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Antonio, who completed the Narconon program at Narconon Il Gabbiano in the “boot heel” of Italy, told the story of the changes he went through. This rehab program reaches deeply into a person’s life and helps him recover his real personality, enables him to set new goals in life. Many people graduating from this program have said that they no longer struggle every day with the idea of being an addict – they simply begin living an enjoyable, productive life after they go home. antonio-gabbiano-SM

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EmilianoAs Emiliano graduates from Narconon Piedmont in Italy, he tells this story: “It’s been more than five months from the day in March when I decided to come to Narconon Piedmont to learn how to live without drugs. They were hard months, but also beautiful where I experienced some beautiful emotions, learned to communicate honestly with others and learned to ask for help. Now I am going to leave the ‘little house’ with so much nostalgia. I take away a suitcase full of memories and life stories, I feel changed, improved, full of certainties! In recent months I have restored the relationship with my parents, which in recent times had vanished. I have a lust for life that I had not felt in years. I feel that the best is coming. This is because of the beautiful people who have decided to dedicate their lives to save people. They do it with passion and success! I thank all the staff of Narconon Piedmont.”

In the image, you will see the “little house” he refers to – the Narconon center where he recovered his ability to live without drugs.

The story of Antonia and Valentina started when they were just 14 and 15 years old. When they met, they had never used any drugs. That soon changed when they fell in with other young people who were using drugs. Soon, they began smoking marijuana without ever realizing where it would lead them.

Antonio-e-Valentina-successo-PiemonteAfter marijuana, came hashish and soon after that, cocaine, a drug that unfortunately, they grew to love. The years passed and their drug use continued. “Our parents did not suspect anything, so when we decided to get married, they supported us,” Antonio said. “Then, we were husband and wife, but the madness and desire to use drugs continued. We were married and even had children, hoping that the necessity of caring for children would save us from their desire to use drugs.”

It was not enough. “We found ourselves even more toxic, with responsibility for special children who needed a special mother and a special father.”

Of course, over time, things were only going to get worse. Antonio continued, “Our love was going up in smoke. The only thing we had in common was the desire to get away from everything by using drugs. We thought our children never suspected anything despite our ups and downs, quarrels and disagreements. Actually, our children suffered and pretended not to see the problems.”

Finally, enough was enough. They came to Narconon Piedmont. And at the completion of their program, Antonio said, “At this Narconon center, we were reborn. Now, we are able to live without using drugs or alcohol. Every time we look out at life, we see something indescribable. And we know that we will soon be two parents worthy of our very special children.”

cold turkey

You’re on drugs and you want to stop but are afraid of what might happen. You have seen or heard stories of quitting cold turkey and the side effects that went along with stopping the use of drugs.  What do you do?

Stopping the use of a substance all at once is known as ‘going cold turkey’.  While this might seem to be the most logical choice when attempting to handle a drug or alcohol addiction, there are some serious risks to this practice.  When using any drug there is a laundry list of health risks associated with abruptly stopping use. With certain drugs these effects may be merely uncomfortable but with others may be life-threatening. And with a few drugs stopping without medical supervision can be life threatening. Continue reading

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Sobriety, the will to remain drug free and success at these goals depends largely on the efficacy of drug treatment programs. Targeted counseling to resolve underlying issues, life obstacles and life skills deficiencies all remain effective tools for lasting recovery.

What about when the addict returns home from treatment? What is the best way to maintain and consolidate oneÕs progress? Many former addicts report that simply staying busy is the most effective way to stay clean and live happily. Continue reading

spouse-addictionIt is difficult to pin down an accurate estimate of the number of Americans who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, but the figure is generally accepted to be in excess of 10 million. When we read news stories featuring alarming statistics concerning the massive numbers of people in the United States who suffer from some type of chemical substance addiction, the focus is normally centered on the individual addict. What often goes overlooked is the fact that the effects of addiction do not begin and end with the addicted individual. They almost always spread to cause major problems for those who care about the person. This is especially true for the spouse of an addict, who often ends up carrying the brunt of the burden of addiction. The spouse will frequently be subjected to financial hardship as the addict spends large amounts of money on drugs or alcohol, may lose his or her job and might even end up being arrested, fined and imprisoned on drug-related criminal charges. Living with an addict, however, is about more than the money. It also means broken promises, fights and upsets, emotional distance and other things that can make married life unbearable. Essentially, addiction can mean that you lose your husband or wife as he or she becomes another person due to the effects of heavy drug or alcohol use. Continue reading

drug-rehabilitationYou wake up and it’s your first day in rehab. A million thoughts are running through your head. Not only are you wondering how to ended up addicted but are curious to know now what your day will hold. Will you be able to stay off drugs? What is really the purpose of rehab?

With all of this you may also be experiencing withdrawal. You may feel sad or depressed. Or the guilt of the things you did to the people you just left may be haunting you. Now what?

Finding motivation during rehab can sometimes be a challenge. For some, a trip to rehab is absolutely necessary. But it also means something. Maybe it’s a feeling of failure or disappointment in yourself; however it can also be the start of a new life. Continue reading

excuses for not going to drug rehabWhen a situation of drug abuse rears its ugly head, time is of the essence. You must act quickly to get your loved one the help he or she needs. If the reasons for speedy action aren’t obvious, consider the 500,000+ people who lose their lives each year to substance abuse.

Of course, obstacles can get in the way of getting help—this is not uncommon. Common barriers to getting an addicted person help are:

  • Financing
  • Legal restrictions (inability to leave the state)
  • Work
  • Family disagreements

The most common obstacle to getting a substance abuser into drug rehab, however, is the abuser himself. He or she will come up with a number of reasons why they can’t go or that treatment isn’t necessary. These are just excuses that drug addicts make to avoid help. Learn the most common excuses and be prepared to work around these, and get your loved one the help they need no matter what. Continue reading

goal drug rehabUnless you have a long history of experience with addiction (personally or through a loved one who has struggled), you may or may not have a thorough understanding of what drug treatment really is.

What is drug rehab? Although philosophies and methods of treatment can vary greatly, drug and alcohol rehab is a place for substance abusers to take time for themselves to undergo individualized programs and therapies geared towards sober living.

The goal of treatment is to improve the overall living situation of the person who is under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This includes not only abstinence from drugs but the ability to stay free from crime and have employment. To help a person to become a productive member of society who is contributing to it, instead of someone who may be trying to take away from it.  Continue reading

hypertensionHypertension, also commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is often called the Silent Killer for the reason that those who suffer from it very often are not at all aware that they are suffering. In fact, the vast majority of people with hypertension do not experience any type of symptoms, and they only learn of the matter after being diagnosed during a routine physical exam or when they seek medical attention for other complaints.

It is, however, exceedingly common, with estimates of approximately one billion of the world’s population suffering from high blood pressure. When it finally does manifest, the symptoms often take the form of severe and life-changing health complications such as an aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, kidney disease, stroke, heart attack or heart failure. Hypertension is one of the leading causes of heart disease, which is itself the number one cause of death in the United States. In many cases, high blood pressure is classified as primary hypertension, meaning that there is no recognized cause for the condition beyond the fact that the individual’s blood pressure is abnormally high. Secondary hypertension, on the other hand, is diagnosed when there is a recognized underlying cause, such as in cases of drug induced hypertension which may be the result of extended binge drinking or cocaine abuse.

Whether you suffer from primary or secondary hypertension, it is important to equip yourself with effective and workable strategies for managing the condition and avoiding the serious potential health consequences you face. Here are some guidelines which may help you to keep your blood pressure down: Continue reading