“For years drugs owned me, alienated me from my family and eventually sent me to prison. Nothing else but scoring heroin mattered to me.
“My life was over until my father heard about and sent me to Narconon.
“Narconon has a system, L. Ron Hubbard’s technology, that not only shows you how to stop using drugs but teaches you how to live life, solve problems, set and achieve positive goals. I graduated the programme over 5 years ago. I got married. Narconon saved not only my life but my wife Stephanie’s too. She is the mother of my healthy, bright daughter. Thank you all for my wonderful life.”
— R. Almstead
An essential element of the Narconon programme is a detoxification method developed by Mr. Hubbard in 1980 to address the harmful effects caused by the accumulation of drugs and toxins in the body. This regimen consists of exercise, low-heat sauna and precisely administered nutritional supplements (see next section).
A remarkable average of more than 70% of Narconon graduates do not return to drug abuse.
“I have found nothing even approaching Mr. Hubbard’s work in terms of accomplishing genuine and permanent rehabilitation,” said a retired Detective Chief Superintendent from Scotland Yard. “It transforms deadened, hopeless addicts into motivated, productive people in control of their lives...”
As one Narconon graduate wrote, “One morning I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. That was the first time I had ever seen death and it was me. I was so devastated I collapsed. ... I began searching for rehabilitation centres as my head throbbed with incredible pain. My brother told me of a rehab centre that used L. Ron Hubbard’s technology. This was going to be my last shot. I got dressed and went down and told the counsellor about my head. I found out within a couple of days that my brain was ready to haemorrhage. Had I gone to another centre where it is quite probable I would have been given a drug, I could have died.
“From that day two and a half years ago, I have never reverted to drugs. L. Ron Hubbard’s technology gave me the tools to put me back in control of my life. I love to see the sun come up, people happy and the noise of life in the city. Two and a half years ago, I almost lost my life.”
A study performed in Spain found that 78.37% of Narconon programme graduates continued drug-free years after finishing the programme. Other drug rehab programmes consider a non-recidivism rate of 20% to be exemplary.
These results are consistent throughout the Narconon programmes. “A recent outcome study examined 183 Narconon students 18 months after their graduation,” said researcher Dr. Shelley Beckmann, Ph.D. “Prior to their participation in the Narconon program, 81% had been incarcerated, 33% for longer than one month. Twenty-two percent admitted to engaging in criminal activity for an average of 13 of the 30 days prior to starting the Narconon program. Eighteen months after graduation, average days incarcerated for those interviewed was less than 0.05%.”
Narconon has been acknowledged internationally for its effectiveness in curing hard-core addiction by, among others, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria, Canada and the former Assistant Surgeon General for the United States Public Health Service.
“Narconon has a unique position in the rehabilitation field. It offers addicts a relatively painless drug-free withdrawal - something that most addicts and professionals consider impossible. It has developed effective programmes at no cost to taxpayers, at a time when the [U.S.] government has invested billions of dollars in experimental approaches that have not offered satisfactory solutions.” — Alphonso Paredes, M.D. UCLA School of Medicine
Narconon United Kingdom has been a registered charity since 1975 and has delivered drug education programmes nationally since then. As a result of its proven long-term success, Narconon UK has also received social service funding from England’s health care system.
In the United States, Narconon’s 200-acre rehabilitation centre and training facility is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), widely recognised as a leading U.S. authority on drug rehabilitation programmes. CARF’s standards are the highest in the nation and have been adopted by many states and federal agencies as the benchmark for all rehabilitation programmes.