August 16, 2012
On the southwest corner of Tijuana, in the hills on the way to Ensenada, Padre Jaime Lares, founder and president, inaugurated his new-built Narconon drug rehabilitation center at a recent ceremony, attended by 150 guests, including parents, local dignitaries, Narconon International staff and friends from the United States and elsewhere in Mexico. Previous to this point, Padre Lares had been operating a residential Twelve Step Narcotics Anonymous program in more modest facilities.
One year ago, the Padre and his students were introduced to Narconon methodology when they and 20 other Tijuana Twelve Step drug rehab centers attended a Narconon First Step Workshop. The First Step is training for any interested drug rehab or other social group in how to use vitamins and practical, hands-on exercises to minimize withdrawal discomfort as well as to reduce relapse to drugs. Over the past 3 years Narconon International has delivered this First Step program as a humanitarian service to over 200 drug rehabs throughout Mexico and Guatemala. After receiving his workshop, Padre Lares decided he wished to go further and adopt the full Narconon program model.
"I was interested in Narconon because it is drug-free and has an impressive life skills educational component," said Padre Lares. "After we applied for a Narconon License, they helped us step by step to train our technical and administrative staff. We feel we have become an important part of an international team." “And indeed they have!” said Clark Carr, president of Narconon International. “We couldn’t be prouder to help the Padre and his wonderful staff and students to join us. Only arm in arm, can we confront the narcotraffickers that are terrorizing Mexican communities. We in the United States cannot solve this terrible crisis for our neighbors, but we can bring improved program tools and new methodology to help them to do this person by person.”
Monsignor Cisneros, a personal friend of Padre Lares, blessed both the staff and facilities that will house dormitories and program delivery space. Maria Teresa Peña de Gomez, the Governor’s Secretary for Social Development commented, “This is what Tijuana needs to continue to develop a more civil society in Baja California.” Norma Esquivel from the Tijuana Mayor’s office praised Padre Lares for the outstanding work he has done to collaborate with an international institution to save more and more lives in Baja.
Narconon Tijuana Casa del Reencuentro (House for Finding Yourself Again) has started accepting new adult male students and will deliver services in Spanish. Ana Luisa Valdez, the founder of Narconon Navajoa (Sonora), which has been delivering services fully funded by the Mexico DIF (family social support program) also attended. There is one other Narconon residential center in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico and also centers in Colombia and Argentina -- 96 Narconon drug rehab and prevention centers worldwide at this time.
For more information on Narconon Tijuana, contact info(at)narconon(dot)org info(at)narconon(dot)org or call 1 (323) 962-2404. Narconon International’s Spanish language website is espanol.narconon.org.
For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prwebnarconon-tijuana-rehab/MM/prweb9808745.htm