go to;

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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