Narconon Arrowhead Issues Message in Remembrance to Those Lost to Addiction

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During the holiday season this year, the staff and students of Narconon Arrowhead are busy celebrating with a variety of activities. They kicked off the holidays with a Deck the Halls party, where everyone helped to decorate the building and hang ornaments on the large Christmas tree in the lodge. They helped to decorate and run a float in the Christmas parades in two nearby communities, celebrating the season.

They enjoyed a holiday talent show where all were welcome to perform on stage for the enjoyment of the group. They have even been running a food pantry in cooperation with several other community organizations, working to collect donations of food, household supplies and money for needy families through bake sales, fundraising and contacting donors around the country. In addition to all of the merriment and spirit of giving which has characterized the atmosphere at Narconon Arrowhead this holiday season, they have also been working to spread awareness of a more somber message, with a month-long campaign carrying the theme “Recovery Through the Holidays.”

lonely man during the holidays

The purpose of the “Recovery Through the Holidays” campaign is twofold. First, it is intended to celebrate those who have made it into rehab during the holidays. Many people who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol find that the holidays bring a set of challenges that make things difficult or overwhelming. Stress over family gatherings, work parties, financial pressure to pay for everything that is expected, and feelings of loss or loneliness can all be stirred up during the holidays, and for many addicts, the result is even worse levels of substance abuse and a greater risk of overdose or other tragedies. Too many of these people decide to get sober during the holidays but fail to make good on this promise to themselves, and as January rolls around they find themselves falling back into the same old self-destructive habits. Those who make it go right to get into treatment during the holidays are giving themselves — and those who care about them — the best Christmas gift they possibly could, with the opportunity to make a fresh start and avoid what could likely end up being an early demise.

Narconon in Oklahoma Reaches Out to Addicts During the Holidays

“Recovery Through the Holidays” also serves to honor the memory of the countless thousands of people who have lost their lives to drugs over the years. As reported by Narconon Arrowhead, the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 114 Americans die of an overdose every day and 6,748 are taken to the emergency room for treatment of an overdose. For every one person who makes it into rehab during the holidays, there are far too many others who won’t make it, now or ever. Of more than 20 million Americans who meet the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder, only around 2 million receive treatment for their addiction in a given year.

In effect, the Recovery Through the Holidays campaign works to shine the light on the tragic scope of the epidemic of drug addiction in the United States, while also pointing out that help is available and recovery is possible.

happy sober couple

Through the Narconon program, a person can effectively overcome the guilt, cravings, and depression which often trap an addict in the cycle of substance abuse. When the factors that make the holidays difficult for many addicts start having their effects, a person may feel that now is the time to get into recovery, and it is vital to ensure that the person takes action on this recognition. Recovery Through the Holidays is meant to reach out to those in need of help and make sure that they get it at this crucial time.

AUTHOR

Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.