Narconon is a highly effective drug-free withdrawal, detoxification and rehabilitation program that utilizes techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard.

The Narconon network extends worldwide from Narconon Arrowhead, the largest residential facility of its kind and training center for drug rehabilitation professionals and volunteers.

Established in 2001, this premier center stands amid 256 acres of woodland on the shores of Lake Eufaula in southeastern Oklahoma. Scientologists helped sponsor the creation of Narconon Arrowhead, which has provided education and rehabilitation to thousands, and delivered on-site internships to professionals from 47 U.S. states and 20 nations.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent review organization recognized by government agencies and insurance carriers, has accredited the Narconon program at Arrowhead since the facility opened. CARF evaluations report that against a standard measurement of results, “In terms of outcome, it is far above.” Equivalent European studies came to similar conclusions.

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Narconon rehabilitation facilities around the world are located in environments that provide privacy and safety for individuals to overcome their addictions and rebuild their lives. Each of the 50 centers provides the full range of Narconon services, with over 70 percent of those completing Narconon’s addiction and rehabilitation program remaining drug-free and alcohol-free.

The program has, from the beginning, been founded on basic principles observed by L. Ron Hubbard: that an individual is basically good, that he is responsible for his own condition, and that anyone can improve their condition if given a workable way to do so.

This workable means of kicking drug addiction started in the Arizona State Prison when William Benitez, an inmate serving a 15-year sentence on drug charges, discovered a book by L. Ron Hubbard: Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought. Benitez realized it contained the tools to free himself from the drug abuse that had trapped him since the age of 13. He approached prison officials, requesting permission to set up a drug rehabilitation program inside the facility. His request was granted and on February 19, 1966, Benitez started a pilot program, enrolling 20 fellow inmates.

With the support of Mr. Hubbard, Benitez subsequently established a formal Narconon program in the prison. Upon his release, after voluntarily extending his prison stay to complete the implementation of the program, he moved to California and opened the first Narconon residential center. With the continued support of Mr. Hubbard and Scientologists, Narconon continued to expand, and today stands as the world’s preeminent drug rehabilitation program.

From its inception, the Narconon program promoted an approach to drug rehabilitation without the substitution of alternative drugs. The early program did not, however, deal directly with withdrawal.

By 1973, Mr. Hubbard’s further research to help addicts through the rigors of withdrawal safely and with minimal discomfort resulted in drug-free withdrawal procedures. Specific quantities of vitamins and mineral supplements accompanied by special techniques ease mental and physical stress. Today, the Narconon program includes a battery of procedures developed to effect swift and relatively painless withdrawal, followed by the Narconon New Life Detoxification. Once free of physical craving, the student enrolls on life skills courses that provide tools that enable him to succeed in life without drugs. Courses enable the individual to assume responsibility for past transgressions, regain his self-respect and learn to identify people in his environment likely to encourage resumption of drug use.


Overcoming Ups & Downs in Life Course: To avoid situations that might lead to drug use in the future, students must be able to identify true friends and the positive people in their lives and, to isolate those likely to lead them back into trouble. On this course, students can learn how poor decisions regarding friends and acquaintances damaged their lives in the past and how to make better choices in the future.

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Personal Values Course: On the Personal Values Course, students learn how personal values are lost and how to restore them. They come to recognize their actual obligations. They learn a procedure that enables them to take full responsibility for their past misdeeds and thereby gain relief from the associated trauma and guilt connected with them. By the end of this course, students can leave the past behind and move forward into a positive future.

Changing Conditions in Life Course: Because drug and alcohol use often stems from an inability to deal with challenging situations, it is vital that former addicts learn constructive problem-solving skills that assist them to lead drug-free lives. This course further educates students in procedures that can be followed to correct anything in the past so it is no longer a problem in the present, learning precise steps to move their lives forward.