Cranston, Rhode Island:

Drug Abuse and Recovery

Cranston, Rhode Island: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Information

Gender Ratio in Cranston RI

Cranston, Rhode Island is located in Providence County and has a population of more than 79,000. Of interest are the facts that the first auto race track in the nation was opened in Cranston in 1886 and the city is also home to one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in the country.

While Cranston tends to rate lower than the National Average in most crime rates, the city has a severe problem with drug abuse and addiction.

Cranston, Rhode Island’s Drug Scene

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Heroin and marijuana are the most pervasive drug problems in Cranston, Rhode Island. Each month for 2014-2015, an average of 20 people in the area were lost to accidental overdose deaths. First responders in Cranston carry Naloxone as an antidote to opioid overdoses. The number of times Naloxone was administered ranges from 110 to 170 per month. Most—but not all—people receiving this antidote will live and so have a chance to find sobriety if they find an effective rehab program before they can return to drugs.

Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the nation. Between 2013 and 2014, the rate climbed yet another percent to arrive at 20% of the population above 12 years of age who had used marijuana in the past year.

In terms of drugs sending people to rehab, alcohol is the top drug but not by a wide margin. Heroin runs a close second, with prescription opiates following not far behind. Marijuana jockeys with prescription opiates, sometimes sending more people to rehab and sometimes fewer. In 2013, about 70,000 people in Rhode Island needed help for destructive alcohol consumption habits and 27,000 people needed help for their problematic drug use.

The Dwindling Spiral Will Continue

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When a person becomes addicted, you might as well say they become overwhelmed. The rational choices they might have made are overwhelmed by the cravings for drugs that seem just as vital as breathing or getting food when starving. Of course, using drugs like heroin or cocaine is not a rational decision. Rationality is destroyed by the unthinking need for drugs and the degradation of mind and spirit caused by the drugs.

One’s morality, integrity and self-respect all deteriorate when assaulted by these chemical substances. Every time an addicted person harms another, neglects his children or misuses money by spending it on drugs, his guilt deepens. Every step further down this road makes it harder to admit his mistakes and reverse his path.

That’s why an addicted person needs help to climb out of this despair. It’s not that he wants to be an addict. No one does, no matter what he says. Even if he says he’s not ready to quit yet, that’s simply his hopelessness talking.

The Narconon center in Louisiana has years of experience turning this despair into hope and turning hope into a new sober life.

Choosing a Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment Program

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To determine the effectiveness of a drug rehab program, a family should ask how the rehab judges their success. They may well find that a rehab considers someone who finishes their program a success.

But any family knows that the only measure that counts is whether or not a person learns how to stay sober after going home. Building the skills that enable a person to overcome addiction for good is the entire focus of the Narconon program.

Many rehab programs advise that a person may require multiple trips to rehab to learn how to stay sober and that a person in recovery should always consider themselves an addict. Those who graduate from the Narconon program often feel that addiction is behind them and they no longer have to feel like an addict. Most of them say that cravings are gone or very manageable. They have the skills to build a sober life. It’s no longer a struggle.

Contact the Intake Specialists at Narconon New Life Retreat and talk to them about these measures of success.

Should the Drug Rehab Location Matter When It Comes to Finding a Solution to Addiction?

A change of scene is just what many people need when going through rehab. There are many reasons for this.

First, being away from home and family while in rehab enables a person to focus on the life-or-death matter of learning how to stay sober. Problems they left behind will need to be dealt with, of course, but this distance enables the person to get a little space from the problems while they gain the skills to deal with them.

Second, it’s good for a person to be removed from drug-using associates and locations connected with the addiction. These associations could easily trigger a desire to use drugs but being away from them enables a person to face them later when he or she is stronger.

Third, the family has some time and space in which to heal as well. When the person in recovery at Narconon New Life Retreat reaches the later steps of the rehab program, that’s the right time for relationships and problems to start being addressed. By this time, the recovering person has found much relief from guilt, much restoration of personal integrity and his problem-solving skills are much enhanced. Now, it’s possible to make headway in repairing these relationships and problems. If they had been addressed in the first few weeks of rehab, it would have been just more overwhelm.

Narconon New Life Retreat Helps END Addiction and Alcoholism FOR GOOD.

There’s no time limit to the rehab program at Narconon New Life Retreat. That’s because everyone will overcome the trauma of the past at a different rate. It’s important to give a person the time to heal and rebuild personal skills before they go home.

This is a program that does not utilize drugs as part of recovery. There’s no diagnosis of other mental problems. Fifty years of helping people through recovery have proven that for so many people, if addiction fades away, so do other many other troubles. Once a person can make rational decisions, unimpaired by drugs or alcohol, life very often starts traveling in a straight line again.

A Narconon Program Graduate is someone:

  • Who has successfully completed each step of this drug rehab program
  • Who has detoxified the drug residues stored in his body that have been shown to be associated with cravings
  • Who has learned how basic communication skills and the ability to confront people and life make one far more successful
  • Who has personally learned the basics of ethics and morality enough that being productive and useful to others comes much more naturally
  • Who understands how to solve the problems of life in an analytical manner

Call anytime to speak with one of our counselors about our program. We will take the time to answer your questions whether it’s for yourself or a loved one. It is possible to replace the loss and pain of alcohol or drug addiction with a productive, enjoyable life.

Call now.


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