The Amish are a group of Christian traditionalists that have simple living practices with the absence of modern technology,  and Pennsylvania is famous for them. 

    The Amish are a group of Christian traditionalists that have simple living practices  with the absence of modern technology,  and Pennsylvania is famous for them.  As a  drug rehab in Pennsylvania  not that far from the Amish communit ies , we ,  too ,  are familiar with their simplistic way of life. While you may have seen a horse and buggy with a line of cars behind it, or watched the Amish children running around in their colonial outfits, or even had  yourself a  plate of scrapple, there is a darker side  that you may not be so privy t o.   

    Amish Drug Abuse  

    Our  inpatient detox center  knows all too well that drug addiction can affect people from around the globe of all different religious backgrounds and beliefs.  Although the Amish may be living in  a  community that  feels like it is  frozen in time, drugs have found t heir way into this group as well.  While most Amish people are not  using  drugs, there are cases of Amish drug abuse,  Amish drug dealers, Amish drug  busts, and Amish drug rings. Yes, e ven a community that has chosen to neglect modern technology is not immune to drugs.   

    The exact numbers on Amish drug use is mostly unknown. The Amish are a secretive community that does not like the invasion of the outside world and prefers to handle their matters internally. Because the Amish are so separate from the rest of the p opulation, sometimes police office rs struggle to know when to step in.  While most Amish are not indulging in drug abuse, there are some stand-out cases.  One famous example of Amish drug abuse took place when two Amish men were charged with dealing cocaine to younger members of the community as well as to a local motorcycle gang  in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania .  This took place for many years before the arrests were made. These arrests sparked talk about the use of alcohol and marijuana by the Amish youth in the past and fear that this could turn into abuse of harder drugs.   

    Rumspringa 

    The problem seems to be most prevalent with the Amish youth.  Because you are not fully Amish until after 21,  some  of the younger Amish use this as a time to get a little crazy.   The rumspringa is a  coming-of-age ritual  when the Amish youth  go into the outside world to decide whether or not they will continue the Amish lifestyle.   

    During this time, “hoedowns” ,  or giant parties ,  have been the setting for a lot of alcohol abuse as well as the occasion al  drug abuse  including meth and cocaine . 1  In fact, Amish youth from various states  may  gather for one of these  large  parties .  In Ohio, one such party led to the arrest of over 70 young Amish ,  as well as the hospitaliza tion for two who were experiencing  signs of alcohol poisoning. 1    

    At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we know that a ddiction knows no boundaries. If you or a loved one is need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment , you are certainly not alone. Contact our treatment centers in Pennsylvania at 570-536-9621  to get your life back on track.   

    Sources  

    1. The Sun –  The secret life of America’s Amish community revealed, including drug taking, ‘hoedowns’ and underage drinking  
    Can Amish use medicine?
    Though Amish use modern medicine, a strong predilection exists for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), namely, alternative health practitioners, folk medicine, and spiritual practice. Use is especially high for chronic illness (Hostetler, 1976). more
    Can Amish shave?
    The Amish communities acknowledge this fact by allowing married men to grow their beards out. Until a man is married, however, he cannot grow his beard out without shaving. This is a rule that most Amish communities live by practice in their day-to-day lives. more
    What do Amish call non-Amish?
    English Non-Amish people are generally referred to as "English" by the Amish. Amish church membership begins with adult baptism, usually between the ages of 16 and 23. Church districts have between 20 and 40 families, and worship services are held every other Sunday in a member's home or barn. more
    Can a non Amish person become Amish?
    You can begin wherever you are.” Yes, it is possible for outsiders, through conversion and convincement, to join the Amish community, but we must quickly add that it seldom happens. First, the Amish do not evangelize and seek to add outsiders to their church. more
    Are Amish happy?
    Recently on Marginal Revolution: Are the Amish unhappy? The average levels of life satisfaction [among the Amish] was 4.4; just above the neutral point…the Amish fall lower than members of many other groups. more
    Do Amish only marry Amish?
    Outsiders, non-Amish, or 'English', as they call the rest of the world, are not permitted to marry within the Amish community. more
    Are Amish embalmed?
    The entire process – from preparing the body to the funeral and burial – usually takes 3 days and involves the entire Amish community. Embalming the body is permitted and is done by a local funeral home, being careful not to apply makeup or making cosmetic corrections. more
    Can a non Amish become Amish?
    You can begin wherever you are.” Yes, it is possible for outsiders, through conversion and convincement, to join the Amish community, but we must quickly add that it seldom happens. First, the Amish do not evangelize and seek to add outsiders to their church. more
    Are Amish German?
    The Amish (/ˈɑːmɪʃ/; Pennsylvania German: Amisch; German: Amische), formally the Old Order Amish, are a group of traditionalist Anabaptist Christian church fellowships with Swiss German and Alsatian origins. They are closely related to Mennonite churches, another Anabaptist denomination. more
    Are Amish allowed to talk to non Amish?
    Most Amish people enjoy talking with outsiders, if they don't feel like they are regarded as animals in the zoo. In some Amish communities shops and attractions may not be open on Sundays, so be sure to call ahead and plan accordingly. more
    Can Amish remarry?
    Differences and remarriage In addition, members of the Amish community are allowed to remarry after their spouse passes. Widows sometimes garner financial assistance from their families or the church and may even find work outside of the home, according to Amish America. more

    Source: www.clearbrookinc.com

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