One of the most active Narconon drug prevention teams in the world is the one in Hualien, Taiwan. From the Narconon rehab center on the east coast of the country, teams of staff and volunteers fan out every week to distribute educational materials to their neighbors. This time, the team traveled to the northern tip of the island to reach people they perhaps had not met before.

Keelung night market

The destination was Keelung City, a port city not far from Taipei. This city is renowned for having one of the most spectacular night markets in the country. At night, the streets of this district close down and the pavement is flooded with people eager for food, clothes or entertainments. But during the day, it’s possible to offer people educational materials on the dangers of drug use and engage them in conversation.

Narconon staff and volunteers from Taipei and Taichung spread out through the Keelung market, giving out brochures and answering questions. In this image, you can see the rows of bright lanterns overhead. At night, these lanterns, neon signs and fluorescent lights almost turn night into day.Taiwan drug prevention on the streets

But this day, it was all about helping the Taiwanese avoid injury and overdose death from drug abuse. In these images, you can see these tireless educators helping save lives.

At the invitation of a doctor in Nigeria, two Narconon executives visited the country to help with preliminary plans for a new Narconon drug rehab center in the country. Present from the Southern Europe Narconon Management Office was John Citterio and accompanying him was the Executive Director of Narconon Egypt, Karim Salah.

The invitation had come from Dr. Saidu, a medical doctor, who is interested in offering the Narconon program to those in the country struggling with addiction. The party visited locations in the country that could serve as facilities for this program, traveling from Kaduna in the center of the country to the sacred city Kano in the north.

At almost the same moment, volunteers in Lagos were visiting classrooms to teach young children about the dangers of drug abuse. At the beginning of the lessons, the children all participated in fun exercises that got them communicating with others in the room. Then bright and cheerful, the children were more interested absorbing the lesson of the instructor.

Children in Nigeria

In and around Lagos, Narconon volunteers have been active for years, even staging an annual parade and lesson on June 26th each year, in association with the local Drug Enforcement Administration. June 26th has been designated as the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and Narconon volunteers take this annual event to heart.

graduates of Narconon astore in Italy

Graduates gather at the anniversary event for Narconon Astore

Sunday, June 28th in Poggio San Romualdo Narconon Astore celebrated its twenty-first anniversary of helping addicts recover from addiction. People traveled from around the country join the celebration which included staff, students, graduates, families, and friends. students plant a tree at Narconon Astore

The theme for the event was “rebirth”. A few of the students currently on the program planted a small fruit tree along the avenue leading to the center, as a symbol of rebirth and a new life free from drugs. In addition, along this same avenue a plaque was placed dedicated to L. Ron Hubbard, whose works are the basis for the Narconon program which have helped so many people over the years.

Following these activities the attendees gathered in the main hall, where approximately thirty graduates from 1985 to today shared their success and briefly described their new life after rehabilitation.

Parents were presented with certificates for completing a parents course while their son or daughter completed their Narconon program and all of these parents were very appreciative and gave thanks to Narconon Astore for the help they and their children had received.

The party concluded with entertainment provided by former student who sang and played guitar, along with refreshments and a beautiful cake served to all guests.

prescriptionPrescription drug abuse and addiction problems have rocked our country to its core.  In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that prescription drug abuse and addiction problems are now responsible for more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.  Part of the problem with these drug substances is that few individuals recognize them as drug substances, or understand that they can be just as dangerous and addictive as some illicit drug substances.  These medications are FDA-approved and doctor recommended, and many individuals who lack further information regarding their true nature erroneously believe that this means they are perfectly safe to use or even abuse. Read the rest of this entry »

creole foodThere is no doubt that drug abuse and addiction problems are difficult to recover from.  Even with the right support and help, individuals who are seeking to overcome these problems may find that it is not easy or fast to do so.  In order to be successful, drug rehabilitation treatment must assist the individual in addressing and resolving each and every physical, mental and emotional cause and effect of their drug use.  However, treatment cannot end there. Read the rest of this entry »

marathonThere are many things that can threaten the health and happiness of humans, not the least of which is mental health issues and substance abuse problems.  These problems often go hand-and-hand, and they can quickly destroy lives, communities and indeed society at large.  When addressing these problems, often the biggest barrier standing in the way of full resolution is ignorance, which prevents individuals not only from comprehending these problems, but also from comprehending what can be done to solve them. Read the rest of this entry »

healthyIt can be difficult, in an age of fast technology, for individuals to stay on-track for healthy living.  Not only can diet and exercise be an issue, but an overwhelming and ever-increasing supply of dangerous drug substances constantly threaten the general good-health of our society.  Sadly, many individuals simply are not aware of the various strategies that can be employed to ensure healthy living, or of the different services that may be provided in order to aid them in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Read the rest of this entry »

peopleAs May is now upon us and summer is rapidly approaching, it is time to observe National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The main purpose of National Prevention Week is to increase public awareness of both substance abuse and mental health issues in an effort to increase general public action toward reducing and resolving these problems.  Individuals, organizations and coalitions in communities all across the country work hard during National Prevention Week to promote various prevention strategies, educate others and build stronger partnerships in the fight against substance abuse and mental health issues. Read the rest of this entry »

no more wineAlcohol is rarely viewed as a dangerous drug substance, or even as any sort of drug substance at all.  It is a legal and socially acceptable substance that many individuals see no harm in imbibing on occasion.  In actual fact, however, even casual alcohol consumption can create unwanted effects in the individual, and can lead to alcohol abuse and addiction problems. Read the rest of this entry »

graduateOn March 20th, 2015, the brand new Narconon Turkey held a special ceremony to celebrate their very first rehabilitation program graduates.  Standing before the Turkish flag, these graduates were given the opportunity to speak one at a time to an audience of family members, fellow Narconon students and their families, neighbors and city officials.  Having worked hard to achieve their freedom from drugs, they were able to take the time and explain what their journey to recovery had meant to them with the help of the Narconon program, and what hopes they hold for their future.  The Vice-Mayor of Ankara was at hand to present each graduate with their certificate of program completion, before the graduates returned to the open arms of their grateful family members. Read the rest of this entry »

peopleDrug abuse and addiction problems affect individuals in every country in the world, individuals who need professional rehabilitation treatment in order to take back control of their life and establish the strong foundation necessary for a healthier and happier future.  Ideally, effective rehabilitation treatment will help the individual address and resolve each and every physical, mental and emotional cause and effect of their drug abuse and addiction problems so that they are able to break with their past and focus on their future.  However, rehabilitation treatment programs of this nature are sometimes quite difficult to come by. Read the rest of this entry »

spring breakFor young individuals, Spring Break can be a welcome diversion in the middle of a seemingly endless school year.  It can be a time to hang out with friends and enjoy wonderful weather out of doors.  Some fifty years ago, Spring Break for college kids and young adults was similarly innocent in nature – a time for individuals to enjoy each other’s company and the outdoors.  Unfortunately, Spring Break has transformed into something else entirely over the past half-century.  In most cases, when individuals consider the proposition of Spring Break today they are thinking about wild parties with plenty of booze and other drug substances. Read the rest of this entry »

the unMarch 20th was declared The International Day of Happiness by a resolution of the United Nations, and Narconon supported an effort to help promote the message of the event throughout the world. The Day of Happiness Project was launched to line up with the UN’s International Day of Happiness, as a way to contribute to the momentum of the global event and to spread solutions for living a happier life to as many people as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

workshopThe problem of addiction is far more complex than simply being about the physiological dependence that a heavy drinker or drug user develops. Certainly this dependence is a core factor in addiction — the body of the addict has adapted to the best of its ability to the chemical onslaught, and has reached a point where it needs a regular dose just to maintain this balance — but it is not the entire picture. There are also a host of other behavioral issues that go along with addiction, both in its causation and perpetuation. It has been found that many people who end up behind bars as a result of being driven into crime by their drug or alcohol abuse can trace their difficulties back to problems they were having coping with life. Read the rest of this entry »

anniversaryIt was in early 1966 that the Narconon program was originally conceived by founder William Benitez. He was behind bars, serving a prison sentence in Arizona after ending up in trouble with the law yet again as a result of his addiction to heroin. William had spent most of his adult life in the criminal justice system, and he could trace his troubles with the law back to the fact that during this entire time he had been a drug addict.  Drugs had ruined William’s life, but one day while he sat in his prison cell, an idea came to him that served as the foundation for what was to become one of the world’s most widespread and most successful drug rehab programs. The idea was to solve drug addiction without the use of other drugs in the treatment process, thus the name “Narconon.” He found the tools that he needed to achieve this goal in a book he read in the prison library, The Fundamentals of Thought by American philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. Benitez applied what he learned in Hubbard’s book to his own life, and shortly thereafter he knew that he had discovered the solution for freeing himself — or anyone else — from the trap of addiction. Read the rest of this entry »

heartFebruary is American Heart Month, a yearly event sponsored by the American Heart Association. The organization has invested nearly $4 billion over the years into research into research into the causes and treatments for heart disease, making them the leading sponsor of such research not including the federal government. American Heart Month has been observed annually since 1964, and this year’s event was ushered in by a proclamation from President Obama. Read the rest of this entry »

cocaineNewsChannel KFOR in Oklahoma City reported on January 20th on a case in which millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine was seized from a vehicle traveling from Arizona towards Oklahoma City. The bust resulted in the capture of nearly 80 pounds of the drug, a massive quantity of a drug which is routinely sold in amounts weighing no more than a few grams. It is being billed by law enforcement in Canadian County, where the incident took place, as possibly the single largest cocaine bust in the history of the Oklahoma City metro area, a region with a population of around 1.3 million. Read the rest of this entry »

methNarconon Arrowhead recently released a guide to educate the general public about methamphetamine. The goal of this project was to prevent meth use and addiction, since methamphetamine has already ruined too many lives and ended too many prematurely, and the team at the Oklahoma Narconon is committed to doing something about it. This initiative is of special importance to Narconon Arrowhead, given that their home state is one of those most heavily afflicted by the meth epidemic in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

girlOn the evening of Saturday December 13th, a group of around 320 people descended upon the Nhow Hotel in the fashion, design and contemporary arts district of the city of Milan, in Northern Italy. It was a black tie event, where guests enjoyed aperitifs during the early stages, took in a delicious dinner, and were treated to a performance by the internationally known singer Evgenia Laguna. The event was more than just a party, however, and the hundreds of people who assembled at the hotel were there for a purpose. Read the rest of this entry »

manAs the holidays passed and everyone at the Narconon Riverbend center began getting ready for 2015, the staff of the center had to take a moment to reflect on how much they had accomplished in the previous year. Indeed, 2014 was a banner year for Narconon Riverbend. More than 100 people graduated from the Narconon program at the center in Denham Springs, Louisiana, an average of about 2 student completions per week. Considering that the Narconon program takes an average of 3 to 5 weeks to complete from start to finish, it can be understood that getting someone through the program, let alone getting 100 people through, is a considerable achievement, one which involves quite a bit of effort and dedication. Read the rest of this entry »