Drug and alcohol addiction trends manifest differently in different countries. What does addiction look like in Israel?
Germany has, in many ways, led Europe in keeping addiction statistics to a minimum. When it comes to drug addiction, the country has one of the lowest per-capita drug use rates in Europe. And Germany all but avoided the opioid epidemic. How then is it that Germany has such a significant problem with alcohol addiction?
Drug abuse statistics are relatively predictable across most of Europe. However, some regions on the European continent do experience surges in drug use trends. The Czech Republic is one such case.
I was just a young teenager when I first started using drugs. It was first alcohol and hash. Just to get away from everything for a little bit. At one point that was not enough. I needed to get even further away, just wanted to escape everything.
Krokodil is an extremely toxic drug that’s cropped up in Russian cities. A relatively new drug that can be made at home with a few simple ingredients, there is a great deal of risk in krokodil use. Has the drug made its way into Europe yet? And if not, how do Europeans prevent a krokodil epidemic from manifesting?
When I was 14 years old, I started to smoke hashish, even before touching cigarettes. Then, when I was about 18 years old, I started with hard drugs—ecstasy, cocaine and heroin.
Amsterdam is often stereotyped as a drug-use hotspot, but some may feel that the city's recreational drug use is just for tourists. Furthermore, local Amsterdam residents may reject the stereotype. So what's the truth about drug use in Amsterdam?
Whether intentional or not, Amsterdam has earned itself international recognition for its lax drug use policy. In fact, the city has almost become synonymous with “A place to travel to for drugs and partying.” The locals are not happy about this. Could the “coffee shops” that started it all become a thing of the past?
I was eight years old the first time I tried alcohol. By thirteen I was smoking cannabis and taking poppers. By fifteen years old I was taking anything I could get my hands on and binge drinking.
This sentence by L. Ron Hubbard is the first one I read when I arrived at Narconon: “An addict does not want to be an addict” Honestly? I did not understand it at the time. It looked a lot like what I heard from others: I am not toxic. I will quit when I want.