Facebook is now used by 1 in 13 people in the world and has 500 million users. Every day 250 million people log into the site and many do so as soon as they wake up in the morning, before they go to bed and several times per day in addition to that.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that there are 23 and a half million drug abusers in the United States right now and more throughout the world. So it would only be fair to say that some that are Facebook users statistically would have to have a drug or alcohol abuse problem.
But with the ease of use and availability of communication to anyone does the application make is easier for people to abuse drugs. Is Facebook drug abuse a problem?
Right now 72% of anyone who uses the Internet is on Facebook. The application allows you to communicate with old friends, send emails and look at and comment on pictures posted every second. It also allows fast communication where deals can be made and business can be completed at the quickest pace possible.
For drug users Facebook could also act as a meeting and communication point for drug selling, promotion and use.
Post can be pro-drug that reach hundreds of people with one status update and even kids as young as 8 whose parents have allowed them to have Facebook accounts. Those who sell drugs could reach out to others to push their product and drug deals can be made using the application.
Many could say that this could be the case with all electronic or Internet media including personal email as well as cell phones. This could also be true but no personal email system has the user rate and statistics like Facebook.
Facebook User Responsibility
On the other hand the responsibility of the Facebook user also has to be looked at in regards to Facebook drug abuse. Those who are not interesting in using drugs or getting involved with other problems don’t. Many have a code of acceptable behavior for Facebook use like no public fights, no status updates that are negative and doing nothing on the site that is viewed as a bad example by others.
This is especially true for those who work with children who have Facebook accounts, public figures or those in education.
Facebook is a powerful medium for anyone that chooses to use it. The communication one puts out on it, they have to be responsible for.
Narconon News On Facebook
The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation and prevention program, like many other businesses, uses the Facebook application. The way that Narconon uses it is through the publishing and promotion of Narconon news, good works and educational and interesting articles that anyone affected by drugs can read. The idea is to help as many people as possible through drug education, addiction and prevention information.
Successes of someone going through treatment and having a positive outcome are very uplifting and can work to support others in getting help.
Other drug rehab groups like NA likely has a similar forum for those who need a group on the application that is drug free. Whether it is Narconon news or other addiction information being read, the more educated someone is on substance abuse and can help themselves or a loved one or anyone struggling with a problem.
For more information on Narconon news through Facebook or the Narconon site please contact us today.