Opening Doors to Drug Prevention and Recovery in Third World Countries
How does one succeed at such a daunting mission as eradicating drug and alcohol abuse worldwide?
And how can you accomplish this goal in third world countries where lack of education and infrastructure may slow down your efforts? In third world countries around the world, there are unique individuals who forward this purpose as their own. Here is a glimpse at a few of these exceptionally dedicated people.
In many countries such as Pakistan, determined individuals have started to fight back against the drug manufacturers and pushers in order to free their communities from damaging and addictive drugs. In Hyderabad, Pakistan, for example, Dr. Muhammad Sharif has been helping the destitute by running the Narconon drug rehabilitation program in a small hospital. But Dr. Sharif ran into an obstacle in trying to help addicts overcome their addictions: One of the main drugs his patients were using was legal.
About half of Dr. Sharif's patients were using a drug called "main puri," a drug popular across Pakistan and India.
It's a combination of tobacco mixed with other drugs. When main puri is chewed, it causes mouth and throat cancer, dental cavities and other effects such as a rigidity of the jaw. Sharif, who had to deal with its damaging effects, began aggressively giving interviews to the media and issuing press releases revealing the damage done by main puri use. "I strongly protested to the Hyderabad Chief of Police and other community officials," Sharif said.
Dr. Sharif carried out this campaign against main puri despite the fact that a local manufacturer of main puri was working the streets around Dr. Sharif's Narconon program. Dr. Sharif received threats from the drug manufacturer but these didn't stop him from continuing to push for laws that would make the drug illegal.
"As a result of my efforts, I am proud to say that 'main puri' has now been banned." Sharif stated. "The main puri manufacturer is threatening me even worse, but I will not surrender to him."
Sharif has for some years also been a leading force in Hyderabad for community drug prevention and education. He has led parades through his and other cities promoting drug prevention and has personally delivered drug education talks to thousands of youth.
Dr. Sharif has been joined by valiant individuals in other third world countries who overcome the obstacles to providing sobriety for their countrymen.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, the staff of a rehab center discovered that these drug rehabilitation methods were exactly what they needed to get real results for their fellow Nepalese. Their existing rehab center, Pratigya, has now adopted the Narconon program and has begun training its staff.
Joe Appiah of Accra, Ghana was licensed by Narconon International and began delivering drug education presentations. Since that time, he has reached well over 20,000 schoolchildren and adults with the message of leading a drug-free life and only two years later, he opened a new Narconon Rehabilitation Center.
Narconon International maintains a huge Drug Education and Rehabilitation Center in Southeast Oklahoma. It also serves as an international training ground for Narconon Centers worldwide. Among its recent international trainees are three Jordanian police officers who were trained there in order so they could open the first Narconon center in an Arabic-speaking country.
Contact Narconon to get more more details about the Narconon Program.