On July 18, 2015, the Narconon center in the southern outskirts of Moscow celebrated 15 years of saving lives. For the occasion, a large yellow tent was set up, plenty of food was prepared and musicians and artists prepared their contributions for the occasion. Guests that were invited included graduates from the last 15 years, their families, staff from the rehab center, volunteers and supporters from the community. There was even a special song written by performer Al Chagall that expressed what it’s like to know you stand between an addicted person and his potential death due to overdose.
On the day of the event, guests came from all over the Moscow area but also from as far away as Almaty, Kazakhstan and Pistoia in Italy. More than 100 people were on hand to lend their hearts to the celebration.
The event started with a video showing the successes and changes the center has been through over the last few years. This was followed by a speech by Svetlana Kobzeva, the director of the center, who showed her gratitude to all those who have been involved in the center’s success. Narconon graduates and their family members then talked about the changes they had been through because of the new hope offered by the Narconon program.
Then the group got to mingle while they enjoyed the food, music and other shows. The rap group Mind Vision – all graduates of the Narconon program – performed for the group, followed by Al Chagall and his specially-written anniversary song. Next, an auction of art created by the students and an instructor of a nearby art institute raised funds for the next phase of expansion of Narconon Standard, sure to herald more success in the coming decades. The celebration closed with a magic fire show by another Narconon graduate and a traditional shadow theater performance.
When a group fights a force as overwhelming as addiction, it’s appropriate to stop occasionally and mark the successes with events like these enjoyed with good friends, supporters and those who have gotten their lives back because of the Narconon program.