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
Narconon Astore Director speaks to attendees at their 20th anniversary event
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.
Family and friends gather to celebrate at Narconon Astore
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. Continue reading
It might not be surprising to find a Narconon drug education and prevention group in Los Angeles or New York, but perhaps it’s a little more unusual to learn that a new group was just established on the West Coast of Africa.
Narconon Liberia group gathered for UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Joseph Appiah, who has been the director of Narconon Ghana for more than a decade and Rufas Yonjare worked together to establish Narconon Liberia. Continue reading
Narconon drug education seminars on UN Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Every year on the 26th of June, Narconon staff and volunteers around the world will once again lend their efforts to support the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In past years, Narconon representatives have been seen leading marches, attending community anti-drug events or making a sweep of dozens of schools in their areas, spreading a positive message about drug-free lives. Participation has been reported in countries as far-flung as Colombia, Nepal, Denmark, Pakistan, Ghana, Uganda and the United States. Many events include government officials and legislators from the local to the international level, as well as law enforcement personnel, teachers and families. Continue reading
In early June 2014, the Narconon center in Alcala de Guadaira, near Seville, Spain, staged a celebration of success by inviting graduates, their families, members of the community and local government officials for a dinner and party. For more than twenty-five years, this rehab center has been helping persons struggling with addiction from all over Spain to find in themselves the ability to live sober, productive lives. It was time to enjoy their accomplishments and thank those who made it possible.
After an indoor reception, everyone moved out into the garden for a dinner served on white-clad tables under the trees. About thirty graduates brought family with them. Members of the Civil Guard and Police Department were also invited guests. Continue reading
Drug rehabilitation programs around the world have dedicated staff who do their utmost to help their patients recover. But knowing and being able to report the factual outcome of that treatment has long been a stumbling block that can impede internal correction efforts and even funding. Demands from supervisory bodies or grantors to provide followup results may prove too expensive and staff time-intensive for consistent compliance. Chestnut Health Systems teamed up with the Narconon drug rehabilitation network to develop a viable, effective solution—a method of ‘routine outcome monitoring.’
This solution was presented in workshop by Clark Carr of Narconon International, Marie Sternquist of Chestnut Global Partners, and Richard Lennox, Ph.D., senior scientist of Chestnut Health Systems, Inc., to the 20th Annual Training Conference of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) in Anaheim, California held at the end of May 2014. Continue reading