The Painkiller Epidemic

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Prescription Drugs

For the last two decades, doctors have been handing out painkillers almost with abandon. Not only was severe, life-ending pain treated with these addictive substances, but also chronic, moderate pain like knee pain and low-back pain. Widespread prescribing of these pills has resulted in catastrophic levels of dependence, addiction and overdose deaths in the United States. There’s no corner of this country that has escaped this curse.

Prescription painkillers are either fully or partially derived from the opium poppy or they are produced in a laboratory. These powerful drugs interfere with the nervous system’s transmission of the signals we perceive as pain. At the same time, they create a fuzzy, uncaring euphoria that blots out one’s worries.

A patient will quickly become physically dependent on these drugs and may also become addicted to the way the drugs make them feel. As their body develops a tolerance to the pills, they need a higher dose to keep those pains or worries away. The more the tolerance builds, the less the person can derive any pleasure from the drug itself or their life. They need a steady supply of the pills to keep from suffering agonizing withdrawal symptoms.

These withdrawal symptoms are huge deterrents to getting off the pills. If they’ve been through withdrawal before or saw someone else go through this process, they know about the deep muscle and bone pain, insomnia, nausea, uncontrollable diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness and overall miserable sickness they will suffer as they try to get sober. Every moment they suffer this sickness, they know that just one little dose of their drug of choice will make the pain go away.

The other deterrent is their fear that they will never be able to enjoy life again if they are not high on a drug. Many people are also so nutritionally bankrupt and feel so hopeless about their situation that it feels to them like they will never be able to break free from their addiction to pills. This is how the trap of addiction prevents so many people from ever finding their freedom.

So How Does One Get off the Pain Meds?

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A Withdrawal Specialist Assisting

There is a way out—one that doesn’t require experiencing the agony of withdrawal. Nor does it require taking substitute medications like methadone or Suboxone which are themselves addictive drugs. The Narconon Program has a fifty-three-year history of helping individuals to get off (and stay off) drugs. It starts with our drug-free withdrawal. A Withdrawal Specialist works with each person around the clock, providing generous nutrition and one-on-one support that calms both the body and the mind. Gentle procedures further relax the body and help orient the individual to their present environment and future recovery.

This remarkably tolerable withdrawal process is just the first step of the journey to a new and far better life.

World-Class Facility

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Narconon Ojai

When you seek a private, protected environment for recovery, this is the place to be. Our facility sits on 42 acres of beautiful mountainous terrain overlooking Ventura County and the Pacific Ocean. Our distraction-free environment removes all barriers so our clients can focus on restoring their ability to enjoy a sober, productive life once again. With a maximum capacity of just six clients, each person gets plenty of personalized care and support. World-class service added to an amazing location makes this the ideal location for recovery.

If you or someone you know needs help, don’t hesitate to call us. A recovery consultant is standing by to take your call.

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Adrian Heredia

Adrian is a native of Ventura County and has resided in the area for over 40 years. He has had a passion to help his community and people in need with a tremendous amount of volunteer hours to various betterment groups and non-profit organizations. Adrian has a personal drive to work with and assist individuals with drug addiction. His extensive background and personal experience in this area makes Adrian a great asset to the Narconon Ojai Team. Adrian has been entrusted with establishing and ensuring the organization’s viability and success by maintaining the standards set by local, state and federal governing bodies. He is a Registered Drug and Alcohol Technician and works to protect the center with his security team and his sidekick Apollo (the Drug Dog.) He spends his free time volunteering, coaching and playing soccer in Ventura County leagues. Other pastimes include snowboarding, mountain biking and jet skiing.