Narconon Fresh Start: A Brief History

With humble beginnings, the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program has grown into one of the most successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in the world.

The Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program stems from the initial Narconon program first created by Mr. William Benitez in 1966. At the time, Mr. Benitez was an inmate in Arizona and found inspiration to end his own drug addiction through the writings of Mr. Hubbard in his book Scientology: Fundamentals of Thought. While this book was not written specifically about ending drug addiction, it inspired Mr. Benitez through its varying approaches to solving life’s problems. The principle concept in the book that struck Mr. Benitez to utilize this literature as a means to end his addiction problem was that by raising one’s abilities, a person can solve any and all problems.

Mr. Benitez had tried numerous other existing methods to end his addiction problem with no success. Choosing not to give up on himself, he read Mr. Hubbard’s book and drew the necessary concepts and precepts from the literature to finally achieve lasting sobriety. While in the Arizona jail, Mr. Benitez decided to found an addiction rehabilitation program based on the concepts he had used to rehabilitate himself and named it “Narconon” (for “no drugs” or “no narcotics”). Writing to Mr. Hubbard about his personal success ending his addiction to drugs using techniques he learned though Mr. Hubbard’s book, he reached out to ask for help establishing the fundamental concepts and research needed to get the Narconon program up and running. Mr. Hubbard gladly provided all the conceptual information and research needed to support Mr. Benitez’s addiction rehabilitation program.

The first Narconon residential drug rehab center opened in Los Angeles, CA. In 1972 Mr. Benitez legally incorporated the Narconon program as a 501©(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. As the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program grew over the years, Mr. Hubbard continued his research into drug addiction and recovery. The Narconon program utilized Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries into their rehabilitation process, improving the program and the long-term success of their graduates. A few of the most pertinent discoveries added to the program include the use of the dry, adjustable-heat sauna as well as an exercise and nutritional regimen as a way to address the physical and mental effects of the client’s accumulated toxic residuals connected with drug and alcohol abuse.

Today, the Narconon network of drug rehabilitation programs spans the world. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers follow the procedures and standards of performance while delivering the Narconon program according to the standardized manuals published worldwide in the early 1990’s. Narconon Fresh Start has helped thousands of individuals truly end their addiction problems and become successfully rehabilitated.

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