There is a need for clarification about the Narconon program, and whether there are Narconon meetings. The confusion seems to be in the spelling, and is purely coincidental. Narconon is an entire rehabilitation program which provides detoxification and teaches life skills that enable addicts to return to society and be fully functional with the tools which they have learned. The support meetings which are provided for family and friends of addicts are called “Nar-Anon”. The two have the same sound, but they are completely different things.
NarcAnon is actually a misspelling. The groups are often referred to by this name, but it is supposed to be “NarAnon” or “Nar-Anon”. Also to consider is Narcotics Anonymous, they commonly refers to themselves as NA. The organization is designed after the 12 step program offered through Alcoholics Anonymous. Narcotics Anonymous and Nar-Anon believes that drug addiction is a disease which must be treated as such (often through the use of other drugs). This is in sharp contrast to the Narconon natural rehabilitation program.
Narconon is a global set of rehabilitation and drug education centers that provide long-term rehab. Their goal is to provide the life-saving tools needed to turn away from drug addiction and lead happy and productive lives. There are no Narconon meetings, as such. Narconon is NOT a 12 step program, and does not believe that drug addiction is a disease which must be suffered through. Rather, Narconon believes that addicts have the power and can learn the skills needed to turn away from drugs forever.
The only thing that resembles Narconon meetings would be the classes that occur within the rehabilitation program itself. Again, these should not be confused with Nar-Anon support meetings or NA meetings. There is absolutely no connection between Narconon (which means Narcotics None) Nar-Anon and Narcotics Anonymous. Narconon provides classes that identify lifestyles and attitudes, including dysfunctions, which can trigger drug abuse. They also educate the students on how to change their way of thinking and acting to one more productive and healthy.
“Narconon meetings” simply do not exist outside of the rehabilitation center. After-care is available following the graduation from the program, but they are not referred to as Narconon meetings. Nar-Anon (mispelled: NarcAnon) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) does have meetings which are ongoing. In fact, many people continue to attend these meetings for years and some attend the rest of their lives.
Narconon believes that with the proper skills, addiction can be beaten. For this reason, Narconon ongoing meetings are not required. In the event of a relapse, rehabilitation is repeated. Relapses do happen, but they are rare with Narconon. In fact, they have a 3 out of 4 average success rate at their rehab centers. Graduates are always welcome to contact Narconon for support as well. While there are no such things as Narconon meetings, emotional and educational support is always available.
So many people mistakenly refer to Narcotics Anonymous or Nar-Anon as “NarcAnon”, that they confuse it with Narconon. Since these three terms sound alike, some think they are the same entity, which they are not. There are Nar-Anon meetings and NA meetings, but not Narconon Meetings.