Every week I get calls from family members who no longer have to spend every minute worrying what might happen to their loved one on drugs.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 08, 2011
Operating from a booth, along with several other community organizations in the local town square, Narconon had its own message about what it means to be really free.
Narconon invited the crowd to celebrate freedom from drugs. Hundreds of kids visited the Narconon tent to have their face painted, pick up a Frisbee and sign the drug free pledge.
Ji Johnson, a youth drug educator for Narconon of Georgia stressed with parents the importance of educating their kids on drugs. He shared with them the following information;
Five million middle school kids (44 percent) and eleven million high school students (80 percent) attend drug infested schools. (This is according to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse, conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.)
Another study found that the number one reason teens report that they use drugs is to deal with the pressures of school. The reasons have changed from wanting to have a good time, to trying to deal with the stress of schools. Parents underestimate the impact of stress on their kids. (This study is released by Partnership for a Drug-Free America.)
Parents were as happy as their kids were about what was going on in the Narconon tent. Many of them thanked the Narconon staff for sending out a good message in a positive way and made sure their kids understood the importance of the pledge they were signing.
Director Narconon of Georgia, Mary Rieser remarked, “Our goal is to never see any of these kids in our drug treatment center. We want to bring them the message that a drug free life is a fun life. In school, they are going to face plenty of stresses and they live in a world where drugs can be found at every turn. We want our message to stand out and hope these kids will always remember this day – the day when they signed a pledge and agreed not to do drugs."
The Director also reminded those in the Narconon booth of another group of people who were celebrating freedom – the families of previous drug abusers. “Every week I get calls from family members who no longer have to spend every minute worrying what might happen to their loved one on drugs. One mother told me that after years of feeling trapped by fear of what might happen to her son, since he came into Narconon, she is finally able to carry on with her own life. Her son was on opiates and many of his friends had overdosed and died. She lost sleep thinking that she might be called any minute with the same news about her son. Now she is experiencing real freedom and calls me frequently to thank the Narconon staff.”
Several adults signed the pledge and took a pamphlet, explaining that they had seen enough devastation with others that they intended to stay away from drugs.
Some teachers visited the booth asking if Narconon could bring the lively form of drug education to their schools. One teacher remarked that the drug use amongst youth was reaching frightening levels and she wanted to do more to keep her students safe. The Girl Scouts also expressed interest in the Narconon drug education.
In the evening, Narconon staff broke out the glow sticks and passed them to the crowd, along with a drug free message in a pamphlet entitled “Ten Things Your Friends Never Told You About Drugs.”
Narconon graduates participated in the festivities. One remarked that this was the first Fourth of July that he had spent sober in years and it was a lot more fun to see the fireworks. Another graduate celebrated one year clean this Fourth of July. He stated, “Now I have the freedom that others have, since I am no longer a slave to drugs. Drugs had taken over my whole life and even though I lived in a free country, full of opportunities, I felt that those opportunities were not available to me. Now that I am clean I have a better life ahead of me. I have total freedom from the main thing that was holding me back and I know I can attain my goals. My family moved here from another country because they thought they could prosper here. I now can appreciate what it means to live in this country.”
The celebration was capped off with spectacular fireworks reminding one and all once again how valuable our freedom is – freedom to live, freedom to do and freedom to think clearly.