Don’t let drug addiction be the end for your loved one. Get them into treatment before it is too late. There is a solution to drug addiction. Narconon Louisiana can help. Call us today at if you suspect your loved one is addicted to heroin. This article provides a list of the physiological symptoms and the signs of heroin abuse…
If I wasn’t a believer in the Narconon program before, I most certainly am now. I have spent countless amounts of time and money on psychiatrists with no real result. I have numbed my emotional pain with drugs , only to create more hurt and for the ones I love most.
For many years, people have been abusing synthetic substances without even knowing the chemicals that go in them. I was one of those people and in all actuality, a synthetic drug it was the first drug I ever tried.
Like many others, I was saddened to hear of Chris Cornell’s unfortunate death. His music helped me get through some very rough times but more importantly, I was sad because it was yet another loss of a person in recovery.
“Throughout this life, we all experience challenging moments. Though these obstacles seem never ending and traumatic, what we gain from these hardships can make the experience all worthwhile. On November 2, 2015, I was in a brutal accident.“
One of my earliest memories was when my dad took me to see my grandmother at my aunt and uncle's house. She gave me my first beer. I was three years old.…
Mom, the one who lifted you up when you fell, who treated you to sweets and who was the first person to say I love you. This day is about you—MOM.
Alabama pharmacists are trying to fight a decision to impose additional restriction’s on the prescribing of Xanax in the state. Alabama would be the first state in the United States to enforce such tight restrictions on the medication.
“When I got to the part of the program where I had to address the people in my life, it was hard but handling and identifying the different personality types has helped me out a lot. It helped me differentiate between certain people in my life.
“I know I had a problem with connecting to people when it came to acknowledging them and really focusing on the conversations. I would find myself constantly asking ’what’ because I missed an important fact because I never stayed in present time.
“I have learned so much from this program and want to thank everyone so much for pushing me when I thought it was too hard or thought I couldn’t do it. I am going to apply all the things I have learned. I am so glad I have done the Narconon program because it really has changed my life.“
“I am a Nurse at Narconon New Life Retreat, a drug rehab in Louisiana. I get to work with the patients and see them go from sick and withdrawing to being excited about their new life. I love this job! “When I meet them for the first time, they are usually emaciated.
Getting drugs that are stronger than heroin now requires nothing more than internet access. It’s so easy, kids are doing it. Literally. And it’s killing them… 25 people overdosed in one night last February at a music festival in Melbourne. They were all on “G.“
“He slams the door so hard, the whole house shakes. I’m crying but more from rage than sadness. Again he is screaming how it is all my fault that he is the way he is. What was I supposed to do? Just ignore the needles and bags I found under the sink?” —Anonymous
Schools are out, people are leaving on vacations and there will be a lot of swimming and fun in the sun. During these months, alcohol consumption increases and can result in a summer specific side effect of drinking alcohol.
The phone rings and she lifts the receiver to her ear. It’s another recorded message from the school saying her son was absent from class today. She yells through the house for her son James. No answer comes back. James is a fourteen-year-old in his freshman year of high school.
From a person who has been in treatment multiple times over the past five years, there was always one thing that hindered my sobriety . This one thing has caused countless amounts of relapses and has caused me many problems along the path of my recovery.
I remember my first sip of alcohol and my first hit of weed. I remember my first of everything as well as my last. But what is foggy is all the times I used drugs in between those times. I never imagined being a drug addict but I became one and lived that lifestyle for five years.
“I left rehab a few weeks ago. Before leaving and heading back to pick up where I left off in life, I was nervous and excited. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was apprehensive. I hoped I would be able to successfully live a drug-free life.…“
The main thing I remember about being a pill popping, coke snorting, heroin smoking, alcoholic was fear. Several types of fear in fact and each to varying degrees. From the slight fear of having cops bust in while nodding out, to the absolute terror of running out of dope.
We commonly say lives are invaluable and saving a life, any life, is worth any effort, any expense. But do we mean it? The concept of assigning a price tag to a life has always made people intensely squeamish. Who assigns the value? I’ll look at the birth of my two sons.
There are very few cases where an addict is born being addicted. Most of the time it is a person's choice to be an addict. People use many different tools for addiction, whether it be drugs, alcohol, food, etc… the most dangerous of course being drugs and alcohol.
People who know someone struggling with an addiction often wonder how to help an addicted friend or relative. The decision to get help for someone you care about who has an addiction is never easy. Fortunately, with your support, they have a greater chance of overcoming their addiction.
How could she use drugs? Look what a beautiful child she has….. How could someone choose drugs over their own baby? Shouldn't her child be enough to get her sober? These are just a few questions and comments people make when the topic is brought up of a mother who is also a drug addict.
There have been announcements geared towards warning the public about new drugs on the street and advising them they will be increasing efforts to arrest anyone selling drugs.
Before the current heroin epidemic, before crack cocaine was created, even before the war on drugs started, one substance was destroying families and individuals from the inside out.
Each time someone uses drugs or alcohol, they are essentially poisoning their bodies. This mainly goes unnoticed for the duration of their abuse. Drugs take the person out of what is happening right in front of them and puts all of their attention on the euphoric feeling they get from the substance.
It is a sad reality the vast majority of people who become addicted to tobacco, alcohol and drugs take their first puff, chew, sip, snort or injection when they are young—often, very young. In recent decades substance abuse has become more widespread among pre-teen children.
It’s early afternoon and withdrawals are beginning to kick in. I used the last of the drugs I had last night and all I can think of now is how to get more. I have no money and nothing left to sell. I am beyond desperate.
“I was born in Amory, Mississippi where I spent the first 6 years of my life. I was an only child and most of my childhood was spent moving around. Life at a young age was hard and I would get picked on a lot for being overweight.“
Over the past year, a once little-known plant has caused a lot of controversy in both the treatment field and government sectors. Kratom. On August 31 of last year, the DEA made public its plan to make Kratom a schedule one substance, which in essence would make it illegal.
Humans are interesting beings; born with love, kindness, hope and an urge toward survival. These four components define us as individuals and allow us to experience what it truly means to be alive. However, when we succumb to drugs and alcohol, all of these gifts are taken away from us.…
“Heroin addict. Needle junkie. Pill popper. I was all those things as well as a man losing everything and still I didn’t care. The only thing that mattered was getting high. I even overdosed and had a face to face with death and didn’t care.
Picture a room with hospital staff and individual booths where addicts can go to use heroin under medical supervision. This has already been done in several countries across the world including Germany, Spain, Australia, and France.
“This program saved my life, and made me the best person I have ever been. If I kept doing what I was doing before I did the Narconon program, I would be dead or in jail by now. To do this program you have to want it…“
“Throughout this program I’ve learned more than I’ve ever expected from a drug rehab. During withdrawal , I thought it was going to be miserable, but with the help and support of the staff, it wasn’t nearly as rough as I expected. Then I started sauna.…“
This is a commonly shared belief when it comes to people getting clean from drugs and alcohol. Many believe an addict has to reach their “rock bottom“ before they can actually get better.
Both families and addicts themselves waffle on when enough is enough and whether it is time for the person to get into treatment. Here is an assessment for your loved ones or your own addiction to determine if it is time for treatment.…
“I have reached the end of my stay here at Narconon. It's been a long road and I'm now completely convinced this program works. In the beginning, I had my doubts, but now I am sure of its effectiveness…“
“Every opiate addict shares one single fear. I’m not talking about the possibility of death, even though when one thinks of an opiate addiction, they visualize the risk of an overdose. However, from the addict’s point of view, the fear of death is distant.
Each time you hit rock bottom, it’s unimaginably worse than the last. Why does the bottom keep dropping? I’m slowly falling down, trying to grasp onto anything to keep me afloat. Yet again, I have hit the bottom. Hitting rock bottom is a different experience for everyone.
“I have gotten a lot of things out of the Narconon program. When I started, I was very angry and mad at the world. I thought everything was everyone else’s fault. Now, I have learned who I am. I have become patient and learned to think before I act.…“
It wasn’t until I was told the disease model was a hoax and I could have the life I wanted, that things began to get better. Addiction does not fit in the category of a disease, even on a textbook level.…
“My son's road to recovery started Feb 25th, 2015. I am happy to say that he has been clean for over a year now. “But it just wasn ’ t that simple. I knew he was using drugs but wasn't sure what. I had sent him to 3 rehabs. While he was there, not one of them ever called me.
It is 11 am. I am on my way to class in my car and all I can think about is how badly I am failing the class, how I lost my job, and how my relationship is based on lies. I pull in and sit in the parking lot for a second thinking about everything wrong with my life till I can’t bear it anymore.
“First I want to thank everyone who helped me get through the program! I have gained so much in this program. I finally love myself and have a sense of integrity and a new moral code to live by.…“
An enabler is defined as a person who encourages negative or self-destructive behavior in another. This is the definition I found on the internet and reading the meaning is hurtful. What parent wants to be referred to as being an enabler to their drug addicted child?
A fine line between street drugs and prescribed medication has been created. Unfortunately, the medication that is given to us by people we look to for answers is what is piquing curiosity and causing addiction in America.
My life used to be consumed by anger and self-medication. I was in and out of jail. I didn’t really think I would ever get better. I thought I would always be stuck where I was in life. I didn’t think I could ever confront or get over the things I had done.
"I spent one year and three months on Suboxone, which then turned into me taking Xanax and planning days where I could do heroin by coming off it. When I quit taking it, I went into my fifth rehab to get off the Suboxone and heroin.…“
“Addiction hopping is common when people come off drugs. Without substances to turn to, they are looking for a way to escape the world, to feel good, feel nothing, or feel some other sensation.…“
“Drugs damage relationships. There’s no question getting high drives a wedge between family, friends, significant others, coworkers, etc. But what about the relationship with ourselves. “Using drugs is an all-consuming activity.…“
I came across an intro to a blog on drug and alcohol abuse a few days ago. It highlighted the obsession of today’s youth with video gaming as well as the missing parents of latchkey kids as a reason for extreme individuation of youth. Reading this made me curious.
15 hours to my final destination. Honestly, it felt more like days had passed instead of the few hours that went by while I was unconscious on the frigid airplane. What time was it? Every day seemed like I was in a dream state of mind, unsure what I was doing or what my end goal is.
“Drugs are not only harmful to the individual, but those who care about them and who they are close to. It’s no secret that drugs disconnect someone from their family. Parents, significant others, siblings, etc.“
The first thing that probably comes to your mind when I say “drug addict” is the homeless guy in torn up clothes holding an “anything helps” sign by the freeway.
“I would best describe my life before Narconon in one simple word, chaos. The dwindling spiral I was lost in had been an ongoing process of self-destruction for almost 10 years. I first started smoking weed at around 12 years old, which led to Xanax, which led to pain pills, which led to heroin, and heroin led me to the bane of my existence, the needle.…
“I took a long look back and asked how did I become such a bad alcoholic and addict? “ I found I started like most other children, watching family members drinking having fun and laughing. It seemed this was mostly during get-togethers and family outings.
I feel I have gotten honest with myself and my family and am a happier person because of it. After completing the program, I have become a totally different person than I was before entering.
I’ve learned a lot from the Narconon program starting off with the sauna detoxification. I never knew sauna could clean you out. I feel like a kid again with a clean, active body and no more back pain.
“The past 17 years, my life has revolved around women, drugs and deception. All of which gave me a false sense of security and happiness that I would never find until the one day I became totally honest and put all my cards on the table.” “I’m 32 years old and had a great childhood.
As the sun begins to rise, I roll over feeling like I am in a trance. I glance at my watch and realize I have class in an hour. I throw on whatever clothes I can find and move as quick as one can move while in a daze. I pull into the parking lot still thinking of yesterday’s high.
The Earth is a little over 4.5 billion years old. Mammals didn't evolve until 200 million years ago and our own species, Homo sapiens evolved 200,000 years ago. So, humans have been around for a mere 0.004% of the Earth's history. Earth is home to millions of species, yet just one dominates it. Man.
Suicide doesn't just effect the person themselves, but those who are left behind, especially when there are children involved. I lost my dad to suicide when I was 11 years old and, yes, my dad was an alcoholic. Two weeks after my dad committed suicide, my uncle did as well....
I’m wandering aimlessly through the house anticipating the next high. Our drug dealer finally comes through with a fix. Never on time, but he finally gets here.…
Both young and older alcoholics go to the ends of the earth to hide their addiction from all, even other alcoholics. Here are some signs I had as a closet drinker…
I was a Commercial Fisherman in Alaska for 30 years and lived in the great northwest of Washington. I started experimenting with pot and alcohol at the age 14. For 40 years I was an addict or an alcoholic and honestly it would be faster to tell you what I haven’t done or tried during that time.
“This program has been a journey for me. I was a little afraid of the sauna detoxification because I had never heard of it. After about thirteen days in, I realized it really works and it made me feel totally clean…“
The Narconon program begins with a drug-free withdrawal process designed to assist the individual in coming off drugs as rapidly and comfortably as possible. This is done without putting them on drug replacements such as suboxone or methadone and lengthening the rehabilitation process.
“When I first started the Narconon program, I had a lot of problems with anger and self-control. I was worried early on that I wouldn't be able to get through the program without losing my temper.…
This is My Success Story. “I, like many young adults, did not have aspirations of becoming a drug addict. I was a normal, fun-loving kid and although my home life was not ideal, we made do with what we had. I was 14 when I started experimenting with drugs.
Where did addiction take me? I could tell dark stories of addiction because believe me there are plenty. I could exploit the dark memories of using drugs: where I was, who I was with, etc. Things I vaguely remember and things that are etched into my mind forever.
Over the years video games have literally played their way into millions of lives. As a past gamer myself, I know how easy it is to get caught in the game. It's a rush of adrenaline. You don't want to step away. It's late and you are sleepy, but you still want to keep playing.
The late Saturday morning hour ticks by and soon enough becomes the afternoon. The sun is higher in the sky and the pounding in my head is at its peak. I’m coming down and groggy. The only logical remedy is one thing—more drugs. My shift starts in an hour.…
Young athletes can face more exposure to substance abuse than many of their peers by being invited to parties on weekends, taking performance enhancing drugs for their sport and using pharmaceutical drugs resulting from an injury.
When I first arrived for treatment at Narconon , I was a wreck. I was scatterbrained, scared and numb. I started the sauna detoxification and was not sure of how it was supposed to help me. As time went on, I noticed I was starting to think and feel better . So apparently it worked.
Around this time of the year, I like to remind Narconon graduates not to get caught up with drinking at holiday parties. I find this time of year is when the temptation to use drugs or alcohol is the worst. Here are some sober recipes to ring in a sober, drug-free new year!
The smell of home cooking, the sound of young innocent voices. The sound of mom and dad talking about old memories and the warm feeling of love and hopefulness in the air.
For those suffering from addiction or connected to someone who is, holidays are a time when life becomes real. Many addicts go through the motions of daily life while hiding their use and keeping things off the radar… at least for the most part.
This is the type of conversation I would have with my Mother when I was using drugs. Everything seemed relatively normal and to her, it seemed as if I was doing fine. What really happened is a different matter....
’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, He had everyone stirring, acting like a louse.
Many addicts become estranged from their families and friends due to their behavior. Over time the lies, stealing, and other destructive behavior can become too much for the family around them. When the holidays roll around, we understand many of these emotions can resurface.
His chef’s uniform is still impeccably white even after several hours of work. He looks out to the floor of the restaurant noting the dinner rush of customers is starting to pour in. He ducks down and snorts something.
Stay at home mothers today have a lot demanded of them. They juggle many roles as they balance their family life, organize multiple schedules, keep a clean house, cook homemade meals, raise the children and help them with their homework.
“With the new mindset I have, I feel like anything is possible in my future. People can’t make me mad or bring my day down. I know what my goals are and what kind of person I want to be. The things I can’t control I can’t be mad at, we can only control ourselves.
It’s no secret that there are many drug abusers. And while there are many commonly known risks of abusing any drug, dirty needles, Hepatitis, addiction, etc. but what about the unknown risks.
Throughout life, I have encountered numerous traumatic events. One of the hardest events was when my parents divorced. I didn’t know how to deal with the emotions I encountered going through it. It was so overwhelming and I felt very isolated. Between 40% – 50% of marriages end in a divorce.
Narconon New Life Retreat, in celebration of Red Ribbon Week delivered drug education to over two hundred middle and high school children. The lectures showed the dangerous effects drugs have on the mind, how to stay drug free and the basic definition of what a drug is.
Before I did the Narconon program, I felt broken and defeated. My life was out of control and I felt powerless to do anything about it. I am what is know as a “chronic relapser.“…
What I’ve learned from the Narconon program is that you have to make stuff happen. You have to want to better yourself and better the way you handle your life. I’m very happy with who I am and I’m very confident in my abilities. I can honestly say I love life .
What is the first thing you think of when steroids are discussed? Is it positive? Negative? What comes to mind for me is the vision of an extremely large man with bulging muscles like we see in body building competitions.
With Americans spending 14 billion out of pocket each year on holistic alternatives to pain medication, it is about time to bring up the subject as a viable option.
I was forced into treatment. My family told me I could either go to Narconon or stay in jail, so my choice was easy.
Most of the time, I do not have an opinion over whether or not a particular drug is legalized because whether the drug is legal or criminalized, the drug will still be abused. Front and center in this debate, is Kratom .
The day I should have stopped began at 10 am in Portland, Oregon while I was on vacation. As I walked down the street to a small brunch place to grab a coffee, I had no idea what was in store for me later that day. I went to downtown Oregon to visit Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Being born and raised in New Orleans, I have seen my fair share of natural disasters. Of course, Katrina was the most devastating and the first one to have an impact on my life. At that point, I had not developed a bad drug habit.
Every 18 seconds, an American is arrested for drug possession (Centers for Disease Control, 2010) .
The Horror Show of the American Addiction Epidemic Although frightening, the reality of our addiction situation in this country needs to be confronted. Gone are the days of an addict being considered simply a problem in the family for an indeterminate amount of time.
To the Staff of Narconon Louisiana, Imagine my super delight over the past six years since my beautiful granddaughter, Julianna, successfully completed treatment at your facility for drug over use and that she is once again a well rounded, optimistic family and career-minded, young woman.
Narconon Louisiana New Life Retreat is celebrating its ten-year anniversary. In commemoration of 10 years of creating drug-free lives, we received proclamations from the Mayors of both Denham Springs and Baton Rouge.
I arrived at Narconon messed up in all aspects of my life. I was a poor provider for my daughter, I wasn't contributing anything to the relationship I'm in, I wasn't in the greatest communication with my family and I wasn't working as much as I used to. I was losing everything.
That Was My Life Before going to Narconon, my life was a mess. I was using every day and had completely given up on myself. I withheld my feelings from everyone in order to make the people around me happy. I thought if I told people how I really felt, they would be unhappy or disappointed.
Congratulations Ryan! Sober since 2013! In his own words: “Getting my life back on track has been one of the best decisions I've made. I've had many blessings since completing the Narconon program in 2014....“
Naloxone, often found under the brand name Narcan is a opiate antagonist used on overdose victims to block opiate receptors and reverse the overdose. Taking naloxone results in an opiate addict going into withdrawals and requires medical attention after being administered.
He puts a needle to his arm and injects the heroin. It travels through his bloodstream and enters the brain. There the heroin converts to morphine, which binds to and activates mu-opioid receptors in the brain.
If you haven't been hit by addiction or helped a loved one who struggles with it, there are things you may not realize. A lesser known fact about addicts is they are not always crazed individuals who don't care for others or themselves. Surprisingly the opposite in many cases is true.
Why Are We Still Prescribing It? Xanax, or Alprazolam, is a powerful benzodiazepine commonly used for treating anxiety and panic disorders.
and I Will Be Forever Grateful Aimless. Depressed. Selfish. Scared. Anxious. Paranoid. Worthless. Stuck. An utter disappointment to all who loved me. The above words described me to a “T” before I went to Narconon. My drug and alcohol addiction led me to a complete impasse in my life.
For seven years I struggled with anorexia and bulimia, constantly paralyzed by depression and anxiety. Multiple inpatient and outpatient stays at hospitals and programs did not stop the obsessive thoughts, self-hate, and quest for perfection.
The Endless cycle of Trying to Quit “I’m done. I just can’t do it anymore.” While these might sound like the words of someone who is finally ready for treatment, they are quite the opposite. I am giving up on treatment, after five failed attempts. These are my words.
I remember waking up to the faint sound of Madonna playing on the stereo, shortly followed by screaming and the smell of smoke coming from the car. I couldn’t figure out what was happening but heard one of my friends telling the paramedics he couldn’t move his body or neck.
Is Addiction Really In My Blood? As one who has suffered with addiction, I didn’t think there was anything that could be done to “cure me.” I grew up with the stories of how bad Grandpa’s gambling was and how numerous family members were alcoholics and drug addicts.
From an Ex-addict I’m in a swanky hotel room with my doctor. She’s traipsing around barefoot, in a flower-print summer dress while writing me a prescription for ninety tablets of Suboxone.
Oxycontin approved for children 11 -16 In August of 2015, the Food and Drug Administration approved the powerful narcotic painkiller, Oxycontin for children ages 11-16. Since that point, there has been a great deal of controversy and criticism.
Naloxone is known as a heroin or morphine overdose reversal. It is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. It can be injected into the muscle, vein or under the skin or sprayed into the nose.
What you find with drugs is they bring about many undesirable situations for the user; whether that be the agonizing effects of addiction, a life that is deteriorating, failing relationships or even a severe virus such as HIV.
Alcohol and Dieting don’t mix Drug and alcohol use follow trends. None of those trends are ever wise but that doesn't stop people from getting in line to try the hot new thing with drugs. A recent trend has to do with girls, weight and alcohol.
Spice, K2, Mojo, or fake weed is a drug that has taken off and been responsible for many problems over the last several years, with authorities fighting to keep it off the streets.
Kylie grew up in Florida and faced problems in life that lead her to drug and alcohol abuse. Through doing the Narconon program she was able to find a new outlook on life.
100x more powerful then Fetanyl A powerful new drug called W-18 is on the rise in Canada. W-18 is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and fentanyl is 100 times more potent then morphine.
West Virginia’s Overdose Epidemic Since the cocaine cowboys in the 80s, to the rise of the internet drug dealer in the early 2000s, drugs have always found a way to make it into the hands of consumers. When many picture West Virginia they see rolling hills or a myriad of dangling autumn leaves.
Spreading Tragedy A Real Look at the Drug Epidemic Substance abuse has reached epidemic proportions in our country and resulted in devastating overdoses, deaths, crime and heartache. The family that lost someone so dear to them.
After struggling with addiction and lossing who he was; Marty is ready to live the rest of his life happy and drug free after completing the Narconon program . “I know who I am and what I want to do for the first time in a while.“
After destroying relationships with friends and family Cori was able to repair her life with the help of the Narconon program. “The Narconon program gave me all the tools to handle my problems and recreate myself.”
After years of struggling to save her friend, Tara had all but given up hope until the Narconon program changed everything. This is her story. “Narconon Louisiana gave me my best friend back, for which I am forever grateful.” “I met Jeff about 5 years ago through friends of ours.
“I have seen the darkest parts of the world darkest part of my life and now I see nothing but joy, light and happiness.”
After years of struggling with addiction, J.C. made it out of the depths of addiction with the help of the Narconon program and this is what she had to say. “It’s been a long, awesome journey and I’m so glad I did the Narconon program.” “My life before Narconon was crazy.
J.R. completed the Narconon program almost a year ago. After completing the Narconon program, he has made his life into what he has always wanted to be. When he came back to visit he had this to say.
Since I’ve been at Narconon my life has significantly changed for the best. I have successfully been clean for 4 months and I owe it all to the program and the staff. The program gave me a drug-free withdraw which is awesome cause you’re trying to get off drugs not keep doing them.
Before coming to Narconon I was lost. I had given myself up to the opinions and discretion of doctors. I began taking Psych meds and lost who I was in the process. I then found myself stuck in a cycle of drinking and doing drugs.
“I’m truly happy every day I get up and have a much more positive outlook on life and my future.”
One year ago today I was at the lowest point in my life. On the brink of death myself, I lost someone very close to me from an overdose and was visibly killing the people who loved me most. I had given up.