Gateway drugs and the statistics on one drug addiction can leading to another has been a much debated topic in American culture. Marijuana has been one of the most noted gateway drugs in history with alcohol and then prescription pain medications closely following.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 23 million people needed treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction in the United States. Of those, only a small percentage, 2.6 million people enrolled in a treatment facility.
Breaking down the numbers, the largest percentage of those individuals were seeking treatment for either alcohol, alcohol and other drugs together or marijuana leading some to believe that these drugs are not only gateway’s but primary substances of abuse in which many need treatment to come off of them.
The Narconon gateway drug and alcohol rehab program has had experience with both those using these drugs as gateway substances and as the primary substances of abuse.
Breaking Down the Problem
Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate that over 23% of treatment admissions were for alcohol. Another more than 18% were for drug and alcohol mixtures, while 17% were for marijuana. This totals 58% of all treatment admissions being for drugs labeled gateway drugs.
In addition to this information, 14% of admissions were for heroin, 8% for cocaine and over 6% for other stimulant drugs. Experts in the Narconon drug rehab industry have observed that averages of 80 to 90% of admissions for hard drugs started out with the use and abuse of drugs as well as alcohol at a young age. Children as young as 8 have been reportedly experimenting with drugs and alcohol for the first time, and the primary years of many first adolescent uses is between the ages of 12 and 18.
Many unknowingly use alcohol or marijuana a few times, start recreationally using these drugs and then become addicted to them. Or they move onto harder drugs becoming addicted to these and having to seek some type of treatment.
Marijuana – The Largest Gateway Threat
A recent New York Times article indicates that there are two schools of thought regarding marijuana which include:
- That marijuana is a dangerous and addictive gateway drug that is addictive.
- That marijuana is not addictive and can be used by many without side effects or major problems.
Debate over this has gone on for many years, however the statistics tell the real story of the damage caused by the drug.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that treatment admissions for drug addiction have gone up significantly over the last 10 years. The primary drug that people are seeking treatment for is marijuana with admissions going up over 13%. Many of these admissions involved Caucasian males. Marijuana use accounted for 86% of treatment admissions for those ages 12 to 17.
Whether a person is abusing gateway drugs such as marijuana, alcohol and even prescriptions or using hard drugs the fact remains that they need treatment to overcome the problem.
The Narconon program is one of the most successful forms of rehabilitation in the world achieving a more than 76% success rate for full recover from substance abuse. Narconon’s treatment program addresses the problem on two levels:
- Handing the physical aspect of the problem by removing drug residues from the body and drastically reducing physical drug cravings.
- Focusing on the mental and emotional issues attached to addiction and giving the individual tools to overcome these.
The program is backed by a guarantee and Narconon gateway drug and alcohol rehab counselors are available 7 days per week. The facility specializes in all types of addiction including marijuana, alcohol, prescription drugs, and major illicit substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and LSD.
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