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Narconon Participates in Drug Prevention Activities

kids classroomOctober was National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an annual event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Across the nation, organizations held events and engaged in activities aimed at the goal of raising awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and the month was ushered in with a proclamation issued by President Obama. Among the large number of organizations which took part in National Substance Abuse Prevention Month this year were the many Narconon drug rehab centers located across the United States. Continue reading

Narconon Arrowhead Observes Red Ribbon Week 2014

oct calendarFrom October 23rd through the 31st, the staff and students of Narconon Arrowhead celebrated Red Ribbon Week, annual event which is part of the broader Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign, sponsored by the National Family Partnership. Throughout the week, Narconon Arrowhead was working to spread the message of Red Ribbon Week, which this year was summed up with the theme “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” Red Ribbon Week is all about promoting awareness of the dangers of drug use and the negative impacts of drugs on the individual and society, and Narconon Arrowhead is a strong supporter of the event. Continue reading

Narconon Arrowhead Participates in Red Ribbon Week

drug freeEvery year for nearly three decades, individuals, families and organizations around the United States have been donning red ribbons in a sign of solidarity for the Red Ribbon Campaign. This nationwide movement found its beginnings in 1985, when a man named Enrique Camarena was brutally tortured and murdered at the hands of agents of a drug cartel in Mexico. Camarena was there on assignment as an agent of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), working to stop the spread of drugs at its source along the international drug trafficking corridors into the U.S. Continue reading

Narconon New Life Sponsors Drug Free Pledge for Red Ribbon Week

promiseEarlier this month, a team from the Narconon New Life Retreat in Denham Springs, Louisiana set up a booth at the Livingston Parish Fair. They were there to pass out anti-drug educational pamphlets and DVDs, and to invite young people from across the region to sign a pledge to lead drug-free lives. This was reported on by ABC 13 news in Toledo, Ohio, and the story included the fact that around 300 children and teenagers took the Narconon drug-free pledge. This pledge begins: “I promise to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to testify to my friends the satisfaction of a sober life and help as best I can those who fall into the trap of addiction.” Countless thousands of young people have taken Narconon’s drug-free pledge over the years, and it is one of the most well recognized aspects of the Narconon campaign to reduce the rates of substance abuse in the United States. Every one of the kids who signed the Narconon drug-free pledge is now less likely to make the serious mistake of deciding to try using drugs in the future, since they have now taken the time to understand and recite the wording of the pledge, an experience which can make the difference by getting the young person to consciously decide about where he or she stands on the issue of drugs.  Continue reading

Narconon Taiwan Stays Active in Offering Drug Prevention and Recovery Help

Narconon Taiwan distributing drug education bookletsOur staff and volunteers in Taiwan are always active! In these photos, you can see them getting out into the community to stop the use of drugs. In Taiwan, the widespread use of heroin and methamphetamine and the growing use of ketamine, the sleep aid Zolpidem and Ecstasy are creating many addicts. But if these enthusiastic drug educators have their way, addiction to these substances will soon be a thing of the past. Here you can see them reaching out to the public in and around the train station. The booklet they are handing out is 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know about Drugs, translated into Chinese.

Narconon Taiwan Outreach activities

Narconon Taiwan hands out drug education booklets throughout the city.

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Narconon Puts Out New Educational Resources for Recovery Month

informationIn recognition of the fact that October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, Narconon has launched an online hub with materials that parents, educators, law enforcement and others can use in their efforts to help keep children and teenagers off drugs. Prevention is the most effective approach to handling the problems of drug abuse and addiction in our society, and the message of Substance Abuse Prevention Month is one of the most important that can be spread in today’s world. Narconon offers powerful solutions to treating addiction and helping people make a fresh start in life, but for every person they help to recover, others are daily falling into the trap of addiction, so it is clear that if we are to win the war on drugs, it will be through prevention. Continue reading

Celebrating National Recovery Month with Narconon Sweden and Redwood Cliffs

success“Lasting recovery is one of the greatest gifts you can help an individual achieve who has been suffering from addiction, along with his family.” These words were spoken by Narconon International president Clark Carr, commenting on Narconon’s support of National Recovery Month this past September. “We are very proud of the tens of thousands of graduates we have sent home clean and sober. Our staff will continue to support both drug prevention and addiction recovery with their work that goes on 24 hours a day, every day of the year.” Continue reading

Narconon New Life Program Now Helping Clients Through Personal Training

weights“Since I began working at Narconon Louisiana, I have always gotten a lot out of watching students change throughout their programs,” says Stephen Mogavero of the Narconon New Life Retreat in Denham Springs, Louisiana. “About two and a half years ago, I made a commitment to take better care of myself by eating healthier and physical conditioning. Through dieting and exercise, I gained a lot of self-esteem, energy, and a renewed confidence.” Continue reading

Narconon Arrowhead Addresses Drug Cravings in Latest Press Release

headacheWhat does it take to get over addiction? What kinds of barriers does an addict face when trying to get sober? How hard is it really to quit using drugs and alcohol and to make a fresh start in life? These and other questions like them are answered in The Life Cycle and Mechanics of Addiction, a new booklet published online by Narconon Arrowhead executive director Gary W. Smith. It is a brief yet information packed booklet which is available as a free download through the Narconon Arrowhead website, and it is presented in an easy to understand, accessible and highly informative format. The Mechanics of Addiction is based on Smith’s decades of experience in the field addiction treatment, and it offers a wealth of information to people who are facing the problems of substance abuse in a loved one or in their own lives. Narconon Arrowhead issued a press release discussing the new booklet, focusing on the section of the book which discusses the first barrier that a person must overcome in the fight against addiction: cravings. Continue reading

Neurologists Don’t Think Painkillers Should Be So Common

painkillersOver the course of the past few years, we have seen an explosion in the rate at which doctors in the United States are prescribing prescription painkillers. Medications including hydrocodone (known commonly by the brand name Vicodin) and oxycodone (Oxy Contin and Percocet), are now among the most commonly used pharmaceutical drugs in America, and they are being used by far more people now than they were in the past. Until recently, opioid painkillers were reserved almost exclusively for cases in which the enormous risk of abuse and addiction was outweighed by the severity of the patient’s condition and the likelihood that the patient would not live long enough for addiction to be an issue. Continue reading