weed methA Narconon program graduate recently spoke out about her journey from the use of marijuana to meth and other highly dangerous drugs.  In a story often told these days, her drug use began at the age of 13 with smoking pot, and then progressed into the use of psychedelics, pain medications, cocaine and ecstasy.  She attended an outpatient rehabilitation treatment center and was put on the drug substitute suboxone. She wanted to feel truly sober, and being on a substitute drug didn’t cut it for her. She met a boy who was tweaking on meth and they relapsed together.  Her biggest scare was the realization that while she had been interested in trying every drug at least once, she had also promised herself that she would never do heroin or meth and yet she suddenly was doing them both. 

When approaching the Narconon drug rehabilitation program she felt that time would be the most valuable thing she would get out of her rehabilitation experience.  While time away from drug use was indeed valuable, she walked away with much more thanks to the Narconon life skills courses.  She learned how to be in control of her life and actions and how to live in the present.  She is finally able to appreciate her life, now that she has attained full sobriety with Narconon’s help.

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Marijuana as a Gateway Drug

Marijuana users can build a tolerance to this drug, causing them to use more in order to achieve the desired high.  Over time, a marijuana user can turn to stronger drugs in the hopes of achieving even higher highs or more effectively “masking” the life problems that caused them to turn to marijuana use in the first place.

According to the Foundation For a Drug-Free World, approximately 99.9% of cocaine users began their drug use by first using marijuana, cigarettes or alcohol.  That’s not to say that everyone who uses marijuana will move on to more dangerous drugs, and those who are simply using marijuana for a recreational good time often never do move on to harder drugs.  But those who smoke marijuana in order to mask a problem in their life may soon seek stronger drugs in order to avoid the problem that marijuana is eventually unable to hide.  One substance-addicted individual stated, “I was given my first joint in the playground of my school.  I’m a heroin addict now, and I’ve finished my eighth treatment for drug addiction.”

About Narconon

Narconon, which is short for “Narcotics None”, was founded in 1966 by heroin-addicted prison inmate William Benitez.  In searching for a workable solution to his own problems with addiction, Benitez came upon American humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s drug rehabilitation research and developments.  The beginnings of the Narconon program were established in Benitez’s prison, and the Narconon program has now spread worldwide, with a success rate of 70% of program graduates maintaining sobriety.

The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is a holistic, residential rehabilitation program usually lasting between three and six months long.  The use of vitamins instead of replacement drugs can help the program student through withdrawal as comfortably as possible, and without exposing them to further drug use.  The sauna detox program can help significantly reduce or even eliminate drug cravings as the individual removes residual drug toxins from their body. Individual counseling helps the program student take responsibility for their addiction and the negative effects caused by their addiction, as well as restoring their personal integrity.  The life skills courses teach them how to confront and overcome challenging or upsetting life situations so they no longer turn to drugs for relief, how to spot and deal with the dangerous personalities that may lead one back into drug abuse, how to restore and create healthy relationships with family and friends, how to communicate well with others and how to perceive the real world around them.

The Importance of Getting Help

An individual who is using any type of drug in order to seek relief from problems in their life needs help in confronting and addressing those problems without the use of drugs.  Use of one drug can quickly evolve into dangerous polydrug use, and can have dangerous and adverse effects on an individual’s life.  Help is available, however, even for those who have had prior unsuccessful rehabilitative treatment, with the Narconon rehabilitation program.