Narconon Ojai’s first annual golf tournament celebrates Red Ribbon Week.
We celebrate Red Ribbon Week to affirm commitment to live drug-free and not further the endeavors of the drug cartels. We celebrate those who live without drugs as well as those who choose to leave drugs behind and live drug-free.
Red Ribbon Week was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance toward the use of drugs. The Mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a Drug-Free America.
In celebration of Red Ribbon Week Narconon Ojai held its first annual golf tournament at the Ojai Valley Inn. The center joined together with community leaders to help raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse.
Narconon Ojai and its supporters used this event as a platform to shed light on this crisis. Featured speakers at the event shared their experiences from different vantage points. This included: Dan Schneider, from the Netflix docuseries, The Pharmacist, who lost his son in a drug-related murder; Tim Ryan, who fought his own battle with addiction, lost his son to an overdose and works with his wife Jennifer Gimenez to help others; and Commander James Fryhoff from the Ventura Sheriff’s Department who has seen what addiction can do to individuals and their families and has dedicated his life to creating safe communities.
“I’ve probably put foot in over 2,000 treatment centers. There are probably five I refer to nationwide. Narconon offers a true opportunity for people to get their lives back. How to live life on life’s terms.”
Tim Ryan, A&E’s Dope Man and substance counselor shared his experiences in the treatment community. He stated, “I’ve probably put foot in over 2,000 treatment centers. There are probably five I refer to nationwide. Narconon offers a true opportunity for people to get their lives back. How to live life on life’s terms.”
Commander James Fryhoff spoke about the importance of having access to both prevention and treatment. He stated, “One hundred percent what we need to be focusing on is prevention. It is much easier to say no, than never again. The earlier we get to them to let them know the damage it is caused the better we all are. Now having said that, when those who make the decision to use and they now need to seek treatment, it is places like Narconon that people can get help and be restored to health.”
Narconon Ojai is an integral part of this community. We are working hand in hand with public officials, professionals in the field and concerned citizens to address substance abuse from both a holistic treatment side as well as the much-needed prevention and education side. “We must work on both sides of this battle to save lives and the next generations to come,” said Fabian Padro the Executive Director of Narconon Ojai.
Narconon Ojai also plans to expand its reach in prevention and drug education for schools. Please contact us to partner with us in this fight against drugs.