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Our aim is to eradicate the problems of drug abuse and alcohol abuse in Nigeria through effective drug education and drug prevention services. The spate of drug abuse among the youth is becoming unbearable that we can no longer fold our hands. It is very disheartening to see our future- youths wasting away as a result of this menace that has eaten deep into the Nigerian society. Millions of lives have been ruined, and many lives ended before their time. Our prisons are filled with offenders whose crimes involved drugs as many of them committed crimes under the influence of drugs. Studies have shown that nine of every ten persons that take drug for the first time got addicted. This is caused by inadequate information or wrong information about drugs.Young school children get drugs from their classmates and friends oblivious of the side effects. Some pick up the drug prescription where their parents keep itand buy the drug from the greedy pharmacists who should scrutinize any unauthorized prescription and advise on the side effects or even refrain from selling drugs to the underage but they care only about profit at the expense of lives at stake. Adults are not exonerated from drug abuse either. Read Complete... Untitled Document
  • .Posted on - 16-15-03
    How Drug Abuse Affects Relationships
    If you’re reading this article, it’s possible you are in a relationship with a person who abuses drugs or is addicted. Or maybe you’re the family member of someone in this situation and you’re trying to find them help. It’s one of life’s tougher situations. On one side, there’s love, loyalty and the history the two people have. Maybe there’s children, home and business. But on the other side, there’s the damage that drugs and especially addiction do to a person. His personality changes, there’s secrets, accusations, missing money and unexplained activities. There’s usually mental abuse and sometimes, physical abuse too. Because of the grip drugs have on him, most people who are addicted can’t put anyone or anything else before their use of drugs or alcohol. That was not the case before addiction entered the picture. Maintaining a healthy, loving relationship becomes impossible. According to government sources, there’s an estimated 23 million people addicted to either drugs or alcohol. That means that there’s also many millions of spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends in relationships with these people who are struggling with this same phenomenon. For years, they try their hardest to support the one they love, working hard to cover bills, pleading with the person to please stop drinking or using drugs and go back to how he (or she) was when they fell in love. The relationship will continue to deteriorate as time goes on. Occasionally, that loving person gets her wish. The person cleans up and picks up his responsibilities again. Far more often, there is only disappointment and pain. Addiction is an overwhelming problem. If the individual could quit drinking or using drugs, he would. The problem is that drugs have a deadening effect on a person’s conscience, morality and awareness. He can convince himself that he’ll just drink or use heroin or meth “one more time.” But that one more time slips away into another six months or a year lost to addiction. For an addicted person, cravings for more of the addictive substance make him completely irrational in his thinking. He can think of reasons why it’s acceptable to steal valuables from his parents or even from his kids so he can get money for more drugs. The addicted person operates off the delusions created by the drugs that enable him to continue his habit. If the sober person in this relationship tries to straighten matters up, get the person to rehab, get him to stop spending money, this can create a serious blow-up. It’s very likely the addicted person will go on the attack, accusing the other of not being supportive, of being critical and suspicious, perhaps even being unfaithful. Any little flaw will be blown up into a huge betrayal. The addicted person will do whatever it takes to eliminate any opposition to continued drinking or drug use. Does This Sound Like Your Situation? If this all sounds familiar to you, realize that there are millions of people in America who are in the midst of the same struggle you are. It’s a very good thing to love another person and be loyal and supportive. But at this time, an addicted person needs a different kind of help. He or she really needs just one thing: Effective rehabilitation. If he could have stopped his own, he would have done so by now. The answer for both your loved one and your relationship is a rehab program that returns control of his life to him. This person’s bad behavior does not mean that your loved one is now a bad person. The person you love is still there, buried by the compulsions and irrationality of addiction. This is good news because it means that an effective treatment program can bring him back again. For him to stay sober long-term, he must regain the brightness of outlook he lost to drugs and he must gain the skills he needs to make sober decisions at every critical point in his life. The Narconon drug rehab program has been providing this help for fifty years. On six continents around the world, individuals are coming back to life, returning to responsibility and an ability to make rational decisions that benefit themselves and loved ones. We have been watching this happen since we first opened our doors.
  • .Posted on - 16-11-03
    Illicit Drug Abuse What is Addiction? Addiction is a chronic disease in which a person craves, seeks, and continues to use a legal (medication, alcohol, tobacco) or an illicit (illegal) drug, despite harmful consequences. People who are addicted continue to abuse a substance even though they know it can harm their physical or mental health, lead to accidents, or put others in danger. The Role of Dopamine Generally, people take illicit drugs to feel good or feel better than they felt before. This feeling of pleasure, or “high,” that a person gets from taking a drug comes from large, rapid increases in dopamine, a brain chemical. We all get a dopamine “rush” from things that we normally enjoy (such as eating good food or listening to our favourite music). Illicit drugs cause a much more intense and longer lasting increase in dopamine. Repeated exposure to large, drug-induced dopamine surges dulls the dopamine system’s response to everyday stimuli. So, the things we normally enjoy are no longer pleasurable, and even the effects of the drug aren’t as strong as they once were. Other Effects on the Brain But drug abuse doesn’t just affect the pleasure pathway. It also disrupts brain areas involved in memory/learning and control over behaviour, which is why addicted people continue to use drugs, even though they know it is harmful, and is also why it is so difficult to stop, even when they want to. For more on drugs and the brain, see “Drugs, Brains and Behaviour: The Science of Addiction. Abuse Growing Among Older Adults Although use of illicit (illegal) drugs is relatively uncommon among adults over age 65, there has recently been an increase in the percentage of people 50 and older abusing illicit drugs. In fact, the number of current illicit drug users aged 50-59 more than tripled between 2002 and 2012, from 900,000 to more than 3.0 million. More older adults are also seeking treatment for substance abuse and having increased hospitalisations and visits to emergency rooms (up more than 130 percent in 55-64 year-olds from 2004 to 2009) related to illicit drug use. Baby Boomers Driving the Trend These patterns and trends partially reflect the aging of the baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964). This could be for two reasons: (1) there were more people born in that generation and therefore there are now more people in that age group than before; and (2) baby boomers were more likely than previous generations to use illicit drugs in their youth, which is a risk factor for later use. Which Illicit Drugs Are Abused? While it is relatively rare for adults over 65 to have ever used illicit drugs, baby boomers (adults in their 50s and early 60s) are more likely to have tried them. Greater lifetime exposure could lead to higher rates of abuse as baby boomers ages. The most common drugs of abuse include the following 1. marijuana 2. illegal opioids, such as heroin 3. illegal stimulants, such as cocaine 4. hallucinogens, such as LSD Marijuana Marijuana, made from the cannabis plant, is the most abused illicit drug among people 50 and older. It is used for its relaxing properties but can have several negative effects, including slowed thinking and reaction time, impaired memory and balance. It can also lead to paranoia and anxiety. Although under federal law, marijuana is illegal to use under any circumstance, in some states doctors are allowed to prescribe it for medical use. However, solid data on marijuana’s health benefits is lacking, and for smoked marijuana many health experts have concerns about the potential negative effects on the lungs and respiratory system. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two medications chemically similar to marijuana to treat wasting disease (extreme weight loss) in people with AIDS and to lessen symptoms associated with cancer treatment, such as nausea and vomiting. For more about marijuana and its effects on the body, see “DrugFacts: Marijuana. Illegal Opioids Opioids are powerful drugs that at first cause feelings of euphoria, then periods of drowsiness. They can also slow breathing. Some opioids are legal and prescribed by a doctor. Others, like heroin, are illegal. All types of opioids can be addictive and can lead to death if too much is taken (overdose). For more about heroin and its effects on the body, see “DrugFacts: Heroin.” Illegal Stimulants Stimulants like cocaine make people feel more alert and energetic. But they can also cause elevated heart rate and blood pressure, paranoia, panic attacks, aggression, and other problems. They are very addictive and can lead to death if too much is taken (overdose). Some stimulants are legally prescribed by a doctor to treat health conditions. Other kinds -- including cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), and methamphetamines -- are illegal. For more about cocaine, see “DrugFacts: Cocaine." Hallucinogens Hallucinogens and dissociative drugs can greatly distort perceptions of reality, including making a person see, hear, and feel things that are not really there. Physical effects may include increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, sleeplessness, sweating, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Flashbacks and mood disturbances can also occur. This group of drugs includes LSD, peyote, psilocybin ("magic mushrooms"), and phencyclidine (PCP). For more about hallucinogins, see “DrugFacts: Hallucinogins – LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin, and PCP." Illicit Drugs and Aging Age-related changes to our brains and bodies as well as typical diseases of aging could result in greater health consequences for older adults, even with lower levels of drug use. Drugs (both illicit and prescription) as well as alcohol affect older people differently than younger people because aging changes how the body and brain handle these substances. As people get older, the body goes through a number of changes and cannot break down and eliminate a drug as easily as it once did. As a result, the drug may remain in the body longer than it would in a younger person. Even a small amount can have a strong effect. Effects on Health Abuse of illicit drugs can make an older person’s overall health worse. For example, cocaine can cause heart problems even in young abusers. The effects on older people, who may already have heart disease, could be even more severe. In addition, people who abuse illicit drugs may be exposed to diseases they otherwise wouldn’t risk (such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis, a liver disease). This is because drugs compromise judgement and can lead to harmful behaviors. Older adults who take illicit drugs or misuse prescription drugs also have a higher risk of accidents, falls, and injuries.