Narconon Celebrates 42 Years of Effective Drug Rehabilitation

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Anniversary is marked lives around the world by drug-free lives with long-term success.

In a time when drug treatment programs have been shown in a bad light due to celebrity mishaps, at least one group of rehabilitation centers stands out to demonstrate what successful recovery means, and Narconon has been doing it for 42 years.

Narconon, which stands for NARCotics-NONe, celebrated more than four decades of effective rehabilitation practices this past week with special program graduation ceremonies in many countries around the world.

Long-term success seemed to be the theme as graduates shared their stories of permanent recovery, like John from Georgia who said, "I never thought it would be possible, but after being a drug addict for 16 years, Narconon helped me get control of my life. Now I am a successful manager and a good father. My life is complete and drug free."

The first female graduate of the program was in 1973 in Los Angeles, and a special letter from her to new graduates was read at the original residential program, which has moved to Newport Beach, CA. Narconon centers from other parts of the United States, Canada and Europe, celebrated with graduates from a few years ago to decades ago.

Narconon was first formed in Arizona State Prison in 1966 by William Benitez, and after helping himself and other inmates get off drugs Benitez founded the first residential facility in Los Angeles in the early 70's. Since then the network has expanded to over 120 centers in more than 40 countries and it continues to grow with each documented success.

The drug-free principles taught by the program and the sauna detoxification technique are based on the works of American author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard, who wrote, "The addict has been found not to want to be an addict, but is driven by pain and environmental hopelessness…As soon as an addict can feel healthier and more competent mentally and physically without drugs than he does on drugs, he ceases to require drugs."

For more information on the Narconon program or to find out where their facilities are around the country, call Narconon International at 323-962-2404 or visit


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