The story of how Narconon came to be is a fascinating one. It all began with one man named William Benitez, an inmate of Arizona State Prison. In the 1960′s Benitez came upon a book in the prison library by author L. Ron Hubbard, and after reading this book and applying the principles it contained, he and dozens of other inmates were able to permanently end their addictions to heroin. Benitez saw that himself and others could overcome addiction, even in the confines of prison and he asked permission to run a program there. The guards and prison staff were skeptical when Benitez wanted to “start a rehab” in prison, but they allowed the prisoners to meet and the program grew from there.
When Benitez was eligible for parole, he asked the judge to allow him to go back to prison so that he could help organize the Narconon program. The judge was astounded but granted his wish. Benitez returned to prison to help others in the program and organize it in a way that it could be organized and codified so that it could be done anywhere. Benitez founded Narconon on February 19th, 1996 and left prison months later when his work was done. His work went to be used to establish the first Narconon center outside of prison walls, in Los Angeles.
William Benitez later became a hearing officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections, the same system which once kept him under lock and key. He truly gave back to society to make up for the damage done when he was an addict. He was a husband for 30 years as well as a father and grandfather. Mr. Benitez passed away in June of 1999.
The Narconon program has evolved from that simple beginning to a worldwide network of over 120 and drug-free social education rehabilitation centers. Through the tireless work of dedicated staff and volunteers, we have rehabilitated tens of thousands of addicts and brought the truth about drugs to millions of individuals.
L Ron Hubbard and the Narconon Program “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
The Narconon program is a non-profit public benefit organization dedicated to eliminating drug abuse through drug prevention, drug education and drug rehabilitation.
The Narconon network consists of over 120 rehabilitation and drug prevention centers around the world. Our rehabilitation centers produce graduates, the majority of whom have demonstrated they can live stable, ethical, productive, drug-free lives. The Narconon drug prevention centers educate hundreds of thousands of people each year with live presentations and bring the truth to many more through video presentations and written materials.
The Narconon drug rehabilitation program is a social-education program. This methodology has been used successfully by hundreds of thousands of people around the world to rid themselves of the need for drugs and to regain control of their lives. The Narconon drug prevention and education program takes a comprehensive approach to preventing drug use through effective educational programs with school children, parents and educators, training for peer leaders and professionals, and broad information campaigns.