How Narconon’s Training Routines Help Meth Abuse

What is Meth?

Methamphetamine also known as crank, speed, crystal, or ice is a potent amphetamine that primarily is a central nervous system stimulant. Meth increases energy level, concentration, alertness, self-esteem, as well as libido.  Studies have shown that high doses of Methamphetamine release up to 12x’s the normal amount of dopamine inside a user’s brain. This flood of dopamine in the brain produces one of the most intense “rushes” of euphoria known to man.

Methamphetamine does not affect all its users in the same way. Methamphetamine can also cause severe hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis, depression, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts.

Methamphetamine Addiction

Addiction is most commonly defined as the compulsive need for, and the use of a habit forming substance, usually accompanied by physiological symptoms when the substance is no longer used. Studies have shown methamphetamine to be one of the most highly addictive mind altering substances. Although the physical withdrawal symptoms themselves may not be as bad as other drugs such as heroin, or benzodiazepines, Methamphetamine has the largest number of people who relapse. The mental aspect of the withdrawal process is where the biggest concern lies.

When an individual ceases using methamphetamine they initial experience extreme fatigue, and an increase in appetite. These initial symptoms usually last for a couple days. The primary concerns include suicide, severe depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Methamphetamine Abuse in the United States

According to recent surveys conducted by NSDUH [National Survey on Drug Use and Health] about 10.4 million people or 4.3% of the population has tried meth more than once in their lifetime. And approximately 1.3 million admitted to using methamphetamine in the past year. Additional surveys revealed that 512,000 individuals reported using meth in the past month. In addition to the surveys conducted by the NSDUH, surveys by the MTF [Monitoring the Future] program revealed that 4.5% of high school students ages 12-18 had used methamphetamine at some point in their life.

In addition to the alarming statistics listed above, DAWN [Drug Abuse Warning Network] studies have shown a huge increase in methamphetamine related visits to emergency rooms across the nation. According to their studies there has been more than a 50% increase in the number of emergency room visits related to the use of methamphetamine between 1995 to 2010.

Treatment facilities have also reported a substantial increase in admissions for meth abuse. With approximately 21,000 treatment admissions in 1992 for methamphetamine abuse, all the way up to 150,000 in 2010. The significant increase just goes to show the seriousness of the methamphetamine epidemic that is sweeping across our nation.

Narconon Therapeutic Training Routines

When an individual is actively using methamphetamine their focus often drifts, they are unable to start an activity and finish it, and their communication skills are often lacking. The Therapeutic and Training Routines Course is a series of communication drills and exercises that take place in a classroom type atmosphere. The communication drills are done with another student, and are supervised by Narconon’s trained counselors. The exercises are practiced up until each person has achieved a new ability to face, confront, and communicate with another person successfully. They will also be able to demonstrate and increased ability to control their focus, and attention span without being totally consumed by their past problems, and issues.

The most commonly experience achievements by our students in this portion of the program include:

1.      A renewed ability to communicate effectively.
2.      An enormous improvement in focus.
3.      Improvement in confidence and self-esteem.
4.      The ability to successfully complete an activity after it has been started.

For more information on Training Routines through Narconon call 800-468-6933.

References:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction
http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchreports/methamph/methamph2.html
www.narcononarrowhead.org

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