In Turkey, Narconon Opens Doors to Families and Supporters as They Celebrate First Graduates

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The first graduates from the Narconon center in Ankara inspired a festive graduation ceremony at this recently-opened drug rehab facility.

Narconon Turkey graduate interviewed by TV news station

Narconon Turkey graduate being interviewed by TV news station

The result is several young lives, salvaged from drug addictions that could have ended their existences at any moment. Now they are bright and healthy and back with their families.

On March 20, 2105, the first Narconon center in Turkey welcomed their students, families, neighbors and city officials to their inaugural graduation ceremony. There was great cause for celebration as their first students completed their requirements for graduation and returned to the arms of their families.

Standing in front of a huge Turkish flag suspended from the second floor of the facility, each student had a chance to tell the audience what his recovery meant to him. The Vice-Mayor of Ankara was on hand to present the certificate of Narconon Program completion to each graduate. Later, as each student stood with an arm around his mother, spouse or other family member, he was interviewed by the Turkish branch of CNN.

According to the European Center for Monitoring Drugs and Drug Addiction, the vast majority of those being treated for addiction in Turkey go to government-sponsored facilities. But for a population of 74 million people, there are only 25 rehab facilities – just one per three million citizens. Three out of four people entering treatment for drug addiction are there for opiates, with about one in six being admitted for cannabis and the others for cocaine or other stimulants.

“Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas have showed great persistence and courage in establishing the first Narconon center in Turkey and getting students through the drug rehab program. These students and their families will surely benefit from the hard work they put into their recovery,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. “The result is several young lives, salvaged from drug addictions that could have ended their existences at any moment. Now they are bright and healthy and back with their families. Everybody wins.”

The Narconon rehabilitation program is remarkable for its complete freedom from the use of any type of drugs as part of treatment. Instead, it focuses on a healthy detoxification followed by a strong emphasis on life skills training.

In addition to rehabilitating those addicted to drugs or alcohol, the Narconon center in Ankara provides drug prevention classes to students of all ages. On six continents, Narconon centers are bringing the addicted back to health and life after drug or alcohol addiction and reaching out into communities with drug prevention services. For more information on the drug-free Narconon program, call 1-800-775-8750.

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