rug rehabilitation experts, dignitaries and leading artists officially opened the doors to one of the worlds leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres in the United States in August 2001.
Two thousand people attended the grand opening celebration of the state-of-the-art Narconon facility located in Arrowhead State Park in southeastern Oklahoma. Narconon Arrowhead, as it is now known, is the premiere treatment and training facility of the international Narconon network, which has grown to 106 centres in 31 countries, including Canada, since its inception in 1966. Drug rehabilitation counselors and administrators from around the world are training at the Narconon Arrowhead facility. Three staff from Narconon Montreal so far have trained there, returning to Canada in November.
The 230-bed treatment centre, which rests on the shores of expansive Lake Eufaula outside the town of Canadian, Oklahoma, represents an effective and proven solution to addiction. Facilities 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 Narconons 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 author and humanitarian 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 short time, Narcononmeaning, literally, no drugs"was formed, using a range of Mr. Hubbards 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 secularalthough it has been supported from the outset by many Scientologists.
With a success rate over 70 percent for those completing the program, 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.