Narconon Graduate Says, ďArt First Ė Drugs NeverĒ
Released on: October 29, 2010, 5:32 am
Advocacy for Art, as a Part of Living Drug-Free, Is Big Part
of Drug Prevention Strategy.
“We want to harness the Power of Art to Knock Out Drug Use in our local Community,”
says Micahel Ginsburg. The violin virtuoso is a graduate of the Narconon Program at
the Arrowhead facility in Oklahoma. He recently concertized and raised funds for a
new live theater in nearby Mcalester as part of its “Take Back McAlester” Campaign.
Ginsburg is one of the architects of the campaign, and his own enthusiasm for the
arts helped get residents excited about it.
From the Mayor to the Chamber of Commerce to local businesses and non-profit
associations, Narconon Arrowhead is a major sponsor of the city’s effort to tackle a
growing drug problem. “The plan,” says Ginsburg, “Is to replace the destruction of
drugs with the creativity of art. The art that is manifesting in the city comes from
youngsters and adults and includes all kinds from dance to photography to music,
painting, writing, theatre and more. “This really resonates with me,” Ginsburg says.“Once I was hopelessly strung out on drugs, and now I am living a life free of drugs
as a result of completing the Narconon Program at Narconon Arrowhead. I certainly
feel privileged to give back to the community that we share.”
Ginsburg’s advocacy exemplifies an international mandate given to all Narconon Centers, according to the
Executive Director of Narconon International in Los Angeles. “We have Narconon
Centers in more than 40 countries, and every one of them is expected to reach out to
their community and help curb the negative influence that drugs exert.”
He points out it is graduates of the Narconon program who are most behind anti-drug
advocacy in the community. “It’s something that happens as a matter of course. Our
graduates are on the other side of it now, but they know the horrors that await
those who become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many decide to become powerful
advocates for a drug-free community.”
Ginsburg is a classic example. The young musician went from being a violin prodigy
at the age of 5 to a hopeless addict by the age of 15. Here was an inspired artist.
He was chosen to be first chair violin for the New England Youth Conservatory
orchestra. He was invited to study under Marylou Speaker-Churchill, principal second
violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. “Drugs totally changed the career vector
he was following, and at a young age,” says the Executive Director of Narconon
International. “It is a story that we have seen played out multiple times at our
centers.” For more inspirational success stories please visit our video http://www.youtube.com/user/narconon#p/u/4/Ze2L6lMG7gI.
About Narconon: The Narconon Program has been around since 1966 and is dedicated to putting an end to drug and alcohol
International keeps a hot line open 24/7 offering a lifeline to artists and anyone
who need immediate assistance with a drug or alcohol problem. Call 1 800-775-8750
for immediate assistance or visit Narconon.org.
Contact Details: Narconon International
4652 Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90027
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