Narconon Celebrates International Overdose Awareness Day

Narconon Louisiana - many people releasing purple balloons into a sky.

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st of each year. It’s observed with the intention to raise awareness of drug overdoses and reduce the stigma associated with such deaths.

Narconon New Life Retreat, with the help of its staff and clients, released balloons with the names of loved ones lost to the tragedy of overdose. We believe overdose death is preventable, and it’s our mission every day to prove this by creating drug-free lives who might otherwise be lost.

The fact that this year’s overdose death statistic is at an all-time high, gives us reason to work even harder. We’re fighting a battle that affects nearly everyone in some way, from all walks of life.

In addition, we are kicking off September which is National Recovery Month. On the heels of overdose awareness, is the reality that addiction can be ended with effective rehabilitation. Since this is our purpose, we chose to honor both events on Saturday, September 1st.

Narconon New Life Retreat wants you to know we’ve seen the devastation addiction causes firsthand. As a long-term rehabilitation facility, we’re often the last chance for recovery and a place where people turn to when other methods have failed. We do not take this lightly, and welcome all who have a desire to better their lives.

Please take this opportunity help someone you know and love before their life is lost. If you’re struggling with addiction, don’t let another year go by wasted, or even worse; not lived. You can recover. We can help.

This year’s slogan for Recovery Month is: “Prevention works. Treatment is effective. People recover.” We stand by those words.

Don’t wait. Contact us today.


Joe Kertis

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Joe has worked at Narconon New Life Retreat for the past seven years, since his relocation to Louisiana. As the Intake Supervisor, he helps families and individuals through a very difficult time and take their first steps to a new, drug-free life. Get in touch with Joe on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.