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The Opioid Epidemic: What Is NOT Being Done About It

By Teresa Reile

With the opioid epidemic claiming record numbers of people across the nation every single day, one would be hard pressed to find anyone who has not been affected by it.

According to the CDC, from 1999 to 2016 more than 350,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose and the number of overdose deaths involving opioids – ranging from prescription drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone to illegal opioids like heroin and synthetic fentanyl – was five times higher in 2016 than in 1999 with an average of 115 Americans dying each day from an opioid overdose.

To put this in perspective, the opioid death toll in 17 years is more than the Korean war, the Gulf War, the Iraqi Civil War, the War in Afganistan, The 6 Day War, the Spanish American War, the Israel Conflict, The Northern Ireland Troubles, the Mexican American War, the War of the Pacific and the Libyan Civil War COMBINED.

Opioid deaths – 350,000. War deaths – 346,859.

There is an opioid war going on in our streets and nothing effective is being done.

When one goes to a ‘detox’ center, one does not get ‘detoxed’. He gets WITHDRAWN from a drug and oftentimes, gets put on another drug. Because of the fact that he is not now using the drug that he came in on, he gets classified as ‘detoxed’.

This is a misnomer of the most specious kind. The problem with this is myriad. Not only is he now on a different drug, but he is NOT detoxed at all. When he gets out of the detox facility, he will still be physically craving drugs. Why? Because drugs stay in the system much longer than one has been led to believe. One has been led to believe that drugs only stay in the system for weeks. This is not true. They stay in the blood stream for weeks and get eliminated with the excretory system, but trace amounts get lodged in the tissues and this is where the problem with addiction lies.

Drugs are poison. When poison is entered into the body, the nutrients in the body get destroyed and the body begins to decay. The body tries to eliminate the poison but what it can’t eliminate, it will try to ‘wall off’. What the body can not eliminate gets mixed with the fat tissue of the body. The more drugs a person takes, the more residue gets lodged in the fat. This residue stays in the body for years. This is what causes the craving. This is also why it is seemingly impossible to detox someone. The body tends to hold onto something it is short of. Anything which is scarce, becomes valuable. So, in the case of fat tissue, a person’s fat tissue who has taken drugs becomes valuable even though it is laden with toxins. Even though the tissue is toxin ridden, it will still hold onto it until something better comes along.

In order to truly detox someone, one must replace the toxic ridden fat with good fat. Only then, will the body give it up.

Most drugs are fat soluble which means that they mix with fat. THC, LSD, Heroin etc., mix with the fat in your body. It goes into your blood stream and as the drug moves through your body, because the fat tissue is so close, the fat draws the drug into as if a magnet. The majority of the drug gets expelled through the excretory system of the body, but very small drug residues lodge into the fatty tissue and remain there – for years. In the habitual drug user, the residue has a cumulative effect in the body and the person’s body becomes toxic.

Because one stopped taking a drug does not mean that it is out of his system. The very fact that miniscule amounts remain in the system creates a physical craving. Therefore, when people get out of these so called ‘detox’ centers which are anything but, they revert to using drugs again very quickly. So quickly in fact, that recidivism rates are as high as 89 percent within the first year. The reason it is so hard to get off of drugs, is because of this physical craving that doesn’t go away because the drugs are still in the system. This is similar to why it is hard to lose weight sometimes. The body holds onto what it has. It will give up what it has, when something better comes along. puts the post-detox heroin relapse rates at greater than 90%. Similarly, a 1998 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration shows that heroin and alcohol have the highest relapse rates of any drugs.

Further, in a 2010 study completed by doctors at an addiction treatment center in Dublin, Ireland, 91% of opiate-dependent individuals reported relapse after going through a 6 week inpatient treatment program.

Recidivism rates are upward of 89 percent. That is proof enough that what IS being done is not effective. If it were effective, this rate would drop. If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then this is a classic example.

To classify someone as detoxed because:

A: they haven’t used in awhile or

B: because they are now on a different drug than when they came in, is not only ineffective, it is CRIMINAL.

Sometimes when one goes to a ‘detox’ and demands that no drugs be given, he stays there until his insurance runs out and again is classified as ‘detoxed’.

The ‘detox’ centers are not ‘detoxing’ people. They are WITHDRAWING people from the drug they are on, OR they are SUBSTITUTING one drug for another. There is a huge difference between ‘detox’ and ‘withdraw’.

If one stops using a drug for 30 days or even 30 months, he is WITHDRAWN from the drug. The drug residue is still in his system. NOW he needs to DETOX.

A true detox occurs when the drugs are pushed out of the system.

To simply be withdrawn from a drug will not guarantee the success of being ‘drug-free’. The physical craving will still be there until the drug residues are out of the fatty tissue in the body.

In order for a person on drugs to remain healthy he has to go to very great lengths. The drugs in his system are actually poisons, therefore he is slowly killing himself with the poison while trying to stay alive at the same time.

If one looks at the definition of a poison – a substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed, one can plainly see that trying to stay healthy in the presence of poison is a hard task indeed. Moreover, trying to stay healthy while repeatedly putting an ADDICTIVE poison in the body is doubly hard. So, one can see the conundrum the drug user has, as well as the people trying to help the habitual user.

Because the withdrawal symptoms of these poisons are so horrible, it is very hard for the user to deal with coming off of the drug, so what usually occurs is that he takes more drugs. A drug to mask the effect of the last drug he took. After a time, the user is a walking pharmaceutical store.

Trying to stay alive while killing oneself, would seem to be a very hard puzzle to figure out.

It is a difficult thing to solve if you are listening to the people who are doing the same things expecting different results. But if you look outside the box, you will find that there are solutions to the problem.

There is a huge vested interest in keeping people addicted to opioids.   From the pharmaceutical companies, to the doctors, to the insurance companies, to the detox centers, the jails and court system, there are billions upon billions of dollars at stake so it would only follow to reason that the people who are saying that nothing can be done about it are the very same people who are making a very large amount of money off of keeping people addicted.

They dream up unworkable solutions to problems which they have created and then spend millions of dollars on marketing campaigns pumping out false information to indoctrinate an unwitting audience and the public believe it. And all of this is based on false premise and greed.

The powers that be are not addressing the CAUSE of the problem, therefore they will never be able to solve the problem.

If one starts from a flawed premise, one can’t possibly follow through with a sane solution.

Therefore, armed with the correct premise, one has a much greater chance of finding a solution. Let’s look at WHY people take drugs in the first place. This has to do with pain. Most of the time, it is physical pain, but sometimes it is emotional pain, but in either case it is pain.

One is trying to mask pain with drugs.

So, the root cause of drug taking is pain. With that premise one then can find a solution or an alternative to the drug taking in the first place.

Most medical treatment does not address the underlying cause of pain, they treat the pain itself with drugs. So, what we end up with is a person who still has the underlying problem, drug residue in his body, side effects from the drugs and oftentimes addiction to the drug.

Dr. Michael Carberry of Advanced Medical Integration has been treating the underlying cause of pain for 25 years. He has found that if you one does not address the root cause, the problem continues and oftentimes gets worse. He has seen significant results in his practice with the use of stem cell treatment and has found that with stem cells in many cases, the drug use can be prevented because of the alleviation of pain.

According to Dr. Carberry , “Stem cells zero in on things like histamines, inflammatory triggers and damaged chemical transmitters so they go into the area and they start to repair that area. Clinically, what we see is when we inject this into a patient, we see them start to report dramatic improvements in joints that have been arthritic and were deemed for joint replacement.”

For the person who is already habitually using, there is a true detox center called Narconon. With years of experience and proven results with pushing the poisons out of the body, this detox center has effectively reduced the recidivism rate in habitual drug users on all of the people who have successfully completed they program

According to the late Dr. Alfonso Paredes Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA, in his paper entitled, THE NARCONON® DRUG REHABILITATION PROGRAM A Descriptive Overview ,

“The Narconon program is not a “medical model” drug rehabilitation and does not rely on the concept that substance dependence is a “disease of the brain”. Rather it acknowledges that addiction involves a biochemical process in which the body is and has been poisoned and debilitated by the use of “xenobiotic” substances. Addiction from the Narconon perspective is not viewed as a “disease” to be treated with substitute or alternative drugs.”

Dr. Parades was Chairman of the California Department of Mental Health Research Advisory Committee. He was also investigator of a UCLA based 12 year follow up study of cocaine dependence supported by NIDA, He has authored and co-authored more than 116 published articles, He was a member of the Editorial Board of Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, Associate Editor of Recent Developments in Alcoholism and member of the program committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

He goes on to say, “The detoxification portion of the program is provided on a daily basis, seven days a week. The average length of time to complete the program is 33 days (range 23 to 106 days). Trained delivery staff monitor and record daily treatment events as well as monitoring body weight, pulse and blood pressure before and after each daily session, body weight usually remains constant throughout. “

After the detox portion of the program, the person is taught life improvement courses in eight different areas including but not limited to: how to learn effectively, how to make good choices and how to change your life so you don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again.

“The Narconon program has a thorough follow-up program to ensure that its program graduates successfully achieve the stated product of the Narconon program: A drug free individual contributing to society,” said Paredes.

For more information on Stem cell treatment for pain: Advanced Medical Integration 423-301-9662

For more information on detoxing: Narconon: 866 977 7264



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Teresa Reile

Teresa is a strong leader having worked closely with Nobel Peace Prize Nominees, business and entertainment icons, political and religious leaders the world over.


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  • I personally know people that have been through the Narcanon program. In some cases one would never even guess that they had experienced life altering addiciton from the health and stability that they acheived after doing the program.

    The family members that have received their loved ones back into their lives when they thought that there was no chance ever that they would have their, sons, daughters, husbands, wives back in their lives would probably say that if you dont actually know somone first hand who has completed this program, then find someone that has to get your information. Go to a credible source for the information. Find out from those who have done it, see their personal testimonies on the site.

  • Teresa, I don’t know if you read these posts, based on personal experience there are a lot of awful people out there posting vile things because they can. I did some minor checking and it appears that Dr Carberry and his wife are members of Scientology and NARCONON was started by L Ron Hubbard who as I’m sure you know was Scientologies creator. Please if you can maybe add an addendum letting those who may have read your article which by the way was very informative, true and we need more of this info hitting the public daily. But if there’s a way you could let the public know the truth about Narconon , Scientology and even L Ron Hubbard you would be doing a service. I have personally seen episodes from people who went through this program and it was not humane they were basically trapped while going through withdrawal watched by handlers and some even went on to commit suicide . Reference Leah Remini’s tv show and dozens of ex cult members. I hope you read this and follow through. Thank you

  • Frank since this is your publication you need to be aware Narconon is a Scientology CULT program being pushed here as the best option for addicts I know you could not be aware or part of this.

  • What’s the recidivism rate with narconon? For those already addicted it’s an ongoing battle. And if you’ve ever felt the effects of withdrawal which can last much longer than patients are told you’d realize why 30 days is ridiculous to do any real good. I would love to see schools get seriously involved in prevention not just say no, but genuine pictures and stories and how to reach these kids so they understand the drug owns you once you’ve tried it. make them want more out of life. I don’t think we can save the world here it’s too late but there has to be effective ways to get parents and schools involved and talking daily to the next generation. In my community the wonderful treatment centers started 20 years ago are gone no longer funded there are no detox centers and the local hospital is simply cold and harsh to addicts. There is no place for average people to go. I think parents are afraid to delve into the subject , if we don’t talk about it ,it’s not real. We’re generations into it and that hasn’t worked. It’s gotten worse and I don’t blame most Drs but I do believe large Pharma companies in conjunction with ruthless liberals politicians have and plan to continue to get rich off of drugs, both legal and illegal. Just my opinion

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