What Narconon Reviews Study Says About Drug Treatment Results

What Narconon Reviews Study Says About Drug Treatment Results

Narconon Publishes 40 Years of Outcome Study Results

In April of this year, a large group of people from across the United States, Italy, Russia, Australia, South Africa and Latin America converged on the Renaissance Hotel in Oklahoma City. The occasion for the gathering was to mark the release of a new publication, “The Narconon Program — 40 Years of Evidence of Recovery.” The Narconon program has been in existence for more than four decades, and the recent publication is a compilation of reviews and outcome studies from the past 40 years that provide insight into the success rate of the program. This compilation is anything but routine in the field of addiction treatment. Most rehab programs do not conduct outcome monitoring or accountability reports for the simple reason that they lack the resources to carry out such actions, while many of the large and well-known luxury rehab centers focus more on their cachet as getaway spa experiences and avoid the scrutiny that comes with publishing results studies. By conducting these types of studies and reviews, Narconon is not only being transparent and allowing the public to see exactly how successful their are, but they are also striving to continually improve by giving themselves an accurate picture of where they are doing well and where they need to improve. Overall, the results of these studies, as featured in the recent publication, are nothing short of outstanding.

The compilation includes details from fully 23 separate reviews and studies, the earliest being the Arizona Correctional Authority Report published on August 13, 1972, up to the most recent with the 2009 Routine Outcome Monitoring of Narconon Graduate Results. In addition to spanning four decades, the studies represent results from across the globe, from Arizona to Delaware, and from Mexico to Berlin and Moscow. Across the boards, the program is demonstrated to be successful. There is, naturally some variation given the differences in time, location and the composition of the groups who were participating in the study. Furthermore, the program has evolved, from the early days when it consisted primarily of life skills courses, to the modern program that includes a sauna-based detoxification program that cleanses the body of residual drug residues. From the earliest days to now, however, Narconon has continued to demonstrate stellar results.

How Narconon Evaluates Success in Rehab


The question of whether or not Narconon is effective is not answered though the organization’s own subjective opinions. Instead, the opening pages of the compilation introduce a set of objective criteria that the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has promulgated for defining a life in recovery from addiction. SAMHSA’s four components of recovery include:

  • Health – Defined as “abstaining from the use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications, and…making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional wellbeing”
  • Home – “A stable and safe place to live”
  • Purpose – “Meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income and resources to participate in society”
  • Community – “Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope”

The compilation of Narconon results is, in fact, assembled in such a way as to highlight the fact that the program is enormously successful in helping participants to achieve results according to the criteria laid out by SAMHSA. Among the highlights is the 2001 study from the Ensenada State Prison in Mexico, which found that out of 1,700 inmates who completed the Narconon program, only 10% were returned to prison following program graduation. Another notable result was the 2009 Routine Outcome Monitoring report that found that fully 77.5% of 275 recent graduates from the Narconon Arrowhead center in Oklahoma and centers in California remained drug-free a year following completion of the program. Without a doubt, Narconon can be trusted to provide meaningful help and lasting solutions to the people who turn to the program for help with overcoming their own addictions.

To see the full Narconon Outcome Study go to:

http://www.narconon.org/about-narconon/40-years-evidence-recovery.html