Narconon Anniversaries in Italy Provide Opportunity for Gathering of Graduates, Families and Local Citizens

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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.

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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

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Narconon Welcomes a New Drug Prevention Group in Liberia

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.

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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

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Narconon observes UN international day against drug abuse with a release of drug education results

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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

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In the South of Spain, Narconon Mediterraneo is Joined by Families and Supporters for a Celebration of Drug-free Lives

mediterraneo guests arrive In the South of Spain, Narconon Mediterraneo is Joined by Families and Supporters for a Celebration of Drug free LivesIn 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

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Narconon International and Chestnut Health Systems Introduce Innovative, Practical Drug Rehab Outcome Monitoring System at National Drug Court Conference

routine outcome monitoring paper Narconon International and Chestnut Health Systems Introduce Innovative, Practical Drug Rehab Outcome Monitoring System at National Drug Court ConferenceDrug 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

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Narconon Fights Ketamine Abuse with New Educational Booklet

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10 Things About Ketamine Booklet

In many locations around the world, the drug ketamine is endangering the health and even lives of young people, even though the drug is not often listed among commonly abused drugs. In Toronto and Vancouver, in US urban areas and in the UK and Southern Asia, the drug is frequently abused by those going to nightclubs or raves. In some areas, it’s popular to mix this drug with Ecstasy, a combination that is even more toxic.

Unfortunately, young people seldom take a careful look at the effects of the drugs they start to use. It would not take much research to determine that heavy ketamine abuse results in damage to the bladder as well as the threat of addiction and harm to one’s ability to think clearly.

“We prepared this booklet especially for our many friends across the US, Europe and Asia to help educate people on the danger of illness, pain and harm,” said Carr. “Both young people who might be tempted to use this drug and parents can get a greater understanding of the harm that is possible. With knowledge, they can escape physical and mental harm or help their children escape harm from ketamine abuse or addiction.” Continue reading

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Narconon Nepal expands delivery with a new Kathmandu Facility

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Basanta Kunwar with Nepal Deputy Prime Minister in front of the new Narconon drug rehab complex

In early May 2014, Narconon executives and staff welcomed a stellar list of national and local dignitaries to the grand opening of their new delivery facility in Kathmandu. In attendance at the Grand Opening were the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, the current and a former Police Chief of Kathmandu, former Army Chief General Rukmagat Katuwal, Narconon Nepal executive director Basanta Kunwar and hundreds of other dignitaries, friends and guests. Continue reading

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Narconon Drug Rehab in Macedonia Celebrates Ten Years Saving Lives

With graduates, friends and neighbors in attendance, Narconon Macedonia staff shared the joy of completing a full decade of saving lives from addiction. This drug rehab center near Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, was founded by Borce Mircevski in April 2004 after he had spent years fighting drug abuse from a different perspective.

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Narconon Balkan Drug Rehab Center in Macedonia

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Attendees arrive for the anniversary celebration.

Mircevski’s years formerly as an anti-drug agent proved to him that another kind of help was needed for the addicted. Arresting and incarcerating them was not solving the problem. It was only making people worse. Continue reading

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Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Women’s Center

narconon tijuana womens center opening Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Womens CenterIt’s been seventeen months since Narconon Tijuana began officially delivering addiction recovery services to men in Baja California. In April 2014, those services were for the first time made available to woman who have lost their way to drug or alcohol abuse.

Narconon Tijuana offers these services in a beautiful residential facility that is operated in liaison with the Archdiocese of Tijuana. In the very early days, the first male students in recovery helped build the center while they pursued their own Narconon program studies, supervised by Narconon International staff. Some of those who completed the program stayed on to train up to become Narconon staff the new center when it opened.

narconon tijuana womens center Narconon Tijuana Expands with New Womens CenterThe friendly connection between the Catholic Church and the Narconon recovery technology makes this center somewhat unique. The center’s executive director Jorge Loaiza said, “Narconon Tijuana is different. It’s a ‘Catholic’ Narconon.  In preparation for this, we have had two Sisters from the Samaritan Order in training since the beginning of this year.” Continue reading

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Recent Marijuana Death in Colorado Spurs Question of the Wisdom of Condoning Cannabis

smoking marijuana risks Recent Marijuana Death in Colorado Spurs Question of the Wisdom of Condoning CannabisWhat happened recently is that a 19-year-old African at a Colorado college tried marijuana (legally) for the first time while visiting a friend during Spring Break — eating a pot-laced cookie. This was his first use of marijuana — it was severe. After getting hostile and aggressive, he went to bed but then got up in the middle of the night and jumped to his death from a fourth-floor balcony.

With this in mind, the executive director of Narconon Redwood Cliffs questions whether or not widely tolerating use of marijuana is wise for youth or adults. Angie Manson is the director of the Narconon center located in Watsonville, California.

“We must evaluate the new tolerance toward this drug against the possible harm it can do,” said Manson. “As adults and parents, we are charged with helping our young people grow up safely and the presence of a thriving marijuana industry can easily send the wrong message.”

To address the use of drugs by youth, some organizations take the view that they should teach children to use drugs “responsibly.” For example, the Drug Policy Alliance publishes a booklet called Safety First that is distributed to Parent-Teacher Associations advises, “Some psychologists argue that given the nature of our culture, teenage experimentation with legal and illegal mind-altering substances should not be considered abnormal or deviant behavior.”

According to the website for the National Association of School Psychologists, this Safety First booklet has been issued as an official association communiqué to its members and the website Marijuana.com states that this booklet has been sent to all Parent-Teacher Association groups in California.

“Our viewpoint is now and has always been one hundred eighty degrees different than this,” said Manson. “Our approach is to educate youth on the harm that results from the abuse of any drug, including alcohol, and what can be accomplished in life by being one hundred percent drug-free. We teach this in the community and we endorse the drug-free principles of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.”

The longtime director of this center, abbreviated CASA, is Joseph Califano, who wrote the book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid. In that book, he says, “Nearly two decades of CASA research demonstrate that a child who gets through age twenty-one without smoking, abusing alcohol or using illegal drugs is virtually certain never to do so.”

redwood cliffs drug ed presentation Recent Marijuana Death in Colorado Spurs Question of the Wisdom of Condoning CannabisNarconon Redwood Cliffs visits schools and groups all over the San Francisco Bay Area to teach kids about the way drug abuse can bring about lasting harm, and how having goals in life help one stay sober and free from harm or addiction. Each year, their Narconon drug educators provide drug education classes to civic groups, schools, youth clubs and other interested groups, typically reaching more than 20,000 people a year.

To further help youth stay sober, Narconon has created free or low-cost drug education materials for parents and communities, including: 10 Things Parents May Not Know about Marijuana, 10 Things Parents May Not Know about Prescription Drug Abuse, and Talking to Kids About Drugs and 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs.

“We’re doing everything we can to enable young people to grow up safe and drug-free,” said Manson. “We strongly believe that our studied, evaluated drug education method is an effective way to help kids stay productive and safe from the tragedies of overdose or addiction. We believe that this is what parents truly want help with.”

http://www.marijuana.com/threads/safety-first-a-reality-based-approach-to-teens-drugs-and-drug-education.157329/

http://www.nasponline.org/publications/cq/cq334safetyfirst.aspx

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-colorado-pot-woes-20140407,0,5725785.story#ixzz2yuhAyBmb

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