Waismann Method Creators Warn Parents Not to Deny Drug Abuse  :  Published January 2007 All Rights Reserved


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 of use.

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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