Narconon & Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Narconon & Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

On February 19, 1966, William Benitez, an inmate at the Arizona State Prison finally received approval to start a drug treatment program for inmates. Benitez had been reading books written by L. Ron Hubbard and was convinced that Mr. Hubbard had a set of workable methods that could help get addicts off drugs and help them to stay clean. Having been a drug user since the age of 13 despite multiple attempts to get and stay clean, Mr. Benitez was excited by what he read and couldn’t wait to share it with other inmates. He called his new program Narconon – Narcotics None. Once the program was started and flourishing, Mr. Benitez wrote to his mentor, Mr. Hubbard. His response was to support the program by donating books, tapes, and course materials. William Benitez was released from prison in October 1967. He had decided that California was a place with a real need for the Narconon program….and the place to expand his ability to help addicts with the organization of Narconon. The establishement of the first Narconon outside of jail walls became possible with the help of Mr. Hubbard, and others who saw the success of the Narconon program and supported the effort.

The Narconon program had never used drugs to help addicts get off drugs; the difficulties of withdrawal could present some discomfort. In an effort to help Narconon and its staff with this concern, Mr. Hubbard investigated still further and discovered that these withdrawal difficulties could be relieved by using vitamins and mineral supplements, as well as special techniques to ease the mental and physical symptoms. This regimen was adopted into the Narconon program in 1973.

Scientology founder L.Ron Hubbard

Mr. Hubbard’s contributions to the Narconon program

But Mr. Hubbard didn’t stop there. He continued researching as another problem became apparent. Former drug users remained at risk even years after quitting. Addicts could get off drugs, but almost always started using again. What Mr. Hubbard discovered was that the fatty tissues of the body would lodge tiny residues of ingested drugs that could activate at any time, as in the case of flashbacks. Moreover, it wasn’t just street drugs, but virtually every kind of drug, chemical poison, preservative, pesticide and industrial waste that we regularly ingest can lodge in the tissues, diminishing our ability to act, think and perceive. Mr. Hubbard also theorized that it was these residues of drugs in the body that caused addicts to continue to have the deep cravings that drove them back into drug use. In 1978, the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program was adopted. This is a deep tissue-cleansing regimen of specific vitamins/mineral therapy with cardiovascular exercise and intensive sweating in low heat saunas, with adequate replacement of fluids and oils. This has proven to be a safe and healthy way to reduce cravings while restoring energy, clarity of thinking, and a general feeling of well-being.

Mr. Hubbard continued to contribute ideas and innovations to the Narconon program until the time of his death.

Lafayette Ron Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24. 1986) was an American author and humanitarian when the drug revolution of the 1960s compelled him to concentrate his attention on what he considered “a devastating social cataclysm.” His keen mind and vision could see that drug abuse endangered not only the user’s health, but also their ability to learn, their attitudes, their personality…even their spiritual awareness. With the cocaine and heroin use bringing increased violence, and the psychiatric and pharmaceutical companies distributing drugs into mainstream society. L. Ron Hubbard felt that the consequences were cultural, saying “You may have notice that society is going downhill. Inflation, lack of fuel and even war cast deep shadows over the world. And the most serious part of this is that drugs, both medical and street drugs, have disabled a majority of those who could have handled it, including the political leaders, and have even paralyzed the coming generations.”

Narconon founder William Benitez and his wife

Narconon founder William Benitez and his wife, June, in the early ’70’s

Mr. Hubbard’s conclusions were clear: each person is responsible for their own actions. If an addict is given a workable way to improve his condition, he will choose to do so. This is based on improved understanding of man’s fundamental nature: man is basically good and it is suffering, pain, and loss that changes him.

Narconon incorporated those theories into a highly successful drug and alcohol treatment method which as helped hundreds of thousands of people escape the grip of addiction. Mr. Hubbard was a contributor, a mentor and a resource, but is not the founder of Narconon. Narconon is a secular organization which services peoples of all faiths and cultural heritage.