The Narconon® Program Works with Community Leaders to End Drug Addiction

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Effectively reducing alcohol and drug abuse in our communities takes a combined effort

Drug addiction continues to be a festering sore in our civilization that is the root cause of many societal problems. The multibillion dollar commercial production and underground trafficking of drugs passes on staggering costs to citizens of this country to clean up the devastation. It is a no-win situation dealing only in the death and destruction of individuals as well as the very fabric that makes up the human race.

We are in a time where leaders in America are recognizing that people can overcome addiction and that effective services must be made available by investing time and resources into programs that do work. While there are effective programs to rehabilitate individuals, there has been little established to rehabilitate entire communities.

One of the world's most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs, called NARCONON® (meaning NARCotics-NONe), is based on the drug-free methodology of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard and is continuing to implement more community involvement. Graduates, family members and supporters of the network's premier facility Narconon Arrowhead take courses to become community involvement specialists and contribute to a drug-free society.

Utilizing existing national movements such as the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Narconon Arrowhead staff members and graduates take their new education and passion to help others achieve a drug-free life and work to disseminate this anti-drug message in areas of their hometowns. Community involvement specialists now work with various civic groups, clubs, schools, doctors, and churches to create safer communities throughout the United States and abroad.

As this system grows and as more former addicts, family members and concerned citizens take responsibility for the area in which they live, the tolerance for ineffective treatment and incarceration systems as well as overall drug use will lessen.

Coordinated efforts between community leaders along with workable technology have started movements where citizens begin to look after and take responsibility for each other. One example of this in effect is outlined in a recent study appearing in Alcohol and Health: Current Evidence, where primary care physicians performed brief interventions (5-10 minutes) on patients who were exhibiting risky alcohol consumption behavior. A follow-up found that those few minutes were able to reduce drinking among those patients, including significantly less binge drinking and fewer alcoholic beverages per week.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also issued grants to several communities in a Fighting Back campaign. Of the grantees that focused on expanding treatment and limiting alcohol availability, they were able to reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by 31 percent.

The message is that a community that pulls together can make a better society for all. It is not enough for a limited number of people to try and clean up the more than 20 million individuals currently addicted to drugs in the United States and to prevent our children from using as well. We must work together, demand effective solutions and decide to take a stand as a group to regain control of our society. It can be done.

For more information contact Narconon Arrowhead at 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com. To learn more about the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America log on to http://www.cadca.org.

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