eaceful Lake Eufaula in southeastern Oklahoma was the backdrop for the grand opening of one of the world’s largest and most effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the world on August 18, 2001.
The opening celebration of the state-of-the-art facility located in Arrowhead State Park in Canadian, Oklahoma drew a crowd of 2,000, including drug rehabilitation experts, dignitaries and celebrities from around the nation.
Narconon Arrowhead is the premier treatment and training facility of the international Narconon network, which has grown to 106 centers in 31 countries since its inception in 1966. The 230-bed treatment center perched on the edge of this picturesque, man-made lake represents the success of an effective and proven solution to addiction. Expansive spaces were renovated for the training of professionals in the Narconon program for export throughout the world. The training lineup is already meeting the demand for the Narconon program, which has increased steadily over the past decade and exploded over the past two years with the launch of Narconon’s Internet website www.stopaddiction.com. Narconon facilities in Taiwan and Brazil are among the most recent to open.
Narconon began in 1966 when a drug addict and inmate in a state penitentiary in Arizona, Willie Benitez, found a book by L. Ron Hubbard containing principles about life, the mind and the spirit. Benitez applied simple truths he learned and freed himself from his addiction.
Benitez told others about his experience, and turned to help fellow inmates who were addicts. He corresponded extensively with Mr. Hubbard, and in a short time, Narconon — meaning, literally, “no drugs” — was formed, using a range of Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries to address virtually all of the complexities of addiction for people from all walks of life and of all races and creeds. While Mr. Hubbard is well known as the founder of the Scientology religion, the Narconon program is autonomous and secular — although it has been supported from the outset by many Scientologists.
With a success rate of 70 percent, Narconon has permanently freed thousands of addicts from drugs over the years, who return to society as stable, productive and contributing individuals.
For more information contact Narconon Arrowhead, HC 67 Box 5, Canadian, Oklahoma, 74425; phone: (800) 468-6933; website: www.stopaddiction.com.