The Narconon Delaware County Results Study
World-famous drug rehabilitation treatment program Narconon has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over the past several decades, Narconon has firmly established itself as being among the most workable and effective drug rehab programs, with a track record that includes countless individuals whose lives have been salvaged from the ruin of drug addiction. In recognition of the long-term effectiveness of the program, Narconon chose to compile a new report that demonstrates through the use of statistics just how outstanding the results of the program truly are. Based on a collection of nearly two dozen studies and reviews from the past 40 years, the report features bar graphs and detailed written reports on each one of the studies. Taken as a whole, the report presents a clear and convincing picture of Narconon as being a program that works. Contained in each of the several different studies, however, is an entire story that on its own conveys the outstanding success that Narconon programs across the country achieve. Among the most notable of these reviews is the Narconon Delaware Correctional Center Case Study, published in the very early days of the history of Narconon on March 1, 1975.
In the Delaware study, two groups of prison inmates were tracked during the period of between 6 and 12 months following their release from prison. The first group, consisting of 70 adult males, all completed at least one Narconon course. The second group, referred to as the control group and consisting of 86 inmates, did not participate in the Narconon program. Those who did take part in the Narconon program were, by and large, characterized as having more serious criminal backgrounds than their peers in the control group. Whereas 35 percent of the control group inmates were serving sentences for major offenses, this figure was 78 percent for the Narconon participants. Of the Narconon participants, 70 percent were serving sentences ranging between 2 and 5 years or more, while only 15 percent of the control group were on similarly long sentences. While the Narconon program graduates had committed more serious crimes and had generally been sentenced to more severe punishments than those in the control group, the results of the study demonstrated that the rehab program had, by and large turned things around for them. In the period of half a year to a year following their release from prison, only 35.6 percent of the control group had managed to avoid a repeat arrest. In contrast fully 70 percent of the Narconon program graduates remained arrest free during the same period. Even more telling is the fact that 84 percent of those who had completed 2 or more Narconon courses were living on the straight and narrow and had not been subsequently arrested. For an even broader perspective, consider that the National Criminal Justice Reference Service reports that at the time of the Delaware study, the nationwide recidivism rate was 51.4 percent.
Narconon Turns Addicts’ Lives Around
In 2012, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a working definition of recovery from addiction, along with a list of the four components of a life in recovery. One of these is Purpose, which SAMHSA defines as being, “Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family care-taking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society.” Purpose would clearly not include being arrested and sent back to prison. As evidenced by the Delaware study, Narconon graduates clearly end up on their way towards a life in recovery. Not only do they avoid getting into trouble again in terms of involvement with the criminal justice system, but they also display purpose in other ways. Another finding from the Delaware study was that 57 percent of the Narconon graduates were employed. There are no figures to compare with the control group, but given that all of the former inmates had to find work in spite of their status as convicted felons, the fact that a majority of Narconon graduates were employed is a considerable testament to their social rehabilitation. The Narconon program in the Delaware prison was demonstrated to be an outstanding success, just as Narconon centers nationwide and globally continue to produce excellent results for people from all walks of life.
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