| Narconon Arrowhead is a not-for-profit public benefit
organization that is licensed by Narconon International. The first Narconon
rehabilitation program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez, who at the time
was an inmate in Arizona State Prison. In 1971, Benitez was one of the
signatories of the papers establishing the Narconon, a non-profit, public
benefit corporation. Although there is a new Board of Directors, this is the
same corporation that is Narconon International today.
The Narconon drug rehabilitation program uses techniques
developed by American author and researcher L. Ron Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard took a
personal interest in the success of the Narconon program and contributed new,
workable discoveries to the program over a period of twenty
L. Ron Hubbard believed that man is basically good. He
was convinced that the majority of those who have fallen into drug abuse and/or
a criminal life, when educated in the skills necessary to live a drug-free and
honorable life, will work very hard to make such a reality come true. Narconon
International licenses all Narconon centers and other organizations to use Mr.
Hubbard's methodology, which license includes the agreement to maintain the
integrity and workability of the methodology according to Narconon
I demonstrated to officials that any person, inmate
or otherwise, could benefit from Narconon because its attention was on
increasing abilities, that we had an ethics mechanism built into the program,
and that the responsibility and involvement required of a member would soon
dissuade anyone not serious about improvement...The program met its
expectations so well that seven months after the beginning of Narconon, I was
asked to start another program for young offenders housed in the annex outside
the prison walls.
William Benitez, Founder of Narconon
|After leaving Arizona to open the first
residential Narconon center in Los Angeles, Mr. Benitez continued to work with
and organize the developing Narconon program for many years. Until his death in
1999, he worked with the Arizona State Department of
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