Narconon Studies Oakville Scene
Concern with drug problems has mushroomed in the United States in the past few years, with a comparable growth in programs to help drug addicts and abusers. One of the most successful programs in the U.S., Narconon, has opened an office in Toronto.
Narconon is a drug-information centre in downtown Toronto, which has a proven record in solving drug problems, says Phil McAiney, deputy director of Narconon in Canada.
Narconon, which stands for 'Narcotics None', is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles. The organization has ten full-time staff members in Toronto—the first Canadian city Narconon has branched into.
McAiney says the program instituted by Narconon in Toronto has retrieved about 60 people from drug addiction since the program was started a year ago.
McAiney says Narconon has "a practical program where you can see the results in a few weeks. Communication is the basis of the program."
"Founded in 1966 by William Benitez in Arizona State Prison, Narconon has achieved remarkable results in restoring drug addicts," the organization claims.
"Narconon is based on and uses the technology of L. Ron Hubbard, American philosopher and humanitarian," the organization says.
"Over 70 per cent of those who complete a four week course in the evening never return to drugs," the organization claims, and the rate of those returning to drug is "a low 12.1 per cent."
Narconon has seen widespread acceptance in prisons within the U.S., where drug use is a very real problem. Now the organization has launched a new program to handle drug problems in the community, with institutions being set up across Canada.
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