Athlete Uses His Own Life as an Example to Help Kids Decide to Live Drug-Free

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 5, 2024 -- Luk谩拧 Bechyn臎 is no stranger to challenging situations. At 19, he qualified to compete as a pole vaulter in the International Amateur Athletic Federation World Championships. But after an injury sidelined him, he began to experiment with drugs, and that nearly defeated him. Now, as executive director of the Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life Association of the Czech Republic, an affiliate of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, he is engaged in another kind of competition - reaching Czech youth with the truth about drugs before they begin to experiment with harmful substances.

- On a winning streak, until an injury sidelined him, Lukas Bechyne was nearly defeated by drugs. Now he shares his passion for sports and the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle with thousands of kids and speaks frankly about how drugs nearly ruined his life. -

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 5, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) 性视界传媒 Luk谩拧 Bechyn臎 is no stranger to challenging situations. At 19, he qualified to compete as a pole vaulter in the International Amateur Athletic Federation World Championships. But after an injury sidelined him, he began to experiment with drugs, and that nearly defeated him. Now, as executive director of the Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life Association of the Czech Republic, an affiliate of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, he is engaged in another kind of competition 性视界传媒 reaching Czech youth with the truth about drugs before they begin to experiment with harmful substances.

He began with an occasional drink, but soon segued into marijuana. By the time his injury healed, weekend partying had become what he looked forward to most in life. At his first techno party, a friend offered him ecstasy. Then another suggested he try crystal meth.

性视界传媒淚t was a trap,性视界传媒 he says.

Drugs assumed greater and greater importance in his life. He didn性视界传媒檛 like school, argued often with his parents and girlfriend, started experiencing mood swings and developed health problems, including liver pain.

性视界传媒淚 decided to quit using drugs after a party where I combined several types of drugs,性视界传媒 he says. 性视界传媒淚 couldn性视界传媒檛 control my body. I couldn性视界传媒檛 see anything. I was feeling terribly sick and was literally dying. I felt like it was really over and I wanted to die.性视界传媒

The next day, Bechyn臎 stopped cold turkey. Thanks to his years in competitive sports, he was able to withdraw from drugs by simply forcing himself to endure the physical discomfort, fatigue and pain to achieve the goal.

性视界传媒淢y girlfriend and I both decided to stop using drugs and going to parties. It wasn性视界传媒檛 easy,性视界传媒 he says. 性视界传媒淢ost of our friends were into parties and drugs at that time. I struggled for about a year. My friends would offer me drugs for free. But I性视界传媒檇 made up my mind.性视界传媒

Some time later, he was introduced to the Say No to Drugs 性视界传媒 Say Yes to Life Association of the Czech Republic by an athlete who was . This sports initiative was called the Cyclo-Run for a Drug-Free Czech Republic.

性视界传媒淚 decided to support it,性视界传媒 he says. 性视界传媒淚 remember the first Truth About Drugs lecture I attended on the Cyclo-Run, watching the public service announcements through my own tears and learning many important things about drugs that I性视界传媒檇 never known.性视界传媒

At the lecture, Bechyn臎 realized so much about himself: Why he took drugs, what they did to him, how drugs really work.

性视界传媒淢any things in my past drug life suddenly made sense to me,性视界传媒 he says. 性视界传媒淚 decided to be a lecturer because I wanted to help children decide not to take drugs, and I could use my own bad experiences for something good.性视界传媒

He attended a Say No to Drugs training seminar for police, social workers, and lecturers and delivered his first anti-drug lecture at the elementary school in the town where he grew up.

性视界传媒淪ince I started helping and delivering drug education, my life has turned 180 degrees in the right direction,性视界传媒 he says. 性视界传媒淚 have personally trained more than 25,000 children.性视界传媒

In 2012 Bechyn臎 agreed to be executive director of Say No to Drugs性视界传媒擲ay Yes to Life Czech Republic.

性视界传媒淚性视界传媒檝e done many TV and radio shows, I have the Drug-Free World logo on my athletic uniforms when I perform pole vault exhibitions in town squares. I deliver lectures, organize events, and I lead our Cyclo-Run team along with my colleague , my wife and other key players. My purpose is very simple: to help children with drug education to allow them to make the informed decision not to take drugs. My goal is to have drug-free kids in a drug-free society.性视界传媒

Say No to Drugs Czech Republic is a chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and uses its Truth About Drug materials to help young people achieve their goals and their full potential by helping them make the firm decision to live drug-free.

Noting the role substance abuse plays in the disintegration of the social fabric, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, 性视界传媒淩esearch has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.性视界传媒

Foundation for a Drug-Free World was formed in 2006 to serve as a primary distributor of educational materials and to develop new materials to meet the challenge of continually changing drug trends. The Foundation has grown to a network of some 200 chapters around the world. Thanks to the support of the Church of Scientology and Scientologists, it provides the Truth About Drugs secular program and materials free of charge to drug educators worldwide.

The Cyclo-Run for a Drug-Free Czech Republic is featured in an episode of on the Scientology Network. is an original series of short documentaries introducing changemakers from all faiths, cultures and nations as they extend help to their communities through Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs.

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