|Megan Shields, M.D., has put both casual and long-term heavy drug users she described as physically ravaged by the effects of drugs through the Narconon drug rehabilitation program.|
hrough the years, tens of thousands of lives have been saved through the Narconon program. Legions of people who had surrendered to their addictions have found new hope and a new life.
Indeed, that is how Narconon started. It began in Arizona State Prison through the efforts of William Benitez, a hard-core addict from the age of 13. He had unsuccessfully tried many ways to kick his 18-year heroin habit, including joining the Marines, committing himself to hospitals for care and therapy, and isolating himself in mining towns.
After pleading guilty to possession of narcotics on December 22, 1964, Benitez entered prison yet againhis fourth term. A friend gave him some reading materials that included a book by
That small book impressed me more than anything else I had ever read before, Benitez said. I read it over and over and then got additional books by Mr. Hubbard and studied them very carefully over the months. The material identified human abilities and their development.
Using this information, Benitez was able to conquer his addiction. As he continued his studies, he realized that these discoveries offered the first genuine hope to addicts, and in 1966 he began to apply that material to help his fellow inmates.
Benitez wrote to Mr. Hubbard, who encouraged him to expand his efforts to help others.
Until Now, No Solution
The program William Benitez founded grew and, in 1971, the first Narconon center outside prison walls opened in Los Angeles. Today Narconons services are available at 39 drug rehabilitation and drug prevention centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, England, Russia, New Zealand and South Africa.
It is officially recognized in several countries as the most effective drug rehabilitation available and receives government funding in a number of nations. Narconon has an unsurpassed success rate, according to independent studies, with up to 72 percent of its graduates still off drugs after two years. More and more, judges and government agencies refer drug addicts to Narconon for rehabilitation, rather than to jail or prison. Such an option is afforded by courts in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
While it is strongly supported by the Church of Scientology, Narconon is an independent, non-profit corporation that is non-religious. Its secular program is open to people of all races and creeds.
Narconon began to use a detoxification program in 1979 based on breakthroughs which Mr. Hubbard made concerning the long-term biochemical effects of drugsa major discovery that residues of drugs and toxins lodge in the fatty tissues of the body and stay there for years after they have been ingested. These residues can create adverse effects on the individual causing fatigue, lack of perception and confused thinking. This discovery forms the basis for a revolutionary detoxification program which removes residual toxins and drugs from the body.
Customary medical procedures held no solution to this problem of drug and toxic residuals, said Megan Shields, M.D., a medical adviser to Narconon. Various treatments were proffered, ranging from the psychiatric viewpoint of getting the person to believe that the problem he was experiencing from toxins was all in his mind, to the administration of drugs to suppress the symptoms exhibited. These treatments only served to compound the problem. The detoxification program, she said, provided the solution.
Shields put both casual and long-term heavy drug users she described as physically ravaged by the effects of drugs through the program.
The depression, hopelessness and fear which so often accompany such problems were evident in many of these patients, she said. Upon completion of the program, these people were changed both physically and mentally. The common theme expressed by those who completed the program is that they were no longer encumbered by chemicals which were shutting off their lives. They expressed increased mental clarity and new hope for the future. Their lives upon completion of the program were happier, healthier and more productive.
The Narconon program also uses an exact series of drills, exercises and study steps which enable an addict to not only eliminate his habit but to assist the person to address the problem areas in his life which were a direct cause of his addiction.
Further steps in the program include a series of communication exercises which assist the person to improve his relationships with others, a course which teaches the basics of how to study and courses to help the person deal with various situations that can arise in his life. The result is a person who knows that he is free from drugs and drug residuals and also free from any desire to take drugs again.
For more information about the Narconon program, call Narconon at (800)