Award winning actress, Kirstie Alley, has taken a stand against substance abuse
in an effort to stop children from ever experimenting with and becoming addicted
to alcohol and other drugs.
Alley presenting the first Drug Free Hero Awards at the Narconon 25th Anniversary
Celebration in 1991.
years ago Kirstie Alley successfully conquered her own dependence to cocaine through
the Narconon Program. Today she is Narconon's International Spokesperson.
Narconon's International Spokesperson, she has taken a very strong stance against
drugs and their spread across society. "Through my own experience with Narconon,"
she said, "I know it is possible to end any dependency upon alcohol and other
drugs and to build a new, successful drug-free life for oneself. Addiction need
not be a one-way street of no return. Drugs are a hell that our children do not
need to go through."
Alley takes special pride in presenting the Narconon Drug Free Hero awards each
Drug Free Hero Awards pay special tribute to people whose lives are shining examples
of selfless dedication and service to their fellow man, people who work ceaselessly
to make the dream of a drug-free America a real future possibility.
presented the 1994 awards and spoke of the "Bad Guys" who make drug
addicts of children. Still tearful over the death of rock star Kurt Cobain, she
quoted a People magazine report that Cobain, who committed suicide, had been a
bright and active child who liked to sing Beatles tunes, until he was labeled
"hyperactive" and put on the controversial drug Ritalin. He was then
given sedatives to counter the side effects. "They set him up for drug addiction
when he was in kindergarten" Alley said.
are the good guys," Alley told the audience of anti-drug leaders and celebrities
attending the awards ceremony. "If we band together, the bad guys who push
drugs in the name of help will burn away."
my own experience with Narconon, I know it is possible to end any dependency upon
alcohol and other drugs and to build a new, successful drug-free life for oneself."
Free Heroes Left to Right: Henry Lonzano, Founder of California Youth to Youth
Alliance; Congressman Charles B. Rangel, U.S. House of Representatives; Kirstie
Alley; Willie Gault; Donzella Lee, Representing Watts Health Foundation; and Monsignor
William O'Brien, Founder and President of the drug treatment program Daytop Village