Red Ribbon Week is celebrated this year October 23-31, 2011 and is Nationally recognized and represented by Red Ribbons worn to show a commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Parents, teachers, educators and community organizations such as Narconon and the Narconon Centers in East US are the first line of defense in the fight against drug abuse.¬† By providing drug education materials and lecturing to thousands of children in schools Narconon has led the way to making the true facts about drugs known.¬† “Living Drug-Free” is the motto of Red Ribbon Week and the drug rehabilitation centers of Narconon offers drug education materials and tours all week long during this time. Narconon is a non-profit drug rehabilitation organization whose drug-free program has become world famous for successfully rehabilitation drug addicts. For information on a Narconon center near you and how you can obtain¬† your drug education materials contact Narconon East U.S. at 877-237-3307.

The History of Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week honors U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who in 1985 was kidnapped, brutally tortured and murdered by Mexican drug traffickers.¬† Agent Camarena was close to unlocking¬† a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline and kidnapped just before he was able to expose the drug trafficking operations to the public.

Shortly after Agent Camarena’s death, Congressman Duncan Hunter and High school friend Henry Lozano started Camerena Clubs in his hometown of Calexico, California. The clubs pledged to live a drug-free life and to honor the sacrifices made by Agent Camarena and others on the behalf of all Americans.

From there Red Ribbon Week spread across California, Illinois, and Virginia and parent groups began the wearing of red ribbons nationwide. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan served as Honorary Chairs thereby formalizing the campaign.  Today the eight-day celebration is sponsored by the National Family Partnership and more than 80 million young people and adults show their commitment to a healthy, drug-free life by wearing or displaying the Red Ribbon.

Narconon’s Commitment

Since 1966 Narconon has been dedicated to eliminating drug abuse and drug addiction through drug prevention, education and rehabilitation.¬† Narconon has been drug-free since inception. The Narconon methods of drug rehabilitation have proven to be so workable that Narconon’s success rate is four times that of the international average. Narconon graduates routinely go on to lead productive, healthy, drug-free lives.

One of the books studied by Narconon students is The Way to Happiness by American Author and Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard . This book is a non-religious moral code, based on common sense, and as such is applicable to students of all faiths and backgrounds. This book provides a firm footing for Narconon students to succeed in life.

One of the precepts from The Way to Happiness is “Flourish and Prosper”.¬† Red Ribbon week epitomizes this by taking an unbelievably tragic event and turning it into a benefit for many generations to come. Not only does Red Ribbon week promote a healthy drug-free lifestyle but it also shows a dedication to improving the world in which we live so that many others can benefit.

At a time when prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic and street drug use also remains high, there is a great necessity for public awareness of living a drug-free life. Narconon promotes this message and provides practical solutions for drug addiction, all while remaining entirely drug-free.

Narconon salutes the men and women and children who take a pledge to live a drug-free lifestyle and who also encourage others to do the same.

The Narconon Program

The reason the Narconon program is so successful is in that it addresses drug addiction from all facets. Both the physical and mental aspects of drug addiction are addressed and in doing so the addict is given the life skills necessary to living a drug-free life. Drug addiction takes a huge toll on an individual physically, emotionally and mentally. By addressing only one of these factors, it leaves the other two untouched and liable to coax the person back into drug addiction in the future.  Narconon addresses them all.

Through the Narconon program the person is first built back up again physically with vitamins and nutrition. From there, they work on their ability to communicate with others by doing a series of drills that increase this ability, which drug addiction often ruins altogether. Additional courses are embarked upon each handling a specific aspect that unhandled would lead them back into drug addiction. These specific courses were the points where the addict went off the rails, by either violating these basic principles or by simply not knowing them to begin with.

The final course covers The Way to Happiness in full and as such give the client a firm moral foundation from which to lead a drug-free life.

The Narconon program can be done on an in-patient or out-patient basis depending on the severity of the addiction.

For more information on the Narconon program contact Narconon East U.S. at 877-237-3307.