Narconon Drug Rehab Awards Unsung Hero

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Gordy has been clean for 41 years, since attending the Narconon program in the Arizona State Penitentiary in 1968. He reflects every day on just how lucky he is, but especially during the holidays when he is with his family. Gordy reflects, "Believe is or not, my life started changing for the better after I got arrested and sentenced to the Arizona State Penitentiary."

Happy Holidays From Narconon

Anyone on drugs this season can be clean and living a new life this time next year and for all the years after. This is what the Narconon program can give – a new life.

This year, at the annual Narconon party, Gordon Weinand received the "Unsung Hero" award for his forty one years of continuous contribution to Narconon drug treatment efforts.

At the awards ceremony Gordy told his story – a story that began in a St. Cloud Reformatory fifty five years ago.

Gordy recounted, "I stole a car when I was fifteen. It was really just a prank, but I spent seven years in the reformatory. After seven years, I was transferred to prison in Minnesota, and started abusing drugs. I even learned to sell drugs while I was in the prison."

In 1966 Gordy moved to Arizona to start a new life, but old habits are hard to break and his "new life" became more of the same and he was soon on the wrong side of the bars again in the Arizona State Penitentiary.

Gordy reflects, "Believe is or not, my life started changing for the better after I got arrested and sentenced to the Arizona State Penitentiary. I met William Benitez there and was introduced to the Narconon program"

William Benitez, a once hopeless heroin addict started the Narconon program in prison, after reading Fundamentals of Thought, by L. Ron Hubbard and realizing that he was not a powerless addict, but a person of capability.

Gordy continued his story, "By the third Narconon meeting I began to notice that I was feeling better about myself and shedding old attitudes. The communication training and the lectures helped me to realize that I was NOT powerless and was more than a stupid juvenile as I had been told." Gordy describes this as the time when he took control and began to create a new life for himself.

After Gordy was in prison for six months, Paramount Studios came to film the movie, RIOT, inside the prison. Gordy got a part in the film and was paid $4000.00 which he was able to take with him when he left prison.

Released from prison in 1968, William Benitez and Gordy worked hard, along with others to export the Narconon drug rehab program from prison into mainstream society. Willie became the international spokesperson for Narconon, as it began its expansion. (Today it is in 44 countries.) When William died in 1999 the torch was passed to Gordy and he continues to spread the drug free message from his position at Narconon of Georgia.

His 41 years clean time, lasting marriage and three beautiful daughters are testaments to the fact that no matter the circumstances, anyone's life can change for the better.

And what is Gordy's New Years message to those who are struggling with addiction this holiday season?

"Anyone on drugs this season can be clean and living a new life this time next year and for all the years after. This is what the Narconon program can give – a new life. And what better time is there to start?" Gordy adds, "Call me personally at Narconon of Georgia if you need my help."

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