What Is Drug Abuse?

It is common to have many questions about drugs, drug abuse, and the Narconon program. Below are some commonly asked questions and answers, like what is drug abuse? This information is meant to give you a greater understanding of what you are dealing with and some information on drugs and drug abuse.

What does “Narconon” mean?

Narconon comes from two Greek words. “Narco” means drugs and “non” means “no”. So Narconon means “Drugs-No!”

What is Narconon’s success rate?

Narconon has approximately a 70% success rate over two years. This is very high in comparison to other traditional treatment programs.

What is the Narconon philosophy on Addiction?

At Narconon we believe an individual can cure him or herself of addiction to alcohol and other drugs through application of the Narconon Program. We have proven this can be done in over 30 years of experience.

What does NON-TRADITIONAL mean?

Most treatment centers use a combination of 12 step recovery and group therapy in an effort to handle addiction. While some people respond to this type of treatment, factually speaking, most do not. This means that 1 or 2 out of 10 people who go through traditional treatment may end their drug or alcohol problem. At Narconon, approximately 7 out of 10 Narconon grauduates stay drug free after completing the program.

How is the Narconon program different from other drug treatment programs?

The Narconon program addresses 3 areas that are not intensively treated in more traditional programs. These areas are:

  • Physical detoxification – Long-term use of addictive drugs can cause an accumulation of drug residues and metabolites in the body. These residues can remain in the body for years, causing alcohol and drug cravings and drug-induced depression. Narconon uses the Hubbard method of detoxification to remove these residues, resulting in an individual who is free of the harmful physical effects of mind-altering drugs.
  • Life skills – Many people do not realize that some of the most common abilities and skills which they use everyday are not instinctual, but are learned. These are all areas in which drug addicts and alcoholics have been found to be deficient. These are NOT instinctive abilities. They require training and practice to perfect. The Narconon program gives heavy emphasis to life-skills training. Some of the areas addressed are communication skills, study skills and applying ethical principles in everyday life. The result is an individual more comfortable with his life and less likely to be overwhelmed by it. The practice of these skills are extremely therapeutic in and of themselves.
  • Other therapeutic procedures – There are a number of therapeutic procedures unique to the Narconon program. These therapies are designed to free a person from the guilt, remorse and regret of past actions, and to restore the self-control that is inevitably sacrificed when a person becomes addicted to drugs.

Can Narconon be effective with an Addict who has failed at many other Rehab Programs?

Yes. Narconon specializes in handling addicts who have not been successful in conventional mainstream programs. The unique alternative approach, coupled with experience in successfully handling the toughest addiction cases makes Narconon ideal for someone who has failed to recover from addiction using conventional methodologies.

Is the Narconon program covered by insurance?

Every insurance plan is different, but in general terms, most insurance companies will pay for part or all of the Narconon program, provided the policy is not an HMO plan.

Do you use medical physicians in your programs?

Yes. Each student sees a licensed medical physician prior to entry into the Narconon program and at several points during the program to address any medical conditions that may exist.

How long does it take to complete the Narconon program?

The Narconon program is usually completed in three to six months, though the program can take longer for some people. Each client is different and each case is treated on an individual basis. Narconon bases its modalities on results and not on time spent in rehab, and as such time spent at Narconon can and does vary with the individuals own needs and progress.

What type of people are treated at Narconon?

People from all walks of life, from all over the world attend Narconon for treatment. Ages range from 18-65. There are usually about 40% female and 60% male clients in treatment.

What does the Narconon program cost?

Costs differ according to what therapies are delivered. In general terms, the cost of the Narconon program is comparable to or less than other hospital programs.

What happens when a person is ready to start the Narconon program but has no money or insurance to pay for the program?

Narconon centers in the United States are not publicly funded at this time. Narconon does all it can to find available beds and sources of funding for each individual through private or insurance sources, and sets up payment plans whenever possible. Narconon centers can refer individuals to other publicly or privately funded treatment centers.

How did the Narconon program start?

Narconon was founded by William Benitez in Arizona State Penitentiary in 1966. Mr. Benitez was a heroin addict who could not seem to get off drugs using traditional forms of treatment. Utilizing the techniques of humanitarian researcher L. Ron Hubbard, Mr. Benitez was able to get himself and other inmates off drugs. This was the beginning of the Narconon Program Today, Narconon has centers operating in 40 countries.

Is Narconon part of the Church of Scientology or any other organized religion?

No, the only affiliation is that the Narconon drug rehab technology and the religion of Scientology are based on the works of the same man, L. Ron Hubbard. Narconon is a separate public benefit, non-profit corporation. It is not a religious organization and is non-denominational in its view of religion. The Narconon organization supports and acknowledges all religions that work to eradicate substance abuse, but is not corporately part of any religious organization