Narconon Arrowhead Launches Annual Deck the Halls Celebration

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In the true spirit of the season, Narconon Arrowhead has planned a series of holiday activities designed to give back to others and the community.

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Holiday activities at Narconon Arrowhead give those on the rehab program an opportunity to contribute to others.

The Spirit of the Holidays

Thirteen years ago, Narconon Arrowhead relocated to its present scenic and peaceful location in Arrowhead State Park in Southeastern Oklahoma. Overlooking the expansive shores of Lake Eufaula, the long-term residential rehab center is dedicated to saving lives from the ravages of alcohol and drug addiction, and the consequences of the addiction lifestyle.

Since it first opened its doors in Oklahoma, the center has helped thousands of individuals successfully reclaim their lives from addiction, and return to society to lead productive and drug-free lives.

An integral part of rehabilitating the addict and alcoholic is learning to give back to others, to once again re-experience emotions which have been deadened by chemical substance abuse, to learn again how to help oneself and others and become again a valuable member of society.

Narconon Arrowhead’s holiday activities, both hosted at the center itself and participated in as part of the local community holiday celebrations, all provide the opportunity for students on the Narconon rehab program to contribute to others in the true spirit of the holidays.

Launching Deck the Halls

The 6th of December begins the launch, with the raising of the Christmas tree in the center’s high-ceilinged lodge. This will be followed within a few days by the “Decking the Halls” party which ends with the lodge being fully adorned with festive decorations.

Around the 15th of December, center staff and students on the rehab program hold a talent show in the center’s auditorium. All are invited and welcomed to showcase their musical and performance talents--to the delight of everyone in attendance.

At the same time, the Narconon Arrowhead Holiday Pantry is in full swing, gathering donations and preparing to share with the community. It is a service which Narconon Arrowhead has provided for the community for more than 8 years. Funded with the help of various donors and fund-raising bake sales, the Holiday Pantry provides a wide variety of much needed items to community residents in need.

Formerly known as the Narconon Arrowhead Food Pantry, its name was changed this year to better describe and include all that it provides, which is much more than food alone. The Holiday Pantry also helps those in need with money, a full range of personal hygiene items, baby diapers, and additional items people may need to make their lives better.

Another yearly tradition is the designing and building of the Narconon Arrowhead float which will be participating in the McAlester Christmas Parade. McAlester, the largest city in Pittsburg County, will draw attendees from throughout the region, lining the parade route.

The theme for the 2014 float is 25 Years of Saving Lives in Oklahoma, and it is also slated to appear in the holiday parade in nearby Eufaula, a nearby community on the shores of Lake Eufaula. Attendees there will also receive its drug-free message as it makes its way on the parade route through the main street of town.

Executive Director of Narconon Arrowhead, Gary W. Smith, notes that by participating in holiday activities and events, “the former addict can once again realize what life has to offer during a time of love and generosity.”

The executives and staff of Narconon Arrowhead will continue to provide their drug prevention education and rehabilitation services throughout the holiday season. For more information call 800-468-6933 or visit http://www.narcononarrowhead.org.

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