The History of the Narconon Program

In 1966, William Benitez founded the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program while incarcerated in Arizona State Penitentiary. A heroin addict and habitual criminal Benitez had searched most of his life for a solution to his drug problem. It wasn’t until he was in the prison library and came upon a book by America Author and Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard that he knew he had the answer.

With the contents in the book Benitez was able to stop using drugs. He then used this information to develop a drug rehab program in the prison system to help more addicted inmates. He called the program Narconon meaning “drugs no.” After his release from prison, Benitez continued his journey helping others with the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation methods.

He also established the very first Narconon drug education talks that are still used today as the Narconon drug education programs educates more than half a million children and adults every year.

Because of its simplicity and effectiveness both the Narconon drug rehabilitation and educations programs grew very quickly. Current there are more than 120 drug rehab and prevention centers around the world spanning over 44 countries. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program achieves a more than 70% success rate for permanent recovery from addiction and has helped hundreds of thousands of people all over the world that suffer with substance abuse issues.

There are many locations for Narconon centers in the eastern United States that accept clients from all over the northeast, Midwest and all over the U.S. with plans to open several more centers underway.

From its early beginnings the Narconon program has always been an entirely drug-free social education program with its main focus on raising the abilities of the individual.

The founder of the technology which Narconon is based L. Ron Hubbard said it best:

L. Ron Hubbard “You may have noticed that society is rapidly going downhill… And the most serious part of this is that drugs, both medical and street drugs, have disabled a majority of those who could have handled it, including the political leaders, and have even paralyzed the coming generations.”

- L. Ron Hubbard

We gratefully acknowledge both Hubbard and BenItez for the development of the Narconon program and the L. Ron Hubbard Library for permission to use copyrighted works. Click the following link for more information on the connection between Narconon and Scientology.

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