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on a Whole New Meaning
A Tribute to
Drug Prevention Specialists for Red Ribbon
Driving from Oklahoma City, OK to
Little Rock, AR, J.T. Daily sits in his car (all six feet
seven inches of him) pondering where to stay for the night.
Although cooked-to-order omlettes and fresh-squeezed orange
juice in a five-star hotel would be nice to wake up to, he
decides to pull over to the nearest clean motel. After all,
he's on a tight budget. This happens to be a pretty routine
exercise for J.T., as he spends most of the week on the road
between several states.
J.T. Daily doesn't have a life of
glamour and fame; at least he's not famous to the general
public. He is special though, and thousands of students and
teachers think he's a hero. You see, Daily is something
called a Drug Prevention Specialist. In fact, he's the
Director of Drug Education for Narconon Arrowhead, one of the
nation's largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation and
education programs. His primary purpose at this point in his
life is to educate young and old alike about the true dangers
of drug use.
J.T. happens to be busier than
usual because it's Red Ribbon Week, which is the nationally
observed drug prevention week, ending on the 31st of October.
Daily's passion for his chosen profession comes from personal
triumph over tragedy. He was a former drug addict who nearly
lost his life to substance abuse and has been able to beat
his addiction through the Narconon® Program. "I like to
talk to kids because it gives me an opportunity to share
knowledge about drugs that I didn't have growing up,"
explains the 23-year old former college basketball player
from Maryland. "Sure people told me drugs were bad, but I
never knew exactly what happened to a person's mind and body
when they were taken."
One piece of information that a
typical presentation by J.T. contains is the fact that drugs
store in the fatty tissue of a person's body and remain there
for years after use ceases, causing intense cravings for the
drug. This was discovered by American author and humanitarian
L. Ron Hubbard. The remedy for that problem, which is not
addressed by typical programs or introduced in our public
schools, was also discovered by Hubbard in the form of a
sauna detoxification program. In fact, the majority of the
U.S. population doesn't know what happens internally when
toxic substances such as drugs are ingested and how they
continue to affect an individual's physical and mental
health. Vital information such as that combined with J.T.'s
charismatic delivery and sincerity makes him a hit in every
school he visits.
"I keep thinking of my younger
niece and nephew," says J.T., "and that I hope that I can be
a positive influence on their lives too. I don't want anybody
to have to go through the pain and agony that I had to deal
with because of the drugs that I did. Nobody ever thinks that
they are going to become addicted; kids don't think it will
be them that get hurt."
This is part of a message that
Daily has given to about 11,000 kids in the last three weeks.
Surveys show that kids appreciate the honesty from someone
who's "been there", as is the case with J.T, and who can
accurately depict what the life of a drug addict is really
like. The fact is, drug addiction can not only be overcome,
but it can be effectively prevented as well. This is a small
piece that shows how much of a difference just one person can
make in the lives of thousands.
Now that it is the end of Red
Ribbon Week, please take the time to talk to your kids about
the dangers of drugs. There are a lot of people like J.T. who
devote their lives to ending the nation's number one societal
problem, but every bit of reinforcement helps.
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