Survey Shows Narconon Program’s Success Rate

Survey Shows Narconon Program’s Success Rate










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) September 9, 2005

As part of ongoing monitoring of the results of the drug rehabilitation program at Narconon Arrowhead, the organization continues to follow up with graduates and family members to assist individuals in continuing to lead healthy, happy and productive drug-free lives. In a recent follow-up survey of former Narconon Arrowhead clients six months after program completion, more than 70 percent of them had remained drug-free.

The Narconon Arrowhead rehabilitation program uses routine outcomes monitoring as a quality management tool. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has advocated for routine outcome monitoring as an important component of treatment quality management for nearly two decades. However, such monitoring is rarely implemented in treatment settings.

In addition to existing continuing care procedures that assist residential clients in re-entering their communities, Narconon Arrowhead implemented a 6-month follow-up interview process. Developed in collaboration with the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE), this questionnaire contains 12 common outcome measures related to drug use, employment, living situation, legal issues and ongoing use of life skills obtained on the program.

Narconon Arrowhead has been a nationally accredited drug rehabilitation and education center for well over a decade. Results from its latest inspection by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) concluded that, “The organization does an excellent job in tracking the progress of the persons served following discharge and uses these data in refining its treatment programming.”

Additional outcome survey data showed that 93 percent of students stated they were satisfied with the program, more than two thirds were now employed and 78 percent of students had no new legal situations since graduating with many clearing up those that existed prior to graduation.

There are over 11,000 drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment programs in the United States alone. The more traditionally accepted approaches often tell people that drug addiction is a brain disease that must be fought one day at a time and its symptoms may be treatable with pharmaceuticals. However, the disease theory has never been conclusively proven and traditional treatment practices have a limited success rate for full recovery.

By comparison, the largest study measuring the effectiveness of treatment programs, called the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS) and funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), only measured whether or not those who completed various types of programs were using drugs on a weekly basis. It did not measure if they had been clean in the last 30 days, let alone six months. Even on this limited basis the outcomes still fell short of Narconon Arrowhead’s results.

Narconon Arrowhead credits its success to the application of L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free rehabilitation methodology and the dedication of its staff members.

For more information about effective drug rehabilitation or to get help for a loved one in need, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com now.

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NAMI Report Card Shows Nation’s Mental Heathcare System in Need of Stimulus Funding

NAMI Report Card Shows Nation’s Mental Heathcare System in Need of Stimulus Funding










Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 18, 2009

America’s mental health system is in dire need of a stimulus. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) gave the nation’s mental health care system a D grade on its state-by-state report card, issued March 11, 2009. The national average grade represents an average of each state’s individual grade for a number of different aspects of mental health care, including awareness, funding and improvement over time.

“The NAMI report card confirms what the National Council is hearing from community mental health centers that treat people with mental illnesses around the country. We are seeing treatment center after treatment center experiencing increased demand while receiving fewer resources. Clearly, years of federal and state neglect coupled with the economic downturn have caught up with us,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

State grades for 2009 include six Bs, 18 Cs, 21 Ds and six Fs, based on 65 specific criteria involving every aspect of a state’s mental health treatment and support services. Although fourteen states improved their grades, 12 states fell backward since NAMI’s last report card in 2006. The national average remained a D.

“At a time of increasing demand for services, community mental health centers have shown amazing commitment and creativity. These mental health organizations have proven remarkably resourceful, searching for alternative funding sources and implementing quality improvement measures in order to serve more individuals without added resources — but it is time for a bailout. The evidence in NAMI’s report card will help us rally the call to reinstate and strengthen state and federal funding for mental health resources nationwide,” said Director of State Policy at the National Council Chris Loftis.

The National Council commends NAMI for undertaking the extensive task of grading the states and endorses the report’s key recommendations. Many of these recommendations are closely aligned with the National Council’s 2009 policy agenda:

    Increasing funding for mental health services.
    Ensuring people with serious mental illnesses get care for their physical health problems.
    Replacing confusing and erratic state data collection efforts with uniform national standards.
    Offering incentives to address the workforce shortage.
    Implementing a coherent response to treatment non-adherence.

For more information about how the National Council is advocating for community mental health organizations around the country, please visit http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

About The National Council:

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) association of 1,600 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addictions disorders recover and lead productive lives. Learn more at http://www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

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New Research Shows Americans Falling Behind on Proper Food Safety Practices

New Research Shows Americans Falling Behind on Proper Food Safety Practices














Washington, DC (Vocus) May 20, 2009

Foodborne illness outbreaks have been a regular feature in the news lately and are top of mind when consumers think of food and health issues, but new International Food Information Council Foundation research shows that fewer people are taking basic precautions that could significantly reduce their risk of becoming sick.

According to the Foundation’s fourth annual Food & Health Survey, more than half of Americans think foodborne illness from bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, is the most important food safety issue today (52 percent). While 95 percent say they take at least one food safety precaution when cooking, preparing and consuming food, the number of people taking various precautions is down for nearly every action from 2008:

    Wash hands with soap and water (87 percent in 2009 vs. 92 percent in 2008)
    Wash cutting boards with soap and water or bleach (77 percent in 2009 vs. 84 percent in 2008)
    Cook food to required temperature (71 percent in 2009 vs. 76 percent in 2008)
    Properly store leftovers within two hours of serving (69 percent in 2009 vs. 79 percent in 2008)
    Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from ready-to-eat food products (63 percent in 2009 vs. 70 percent in 2008)
In addition, only 50 percent of Americans report using different or freshly cleaned cutting boards for each product (such as raw meat or poultry or produce) and only one in four use a food thermometer to check the doneness of meat and poultry items (25 percent).

Americans are also faring worse when it comes to following microwave cooking instructions in 2009 :

    Follow all the cooking instructions (68 percent in 2009 vs. 79 percent in 2008)
    Flip, rotate or stir during the microwave cooking process (62 percent in 2009 vs. 72 percent in 2008)
    Let food stand for appropriate time after microwaving (48 percent in 2009 vs. 58 percent in 2008)
    Increase or decrease cooking times based on the wattage of my microwave (48 percent in 2009 vs. 58 percent in 2008)    

“It is impossible to overstate the importance of following proper food safety practices,” says David Schmidt, International Food Information Council Foundation CEO. “Clearly Americans understand the need for these practices, but they still can do a better job of handling food properly at home, which potentially decreases the risk of foodborne illness.”

Confidence in and Perceived Responsibility for Ensuring a Safe Food Supply

Americans’ confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply remained stable in 2009, but still only 49 percent of consumers say they are confident in the safety of our food. (See video) When asked who is responsible for food safety in the U.S. Americans look to food manufacturers (72 percent) and the government (72 percent) first, followed by farmers/producers (57 percent), retailers (49 percent)and consumers/individuals (41 percent).

These findings are part of an extensive look at what Americans are doing regarding their eating and health habits in the fourth annual Food & Health Survey conducted by the International Food Information Council Foundation. The survey of 1,064 American adults was conducted over a two and a half-week period in February and March of 2009.

Other key findings from the 2009 Survey include:

The Impact of the Economy on Food and Beverage Purchases (See Video)

    Price is having a bigger impact on consumers’ food and beverage purchasing decisions (74 percent in 2009 vs. 64 percent in 2006).
    Consumers between the ages of 25 and 34 are most likely to say price is a major influencing factor.
    Taste remains the biggest influence on purchasing decisions (87 percent) followed by healthfulness (61 percent) and convenience (52 percent).

Top Impacts on Americans’ Health (See Video)

    Consumers believe exercising has the biggest impact on their health (80 percent) ranking ahead of making healthful food choices (66 percent) and managing weight (53 percent).
    Americans rate their health status very high (81 percent as “excellent,” “very good” or “good,”), but far less (58 percent) are “somewhat” or “extremely satisfied” with their health status indicating that they think they could do better.
    Nearly two in three (64 percent) are trying to improve the healthfulness of what they eat with the top reasons being to improve overall well-being (64 percent), improve physical health and lose weight (both 61 percent).

Dieting and Weight Management (See Video)

    Consumers are confused by calories:

o    Less than one third of Americans (30 percent) correctly say that “calories in general are most likely to cause weight gain.”

o    Just 15 percent of Americans are able to provide an accurate estimate of the number of calories they should be consuming.

o    Still, calories remain number one on the list of things people look at on the Nutrition Facts panel of food and beverage packages (75 percent).

    Seventy-eight percent of Americans say they’re trying to lose or maintain their weight.
    Those trying to lose weight say they’re most encouraged by “improvement in physical appearance” (69 percent); “improvement in health/overall well-being” (67 percent); “increased self-esteem” (49 percent); and “increased energy” (49 percent) among others.

The 2009 Food & Health Survey also covers consumer attitudes toward meal occasions, dietary fats, carbohydrates and sugars, foods and beverages with added health and wellness benefits, low-calorie sweeteners, caffeine, food additives and colors, awareness and use of government-sponsored programs such as MyPyramid, and use of the Nutrition Facts panel and other forms of food and beverage labeling.

For a copy of the entire survey and other resources for journalists and bloggers please visit ific.org or contact the Foundation media team at 202-296-6540 or media(at)ific.org.

The International Food Information Council Foundation effectively communicates science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. The Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Foundation materials are available at http://ific.org/newsroom. For interviews with experts or for more information, call (202) 296-6540.

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