Definition - What does Narconon mean?
Narconon International (formerly just Narconon) is a drug rehabilitation program headquartered in Hollywood, California. It was established in 1966 by William Benitez and L. Ron Hubbard under the parent company, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), which is overshared by the Church of Scientology.
While both the parent company, ABLE, and Narconon claim that they are a non-religious effort, this fact has been disputed by several government reports and former patients, many of which feel Narconon is a 'front' for the Church of Scientology.
Narconon operates dozens of residential centers around the globe, chiefly in the United States and Western Europe.
Hydrolife explains Narconon
L. Ron Hubbard built Narconon on his ideology that drugs and their metabolites are stored in the body’s fatty tissue, which causes cravings. The process of 'Purification Rundown', a medical treatment for which is available at Narconon, is said by Hubbard to improve these cravings for the drugs.
The process involves a sauna, a lot of exercise, and a lot of Vitamins. There are about seven pee-reviewed published papers spanning from 1982 and 2012 that claim to prove Hubbard’s Purification Rundown methods as effective, but this is not widely accepted. Due to several deaths caused by a lack of trained medical personnel available in the Narconon establishments, the program is under fire.
Narconon's co-creator William C. Benitez was a former inmate at Arizona State Prison who was imprisoned for narcotics offenses. William’s work, however, was supported by L. Ron Hubbard and in 1972 it led to the incorporation of Narconan as an organization. Initially, the Narconon program was the Scientology and Dianetics used to help cure drug addiction. In 1970, the “Dianetic Counselling” is believed to have cured 30 out of 30 people who visited the Church of Scientology for help with their drug abuse problem, along with hay fever, asthma, and arthritis.
Today, Narconon, labeled as an example of Scientology, has been expanded and is used in all Scientology churches and missions.They regularly address their critics, especially the mainstream media, claiming that critics are simply biased against them, or are using drugs or selling drugs.