Two Narconon centers, both on the east coast of Italy, celebrated their anniversaries and success within weeks of each other. Coming out for these events were graduates of this long-term drug rehabilitation program and their families plus local officials and dignitaries.
On Sunday, June 29th, Narconon Astore in Poggio San Romualdo, in the boot heel of Italy, held their twentieth anniversary party. Two weeks later on July 13th, Narconon Gabbiano in Torre Dell’Orso, six hours up the east coast, enjoyed their celebration in honor of twenty-six years of success helping the addicted through to stable recovery.
“Without these Narconon centers, many more lives in Italy would have been lost to heroin, cocaine and the many other drugs that pass through this country,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “Helping persons to recover their sobriety requires great patience and infinite care as they rebuild damaged lives step by step. Our Italian staff exemplify the caring attitude that helps our program achieve success for so many. I’m very proud of Astore and Gabbiano and know their staffs will continue to get great results for many more years.”
Both centers had much to celebrate. Helping hundreds of people recover from the desperation of drug or alcohol addiction might be enough, but there is more. Both centers continuously reach out into their communities to help prevent the start of drug abuse that might lead young people into addiction and they also help families heal relationships strained by addiction.
In Poggio San Romualdo, Narconon Astore welcomed Dr. Giorgio Saitta, Councillor for Social Services. and a member of the nearby Carabinieri who read a poem she had written for the occasion. Dr. Saitta expressed his appreciation to the Narconon staff for the healing they provide the community. The director of the Narconon center then spoke to the crowd to provide some inspiration for guests on what it’s like to bring people back to life after the destruction of addiction. Some of the visiting graduates were also on hand to tell their personal stories.
In Torre Dell’Orso, Narconon Gabbiano staff and executives welcomed Mayor of Melendugno Marco Poti and some local Councillors to the festivities. As part of the event, family members of those in recovery who had just completed the special Narconon Course for Parents were awarded their certificates of completion.
Graduates and their families expressed their thanks to Narconon for the effectiveness of the drug rehab program. Some thanked L. Ron Hubbard, the humanitarian who developed these methods of rehabilitating the body, mind and spirit of the addicted person so a person can resume a productive, sober, and ethical life. The Narconon program uses no drugs during this long-term rehab program but instead offers healthy methods of detoxification and life skills training to bring about recovery.
For more information on the Narconon program, call 1-800-775-8750.