Having those who have attained stable sobriety through our treatment program reach out and encourage those in treatment can be very uplifting for the patients and give them the support they need to get through the holiday.
Canadian, OK (PRWEB) December 25, 2013
This year the Narconon program giving back through a series of events locally and now, through a new campaign aimed at raising the spirits of current clients through support from former ones. Former clients of the facility have reached out to help current patients by writing a letter of encouragement that will be given to them on Christmas day with a ‘Santa’ stocking with a few small gifts. The program, is called the ‘Narconon Arrowhead Sponsor a Student Program.’
This ‘gift-giving’ support event is one of many holiday activities held at the facility this year to help promote ‘the spirit of giving’ and to send a message to patients about positive support and encouragement during recovery.
“While many individuals are happily enjoying the pleasures that the holiday season brings, drug addicts may associate the holiday season with guilt, embarrassment, anger, depression, family upset and more,” says Gary Smith, Executive Director and CEO of Narconon Arrowhead. “The stranglehold of addiction doesn’t stop for the holidays, and the pressures and demands of the season may cause some addicts to sink further into drug use and addiction.”
Smith also adds that when patients are in treatment over the holidays it can be a stressful time; and one that requires additional help and encouragement for both the family and the user.
“Having those who have attained stable sobriety through our treatment program reach out and encourage those in treatment can be very uplifting for the patients and give them the support they need to get through the holiday,” adds Smith.
Other Holiday Activities at Narconon Arrowhead
This new campaign along with Narconon Arrowhead’s holiday activities are important as they help the students recover from some of the physical and emotional side effects of drug use. These side effects include numbed physical and emotional senses, reduction in one’s awareness of the present environment, withdrawal from relationships, and more.
Already this year, Narconon Arrowhead staff and students have created a drug-free float for three local holiday parades, decorated the Narconon Arrowhead facility, sponsored and run a holiday food drive for local community service organizations and families in need, and participated in a holiday talent show. The delivery of sponsored Christmas stockings over the next week will further boost holiday spirit, but there is one final element that may do even more to bring joy to the students - letters of encouragement.
Individuals who are participating in the Narconon rehabilitation program have to move through many difficult phases of addiction treatment. They must withdraw from drugs, which is often difficult and uncomfortable, they must clean their body of residual drug toxins, they must address and take responsibility for their drug use, and they must gain tools that will help them lead a drug-free future.
While the Narconon Arrowhead program students are helped along and encouraged by facility staff and fellow students, many program students can still be under the impression that they are facing difficulties that no one else has encountered. Where staff encouragement may be comforting, it is the encouragement of a program graduate who has himself experienced the same or similar difficulties that can really boost the student’s spirits.
Narconon Arrowhead hopes to receive donations and individual letters of encouragement for each and every student. These letters will inspire much-needed confidence in the current student, and help them push through barriers that would otherwise seem insurmountable. During a season of hope, love, generosity, and sincerity, there are few things more touching than the encouraging words of one former addict to another.
For more information on this campaign or the Narconon Arrowhead program call 800-468-6933 or log into their main site at http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.