On February 19th, the Narconon network celebrates its 49th birthday. On this day in 1966, William Benitez made the decision to found a rehab program to be called Narconon. He was in prison in Arizona at the time and he wanted to first help other inmates who were in jail because they could not stop using drugs. It took several months for him to convince prison officials to let him run the country’s first inside-the-prison rehab program but he finally was able to gather other inmates who wanted to get sober and teach them about the personal abilities he had been able to rebuild by studying the works of humanitarian and author L. Ron Hubbard. After he was released from prison, he established the first Narconon center in Los Angeles, teaching the same principles.
Now, almost 50 years later, there are Narconon rehab and prevention organizations and groups around the world. More than 38,000 individuals have graduated from this rehab program and that doesn’t even count those who graduated in the early years, before we started keeping official records.
Likewise, we’ll never exactly know how many people have been reached with our drug prevention curriculum. In Russia, one of our drug educators reached more than 250,000 people in six years. In Southern California, one drug ed team reached 100,000 young people last year. And in Nepal, the center in Kathmandu has reached out to more than 650,000 people in person and via radio and television, to educate them on the dangers of drug use. Continue reading