In Europe in 2004, many parts of the continent were educated by Narconon drug educators and more Narconon drug and alcohol rehab centers were opened. In addition to this expansion, many were trained at Narconon training centers so they would be able to deliver Narconon program steps to others in their home communities.
There were actually many events and achievements in Europe in 2004. Here are a few examples:
The Narconon management office in Denmark delivered training to people from all over Europe in the best way to conquer addiction to people from all over Europe. They increased by eight times the number of courses that were delivered there.
Narconon Eslov in Sweden became an official provider of drug recovery services, now listed with the Social Office so that service can refer addicts in need of help to them. The Eslov police have already been referring people in need of drug abuse rehab to the Eslov Narconon center. In addition, their drug-free efforts are now supported by featured articles in local newspapers.
One Narconon Eslov drug educator has also found additional support from the community and has received acknowledgments from several community leaders. He received one commendation from a local boxing coach who works with 1,200 young people in a violent district of the city. He also was praised by an experienced police narcotics officer for his drug education efforts. More support was forthcoming form the Chief Doctor of a Malmo clinic, Dr. Stig Cronberg, who said that Narconon was the best solution to the drug problem.
A Swedish drug education lecturer, Alexander Breeze, visited the Military High School of Sweden in Gothenburg. This is the place where more than 1,300 receive officer training for the Swedish Air Force. He gave these officer-trainees drug education lectures.
At a school in Ytterby, close to Narconon Gothenburg, students had the opportunity to learn about the effects of drugs and then write poems which were entered into a competition. The most successful poets were awarded with certificates signed by two well-known professional hockey players, Per-Johan Axelsson and Niclas Andersson.
In Norway, as there was no Narconon program there, Mr. Svein Pedersen, the director of one county, gave permission to send addicted Norwegians to Narconon Denmark for effective drug rehab treatment. One executive from a rehab center in Floen asked the county director how she could get better rehab results at her facility. Mr. Pedersen told her that she should just visit Narconon Denmark and see what they were doing there. She did so, and then the Executive Director of Narconon Denmark returned the favor and visited Floen and delivered drug education there.
In Southern Europe including the countries of Montenegro, Italy and Spain, Narconon expanded its activities even further in 2004. There was a European conference of European Cities against Drugs, held in Montenegro that Mr. Ugo Ferrando of Narconon Southern Europe attended. Other countries represented included Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Slovenia and Malta as well as Montenegro. These representatives all were able to learn about the effective drug education and drug rehab technologies used by Narconon. In addition, more drug education lectures were given to the citizens of Montenegro in 2004.
Narconon Italy has existed in that country for more than two decades, establishing nine drug education groups and seven drug rehab centers there. They have received acknowledgments and many endorsements from all over Italy. Narconon La Fenice has been working on expansion of their facilities, just as the Police Chief in Alfiere started referring drug addicts in jail to the local Narconon center. Their drug education lectures have been delivered to students in Milano, Pordenone, Cozenza, Padoval, Pescara, Bergamo, Sassari, Torino, Lecce and other cities and towns around Italy.
The Italians even reached out to Macedonia. When one of the Macedonian Drug Enforcement officers in the Skopje police force received the Narconon Italy weekly newsletter, he realized this was a way to help people with drug problems to overcome their addiction. He trained on how to deliver the Narconon drug education lectures, and in just two months, had given more than 5,000 Macedonian students anti-drug presentations. After realizing that he was not going to be able to solve the drug problem from a policeman's uniform, he resigned the position on the police force and opened his own Narconon Center in Skopje. This first center for the Balkans opened on Easter Day of 2004.
Drugs have affected a large number of people in Spain. In Madrid in 2004, the first reunion of all Spanish Narconon graduates from Madrid and the two centers in Seville was held. Graduates and their families attended this celebration and talked about their successes after completing the Narconon program. One person who graduated became an educator who also writes newspaper articles about the Spanish drug problem. Another went on to become a successful businesswoman after regaining a drug-free life at Narconon.
Executive Director Juan Luis Campos began plans to move to a larger facility due to the expansion in the Narconon network in Spain.