All over the world, Narconon centers have been offering the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program since 1966. Starting in the US, and then moving outward around the world, Narconon has made its effective drug rehab technology well-known and has helped to save even more people from addiction in 2004.
Of course, drug education must be included as part of the job of raising awareness of the dangers of drugs and drug abuse. So, while Narconon has as its primary mission the task of returning addicts to their families drug-free and rehabilitated, Narconon drug education also functions all over the world.
In 2004, Narconon worked with community leaders and government and non-government organizations alike, providing advice and education wherever their help was needed.
An example of this outreach was at the Community of Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) national conference in Washington, DC. This organization consists of parents, schools, law enforcement, social services agencies and faith-based groups, among others who all have the common interest in making their communities drug-free. Staff from Narconon centers and Narconon International attended the CADCA conference and shared information with hundreds of others about the effective anti-drug technology that Narconon uses. They also were able to distribute hundreds of anti-drug booklets to the attendees, helping to educate them on the dangers of drug abuse and effective solutions.
In another international effort, June, 2004 marked the end of a one year UN campaign for education about drug abuse and trafficking. In alignment with the United Nations efforts to get people to "talk about drugs," Narconon did just that. They reached out to more than 400,000 students over 36 countries with effective education about the dangers of drugs and consequences of their abuse. Some areas of Mexico were so overridden with drug and gang crime that the police escorted Narconon drug educators to schools to present their anti-drug education message to schoolchildren.
Teams of drug educators also proofed nearly 4,000 children against drug abuse in Los Angeles in just two weeks for Red Ribbon Week in October. And in New York, while students visited the Drug Enforcement Administration exhibit in Times Square, they also had the bonus opportunity to hear Narconon anti-drug abuse presentations there.
Narconon Arrowhead drug educators reached 45,000 Oklahoman students in 2004, a thirty-five percent increase over 2003. In addition, the drug education team was invited to speak and gave a drug-free workplace seminar to 1,300 employees at an Army ammunitions plant in Oklahoma as well.
An Arrowhead staff member who went to Indiana to deliver drug education to schoolchildren also stopped by the county jail and the Rotary Club where he gave more successful presentations, including one that was aired on radio. Another Arrowhead top drug educator gave a presentation to a unit of US Navy Seal Cadets in Los Angeles in 2004.
In recognition of all their drug education efforts, Narconon drug prevention specialists received acknowledgments in several parts of the US. From Rushville, Indiana, where the Narconon drug educator was awarded a key to the city; to Northern California, where drug educators were praised by a deputy sheriff, many gave awards and recognitions for the help these educators provided in 2004.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US worked hand-in-hand with Narconon to hold a drug rehab conference in Oklahoma in August of 2004. Co-hosted by these two groups, many attended from faith-based as well as other non-governmental groups. There they learned to effectively fight drug addiction in their own community. Talks by the SAMHSA coordinator, Mr. Clifton Mitchell, and others gave community leaders the tools they needed to apply for government funding for anti-drug programs. Mr. Mitchell told these groups how the government needed the help of each of them to combat drug abuse effectively. Twenty churches and twenty-five rehab groups also learned the technology of the Narconon First Step program, the first steps of assisting someone to get off drugs. Now other groups have started using these techniques as well, and they are being used in church groups, Twelve-Step programs as well as Narconon centers internationally.
In honor of Narconon of Oklahoma's fifteenth anniversary, a celebration was held at Arrowhead. Dignitaries included State Senator Richard Lerblance who stated, "Programs like this can make a huge difference in the state. Narconon has been a great partner and a great asset to Southeast Oklahoma." As of this anniversary date, more than 2,100 rehabilitated citizens had been graduated from Narconon Arrowhead.
The Narconon Arrowhead facility also trains Narconon staff, government officials and non-government agency personnel from around the world. It serves as the international training ground for groups and individuals who wish to implement the Narconon technology to effectively combat addiction in any part of the world. In fact, in 2004, several trainees arrived at Arrowhead from many parts of North America, South Africa, Turkey and Jordan.
Three Jordanian police officers who planned to open the first Arabic-speaking rehab center there were trained at Arrowhead in 2004 in delivering the program. One of them spoke about his experience, "This great program is something wonderful. It gives the student a golden chance to get a new life... I think it is useful for this program to be spread all over the world." Yassir Asasfeh, Jordanian Police Officer.