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Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Southern Europe Welcomes Dignitaries, Awardees and Graduates for 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Milan, Italy


(PRWEB) December 16, 2014

On December 13, 2014, in Milan, Italy, hundreds of guests, supporters and graduates of the Narconon drug rehab program gathered to celebrate 33 years of saving addicted lives. It was an glittering evening of fine food, fine entertainment, and awards for the accomplishments of the past year.

The venue was the Nhow Hotel in the design, fashion and contemporary art district. International guests included a delegation from Qatar, a consul of Turkey, the executive director of the Narconon Cairo, Eqypt, a doctor from Nigeria, and four Assessors from surrounding cities in Italy. Mingling with the 320 guests were eighty graduates of the Narconon drug rehabilitation program and many family members.

After aperitifs and dinner, guests enjoyed the exquisite music of Evgenia Laguna. An international star from Russia, Ms. Laguna added an element of beauty and joy to the evening.

“Each year, our colleagues in Southern Europe take this moment to reflect on the successes of the past year,” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International, located in Los Angeles. “Narconon Southern Europe is really reaching out to introduce our educational model program across their entire geographical sector. We are terribly proud of their work, the lives they have saved and the popularity of the Narconon program that has been the result of their fine work.”

When the awards portion of the evening arrived, several people were singled out for their remarkable achievements. From Qatar, Mr. Mubarak Bin Zayed awarded the Narconon regional management office, Narconon Southern Europe, with a golden falcon statue as thanks for their humanitarian actions.

Other awards given out that evening were the William Benitez International Award, presented annually to those who make remarkable strides on behalf of Narconon or their communities. Benitez was the American founder of the Narconon program in 1966.

One of the awardees was Aidu Shanana from Nigeria. After training on Narconon technology to start a drug rehab center in his country, he realized that his community needed help with the Ebola epidemic raging through Western Africa. He gathered his staff and they took to the streets to distribute public educational materials on Ebola and to actually talk to people about their escalating worries and to calm them down with facts and data. As the group continued this project, Nigeria was eventually declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.

Dila Tezemir and Ismail Karakas from Narconon Turkey were also recipients of the William Benitez International Award. Since they began operating their center in Ankara, they have also reached out to other people in their region by appearing repeatedly on television to talk about solutions to addiction. Narconon is the first non-hospital drug rehab program in the country.

“We look forward to another year of accomplishments from our colleagues in Southern Europe,” said Carr, “and I particularly want to single out executive director Giovanni Cittero and president Ugo Ferrando for their excellent work.”

For more information on the Narconon program and its international network of rehabilitation and prevention centers, call 1-800-775-8750 or visit http://www.narconon.org.







Narconon Arrowhead Launches Annual Deck the Halls Celebration


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) December 14, 2014

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.







Narconon Arrowhead Launches Annual Deck the Halls Celebration


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) December 14, 2014

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.







Narconon Arrowhead Launches Annual Deck the Halls Celebration


Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) December 14, 2014

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.