The Narconon® First Step Program is Available to Help through Community Leaders

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Rev. James McLaughlin has taught the effective withdrawal program to many individuals and groups.

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. Coordinated efforts between community leaders along with workable technology have started movements where citizens begin to look after and take responsibility for each other.

The very first step to drug rehabilitation is to get the addict off the drugs and through the withdrawal stage. One method that is receiving a lot of attention is used by the Narconon® Drug Rehabilitation and Education Program. The Narconon Program is drug-free, (meaning substitute drugs are not used in the rehabilitation process) and achieves an extremely high success rate for helping individuals overcome addiction.

Drug use results in dramatic vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body. It is only when a person stops taking the drug that the physical pain and emotional distress caused by these deficiencies become evident, so much so that seemingly the only solution for the addict is to take more of the drug.

The Narconon® First Step program teaches individuals how to help someone through withdrawal by applying nutritional supplements and exercises that promote extroversion. These steps, in the right combination and sequence, aid the addict through what could normally be an extremely difficult process. Results are usually achieved in less time and more comfortably than going through the process ‘cold turkey’ and do not carry the added weight of side effects from prescription drugs.

Rev. James McLaughlin is a Pastor at the Wayman Chapel AME Church in Houston, TX has experienced how this powerful technology can help others. After finding members of his community that approached him for help with substance abuse, Rev. McLaughlin, who is also an adjunct professor at a nearby college, learned how to deliver the Narconon® First Step program and has since become a Certified Pastoral Addictions Counselor and has taught many people how to help others withdraw from drugs.

Rev. McLaughlin has recently presented Narconon® First Step workshops to community leaders, ministers, elected officials, faith-based representatives and rehabilitation professionals in Sacramento, Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Brownsville and Houston. Two conferences were co-sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Narconon program uses the drug-free social education methodology of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The premier facility of the international network is Narconon Arrowhead, which is also the international training center where Rev. McLaughlin learned the basics of delivering the drug-free withdrawal program.

According to Rev. McLaughlin, “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.”

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 or to get help for individuals from your area contact Narconon Arrowhead at 1-800-468-6933 or visit


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