is Non Profit
is a non-profit, public benefit organization that uses the drug rehabilitation
methods of L. Ron Hubbard. The first Narconon group was founded in 1966 by William
Benitez, who at the time was an inmate in Arizona State Prison. In 1971, Benitez
was one of the signatories of the papers establishing the Narconon, a non-profit,
public benefit corporation. Although there is a new Board of Directors, this is
the same corporation that is Narconon International today.
The Narconon rehabilitation program uses techniques developed by American researcher
L. Ron Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard took a personal interest in the success of the Narconon
program and contributed new, workable discoveries to the program over a period
of twenty years.
L. Ron Hubbard believed that man is basically good. He was convinced that the
majority of those who have fallen into drug abuse and/or a criminal life, when
educated in the skills necessary to live a drug-free and honorable life, will
work very hard to make such a reality come true. Narconon International licenses
all Narconon centers and other organizations to use its methodology, which license
includes the agreement to maintain the integrity and workability of the methodology
according to Narconon standards.
demonstrated to officials that any person, inmate or otherwise, could benefit
from Narconon because its attention was on increasing abilities, that we had an
ethics mechanism built into the program, and that the responsibility and involvement
required of a member would soon dissuade anyone not serious about improvement...The
program met its expectations so well that seven months after the beginning of
Narconon, I was asked to start another program for young offenders housed in the
annex outside the prison walls.
After leaving Arizona to open the first residential Narconon center in Los Angeles,
Mr. Benitez continued to work with and organize the developing Narconon program
for many years. For the last 16 years he worked with the Arizona State Department
of Corrections. To read his account of the beginnings of Narconon, see The
Origins of Narconon