About Narconon Drug Education

We started delivering drug education schools in 1999.  This was after I (Robert van der Feyst), the now Executive Director, returned from successful rehabilitation at a Narconon Drug Rehabilitation centre in Denmark.  I had been struggling with addiction since the age of 16 and finally could say I was drug-free as I finally sorted out the very things that caused me to need drugs.  Now drug-free and with over 15 years of experience with drugs, I wanted to explain to others WHY using drugs is not the way to go.  Many people throughout my life had told me not to take drugs, but now I understood WHY and this is exactly what was missing with most drug prevention efforts I had experienced.  I also knew there is a way to sort out life for real so could not only talk about what drugs do and why but how to improve life for real and.  As time went on it became clear that I

was not the ideal person to talk to all youth as only some would relate to me and my background.  The majority of schools in the area are Xhosa speaking and as these were being targeted by dealers as an emerging market, this became a problem.

Almost as if planned, a  mother came to see me about getting her son rehabilitated.  Luckily, at that time a Narconon Rehabilitation Program had been opened in Johannesburg, enabling South Africans to do this program.  Sam came to see me and expressed interest in talking to the youth in his community as he was seeing where this was

heading and he wanted to do something about it.  Upon graduation, he joined me as fellow Director and together we spread this ever increasingly vital message of why it is in fact “cooler” to not take drugs and WHY this is so.

Since then, many others have joined us in a permanent or volunteer capacity and enabled us to reach the rest of South Africa.  To date we have spoken to almost half a million students at hundreds of schools across the country and millions more via TV, Radio and other media.