On the last day of November, 2013, nearly a hundred people gathered in Quintana Roo, one of the southernmost states in Mexico, to welcome new hope for the addicted in the area. Mrs. Haydee Colin welcomed her guests and local media representatives to the grand opening of a new Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Bonfil, Colonia Doctores, just a short drive from downtown Cancun. Among her guests were local officials, neighbors, friends, media representatives and officers from the Narconon International office in Los Angeles.
Under a large white tent in a garden adjoining the rehabilitation facilities, Colin called for the supporters who had helped build this rehab center to participate in the opening ceremony. Eight pairs of helping hands cut the long white ribbon that signified the opening of the center, and Narconon Cancun was ready to carry out its job of providing drug rehabilitation services.
Present to lend their best wishes were Quintana Roo’s Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, Mrs. Adriana Teisseir, Quintana Roo Under Secretary of Social Development; Dr. Sonia Elena Galvez, Health Department Coordinator of Innovation and Quality; the local Deputy Ludivina Menchaca; and Mr. Jorge Acevedo, Quintana Roo Director of Radio and Television.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Bishop Elizondo walked through the beautiful facility with Colin, consecrating each area to its humanitarian task of saving lives from drugs.
Two Narconon International staff traveled south from Los Angeles to join the celebration. Jose De Carpio, Narconon Consultant for Latin America, warmly congratulated Mrs. Colin for her courage and social responsibility in deciding both to open a drug rehab center and to adopt the Narconon drug-free life skills program. “Narconon uses humane, natural, proven methodology to help participants attain stable, drug-free lives,” he said. Omar Cardona Montemayor, Director of Narconon Latin America from Mexico, D.F., also greeted the audience and helped Mrs. Colin take her guests through the new facility.
Dr. Anna Grace Tagliaferro, Medical Director of Narconon International, talked to the group about the educational methods used by the Narconon program to help a person successfully walk a sober path after rehab. She presented Mrs. Colin and her new staff with a Plaque of Special Recognition, acknowledging them for their skill in choosing an effective technique of rehabilitation and their hard work in making the new 20-bed center both beautiful and comfortable for those in recovery.
Mrs. Colin explained to the gathering that she had carefully studied the different drug rehabilitation models that were available to implement as she planned her new center. She finally selected the drug-free Narconon program, based on the research of American humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. Narconon International worked with Colin to train staff, both at the Cancun center and elsewhere. The Cancun center will be helping drug addicts from the local area, from cities across Mexico and even from other countries.
For more information on the Narconon drug rehabilitation and prevention programs, call 1-800-775-8750. For information on Narconon Cancun, call (52) 998-840-1011.