Narconon of Georgia, a long term drug treatment center, announced its commitment of continued support for the worthy causes of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta. Inc. (CBC) in the upcoming year.
The mission of the Concerned Black Clergy, chartered May 9, 1983, is to provide leadership, advocacy and service to the homeless, helpless and hopeless in their community. Drug use is a contributing factor for many of the unfortunate circumstances in Atlanta, and is of critical concern to the CBC. Ms. Sunshine Lewis, Public Relations for Narconon of Georgia, has worked together with the CBC for several years to help educate children on the problems of drug abuse and drug addiction in the Metro Atlanta area.
“The only way we will combat the rising tide of gang violence, drug trade and drug abuse in our communities is by helping our children become educated on what drugs are and how they ruin young lives.” stated Ms. Lewis. “Without the proper role models and guidance, the future for these children looks bleak.”
Coordinating with the CBC, Narconon of Georgia, a non-12 step addiction recovery center, has provided drug education, support and mentorship to children across Atlanta. Mary Rieser, executive director of Narconon stated, “This is one business where you would prefer to think that you won’t have a lot of customers in the future. Every kid we educate now, means one kid that we will not see arriving for drug abuse treatment in the future.”
Ms. Rieser went on to say, “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. Education and increased awareness of the drug problem, along with effective drug abuse treatment are the only way we can deal with this problem. We want those who are on drugs to know that there is hope. For those who are not using drugs, we intend to send the message – ‘Don’t start. Life is hell for the drug addict.’"
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 in life.