In Milan, More than 300 Guests and Dignitaries Gather for the 33rd Anniversary of Narconon Southern Europe

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Guests at the Narconon annivesary event held in Milan Italy

In Europe as in every other corner of the world, drug and alcohol addiction takes lives and destroys families. It was appropriate to take time to celebrate Narconon Southern Europe centers’ three decades of success saving lives. On the evening of December 13th, 2014, Narconon Southern Europe regional office welcomed hundreds of guests to a special dinner and awards ceremony at the Nhow Hotel.

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Graduates from three decades take the stage to be acknowledged

The guests who arrived at this beautiful hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district included a delegation from the nation of Qatar, a consul from Turkey, the executive di-rector of Narconon Cairo in Egypt, a Nigerian doctor, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were about eighty graduates of Italian drug rehabilitation programs along with family members.

“In our fight against drug abuse and addiction, it takes many people working together to bring about improvements and save lives,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon Inter-national. “We congratulate the Southern European team of centers, and especially their executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando. This was a moment for them to share our success with our supporters, their staff and the graduates of our program.”

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Staff from the Narconon Southern Europe region

After aperitifs and an excellent dinner, attendees were thrilled by internationally known singer Evgenia Laguna.

When it came to awards, certain individuals were singled out for their special achieve-ments. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed first awarded Narconon South Europe with a golden falcon statue to acknowledge their humanitarian actions. Then the Narconon management staff turned their attention to the accomplishments of their centers.

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Director of Narconon Southern Europe presents award to Dila Tezemir of Narconon Turkey

“When we handed out our own awards on this night, we were acknowledging the successes of the Narconon centers across Southern Europe and the deft skills of the regional management office in Milan,” said Carr. “Narconon Southern Europe has particularly made fine progress educating public broadly on the effectiveness of Narconon. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved, and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their hard work.”

Two people received the William Benitez International Award, given annually to those who make special strides forward on behalf of Narconon or their communities.

Aidu Shainana of Nigeria was the first awardee. He first trained on the Narconon rehabilitation technology so he could open a Narconon drug rehab center in his native Nigeria. But when he recently realized that his population was very upset about the prospect of losing loved ones to the Ebola crisis, he gathered his staff and took to the streets to distribute educational materials on Ebola and talk directly to people to calm them about their concerns. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Next, two key staff from Narconon Turkey were given this special recognition. Since Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas began operating their new center in Ankara, Turkey, they have also reached out to the people in their nation by sending out messages on television on the hope of recovery. This Narconon is setting a new a standard in Turkey, as it is apparently the only non-hospital-based drug rehab in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishment from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr. “They are definitely leading the way.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750.

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Narconon International Welcomes its Newest Drug Rehabilitation Center: Narconon Argo of central Italy

On every continent except Antarctica, Narconon drug rehabilitation or prevention centers work tirelessly to bring persons back to sobriety and guide young people away from drug abuse. On November 23, 2104, a new Narconon facility in Italy opened its doors to neighbors, friends and supporters, introducing them to the Narconon rehab program now available to help families all over the country.

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Local officials and staff cut the ribbon for Narconon Argo grand opening

Narconon Argo is the newest member of more than 100 Narconon prevention or reha-bilitation organizations. It’s located just an hour from Rome, in Spedino, Borogose, a vil-lage surrounded by nature reserves and parks. On this day, dignitaries and neighbors turned out for the grand opening celebration, including Mayor Mariano Calisse and local cleric Don Nazzareno. On hand to welcome them into the center was Narconon Director Paul Corneli. Continue reading

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Expert Evaluation of Moscow-Based Narconon Program Shows Excellent Results

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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.


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Red Ribbon Week 2014: Narconon Fresh Start Reaches Milestone of 100K Children Educated on the Harmful Effects of Drugs

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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.

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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

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Narconon Tijuana celebrates its second anniversary with song, dance, and heartfelt words.

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.

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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.

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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

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Narconon Volunteers in Nigeria Take to the Streets to Fight a New Enemy: Ebola

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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

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Narconon Turkey Offers an Innovative, Drug-Free Program to Those Who are Addicted

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.

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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.

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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

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Narconon Drug Education reaches over 10,000 Schoolchildren During October Prevention Month

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.

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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

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Narconon Presents New Resources for National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

10 facts marijuana download Narconon Presents New Resources for National Substance Abuse Prevention MonthOne 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:
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• 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

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September Provides Occasion for Narconon Centers to Celebrate Recovery

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.

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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.

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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

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