One to Three Years After Completing the Narconon Moscow program
For two decades, Narconon drug rehabilitation centers in Moscow have reached out to provide addicts with a lasting solution. At the end of the 1990’s most addicts in this Russian city were using heroin or methamphetamine. Their paths too often ended ended with their succumbing to overdose or illnesses AIDS. Usual treatments were no help, mostly consisting of withdrawal followed by barbiturates. So when two Russian scientists studied the Narconon program with a careful evaluation of the program’s success, this was good news for everyone.
Tony Bylsma of Narconon Fresh Start
All year round, the drug prevention team at Narconon Fresh Start in southern California reaches out to schools, clubs and civic groups to be sure that young people know the dangers of drug use. During the anti-drug event Red Ribbon Week held from the 23rd and 31st of October, Narconon Fresh Start announced that their months of work had resulted in a new milestone for the team: more than 100,000 young people learned the truth about drugs so far this year!
Nearly all these children were in Southern California, but at the request of school administrators in Noble and Monroe Counties, Ohio, two thousand youth in that state also heard this message about living drug-free.
Jesse Crosby speaking to students in southern California
“Preventing drug use is an important part of the job we do,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. “Yes, we can help an addicted person recover his sobriety but it is so much better if he never goes down that path in the first place. We’re very proud of the team at Narconon Fresh Start for their stellar accomplishment this year.”
After every presentation, students fill out feedback surveys. The responses are tabulated to see what the children learn from the class. Eighty percent said they learned new information and 90% said they could put it to good use, sometimes by talking to their friends or family members to warm them of the harm drugs can do. Continue reading
While Tijuana is unfortunately still best known for being a border town with drug and crime problems, on October 25th all that was set aside for some community members while Narconon Tijuana residential drug rehabilitation center celebrated two years of successful delivery.
Guests at the Narconon Tijuana Anniversary Breakfast
The breakfast party was attended by approximately one hundred Narconon staff and graduates, their families, community members, and Catholic Church supporters.
Padres Lares Speaking with Guests
Padre Jaime Lares Chairez, the priest who spearheaded the fundraising, building, and development of both the drug rehab facility as well as a Catholic Church and retreat next door, was in the middle of all the activity and celebration. He had discovered the Narconon rehabilitation technology at a First Step Workshop delivered by Narconon International a few years ago. He realized at that time, comparing the wealth of new tools the Narconon program brought with it, that it would provide the staff of his existing “Twelve Step” (Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous) center with an improved methodology to help addicted persons in Tijuana and surrounding areas. Continue reading
Narconon Nigeria Drug Education
On a routine day, the twelve volunteers staffing Narconon Nigeria Drug Prevention can be found handing out anti-drug materials, giving drug education lectures in schools or visiting government officials. For the last few weeks, however, these staff have taken on a different role: Anti-Ebola education.
Seeing their friends and neighbors fearing for their lives, Narconon Nigeria director Ayedun Taiw made the decision to lead the drug prevention team down a different path. They obtained educational materials on Ebola and walked the streets, talking to people and giving out the materials on how to prevent Ebola infection. Continue reading
One year ago, the first Narconon center in Turkey was opened in the capital city of Ankara. In a country with very few drug rehabilitation resources, Narconon offered something completely different – a drug-free program that focuses on bringing the addicted person back to ability and life.
The Narconon Turkey Drug Rehabilitation Facilty
Any family member sees how drug addiction just seems to drain the life out of their loved one. In Turkey, the primary drugs used are cannabis, alcohol, Ecstasy and cocaine – but it’s opiates that are sending the most people to rehabilitation. The number asking for rehabilitation help have climbed dramatically in the last decade, from 40,000 in 2004 to 227,000 in 2012. By far, the greatest number of people entering rehab are male and the average age is only 25.
A shortage of treatment facilities meant that only 4,720 people were admitted into treatment in 2012, a far smaller percentage of those that needed it than in the United States.
Dila with her staff
“In 2013, Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakaş founded their drug rehab center in Ankara and began to welcome the addicted into the facility,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon. “They are also very busy reaching out into the community via radio and television and by offering drug education lectures to the community. The idea of a drug-free program that emphasizes helping an addicted person communicate responsibly and truly perceive the real world around him has been a very popular new idea in their community.” Continue reading
When National Substance Abuse Prevention Month arrives in October each year, Narconon centers in different parts of the U.S. add their efforts to boost awareness of the dangers of drugs. This year, Narconon drug rehabilitation centers in Southern California and Louisiana made sure to get out into the community to spread this message.
Narconon Fresh Start Drug Prevention Specialist Tony Bylsma
In Southern California, Narconon Fresh Start sent their drug prevention specialist to schools across the Southland and even to other states to deliver classes on drug education. By the third week of the month, the team was on target to reach more than 10,000 children. Their feedback surveys showed that not only were they listening, but also that the curriculum had a positive effect on the young listeners’ thinking. Continue reading
One of the greatest challenges families and educators have is keeping young people alcohol- and drug-free until they are grown, but few challenges are more vital. Scientists concur that drugs like alcohol, marijuana or prescription painkillers used early in life have a more damaging and perhaps more addicting effect. To help parents, educators and other interested people in the community keep their neighbors – young and old – free from drug abuse, Narconon brought together a wealth of useful information in honor of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.
Parents, educators and others who are interested can find articles, research, booklets and videos on the harm done by substance abuse. The resources include:
• 10 Things Parents May Not Know about Prescription Drug Abuse – a fast guide to bring parents up to speed
• 10 Things Parents May Not Know about Marijuana – an update on how this drug has changed and why it is more dangerous than ever
• Eighteen videos for young people, quickly explaining why people use drugs, the long-term effects of weed and the effects of methamphetamine, alcohol and opiates and other drugs
• Complete reports on signs that show drugs or alcohol are being uses
• Health risks of all the major categories of drugs
• And much more.
This new resource can be found by visiting www.narconon.org/drug-prevention/national-prevention-month.html. Continue reading
As established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, September is time to celebrate the fact that recovery from addiction is possible. This year, the theme for Recovery Month has been Speak up, Reach out. Across the US and around the world, Narconon centers make a habit of speaking up and reaching out to communities every month, not just in September.
Narconon Redwood Cliffs staff, graduates and guests gather for Recovery Month
This year in California, Narconon Redwood Cliffs and two other centers took this event to heart and invited in graduates, their families and members of their communities. These three centers are in Watsonville, Lake Tahoe and Placerville, California. At each event, the reason for Recovery Month was explained to the attendees and the graduates in the group told the other guests what life had been like for them since they returned home sober from the Narconon rehab center.
Attendees at Narconon Eslov graduate event listen with interest to one graduate speak about their decades of sobriety
On the other side of the world, Narconon Eslov, located a short distance from Malmo, Sweden, also gathered graduates and family together to celebrate recovery and the fact that there is a rehab that provides recovery without the use of drugs. With stories from the graduates and an ample amount of good food, Narconon Eslov guests showed their support for this holistic recovery program. Continue reading
Every September, anti-drug groups across the country ramp up their activities in observance of Recovery Month. This is a time to help the public understand how recovery from drug or alcohol addiction can happen. It’s a time to give those who dream of being drug-free a new hope of sobriety. This year, Narconon shows its support of this month-long event by simplifying public access to its websites’ extensive wealth of drug information.
The Narconon website at www.narconon.org encompasses thousands of pages of information on drug abuse and recovery. With the new feature Narconon has just added, community members can more easily locate the drug information they need.
“We’ve found that parents, teachers and community members want to understand the drugs they are up against in their regions,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. “For that reason, we created a new feature to help them zero in on the exact piece of information they might be looking for. We are offering eleven new guides to the major drugs being used in America. From these pages, families or organizations can become well briefed on the dangers of these drugs.” Continue reading
When you’re listening to the arguments for or against the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, it can be very difficult to know who to believe. Both sides seem to have valid arguments. It would take a lot of study to be able to tell the truth from the lies, if you even knew where to start.
A new report will help set things straight. This report comes from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office in Denver. A HIDTA is a law-enforcement agency established in an area of particularly high drug trafficking. It coordinates efforts between police, sheriff’s departments, Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies so they can work together to take drugs off the street. There are currently 28 of these regions in the US. Continue reading