It all started with what I believed to be a right of passage, a little bit of childhood fun. Twelve years old smoking marijuana, loosely packed in a piece of rolled-up newspaper. I honestly don’t remember physically feeling much that night, maybe a bit giddy. What I did feel was acceptance.
An addict feels like he is traveling on the loneliest road ever taken, but in fact, he rarely finds himself actually alone. Even when he is homeless and living on the streets in the cold winter nights, somewhere there are people who care and a family who mourns his absence and his struggles.
“Well first let me start off with I had my doubts about this program. I had been to 10 programs before this one so I didn’t think that Narconon could teach me or do more for me than any of the previous programs but what can I tell you after these 10 weeks I’m a different person…“
Our Deputy Executive Director for Production Sam Hobson did a drug education lecture this past week at a middle school in the heart of LA off Crenshaw Boulevard. These kids were so bright and had such potential.
"Looking at the difference between the photo of me before I came to Narconon Ojai and the photo of me today made me realize how far I've come in such a short period of time. It made me remember the dark place I was in before coming here…“
The Washington Post reported that more than 115 people die every day from opioid related use. Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of developing addiction…
Marijuana is one of the most abused drugs in the world. There is an ever-growing gap between the latest science about marijuana and the myths surrounding it. Some people think that since it is legal in some places, it must be safe. But your body doesn’t know a legal drug from an illegal drug.
We live in a weird society where people censure you for smoking a cigarette in public but you can smoke marijuana on the street. Pot shops now outnumber Starbucks stores in states such as Colorado and Oregon.
For many people when they’re trying to determine whether or not someone is using opiates, it can be tough to spot physical symptoms. The person who’s abusing the drugs may be able to hide some of the physical giveaways, but there are also general behavioral and lifestyle patterns and red flags that may be easier to recognize.