One of the wonderful things about my work, writing blogs and articles for Narconon is feeling fulfilled by what I do. I was never involved in the drug industry at any time of my life, so I don’t really know what it is like to be an addict. Unless of course you are looking at tobacco, with their 497 additives that Canada Health allows to be but in the cigarettes.(over 4000 when smoked) Quitting the additives was the hardest thing I did in this lifetime. Notice I say additives not tobacco. The tobacco I found was the easiest part of quitting.
I can’t help but wonder how much harder it would be to quit meth, or methadone or heroin. I take my hat off to those who have succeeded at quitting those drugs, or alcohol!
Now the wonderful part of my job is listening to and looking at success stories from those who have quit. They are wonderful. They brighten my day. Sometimes my days get really heavy feeling from the research that I do to write my blogs. Kind of a heavy fog over the eye area. The success stories always without a doubt lift my spirits and brighten my day.
There are truths in the drug rehabilitation area. One of them is that you cannot get someone off the drugs unless they want to get off the drugs. The old saying “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink” is very appropriate here. So parents, I know you want to see your child off the drugs, and with your whole heart. You want to see them on the straight and narrow and able to be a productive member of society. Those are your hopes and dreams. Unless your child also sees a reason to get off the drugs, your attempts will be heart breaking. The people who do not succeed do not truthfully want to get off the drugs. They might even quit mid program. Their being at rehab is on someone else’s determination, they are not thinking for themselves. You need to be non-judgemental, talk to the child, and ask them if they are willing to do it. You cannot pack them up and drive them to rehab and drop them off and expect success. That is truth number one. You cannot help someone who doesn’t want the help.
Truth number two is honesty. If a person gets help and is rehabilitated and feels that a program saved their life then betrays that group. For what ever reason they convince themselves that it is ok to do, they lose their self respect for themselves afterwards.
That leads us to self respect. Truth three. I once spent considerable time talking to someone at my church. They had just stopped in because the couch looked inviting. Here was this motherly looking person sitting all alone and this person came to spill their guts out about what they were thinking and doing. He asked some pointed questions of me. He wondered if his life was worth taking back from the drugs. He was addicted and had been for a long time. He felt there was no hope of getting off the drugs. He didn’t feel that his life was worth much. He was hopeless. He felt hopeless. He hurt his parents and siblings and they didn’t want anything to do with him. He was alone. He stopped short of telling me how he lost his self respect. Had I known what I do now, and had there been a Narconon handy, I would have been able to help him more. I have often thought of him, and wondered if he is ok.
So there are my thoughts on Drug Rehab. I do what I do because if I get one person who happens into my blogs and decides to get help, then it is a very worthwhile thing to do. Nothing can compare to helping your fellow human beings at time of need.
If you want to know how to talk to your kids about drugs and getting help, Narconon is there to help you out. I hope you will let me know of your successes meanwhile give them a call! 1-877-782-7409