Across Asia, Narconon expanded its reach significantly in 2003. Several different teams made progress there in reaching more educators, students, health program professionals and government officials in more places than ever before. People from such countries as Pakistan, the Philippines, China and Jordan learned how the Narconon drug education and drug rehab programs could help to build a better society.
One trailblazer in this regard is Dr. Sharif, the Executive Director of Narconon Hyderabad, Pakistan. In addition to teaching others about drug prevention in schools, Dr. Sharif uses the Narconon First Step procedures in his own medical practice. He uses First Step to make it easier for people who come to seek his medical help to get off drugs safely and comfortably. He also led a march through Hyderabad on the UN International Day against Drug Abuse in June. More than four hundred people took part, carrying Narconon banners and prominently wearing their Narconon t-shirts. Dr. Sharif also trained in Sweden to become more proficient in assisting recovering addicts by applying more of the Narconon techniques to them.
In August, Mr. Clark Carr, President of Narconon International traveled to Shanghai, as well as to other parts of China. For the first time, Narconon technology was being offered in this region. Mr. Carr delivered a series of drug prevention and rehabilitation workshops to many teacher and school administrators in Shanghai. They learned how to deliver some of the gentle assists used in the Narconon drug recovery programs, and many who attended asked for more training. There were requests for further training of police, parents and other teachers following this demonstration.
In addition, Mr. Carr gave the first Narconon drug education lecture ever there to a large group of high school students and teachers in Shanghai.
Mr. Carr also was able to take the time to visit a district hospital in the Jingan District, comprised of six medical facilities in one large complex. . Dr. Wu Xui Yong, who is the Vice President of the Hospital had heard about Narconon program's successes and requested more details. After learning more about the full program, he wanted to establish a sauna facility in the hospital in order to be able to run a Narconon New Life Detoxification Program there. This is the part of the Narconon drug rehab program that helps the body rid itself of old drug residues. Many people report that it also lowers or sometimes even eliminates cravings for more drugs.
In addition to this hospital facility, Mr. Carr visited a private rehab facility in the Shanghai region, called the Huashi Recovery Center. There he demonstrated some assists that are used as part of the Narconon program to help ease aches and pains caused by withdrawal from drugs. He also enlightened many of the rehab officials there about Narconon drug rehab techniques. After one of the demonstrations, a recovering addict who happened to be in the room asked to have an assist given to him. Then the nurses who were watching the demonstration started to give one another assists as well.
Mr. Carr traveled back to Los Angeles later in the month of August of 2003, where he met with several guests from the Department of Anti-Narcotics of Jordan. These visitors included the Director of Programs of a non-governmental organization which helps homeless children in Jordan. Colonel Tayel and his staff visited the Narconon international headquarters in Los Angeles, as well as the headquarters for other social betterment groups which are using the educational materials created by L. Ron Hubbard in their work.
Due to his interest in getting Narconon drug rehab technology into use in Amman, the capitol of Jordan, Colonel Tayel visited the Narconon Rehab Center in Newport Beach and the International training facility at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma.
In July of 2003, a team of several Narconon executives and a volunteer flew to Manila in the Philippines. The team went there to train a group of drug educators who would then be able to deliver drug education to the classrooms in Manila. They also planned to deliver training the Narconon First Step technology for drug rehab professionals there. They were able to accomplish both objectives.
This team was comprised of top-notch drug educators including Bobby Wiggins, Clark Carr, and Dr. Nerida James, who is President of Narconon Australia. While Mr. Carr and Dr. James delivered workshops demonstrating the Narconon First Step techniques, Mr. Wiggins was busy conducting three days of training in drug education directly with those who were selected to educate the schoolchildren of Manila. After these days of training 22 educators went out and visited schools, presenting Narconon drug education lectures in 19 classrooms simultaneously. In all, more than 1,000 students received the same anti-drug message. And by the end of the day, many students said they would no longer use drugs.
Those who trained on the use of the Narconon First Step program techniques with Mr. Carr and Dr. James also got out of the classroom and visited the largest government-sponsored drug rehab facility in Manila. It houses more than 3,000 addicts ranging from 6 to 35 years of age. The youngest inmates are street kids, usually there for being addicted to glue sniffing. The Narconon team delivered gentle physical assists and reorientation exercises to the recovering addicts there, following the materials of the Narconon First Step program. They then taught the addicts to deliver these assists to one another.
Following this the Narconon First Step team also visited the Quezon City jail. This is an overcrowded jail, with four times the number of inmates it was designed to hold. There is no program for incarcerated persons who have a drug program. The inmates were taught about the Narconon drug rehab program, received a drug education lecture and they learned how to give one another the gentle physical assists that are part of the Narconon First Step program.
Later that year, in October of 2003, twenty-one prison officials from the Philippines came to Los Angeles for a seminar to learn more about how the Narconon program could be applied in a prison facility. They also had a chance to visit and tour the Newport Beach Narconon rehab facility. At the end of the visit, they asked for follow-up meetings to determine the best way to use this technology to help their inmates.