Narconon of Georgia, a long term drug treatment center, was recently featured on the Independent Russian Television Station in a segment about the effectiveness of drug treatment versus incarceration for offenders who are addicts.
Viewers saw a comparative view of prison life versus life inside the Narconon long-term drug treatment center. Rare footage of life behind Georgia state prison walls was shown along with footage of life inside the Narconon substance abuse treatment center. Clients of Narconon tell their story of addiction and the ultimate resolution through Narconon’s non-12 step approach.
Founder of Narconon of Georgia, Mary Rieser, stresses that the Narconon substance abuse treatment program is a viable alternative to prison for offenders who are addicts. “I invite our viewers to watch this video and decide which they would want if one of their own family members was hopelessly addicted – incarceration or treatment. Even though the show is in Russian, the situation is easily understood.”
Ms. Rieser went on to explain that the state of Georgia has the fifth largest prison system in the country, while at the same time has the fourth least amount of rehab available per capita. Last year reportedly 300,000 Georgia citizens needed drug treatment and didn’t get it while the Drug Enforcement Agency reported that Atlanta is a major transport center for drugs, supplying large amounts of methamphetamine to New York and Boston. Ms. Rieser stated, “Let’s get real – the war on drugs isn’t working. As a society we must decide where to put our resources in order to effectively deal with addiction.”
Narconon is a non-traditional drug abuse treatment program which was founded in 1967. Narconon of Georgia was founded in 2001. While many drug rehab statistics are nebulous, Narconon boasts a 76% success rate (based on a two year follow-up) through a non-12 step drug treatment program. This program provides body detoxification through a sauna and exercise program that helps eliminate or reduce cravings. After the sauna program, the client learns those life skills essential to success in life and the ability to stay clean. They graduate from Narconon with a life plan and continued support to make sure they make it.