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The Beginnings of Narconon

Over the years several of our clients has asked about the beginnings of Narconon. As a simple story back in 1965, William Benitez was serving a 15-year sentence in an Arizona state prison. It was not the first time that Mr. Benitez had found himself behind bars. On the contrary, the current sentence was the sixth time that the man had been imprisoned by the state. Why had Mr. Benitez spent so much of his adult life behind bars? The reason can be summed by two words: drug addiction. After getting his start on drugs with marijuana at the young age of 13 years, Mr. Benitez tried to force himself to quit by joining the Marine Corps. This solution did not work out, however, and instead he was court martialed and given an undesirable discharge. For 18 years of his life, he suffered from an addiction to heroin, and it was this that led him to the point where he found himself in 1965. During this sixth prison sentence, a fellow inmate gave Mr. Benitez a copy of Fundamentals of Thought, a book by author, humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. In the pages of this book, he discovered the solution to his own problems with addiction, and he swiftly realized that he had also found a way to help others to overcome their own addictions.

What Sets Narconon Apart

The decision to name the new drug rehab program “Narconon” was founded upon the fact that Mr. Benitez was taking an approach that was different from the one that so many other rehab treatment programs do. Instead of using drug-replacement therapy and similar medication-based strategies for treating addiction, the new program would enable participants to take on the challenge of fighting their addictions with no drugs; thus “narco-” (drugs) + “non.” Most rehab programs focus on the ways in which the individual is a victim of his or her addiction. This may be manifested by explanations of addiction as a disease. Others assume that the person will not be able to do anything about the addiction and use other drugs to replace the drug of addiction. Even programs that do not use medicated treatment will often require the participant to admit that he or she is powerless to overcome the addiction and to pray for help from outside sources. This is one of the primary differences between Narconon and most other rehab programs, and is also one of the keys to its success. Instead of focusing on remedying disability, Narconon focuses on improving ability. In Mr. Benitez’ own words, “I found that if a person rehabilitated and applied certain abilities, that person could persevere toward goals set, confront life, isolate problems and resolve them, communicate with life, be responsible and set ethical standards, and function within the band of certainty.”

Narconon Earns Recognition

It took a full six months before William Benitez was able to persuade the prison administration to allow him to implement his plans for a new drug rehab treatment program. When they finally did grant permission, the results demonstrated that it was a wise decision. With nothing more than two-hour meetings on Thursday nights, the program was able to help the 18 inmates who participated in the inaugural run to change their lives. Instead of simply continuing with the dreary monotony of prison life, the participants were finding a way to feel better, to become more competent, to help others and receive help and to achieve a greater ability to confront life. Within months, news of the effectiveness of Narconon spread outside the walls of the prison and into the community at large. For example, the local newspaper carried a story on the program shortly following its inception, and only four years later a California newspaper was heralding Narconon for the fact that its graduates had a recidivism rate of only 14 percent, less than a third of the national average of the period. Over the past 40 years since its inception, the program has spread across 6 continents and has helped countless numbers of people to turn their lives around. From its humble beginnings in an Arizona prison cell, Narconon has come to be recognized as among the most effective programs in existence.

For more information on Narconon beginnings and that first Arizona State Prison study go to our Narconon video page today.

Would Letting Your Kids Drink Early Discourage Later Use

What would you think if someone you knew gave a two-year-old child beer in his sippy cup?  This is just what happened in Pheonix, Arizona in June, and Valerie Marie Topete was arrested for child abuse.  She admitted to giving it to her own child, saying that he kept reaching for it.  Well, what if your teenage child began reaching for alcohol?  Would you allow it then?

Some parents do. In fact some parents (mistakenly) believe letting kids drink alcohol early discourages later use.

The long-time controversy over teenage alcohol use stems from the fact that parents believe their children should learn responsible drinking in the safety of their own home.  A recent study from the RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examined information collected from over a thousand mothers and their third-grade children.  Forty percent of the mothers interviewed believed that forbidding children from trying alcohol only made it more appealing.  Not only that, thirty-three percent of the third-graders had already tasted beer, wine or other alcohol.

The Facts About Drinking

The study revealed that fifth-graders who had been given alcohol by their parents were twice as likely to report alcohol use in seventh grade.  And it doesn’t stop there.  People who begin drinking before the age of fifteen are six times more likely to develop alcohol problems than those who begin in adulthood.

A 2011 national study of twelve-to-fourteen year-old drinkers reported getting alcohol for free from their family.  Yet alcohol is the leading cause of death among teens and is known to lead to harder drug use.  In fact, the majority of those who abuse substances such as cocaine, heroin and prescription opiates report alcohol use leading up to it.

So What Are The Dangers Of Drinking

There are many dangers and problems associated with alcohol use that many are not aware of. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream after consumption.  From there, it reaches the nervous system, which controls many vital body functions.  The nervous system is overseen by the brain, which is why drinking during the body’s development in the teenage years is so detrimental to coordination and cognitive skills.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, and in small amounts it brings about relaxation and mitigates anxiety.  In larger amounts, intoxication occurs, and even more produces alcohol poisoning.  This is a potentially fatal condition in which there is too much alcohol for the body to handle.  The liver cannot filter all the toxins and begins to manifest symptoms like mental confusion, stupor, or coma; vomiting; seizures; slow or irregular breathing; and hypothermia, bluish skin color and paleness.  If alcohol poisoning goes untreated, death is likely to occur as the gag reflex stops working and the user may choke on his own vomit.  He may also receive brain damage or die simply from too much alcohol in the system.

Not Allowing Drinking And Providing Education Is Key

Parents who talk to their children about the dangers of alcohol will find them less inclined to experiment with it.  Promoting alcohol use will not clear them of the compulsion to try the “forbidden fruit”; educating them will.

Meetings can be held in the household that go over the dangers of alcohol. There are also Narconon video resources and education and prevention programs that can be implemented through the schools.

Besides taking the prevention and education role a parent should never allow his or other kids who are underage to use alcohol. This is setting them up for abuse later in life and comes with many negative consequences of alcohol use.

Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/21/parents-still-mistakenly-believe-letting-kids-drink-early-discourages_n_1903281.html