Waismann Method Creators Warn Parents Not to Deny Drug Abuse
Illegal drugs present parental challenges on their own, but
prescription drugs are overlooked as safe. The Waismann Method, created
by Clifford Bernstein and Michael Lowenstein, uses neuro-regulation to
treat opiate (morphine, codeine, and thebaine) dependency and involves
cleansing the opiate receptors in the patient’s brain of narcotics used
while the patient is under anesthesia.
During the procedure, the patient will experience no conscious
withdrawal, and will be able to return home within days. The doctors
claim that 65 percent of the patients who are treated with the Waismann
Method remain drug free after one year.
Prescription narcotics pose a great risk to parents in the United
States -- a country with the largest pharmaceutical use with children.
Creators of the Waismann Method list 10 dangers families should know
about prescription painkillers.
"As the number of dependencies to prescription narcotics in the United
States continues to rise, it is critical that parents are able to
recognize the telltale warning signs of abuse and are armed with the
right information to educate their teens on the dangers associated with
abuse of OxyContin, Vicodin, over-the-counter cold medicine and other
medications," according to Clare Kavin, executive director for the
Waismann Method and addiction specialist.
“Teens and children are being introduced to recreational use of
prescription medication at a much younger age than most would expect
and are gaining easier access to them,” said Kavin. “Recent reports of
Hollywood stars abusing these drugs will most likely elevate the
problem as teens attempt to emulate their favorite celebrities. As with
any other drug or with alcohol, parents need to educate their children
about the health risks involved with using these drugs for fun.”
Taking the time to talk to family members about the dangers of drugs
could be a preventative measure that lasts a lifetime.
Parental denial is not prevention. Parents need to be honest about the
possibility that their child may give into to the temptation to
experiment, Kavin stated.
Prescription drugs are equally as harmful as street drugs. Oxycodone
(similar to codeine) is synthetic opiates, the family of drugs from
which heroin is derived, authors conclude. Children as young as 13
years old can easily graduate from abusing OxyContin to abusing heroin
the authors concluded.
Kavin suggested using celebrity headlines to discuss the topic with
children. "You’re not necessarily in the clear if your teen is head
cheerleader or the class president. Not all kids who abuse prescription
drugs are dark, depressed, and troubled."
Changes in a teen’s normal behavior can be a sign of dependency. Social
withdrawal, desensitized emotions (indifference or disinterest in
things that previously brought them pleasure) and increased inactivity
may point to a more serious problem.
Personal hygiene may diminish as a result of a drug addiction too, so
Kavin suggested watching out for a child turning grunge or Goth as a
social statement. Significant weight loss may occur, and glazed eyes
may indicate an underlying problem.
"If your teen is prescribed a pain-relieving medication, closely
monitor the dosage and frequency the drug is ingested. Also, if you or
your spouse is prescribed a prescription painkiller, be sure to keep it
out of your children’s reach and dispose of any extras once you no
longer need the medication."
When a doctor or pharmacist gives instructions for a drug for a family
member, follow instructions and do not increase dosage or the frequency
If you suspect that a family member is abusing prescription drugs,
consult a doctor or seek professional help right away, Kavin said.
"Medical professionals can refer you to treatment programs but the most
important thing is to seek help in a timely matter."
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