Benitez was successful, and his success led to the expansion of the program, first within the prison and then to actual Narconon centers. The first opened in Los Angeles in 1971.
Today, Narconon is administered by Narconon International in Los Angeles, which operates in 38 locations in the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, England and Russia. The program has freed more than 25,000 people from drug addiction.
Its drug-free withdrawal, detoxification and rehabilitation procedure utilizes methods developed by Mr. Hubbard and is officially recognized in many countries as the most effective drug rehabilitation available. Several governments provide funding and support for Narconon.
Narconon utilizes an exact series of drills, exercises and study steps which enable an addict to kick his habit and assist the person to address the problem areas in his life which led to his addiction. It also utilizes Mr. Hubbards discovery that residues of drugs and toxins lodge in the fatty tissues of the body and stay there for years after they have been ingestedand a revolutionary program to remedy this plight. (See Staying Clean in a Toxic World.)
Further steps in the program include a series of communication drills which assist the person to improve his relationships, a course which teaches the basics of how to study and courses to help the person deal with the various situations in his life. The result is a person who knows he is free from drugs and drug residuals and from any desire to take drugs again.
hat exactly is this program that Kirstie Alley and Kelly Piper credit with saving their lives? Narconon began 30 years ago in an Arizona state prison, when inmate William Benitez sought to cure himself of drug addiction. He relied on methods developed by American philosopher and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, and he corresponded with Mr. Hubbard during that process.