Narconon Center Participates in Festival
On the weekend of August 3rd and 4th, the city of Watsonville, California, held its 19th annual Strawberry Festival. Watsonville is a city of around 51,000 people, located on Monterey Bay about halfway between Monterey and Santa Cruz. The agricultural industry plays a large role in the local economy, with farmers along the coast and in the nearby inland valleys bringing fruits and vegetables to market after growing them in some of the richest and most fertile soils in the world. For nearly two decades, people in the city and the surrounding communities have been celebrating the Watsonville Strawberry festival, with activities including pie eating contests, live music, vendor booths and, of course, an overflowing abundance of strawberries available for the enjoyment of the festival attendees. The festival is a major community event on the yearly calendar for those living in Watsonville and throughout the region, and dozens of local businesses act as sponsors to help in providing the event to the people and to get their name out there. One of these was the Narconon Redwood Cliffs Treatment Center, located in the scenic foothills of the coastal mountain range above Watsonville.
Narconon Redwood Cliffs at the Watsonville Strawberry Festival
The Narconon Redwood Cliffs organization includes a public outreach team that works to create positive relationships with individuals and organizations in the Watsonville community, as well as to provide drug prevention education to young people and others in the area. They joined in on the Strawberry Festival, holding a booth from which they promoted their services and anti-drug message to those who attended. In total, the team passed out more than 500 copies of Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs, a booklet which features important information to dispel common myths about drug use. Children and teenagers who read this booklet get the facts about drugs and answers to questions such as whether or not marijuana is actually harmful and whether using drugs can increase a person’s creativity. Furthermore, the Redwood Cliffs team acquired more than 100 signatures from local youth who took a pledge to live drug-free and crime-free lives. The weekend of the Strawberry Festival was not the first time that Narconon Redwood Cliffs has reached out to help keep young people off drugs. Since 2004, the group has provided anti-drug education lectures to more than 50,000 elementary and high school students in the area.
In addition to spreading anti-drug educational materials for the people of Watsonville, the Redwood Cliffs team also made important contacts with people in the community. One of these was Dr. Bradley DeHaven, a prominent author and blogger who writes on the topic of prescription drug abuse. Dr. DeHaven has a son who completed the Narconon program, and he is an ardent supporter of what they are doing at the Redwood Cliffs center. During their meeting, they arranged for Dr. DeHaven to visit the center for a dinner and to attend an upcoming Friday night graduation. The contact with Dr. DeHaven represents only one example of how the Narconon Redwood Cliffs Treatment Center has been making a positive impact on the community since before the days when the strawberry festival was started. For more than 20 years, the team at Redwood Cliffs has been helping individuals and families such as Dr. DeHaven’s to find effective solutions to the problem of addiction, and they have been salvaging lives that were consumed by drugs and alcohol. By offering the full Narconon program, which includes a unique sauna detoxification step along with powerful counseling and life skills courses to truly rehabilitate clients, the Redwood Cliffs organization has been giving the people of Watsonville a way to put an end to addiction for themselves and their loved ones and to make a fresh start in life.
For more information on Narconon Redwood Cliffs see their site at www.redwoodcliffs.com.