Direct Government Funding
In parts of Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Switzerland, once the Narconon method received official recognition as a drug rehabilitation program, it became eligible for government funding, as prescribed by local laws, distributed from the Social Boards of each country. The Ministry of Health in England has also directly funded Narconon residential rehabilitation. Narconon Colombia has received funding for services to youth. The State of Utah in the United States has funded Narconon non-residential services for juveniles on probation for misdemeanor drug charges who are then court-ordered to the program.
Additionally, Narconon drug education has received federal, state and local funding assistance in many countries.
Narconon drug education programs in the U.S. have been supported for over 30 years with contributions from corporations and foundations interested in the long-term value of this work.
In Sweden, where drug education has been delivered in great quantity across the whole country, the Narconon staff have received repeated grants not just from the government for support of administrative expenses, but from the business community as well, directly toward the cost of school lectures.
As with other charities, non-profit associations and corporations around the world, many Narconon centers are fortunate to receive support in different forms from volunteer agencies, churches, civic volunteer organizations, etc. This has included, to give only a few examples:
Police and other social agencies giving close support and working hand in hand with drug education teams in Sweden, Norway and other countries.
A Taiwanese Buddhist social betterment group is significantly funding and promoting the use of Narconon rehabilitation services for adults and juveniles in Taiwan.
Catholic sisters in Holland are fundraising to help provide student scholarships at Narconon Zutphen.
Indigenous Maori organizations in New Zealand donating land, facilities and operating expenses.
Celebrities and other notables giving their names and public drawing power to aid in Narconon fundraising events, as with the many "Narconon All-Stars" softball games in Hollywood, stunt shows, etc.
Many Narconon centers maintain their viability and continued production by charging fees for service. In the United States, where this is the norm, Narconon centers have been largely self-supporting for 25 years.
U.S. insurance companies are increasingly coming to recognize the Narconon program for its long-term success rate or, to state it more according to the "bottom line," for the low recidivism and drug reversion rate achieved by Narconon graduates. Because of this, health care funders are covering the unique Narconon program in steadily growing numbers.
Support from the Church of Scientology and Its Membership
L. Ron Hubbard, who developed the drug rehabilitation methodology which the Narconon Program utilizes, was also the founder of the Scientology religion. While the Narconon program is a purely secular program which is open to members of all faiths, it has enjoyed the support of the Church of Scientology and individual Scientologists since its beginnings.
In 1966, when Arizona State Prison inmate William Benitez wrote L. Ron Hubbard asking for help, it was Scientologist volunteers who helped him to set up the original Narconon courses inside the prison.
In fact, the majority of new Narconon facilities established since that time have been made possible by the volunteer and financial support given by Scientologists.
It is an important part of the Scientology religion's social mission to reduce the suffering and degradation caused by alcohol and drug abuse on a worldwide scope. Scientology churches join churches of other faiths in seeking to improve living conditions as well as the social and moral environments in which we live. As part of this mission, Churches of Scientology actively encourage their members to support the Narconon program, by helping to open new centers for drug rehabilitation or drug education and by volunteering their time to assist existing Narconon programs.
Therefore, it is common to find Scientologists from all walks of life volunteering to help the Narconon organization by conducting fundraising drives, establishing new centers and making its solutions known to people in need.
The Narconon program brings new solutions to the field of drug rehabilitation and education to all peoples of the world. Scientology Churches and Scientologists are proud to support this program.
ABLE is an international non-profit, public benefit corporation, established in 1988, which licenses groups using L. Ron Hubbard's technologies in purely secular charitable programs.
ABLE licenses Narconon International to use Mr. Hubbard's drug rehabilitation and prevention methods. It also ensures that this technology is made available to anyone who needs it and that the programs delivered under the Narconon trademark are delivered in accordance with Mr. Hubbard's specifications. ABLE provides the needed guidance and technical assistance to Narconon through its international and continental offices. More information can be found about the Assocation For Better Living and Education by visiting their website at www.able.org.
From time to time, Narconon centers and Narconon International itself have requested grants from the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) for specific Narconon needs. The IAS has provided grants to the Narconon organization for such important projects as the pilot installation of the Narconon program inside Ensenada State Prison in Baja California, Mexico, and the purchase by Narconon International of the beautiful quarters of Narconon Mediterraneo outside of Seville, Spain.
Individual churches of Scientology have also occasionally held fundraising benefits for local Narconon centers. One such recent benefit was a charity concert held at L. Ron Hubbard's former home at Saint Hill in Sussex, England which raised donations for Narconon United Kingdom and two other charities - The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Youth Trust.
The Church of Scientology, the IAS, and individual Scientologists are among many other benefactors, individual and corporate, who have supported Narconon drug rehabilitation or prevention activities.