Narconon Arrowhead

Located in Canadian, Oklahoma Narconon Arrowhead is the largest of all the Narconon drug education and rehabilitation centers in the world. The organization started out as Narconon Chilocco out of the Chilocco Indian School in 1989. In 1990 Narconon Chilocco was opened for business and taking patients. During that time Narconon Chilocco successfully rehabilitated 1,000 people and educated 100,000 youth and adults in both Kansas and Oklahoma.

Because of the need and successfulness of the Narconon program in Chilocco, a new residential facility was purchased in the year 2000 and named Narconon Arrowhead.
The facility is in a small town in Oklahoma called Canadian with the last known population being 2,000 people. With 99 households and 62 families, Canadian was a good location for the drug rehab facility as the center was going to be on 217 acres of unmolested land on a 2200 acre state park. The center would also be very scenic and sit on Lake Eufaula; the largest man-made lake in the state of Oklahoma.

The building was built by a student of Frank Lloyd Wrightwho constructed the facility to be in harmony with the nature around it. It was an ideal place that 260 clients could comfortably reside at while undergoing residential recovery.

The Narconon Arrowhead Facility

In a facility that looks like a modern lodge, Narconon Arrowhead provides treatment to averages of 200+ clients on a daily basis. The entire building is filled with windows that overlook the lake and natural setting around it. There are no right angles in the facility because of the Native American theme of the construction.

The rooms at Narconon Arrowhead are very spacious and most feature two beds with a private bath. There are also suites for executives and others who want more spacious private rooms. The suites offer luxury amenities and are for business-people or others who need additional private space for recovery. Each suite has a lake view, and access to a business center, as well as a kitchenette and bathroom. Rooms are monitored by security at the facility and are locked each occupants who are given key cards so they can only enter their room.

There are separate wings on each side of the building; one area for men and the other for women. The Narconon facility also has many common and activity areas that include:

A video game area.
A full gym that offers weight lifting facilities.
A tennis/basketball court.
Nature trails.
Relaxation areas throughout the facility.
Volleyball court.
Softball
Roller-hockey
Field trips to movies, water parks and bowling.
Movie night.
Pool Tables
Darts
Foosball
Card Tables

Clients can also spend their free time observing the wildlife in the Arrowhead State Park which includes deer, raccoons, squirrels, a variety of birds including the American Bald Eagle, rabbits and even foxes.

Those staying at Narconon Arrowhead will also be fed healthy, nutritious meals daily. The is a buffet style breakfast bar every morning that features everything from eggs, to bagels to fruit and even cereal. Lunch is usually a hot lunch as well a cold salad bar with a variety of vegetables.

Dinner is prepared every day and the salad bar is also open for dinnertime. There are snacks available between meals and eating right is a very important part of the Narconon program. In addition to nutritious food, vitamins are taken by clients to help to handle some of the depletions caused by drug use.

When one stays at the facility Narconon staff also makes weekly trips to pick up personal items for clients who can fill out a form with what they need weekly. Each client has a personal account for these needed items.

The Narconon Arrowhead facility also has a business center where clients can work if needed and a call center to speak to loved ones and family members.
Certifications And Awards

Like most other drug rehabilitation organizations in the country, Narconon Arrowhead has its standard licensing and accreditation’s to deliver residential treatment.

Since the year 1992, Narconon Arrowhead has been accredited by CARF which is the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission. CARF, which was founded in 1966 is a non-profit organization that is an independent accreditor of human services and health organizations across the world. Like other accreditation agencies, each organization has to go through a thorough inspection of all aspects of the criteria of their treatment to receive the accreditation. CARF accredits over 48,000 programs in 21,000 locations which are located on 5 different continents. There are more than 8 million people helped by the organization in 19 countries. Narconon Arrowhead received the three-year accreditation from CARF for high standards of quality for treating substance abuse and effective treatment.

In addition to CARF certification Narconon was also certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for its drug free rehabilitation methods. The drug free withdrawal program delivered by Narconon Arrowhead was awarded 100% certification and was in full compliance with the standards given by the Department.

Narconon also employs many trained and licensed staff which includes:

More than 44 staff with treatment credentials who work one on one with clients.
A Medical Director who is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and is fully licensed. He is also a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Licensed Practical Nurses
Licensed Alcohol And Drug Counselors
Certified Alcohol And Drug Counselors
Behavioral Health Case Managers
Addiction Severity Index Interviewers
Recovery Support Specialists

In addition to the staff credentials and facility licensing and certifications, Narconon Arrowhead has received many proclamations of support from across the state. These included:

A Citation of Congratulations from Senator Roger Ballenger.
A Citation of Congratulations from Senators Richard Lerblance and Constance N Johnson.
Proclamation of Celebrations of Narconon Arrowhead Day from the City of Houston.
Proclamation of Thanks from the Mayor of Checotah, OK.

And many others….

Lives Saved Through Narconon Arrowhead Treatment & Education

To gauge the successfulness of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, it is important to look at the number of lives saved. Narconon Arrowhead began to treat patients 20 years ago; over 10 in the Canadian location. During that time the organization helped over 10,000 individuals who enrolled onto the program. This does not include friends and family members of those addicted.

In addition to those enrolling on the standard treatment program, Narconon has also offered at least 45 scholarship beds called “ability to pay beds.” This began in 2001 and was set up to help those who needed drug or alcohol treatment and were not able to locate any financial resources to pay for this. The majority of those on the scholarship program were located in Oklahoma.

In addition to the rehabilitation services that Narconon Arrowhead has provided the organization has also delivered effective drug education and prevention lectures from across the country to over 200,000 youth and adults. This is over the last 5 years and was free of charge.

Like all other Narconon programs, Narconon Arrowhead is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit organization. The treatment program is non-religious or secular and is based on the teachings of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The program philosophy focuses on:

1. Improving health.
2. Safely removing drug toxins from the body to help to drastically reduce physical cravings.
3. Development of life skills to solve and handle problems related to addiction.
4. Raising the confront, control and communication of the individual.
5. Adopting a new and simple moral code for living.

For more information on the Narconon Arrowhead program visit their site at www.narcononarrowhead.org.

Sources:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rzdCAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6KoMAAAAIBAJ&dq=narconon%20arrowhead%20anniversary&pg=1263%2C3047199
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian,_Oklahoma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Eufaula
http://www.carf.org/home/