Narconon Reaches Out to Millions More by Translating its Informative Website
Addiction knows no national boundaries so Narconon International has always focused on expansion of its drug rehabilitation facilities to many nations around the world. In June 2009, Narconon International announced that its informative website had been translated into Spanish, French and Italian to help families find rehab help for loved one in more parts of the world. Even in the US, UK and other English-speaking countries, there are plenty of non-English speakers. Narconon president Clark Carr announced that more languages would be coming soon.
International Events and Festivities Staged by Narconon Mark the UN Day Against Drugs
Each year in late June, Narconon centers around the world participate in events designed to forward the message of the UN’s Day Against Drugs. In Hollywood, supporters of Narconon included rappers, singers, dancers and other entertainers. Children were provided with art projects and anti-drug booklets designed especially for them. In Ghana, government officials gathered to hear the Director of Ghana Health Services recommend that the Narconon drug education program be offered throughout the country. And so it went: In Capetown, South Africa; Italy; Nepal; Pakistan, Copenhagen, Denmark; Moscow, Russia; Bogota, Colombia and Quebec, Canada, there were rallies, commendations, marches and speeches that carried the anti-drug Narconon message to thousands.
July Features First Outreach Workshops to Mexico by Narconon International
In mid-July, Narconon International staff traveled to Mazatlan, Mexico to provide in-depth workshops to the executives of Sinaloa drug rehabilitation centers. Many of these executives were hearing about the drug-free methods of withdrawal used by Narconon for the first time. One of the attendees from Sinaloa is the chief executive of rehab operations capable of treating 5,000 addicted people at a time. When he was interviewed by a local paper, Narconon International president Clark Carr pointed out that military force can only be part of the solution to narcotrafficking, and must always be accompanied by drug prevention and rehabilitation. In all, sixty rehab officials received training on the techniques used to make drug-free withdrawal safe and effective.
Hip-Hop Artists Endorse Narconon as a Solution to Addiction
After the death of international star Michael Jackson from an addiction to prescription drugs, two Los Angeles hip-hop artists publicly stated their support for the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. These drug-free artists recommended that anyone wishing information on drug abuse or addiction visit the www.narconon.org website.
Narconon President and Support Staff Visit New Facility Being Built in Nepal
In early August 2009, Narconon president Clark Carr and two support staff left the US, headed for Pratigya Narconon Nepal. This center is located in Katmandu, tucked up against the base of the Himalayan mountains. Here, the facility was expanding from a 60-bed facility to a new 150-bed facility. To assist in this transition, Mr. Carr and staff experienced with this type of project accompanied him. Mr. Carr acknowledged the fact that the new center would be able to save more lives from drug addiction than ever before. This expansion would make Pratigya Narconon Nepal the second-largest Narconon in the world.
Narconon Expands Resources Internationally
In the middle of their busy year of expansion, Narconon International paused for a moment to recognize their own international expansion. In recent months, there had been a Narconon center opened in Egypt, translations on the Narconon International website into French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Arabic. Even Iran was home to a sauna detoxification program based on the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program used to address cravings.
Narconon Facility Flourishes in Nepal
In August 2009, the President of Narconon International traveled to Nepal to inspect the operations of this recently-founded Narconon program. President Clark Carr and other experienced staff regularly make these trips to ensure the quality of the delivery of the program at locations all around the world. In this case, the visitors were thanked and commended by the State Minister for Home Affairs of the Government of Nepal. The Minister acknowledged the serious problem the country has with drug addiction and recognized the effectiveness of the Narconon program.
Hurricane Katrina Provides Impetus for Founding of Narconon in Louisiana, Still Flourishing in 2009
After more than three years of operations, the staff and executives of Narconon Louisiana celebrated the success they have had saving people from addiction. The founders of Narconon Louisiana witnessed firsthand the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the severe addiction problems of many people in the area affected by the storm. Soon after, the Narconon center was opened to help the people this region recover their sobriety. In three years, 150 people have graduated from the Narconon program delivered at this center.
Narconon Spokesperson Helps Los Angeles Sheriff Publicize Drug “Drop-Off” Program
In the last several years, overdose deaths from prescription drugs and people needing treatment for addiction to these drugs have been skyrocketing. Accordingly, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca established a drug “drop-off” program that enables families to safely get rid of prescriptions that are no longer needed. These are exactly the drugs that may be stolen by young people who think they are safe to abuse because they were prescribed by doctors. Narconon spokesperson and drug educator Teddy Chambers was asked to join Sheriff Baca in the work to publicize this service. Being highly aware of the problem presented by these drugs in households around Los Angeles County, Mr. Chambers was happy to work out the plan to spread the word through Narconon events being held in the area.
Three Narconon Centers Celebrate Anniversaries
Surely those who confront the serious problem of addiction by managing a drug rehab facility year after year are among the most courageous among us. In Spain, Italy and Florida, Narconon centers celebrated thirtieth, fourteenth and tenth anniversaries.
In Spain, it’s Narconon Los Molinos where lives have been saved for thirty non-stop years. Fifty graduates of the drug rehab program returned, along with many parents of graduates, to share in the celebration. In Gabbiano, Italy, Narconon staff celebrated not only their fourteenth anniversary but also their expansion to a 100-bed facility. And in Florida in the US, the achievement of a decade of out-patient care was marked with awards, including The Provision of Exemplary Services to Florida Citizens.
Eleven Mexican Rehabs Send Representatives to Narconon First Step Workshops
November 2009 saw remarkable new expansion of the use of the Narconon drug rehabilitation technology into Mexican drug rehab programs. Clark Carr, president of Narconon International met with thirty rehab directors in the Mexican State of Sinaloa to teach them Narconon First Step techniques. In a series of workshop meetings, these directors had a chance to try out the relaxing physical “assists” that are part of the Narconon withdrawal procedures and learn how nutritional supplements can alleviate much of the suffering addicts go through when they are withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. At the end of these workshops, the directors invited Mr. Carr to return to provide more training for them and other rehab directors.
Narconon Hits Important Milestones by End of 2009
From its humble beginnings in 1967 in a big white house in Los Angeles to an international network of 150 prevention and rehabilitation offices around the world, Narconon has seen plenty of expansion. As 2009 drew to a close, the international offices executives celebrated their expansion to more than 1,200 staff. The last decade had also seen 13,373 lives saved from addiction by graduation from the Narconon drug rehab program.