Drug addiction and rehabilitation

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kathyOctober 7, 20131 Comment

Who needs drugs any way?

No one has ever gotten off drugs who didn’t personally want to…no one.

In the mid-60s just about the only medical help available for a drug addict was a county hospital emergency room to keep an overdose from being fatal. Methadone clinics came into being but these tended to compound addiction rather than help it. (A dedicated junkie can time his/her methadone doses so heroin will still get her/him high.)

At the time the only people who cared enough about addicts to offer any kind of long-term support were people who’d walked in their shoes but had managed to break free. Synanon, Narconon and other addicts-helping-addicts based groups got started by ex-addicts to help addicts get off drugs for real. Doctors weren’t interested.

In the 70s other enterprising folks began coming up with deadly new drugs like crack cocaine and super cheap meth. In counter-point to this in 1971 the War on Drugs was born.

By the 1980s the world of drugs was all new and more shiny than ever. Benzodiazepines had largely replaced barbiturates. These and other pharmaceuticals began being advertised directly to the public. Underground raves largely fueled by Ecstasy were happening with the regularity of a floating crap game.

Drug addiction was deemed a disease and Medical-based Drug Rehab flourished. The Betty Ford Center opened in 1982 and in answer to a mainly middle class demand, other places where alcoholics had traditionally gone to dry out expanded their services to include medical detox for drug addicts. On the home front “skittles” parties were born: Kids raided their parents’ medicine cabinets, threw everything into one bowl and took “whatever.”

Today “legal” substances like “spice” and a quite deadly concoction called “bath salts” can be bought in most gas stations across the country. Raves, still fueled by ecstasy (or Molly) are no longer underground but have become mainstream. Medical marijuana is nearly passé because marijuana recently became legal in a few states despite the Federal ban.

The War on Drugs is a dismal failure. Libertarians have been promoting the legalization of drugs for decades insisting that this doesn’t mean endorsing drug use… So what’s the deal? Do we want to get rid of drugs or not? This is the real $64 question.

There are still ex-addicts around who can help.

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kathyAugust 29, 20136 Comments

Narconon Saves Lives

Drug addiction is a nasty cesspool. Getting hooked is too easy. Getting unhooked is a lot more involved. Ask anyone who’s done it. They won’t lie. For one thing it doesn’t happen over night, so actual work is involved. One good program is Narconon.

The Narconon Program began in the mid-60s when a prison inmate, Willie Benitez, read the book ‘Fundamentals of Thought’ by L. Ron Hubbard. Inspired by the truths he found in this book and with Ron’s blessing he started Narconon (Narcotics none).

Every man in the prison program with Willie was there voluntarily and could opt out at any time but no one did. Each one of them finished the Program and went on to be drug-free for life.

In 1971 the Narconon Program became available to the general public. From that time to the present it has helped thousands of people get off drugs and lead drug-free lives.

Recently a couple of former Narconon employees have been badmouthing the organization. Aside from sour grapes they have something else in common: they both got off drugs on the Narconon Program.

There’s also talk of Narconon really being Scientology. It isn’t. Yes, Narconon uses some fundamentals of Scientology and is properly licensed to do so. But Scientology is a religion with the end goal of a person achieving spiritual freedom and Narconon is a secular activity with the end goal of a person living a drug-free life. They are completely different activities with very different goals.

Who the heck am I to be saying these things? I became a Scientologist in 1970. I’m also a former Narconon employee – retired, not let go. Like most Narconon staff I am a former drug addict. I did not do the Narconon Program because when I got off drugs in 1969/70 Narconon wasn’t available to me. I wish it had been. I would have been there like a shot.