National Recovery Month Coming to a Close

From webcasts, recovery rallies, CD releases and book tours, to proclamations, guest speakers and celebrity appearances, the 2003 National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month ends this week.
For the past 14 years this annual observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has been gaining acceptance and participation in order to support the idea the not only is recovery possible, but that it happens every day with successful programs. This year’s celebration included nearly 300 events throughout the month that were held across the country.
President of Narconon Arrowhead Luke Catton exclaimed in his welcoming address to nearly 1,000 people in Oklahoma, “Though National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month lasts for thirty days, the focus and efforts to solve addiction on every level must continue all year long.”
Narconon Arrowhead is one of the nation’s premier rehabilitation and education facilities, and their Recovery Month celebration and anniversary event featured actress, mother and drug free advocate Priscilla Presley, who attended a graduation ceremony at the facility and then spoke at the main event the next evening. The Narconon® program achieves a very high rate for success due to the application of L. Ron Hubbard’s drug rehabilitation methodology.
“Throughout my life, like many others in America, I have had the heartbreaking experience of seeing family and friends fall into addiction to alcohol or other drugs. As a result of these experiences, as well as others, I became passionate about the cause of recovery. I am a strong supporter of Narconon because they have demonstrated conclusively for 37 years that stable recovery for most addicts IS possible,” said Presley.
Ms. Presley also quoted from the 2003 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, which was released at the beginning of the month, the statistic that more than half of our nations youth have tried illicit drugs before they finished high school. This figure is staggering and clearly more emphasis needs to be put on the issue.
The White House has recognized the necessity for effective prevention and rehabilitation as well and President Bush’s Access to Recovery initiative makes an additional $600 million available in a voucher system for people to be able to choose what type of program they wish to attend.
To find out more about National Recovery Month and the 2003 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health, log on to www.recoverymonth.gov/2003.

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