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We offer the following helpful resources: email email@example.com to request materials Blue Book Resource Store Prayer Booklet, “Prayers for Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones” Developed by NCCA supporters, “Prayers For Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones” is also...Read More
NCCA partnered with the organization Prevencion Y Rescate (Prevention & Rescue) in bringing addiction and recovery education to Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013. The Addiction & Recovery Workshop was held at St. Thomas the Apostle School on W. 15th Street.
NCCA also held a Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) training the day before to a smaller group of people. The purpose of this training was to prepare people to establish a faith-based addiction and recovery support group within their parish.Read More
The initial decision to take drugs is mostly voluntary. However, when drug abuse takes over, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired. Brain imaging studies from drug-addicted individuals show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision-making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works, and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of addiction.
Why do some people become addicted to drugs, while others do not?
As with any other disease, vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person. In general, the more risk factors an individual has, the greater the chance that taking drugs will lead to abuse and addiction. “Protective” factors reduce a person’s risk of developing addiction.
|EXAMPLES OF RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTORS|
|Risk Factors||Domain||Protective Factors|
|Early Aggressive Behavior||Individual||Self-Control|
|Poor Social Skills||Individual||Positive Relationships|
|Lack of Parental Supervision_____||Family||Parental Monitoring and Support|
|Substance Abuse||Peer||Academic Competence|
|Drug Availability||School||Anti-Drug Use Policies|
|Poverty||Community______||Strong Neighborhood Attachment|
What factors determine if a person will become addicted?Read More
People will say just about anything to make you cave into taking drugs . Hear their excuses and know the facts from the fiction.
There are many reasons why some people start taking drugs. Many of these are social. But with the very first use, chemical changes occur in the brain that may lead to addiction. Drug addiction is a disease 1. And with every additional use, the user increases his or her chance of becoming addicted.
To help people better understand the science and facts about drug addiction, leading scientists in substance abuse at the National Institute on Drug Abuse recently published “Drugs and the Brain”.
NCCA is going to partner with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and offer resources at the National Catholic Youth Conference coming up this month, Nov 21-23. Click here for more information about this Conference.
Do you work with Youth? Do you have any ideas or experiences to share with our readers on how to help them resist peer pressure and live life at it’s best- Clean and sober? Please write me at NCCA@guesthouse.org and I will share your testimony or ideas in a future blog post.
God Bless you,
Louise Westcott, NCCA Director
7. If your loved one with an addiction has keys to your home or even if he doesn’t, lock up anything you do not want stolen. Addiction causes a loss of conscience for many. Especially, lock up guns, knives, electronic devices that can be easily removed, family heirlooms and medications. Your loved one may not steal your belongings, but if she’s using, she has friends who will. If something is stolen from your home, report it to the police immediately. If you suspect where the items are, or who took them, tell the truth. This is no time for protecting someone from facing consequences. Arrest and jail can be a safe place for an addict. If it was cancer, you would take him to a hospital. Think of it that way.
8. Be assured of the following: You did not cause this illness; you cannot cure this illness; you cannot control this illness. You can cope with it. Put your energy there.
9. Again, addiction, whether in your child, spouse or other loved one is not your fault. We make amends when necessary, but each person is responsible for his own behavior believe that no parent ever held an infant in her arms and whispered into the baby’s ear “I can’t wait to see how much I can screw up your life.” An Al-Anon writer’s remarks in response to a grown child, ranting about her upbringing went something like this: “Yes, dear, some of your problems have my name on them, but ALL the solutions have your name on them.Read More
I’ve heard it said that “what is urgent is rarely important, and what is important is rarely urgent”. That may be true about most things, but it surely did not feel true to me when my husband was in the midst of a destructive addiction to alcohol and other drugs, or later, when our son developed a terrifying love affair with cocaine. Everything felt urgent. Everything seemed life or death. I lost all perspective on decision making. Everything felt equally important, frightening beyond my coping skills.
We are, according to the media, in the midst of a heroin epidemic, which is defined as an outbreak of a disease that spreads more quickly and more extensively among a group of people than would normally be expected. Many parents, siblings, wives and other loved ones have the urgency I describe.
You may be one of these folks, terrified your beloved son(s) or daughter(s) will die if you make the wrong move. Please understand: You can do all the right things, and he/she may still lose his life. But you can move the odds in favor of her survival by what you choose to do/not do. I’ve studied addiction and preventing addiction close to 50 years, but probably more important to you, I’ve lived through it. I want to share some possible strategies/ideas that help in the hope they will be of service. This is not an all inclusive list and I am not an expert; my ideas are not necessarily listed in order of importance. They come with my fervent prayer for your own recovery, as well as that of your loved one.