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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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Bringing Back a Culture of Sober Living to America

happy familyIt has not been that long since drug use was something that few people struggled with or talked about. Before the 1960s, marijuana was just used in isolated areas and heroin use was restricted to certain circles of the population, usually in urban areas. Heroin spread through the jazz and Beatnik subcultures in the 1950s, then when US soldiers went to Southeast Asia in the 1960s, some developed heroin abuse habits and brought those habits home with them.

Cocaine use spread across the country in 1985, creating tens of thousands of addicts and filling jails. In the late 1960s, marijuana and hashish use became far more popular, followed by psychedelics like LSD, mescaline and psilocybin or “magic mushrooms.”

Of course, alcohol has been destroying lives and families for hundreds of years. Alcohol has become readily available in nearly every city in the US, meaning that just about anyone who has an uncontrollable thirst for it has a source. Continue reading

Twisting the Prescription Drug System for Profit

Prescription drugs and moneyWe all know the way the prescription painkiller distribution system is supposed to work. A person with real pain that reduces the quality of his (or her) life visits a properly licensed doctor. To help that patient with the pain until recovery is complete, the doctor prescribes the minimum therapeutic dose, that is then accurately dispensed by an honest pharmacy. Continue reading

Teaching the Risks of Marijuana Use

Marijuana UseWith all the changes in our country in the last few years, it can be hard to know what people really think about marijuana. After all, the voters in twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of this drug for medical purposes. I would imagine that parents are having a difficult time knowing what to say to their children. Preventing their children from abusing this drug must go far beyond a simple threat of “If I find you with marijuana, you’ll be grounded for months.”

Surely, if a drug is approved for medical use in such a widespread fashion, it would be remarkably benign in use. But a report from the British Journal of Psychiatry notes that the undesirable mental effects of cannabis include: Continue reading

Making Sure Your Child Never Needs Drug Rehab

The care a child receives in making sure he or she does not abuse drugs varies greatly from household to household. In some, parents monitor their children’s activities closely and educate their children on problems associated with substance abuse. Sadly, at the other end of the scale are households where the child’s first drug use was actually with the parent. While this is a small number, it is tragic that it happens at all.

In most households, parents do make an attempt to prevent their child from using drugs. But it seems like the decks are stacked against parents.

Here’s why:

Marijuana: A parent can explain why it is wrong to use marijuana but any child who watches television or reads news knows that the drug is given to sick people by doctors.

Alcohol: Television advertising, especially during sports shows, features an abundance of alcohol advertising.

Prescription drugs: From pain killers to so-called “study drugs,” these are also prescribed by medical doctors.

Keeping one’s child safe means first of all, setting a good example of disciplined alcohol use, minimal prescription drug use and no illicit drug use. Education starts by example.

Second, it’s going to be necessary to explain that even if drugs are prescribed or openly advertised, there are negative effects associated with all these types of drugs, and that use can easily get out of control.

Third, a child who is goal-oriented is less likely to be derailed by drugs. Work with a child to develop goals he or she wants to achieve and feels are doable. Praise her accomplishments. Help him work out solutions to the obstacles.

Despite Best Efforts, Some Young People May Need a Rehabilitation Program

Despite education and monitoring, some young people will become dependent on or addicted to illicit or prescription drugs or alcohol. But recovery through drug rehab is possible and those dreams can come in sight once again. This is the result of the Narconon drug and alcohol recovery program, delivered at Narconon recovery centers around the world.

The Narconon drug rehab program does not use any other drugs as part of recovery but instead supports a person through withdrawal and detoxification with generous doses of nutritional supplements. Nutrition, along with time spent in a low-heat sauna and moderate exercise has been shown to initiate an exceptional detoxification process that flushes drug residues out of the fatty tissues where they tend to lodge. When these residues are removed, the person in recovery normally says that cravings are lower or gone, and that his or her outlook is brighter and energy is better.

Once outlook is improved, it is easier to recover the life skills the will keep one safe when rehab is completed. Life skills like the ability to use communication to resolve problems, ability to change conditions for the better, to isolate those people in one’s life who might create problems and a solid moral code that provides guidance. All these aspects of good survival are addressed on the Narconon addiction treatment program. Narconon school programs help prevent the need for addiction programs by providing drug education, but when addiction does arrive, this organization also provides rehabilitation.

Addiction treatment is seldom accomplished in the 28 to 30 days of short-term programs. It takes long than that to fully detoxify and then develop sober living skills. Learn how the Narconon program can put addiction problems in the past and help build a bright future again.

Southern California Children’s Fair Features Drug Education in a Fun Format for Kids

Narconon Drug Education Fair

The Challenge: How do you express to thousands of young people at a children’s fair that staying free from drug use is the right way to go – and keep it fun at the same time?

The Answer: Make it interactive, keep it light, make it voluntary and staff it with great people!

Those were the answers developed for the Narconon Drug Education booth at the Children’s Day Fair at Woodland Park in Van Nuys, California, held from 9 AM to 6 PM on September 17, 2011. News reports placed the number of attendees – children, their parents and interested neighbors – at 50,000. Attractions included young singers and dancers, fire trucks, police motorcycles and a helicopter, an armored Humvee, games and rides. Resource booths providing the community with information ran the gamut from sports, drama, song and dance to anti-gang programs and of course, the Narconon booth education all visitors on the benefits of a drug-free life.

Drug Education Children's Fair

Chipper and cheerful, teen volunteers and Narconon staff greeted fair attendees with the offer of the educational booklet “Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs” and encouragement to sign a drug-free pledge.

More than five hundred young people and their parents signed the drug-free pledge and then got the opportunity to help complete the artwork in the booth. Two drawings of hip-hop youth on banners in the booth were wearing all-white clothing in the morning, but by the end of the fair, pledge signers had gotten to fill in their clothes, shoes and hats with bright colors. Toward the end of the fair day, the bright images giving a “thumbs-down to drugs” and a “thumbs-up to life” were so appealing that some attendees wanted to have their pictures taken with the images.

With local celebrities and entertainers headlining many of the events, the Children’s Fair proved to be an excellent way to convey the drug-free message to thousands of people in the San Fernando Valley. You can be sure that there will be another booth at next year’s event!

Narconon Drug Education in Taiwan

Narconon taiwan Drug EducationThe Narconon Taiwan drug education and rehabilitation facility is located in Ji-An Township.

Recently Summer, the Executive Director for Narconon Taiwan delivered drug education to some students at the Kang-lo Elementary School in Hualien County.

Here is a photo of Summer and the kids holding up the popular drug education booklet, 10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs, which has been translated into their language.

Here is another article about the Narconon Taiwan drug rehabilitation and education center and some of the activities they have been involved in.

Narconon Drug Education Workshops in the Philippines

Back in 2003, the statistics of drug abuse in the Philippines were escalating. Especially for  methamphetamine. Today the drug problem is still an issue and needs some help to solve it.

Back in 2003, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, launched an anti-drug campaign. Some PDEA agents traveled to Los Angeles to met with the president of Narconon International and requested to receive drug prevention workshops. The workshops basically covered the basics of drug abuse and addiction and how to deliver drug prevention presentations.

Once the training was done, the PDEA agents and the Narconon team went to schools and delivered drug education presentations to hundreds of kids on the truth about drugs in the Philippines.

Many children stated they would not use drugs anymore after hearing the talks and doing the seminar. At the end of the workshop PDEA agents were proud to receive their own drug educator certificates.

Here are some results from the Narconon drug education workshops in the Philippines:

1. What did you find most valuable about the Narconon drug training?
2. What would you like to learn more about?
3. What recommendations do you have to improve the training?
4. How did this workshop change your attitude about drugs and drug prevention?
5. What is your current job description?
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1. The valuable thing in the Narconon drug training is the increase of my confidence in dealing with high school students.

2. How to deal with drug dependency by using vitamins.

3. More days and time training.

4. It never changed my attitude, but it increased my knowledge on drugs and drug prevention.

5. Officer in charge of education and community involvement.
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1. The presentation was simple but meaningful.

2. The Narconon way of rehabilitation services.

3. It would be better if the trainers or speakers are Filipino Narconon members.

4. It increases my commitment to fight drug abuse.

5. Recruiter community grander.

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1.The most valuable learned at the Narconon workshop is how to teach other people about drugs.

2. I would like to learn more how to prevent the dangerous drugs coming into my country.

3. So far it’s good. Nothing to improve especially to the mention of this training program.

4. More knowledge to use in my profession. I am glad I learned more on your training program.

5. I am a police woman in the Philippines drug enforcement. This training will help a lot.

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1. How to teach children about the effects of drugs and how to deliver drug lectures properly.

2. How to organize and deliver my lecture more properly so I can catch the audiences attention every time I do my lectures.

3. More hours so we could apply what we have learned in an intensive manner on the lectures. They were very comprehensive.

4. It made me more interested and made my commitment much stronger to fight the drug menace.

5. Assistant education and training officer resource speaker facilitator.

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The training was really an eye opener. The detoxification and communications drills. The best part of the training is the practicals. It’s really a very exciting adventure to give kids data that even I myself just learned. It’s sad that we have limited time. The feeling of giving data to kids is my best experience!

 

Here’s an article about drug education in Russia

Narconon Drug Education Activity in South Africa

Narconon Cape Twon Drug Education One of the greater drug problems in Cape Town would be the crystal methamphetamine use. The drug is very cheap and can be bought from almost anywhere. People with not much income can also afford it.

  • http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/tik-meth-in-cape-town.html

“Tik” is the street name and it’s usually smoked in a light bulb with a straw.

Narconon knows about the problem and is taking some major steps to handling the methamphetamine problem. Going in schools delivering drug education presentations to students has helped to inform students to stay away from methamphetamine and other drugs.

Even talking to people on the streets and explaining what drugs really do to the body and the mind is one of the steps Narconon Cape Town  has been taking to handle the problem.

One of the other activities to help raise funds to offer drug education programs to schools is selling drug booklets and stickers during the holidays.

Students who have attended the drug education program at their schools have even helped. Almost every kind of school has shown interest in the drug education program. Some students even help us reach students at other schools which plays a great part to handling the drug problem.

One particular drug education activity the kids helped out with enabled Narconon Cape Town to reach 1,613 students  and 80  received “Peer Leader Training” which helped them learn how to help friends get off or stay off drugs.

The techniques they learned can be used through out their life. As soon as someone really duplicates what drugs do to people and also has the right technique to show and explain it to others, it changes his or her life and all the people around them.

Narconon Drug Education Surveys in South Texas

The Narconon drug education program in South Texas is doing very well. They have delivered drug education presentations to thousands of school children.

Our primary goal delivering the drug education presentation in schools are:

  • Helping children stay away from drugs.
  • To inform them what drugs do to your body and mind.
  • Help them tell their family and friends the truth about drugs.

These are some of the schools that Narconon South Texas delivered the drug education presentation to:

  • Villa Nueva Elementary (3rd, 4th and 5th grade) 3-1-05
  • Rio Hondo Elementary (4th 5th grade) 2-25-05
  • Harlingen High School (North & South) New Direction group 3-1-05

Each time we deliver the Narconon drug education program we have them fill out a survey to tell us what they got out of the presentation.

Here are the Questions:

  1. Can you tell us what you thought of talk, and Why?
  2. Did your thoughts about drugs change after hearing the talk?
  3. How can you use what you learned?

These are some of the answers that the students filled out on the surveys:

South Texas Drug Education

  1. I thought it was good because I learned some stuff that I did not know.
  2. Yes, because I learned it can kill you.
  3. By telling my cousins not to do drugs.

  1. Make sense cause I’m starting losing my sight.
  2. Yes
  3. By telling other people.

  1. Very informational and really not as boring as every other speaker I have heard. You got you point a cross and let me see more than I have.
  2. Yes, I know it was bad and I loved the way you presented.
  3. I can tell my friends and anyone important to me.

Drug Education South TX

  1. It was very interesting and innovating because it helped me learn things I didn’t know about drugs.
  2. Yes.
  3. I could help prevent my family from using drugs.

  1. It was good because it may help someone understand who want’s to try drugs or is doing them.
  2. Yeah, but I never think of doing drugs.
  3. Tell someone family member’s or a friend how drugs will effect in way they may not know about.

  1. I thought it was very interesting.
  2. Yeah, a little.
  3. I can tell my family what drugs can do to them.

  1. It was educational. I thought it was good.
  2. No, I already had those thoughts.
  3. Tell other people about some of those things.

  1. Very good, good info.
  2. Yes.
  3. I’ll think twice before I do something again.

South Texas Drug Education

  1. It is good because it helps from getting in drugs.
  2. It changed my mind so I would no longer take drugs.
  3. I could use it by helping my dad.

Each one of these answers are from a student who attended the Narconon drug education and prevention presentation.

For additional information, please contact us any time and feel free to ask about our drug education or rehab program. We can answer any other questions you may have about drugs at info@narconon.org or give us a call.