A Look At The Narconon Ensenada Prison Study

A Look At The Narconon Ensenada Prison Study

Narconon International recently announced the publication of a new compilation that demonstrates its effectiveness over the past 40 years. The compilation features 23 studies and reviews of the Narconon program, some by Narconon and others by third-party researchers. These studies include a review of the original Narconon program within the walls of the Arizona prison where the program was originally developed, as well as others in places across the globe and right up until the present day. Among the most notable of all the reviews in the compilation is one that was originally published in 2001. It was an examination of the results of the Segunda Oportunidad — Spanish for “Second Chance” — program that was being conducted in the penitentiary system of Baja California in Mexico. The prison involved in the study is located in Ensenada, a coastal city found about an hour and a half to the south of San Diego. This particular study was conducted by a pair of researchers from the Autonomous University of Baja California, working in conjunction with a professor of psychiatry from UCLA.

Results of the Narconon Prison Study from Baja California

For the Ensenada prison study, the researchers examined the progress of 1,682 inmates who had completed some or all of the Narconon rehab program during their stay in prison. Some of the inmates had entered the program after being compelled to do so by court order, whereas others chose to participate voluntarily. All of them had been released from prison or placed on parole for anywhere from one to five years at the time of the study. The researchers found that out of the total number of prisoners, only 160 had returned to prison. This translates to a recidivism rate of 9.5 percent, an astonishingly low figure. To put this in perspective, recidivism rates in the United States average around two-thirds, several times higher than the percentage of Ensenada prisoners who ended up back in prison. In the summary conclusion to the Ensenada prison study, the researchers remarked that the Narconon Second Chance program “has shown its efficiency in creating social readjustment, based on a program that attacks the physical and psychological addiction, producing stronger values and self-esteem in the addict, and fomenting work habits that help him to incorporate in the productive life of his community.”

Narconon Helps Addicts Achieve Full Recovery

The language that the researchers chose to use in the conclusion highlights the effectiveness of the Narconon program at helping participants to achieve real and meaningful recovery. In the opening pages of the new compilation, Narconon lists out several criteria of a life in recovery as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ongoing sobriety would obviously be a characteristic of a life in recovery, but it does not represent the full picture according to SAMHSA. Furthermore, a recovered addict would also be living a life characterized by purpose. This could be seen by the fact that the person would be engaging in meaningful activities and be participating in society. In the words of the researchers, he or she would achieve “social readjustment,” and would be living with “stronger values and self-esteem,” and would be incorporated into the “productive life of his community.” The Ensenada prison study is only one of the 23 studies and reviews featured in Narconon’s new compilation, but it is entirely representative of how, over the course of the past 40 years, Narconon has time and again been demonstrated to be one of the most powerful and lasting solutions to alcohol and drug addiction.

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