egalization, decriminalization, incarceration, soft drugs, hard drugs, harm reduction, the moral question. The war on drugs has no shortage of strategies and clichés. What it lacks is consensus and solutions that actually make a difference. Is its purpose the eradication of illegal drugs? The prevention of drug-related crime? The welfare of the addict?
All too often, rehabilitation is a revolving door. Addicts dry out, return to the pressures and conflicts of life, and at the first crisis turn to old solutions.
The recurrence of rehabilitation failures has led many to conclude that addiction is an incurable disease, and that addicts can hope for no more than learning to live with a lifelong illness. Others advocate replacement drugs, or even preventive drugs for youth identified as likely to become abusers.
By contrast, the Narconon program offers a unique, drug-free means for addicts to overcome their dependence on drugs, and to live a life totally free of drug cravings.
In 1969, L. Ron Hubbard warned that drugs were the most destructive element in society today. During the 1960s, Mr. Hubbard had observed that increasing numbers of people desiring to study Scientology were failing in their studies as a result of their experimentation with drugs such as LSD. He had been investigating the problem for some time and was sharing his breakthroughs with many people around the world.
William Benitez, an inmate of Arizona State Prison and a hard-core addict since the age of 13, was one of those who heard of Mr. Hubbards work. He wrote to seek help and advice. Based on this correspondence and the principles developed by Mr. Hubbard, Benitez overcame his own addiction and established a program within the prison to help others. He called the program Narconon, meaning no drugs.
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