“Saving Lives Since 1966”
Narconon began in 1966 as an effort of William Benitez. While incarcerated in Arizona's state prison, Benitez became inspired to create a network of resources to help individuals struggling with substance abuse. After he established Narconon, the nonprofit organization grew to over 100 treatment centers around the globe. Narconon helps patients in the United States, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, Italy, and Taiwan.
Narconon utilizes programs to offer medication-free detoxification, life-skills training, and relapse-prevention services. Long-term treatment within private, retreat-style rehabilitation facilities has proven so effective that patients who graduate may be readmitted without a fee if they relapse within six months of discharge.
Narconon administers a unique approach to drug and alcohol addiction healing. Not using principles of traditional 12-step programs, the group focuses on the Drug Rehabilitation Technology Theory as created by author L. Ron Hubbard. While 12-step programs focus on 30-day treatment cycles, Narconon programs typically span three to five months. L. Ron Hubbard's ideas have stood as the core of Narconon's values since the organization's inception more than 40 years ago.